Google+ Reading Teen: Audiobook Review: Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

Friday, February 10, 2012

Audiobook Review: Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Publisher: Harper Audio
Series or Stand Alone: Series book 1
Narrated by Dan Bittner
Release Date:11-01-11  
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Buy the Book: Amazon
Buy the Audio: Audible
Fifteen-year-old Will Besting is sent by his doctor to Fort Eden, an institution meant to help patients suffering from crippling phobias. Once there, Will and six other teenagers take turns in mysterious fear chambers and confront their worst nightmares—with the help of the group facilitator, Rainsford, an enigmatic guide. When the patients emerge from the chamber, they feel emboldened by the previous night's experiences. But each person soon discovers strange, unexplained aches and pains. . . . What is really happening to the seven teens trapped in this dark Eden?

About the audiobook:

     I really enjoyed this audiobook, I thought the guy who read Will's parts read well and he also sounded like I felt Will would sound.  But, Dr. Stephens's lines were read by someone else, she didn't have too many parts, but still, she drove me completely insane.  She sounded like she was talking to a three-year-old, I don't know about you, but I'm not three.  Other than that I really did like this as an audiobook... Just not Dr. Stephens. 

My Review:
     This book exploded my mind.  Initially I thought it was pretty good, I enjoyed it, it was interesting, but I pretty much knew what was going on, which was disappointing.    And then, boom.  Mind blown.  I love books like that, ones that I can't figure out.   
     Will was cool. It was nice to read about a guy who wasn't perfect, who wasn't the best at everything, the cute nerd, or the perfect jock.  He was just Will.  And I liked that, it was a nice change and it made him extremely relatable.  He's afraid, but not just of little things like everyone else in the world, he's seriously afraid, and he's going to Fort Eden to be cured.  There's only one problem: he's afraid of that too.  So he falls back on the way there, he lets the other's go into the menacing fort and he finds someplace to hide.  He slowly watches them be cured, but there's something seriously wrong at Fort Eden, he just doesn't know what.

     So, if you enjoy having your brain explode, go read (or listen to) Dark Eden. Now.

Sexual Content:
  •  Minor
  • Mild
  • Mild
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  1. My students Really enjoy Carmen's other books, so I'll have to get this one! :)

  2. This book is on my TBR list, and I really want to read it. I have heard awesome things about it, and your review makes it sound excellent!

  3. Wow... sounds crazy! I love movies like Shutter Island so this book might be right up my alley.

    Love the fact that you guys do audiobook reviews. I'm a huge audiobook fan, so it's great to see the narrators reviewed as well.


    1. I love audiobooks too! And it's seriously annoying to get a bad reader, so I'm happy to warn the public;)

  4. This sounds really interesting. I don't do well with audio books. I tend to tune them out, but I might read this one. Though I've never listened to a male voice read. Maybe that would be different. Might try it.


    1. I actually prefer guy-readers to girl-readers. Girls tend to get on my nerves;)

  5. I have this book on my bookshelf for a while now. I do love audio-books so maybe I'll have to see if my library has the audio version! Nice review!!!

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