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Playground

By: Aron Beauregard
Narrated by: Lila Kerry
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Summary

Once in a lifetime

Three low-income families have been given a handsome retainer to join Geraldine Borden for a day at her cliffside estate. All the parents must do to collect the rest of their money is allow their children to test out the revolutionary playground equipment Geraldine has been working on for decades. But there’s a reason the structures in the bowels of her gothic castle have taken so long to develop—they were never meant to see the light of day.

When a band of dysfunctional children is suddenly thrust into a diabolical realm of violence, they must grow up instantly to have a chance at survival. Will they find a way to put their differences aside, or be swallowed up by the insidious architecture all around them?

"With Playground, Aron Beauregard transcends himself, delivering a genuinely chilling, uncomfortable novel that will make even the most jaded horror fan squirm. A harrowing, relentless read that left me breathless." (Brian Keene)

Warning: This book contains graphic content. Listener discretion is advised.

©2022 Aron Beauregard (P)2023 Aron Beauregard

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SAW ...but with kids!

Well, I think my review title sums it up pretty accurately so if that sounds fun you'll probably enjoy it, you weirdo! It's obviously not for the faint of heart but it was also surprisingly compelling and emotional in addition to the gore. The book features very graphic violence, as well as a smidge of animal violence but the biggest WTF was some truly grotesque scenes with sex in (I can't on good conscience call them sex scenes) and sexual abuse that really took the disgusting cake. I can't say I enjoyed those scenes but I did enjoy all the rest of it because because I too, am a weirdo.

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Great fun with some vivid scenes.

A delightful tale of playful adventure, sibling rivalry and pushy parents. Truly warmed my heart.

Quite fancy a go on the swings now.

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A story about nothing.

I understood going into this, that this story would be for a certain type of reader and I've read/listened to many shocking stories but this one just didn't do anything for me.

It's not the worst book I've read/listened to but I definitely was glad when it ended.

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How someone can love there mother a bit too much

Even though some might find this disturbing I actually enjoyed the creativity of each game and storyline, it’s something that I haven’t read before

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I've never been more uncomfortable :)

As a massive fan of horror and gore I'd heard about this book and scoffed thinking people were over exaggerating and it wouldn't be that bad. I've never had to take a break from a book before but I literally couldn't continue at points but the story and characters dragged me straight back in every time. I binged it all in one day, I had to know what happened. If you can move past the graphic scenes this is an addictive read as curiosity drags you through the chapters. Definitely a new favourite

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Amazing

the story was overall amazing but the detail that Aaron put into this was a absolute highlight this book can and will disturb the biggest horror fans!

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B Movie

Feels like a B movie in literary form, some exploitation style gross out scenes, both sexual and with the traps / gore, but for me the gore scenes fell flat due to the performance.

The writing feels like it could be tighter with a good editor, and the performance is flat narration with very little voice acting. I don't think I'd pick up another title of this nature, with this voice actress.

Personally I like watching a B movie from time to time. The book was listenable, but not something I would re-visit, and I feel I will have forgotten much of it by the end of the week.

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Awful

Written by a sick mind and not recommended to anyone , even if you are a fan of real horror

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Don't waste your time or money.

As title suggests. Not really anything to do with a 'squid game type playground for kids' as the description suggested. Such a waste of time and money. Feels like childish writing written by a lazy creep, such a shame.

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Don’t read if you’re easily triggered/upset/offended.

I personally enjoyed this book but my partner couldn’t get beyond a couple of chapters because he was so grossed out.
Just what you’d expect from Splatter-punk, really.
It was written well, and the story was good, I do think there’s a couple of bits that could be a bit more concise. I’d definitely read this authors other books.

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