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A New York Times Bestseller written and narrated by Jason SegelJason Segel multitalented actor writer and musician teams up with New York Times bestselling author Kirsten Miller for the hilariously frightening middle grade novel Nightmares the first audiobook in a trilogy about a boy named Charlie and a group of kids who must face their fears to save their townSleeping has never been so scary And now waking up is even worseCharlie Laird has several problems1 His dad married a woman he is sure moonlights as a witch2 He had to move into her purple mansion which is NOT a place you want to find yourself after dark3He can't remember the last time sleeping wasn't a nightmarish prospect Like even a napWhat Charlie doesn't know is that his problems are about to get a whole lot real Nightmares can ruin a good night's sleep but when they start slipping out of your dreams and into the waking world that's a line that should never be crossedAnd when your worst nightmares start to come truewell that's something only Charlie can face And he's going to need all the help he can get or it might just be lights out for Charlie Laird For goodPraise for Nightmares In Segel's reading we get many versions of him bellowing villain hissing snakes exhausted dad and wisecracking stepmom He exudes an exuberant joy in the telling and an absence of cynicism that suits a writer of middle grade fiction New York Times It will be evident to listeners that Jason Segel is having fun narrating his first book This fun middle grade story would make good listening on a car trip Segel's performance is lively enough for those of all ages to enjoy AudioFile Coraline meets Monsters Inc in this delightfully entertaining offering from actor Jason Segel and co author Kirsten Miller Publishers Weekly Nightmares succeeds at scaring and amusing in eual measureIt's sweet charming and imaginative Kirkus Reviews Segeland Miller build an entertaining cartoony world full of scary but not too scary monsters silly jokes plucky kid heroes and a cinematic plot that trundles onward to a satisfying conclusion with a promise of adventures to come Booklist An engaging and creative storywoven with a generous amount of humor VOYA


10 thoughts on “Nighmares!

  1. says:

    Interview with my 9 almost 10 year old Describe Nightmares in five words Fun Exciting Adventures Funny AwesomeDid you the like the audiobook? Yeah The guy who wrote it did a good job reading it too You should tell him Um I don't know Jason Segel personally but I'll let the publicist who gave us the audiobook knowWhat I Liked The fact that Charlie and Jack are brothers And the purple mansion they live inWas it scary? Only if you're Charlie Regular kids who read it shouldn't be scared What are some of the nightmares in the story? Clowns cockroaches the dark grubs man eating rabbits zombies fitness exams like if you're not athletic at all and failing regular testsFavorite character Jack He's Charlie's brother who always wears a Captain America costume Their mom made for Charlie but then she died and he outgrew it so he gave it to JackDid you learning anything? Not everything is as bad as we think On a scale of 1 5 how many stars would give Nightmares? I would give it 7 stars and I'm excited for the next one


  2. says:

    Because It's a Hot Windless Summer NightAnd reading light Horror always a welcome breathAnd the author of this is a familiar faceBecause in Hot Windless Summer Nightyou either sleeplessor having NightmaresAnd this brilliant story is about Nightmares Loss Darkness Fearand even BelieveSo drop everything and face your worst fears with Charlie Laird in his stepmonster stepmother's Purple HouseAnd in this Hot Windless Summer Night let's know of Nightmares MonstersWitchesPortals to Darkness Lands And of course Adventures The Story Charlie moved with his father and brother to this creepy over 200 years old house that belongs to Charlotte's family the mysterious woman his father married after Charlie's mother passedCharlie can't get over his stepmother's creepy house creepy herbal work her creepier illustrations even her resemble to the Witch he dreams of every night since he moved to this creepy house with its strange towerCharlie can't help feeling how he lost his mother and now his father and brother moved on he won'the mustn'tHe can't sleep at night for the fear of the witchwhich now want to kidnap his little britherThenA portal in the house to the Nightmares land Kidnapping rescuefacing inner fearsThe meaning of Nightmares that they are the Human Worst Fear in disguise And there's a reason we have it we must face itAnd then what's after?After fulfilling our life and purposesGod I couldn't believe this small fun read would turn into a story metaphorically make you believe in Heaven Nightmares may go to DreamsAnd also deal with the fears and how we can be selfish sometimes or self central how we can be the Nightmare of those around us without knowingAnd it also deal with loss and letting go I even get teary eyes before the endingSomehow it reminded me with A Monster CallsAll that with a very cute characters even great illustration that will make the reading as if you're watching a nice animationI loved Charlie so muchwith his grumpiness I felt so relatedI don't know why although he's not supposed to be a nice guy he was wrong in his actions yet the story will force you to stay with him to the endYou know I even wish I read some story like this when I was young 10 or something will make you to look back at yourself at those around you family friends and appreciate it all which is why I rated it 5 it's so perfect for the age it targets Middle Grade Really great work Jason and KirstenAnd Karl Kwasny the illustrator also made brilliant art herenot only the funny resemble between Charlie and you know whoHe also made really creepy bugs and specially the cockroaches my personal real fear I always love reading horrors in summer nights when I was youngerlike Goosebumps series guilty till nowand forever I guess But what makes this story stronger is its hidden yet crystal clear messages it includesSo finally Hot Windless Summer NightsGo have some NightmaresMohammed ArabeyIn the Hot Windless Summer NightsFrom 20 August 2017To 24 August 2017


  3. says:

    Jason Segel did a great job with this I wonder how much is Kirsten and how much is Jason There are some interesting ideas in the story and the characters are very teenage I like the message about facing your fears to take the power away from them I have read that kids enjoy these books I can see that There is some frightening stuff there is some funny stuff and there is some real life stuff all mixed in a pimply package I like the character of Meduso the best He was by far the best character I did not like Charlie's attitude and I get why he had it but I don't find it fun to be around that I'm a little sad right now and maybe that is why I only gave 3 stars but that is what I'm feeling right now There was good action and plot and a good villain It was a good middle of the genre read


  4. says:

    Last summer I went to BookExpo America in NYC on the children'sYA day To my excitement Jason Segel was there signing pamphlet thingies which had an excerpt from this book in them and I MET HIM At the time my hair was dyed dark purple and he was like Cool hair It matches the cover of the book And I was like um yeah haha thanks bye I was very awkward plus the line was moving very uickly but yeah AHHHHH It was still pretty cool I also got to meet the co author of the book aka the person who probably did the actual writing Kirsten Miller who seemed very nice––although once again the line was moving super fast so I only had time to say hi and thanks and that was about itAnyway I didn't actually buy the book until a few months ago when it was on sale on I tend to be a bit skeptical of celebrity written or co written books but I decided to give it a try anyway It took me kind of a long time to get through the whole thing but that was mostly because I usually was only reading it in snatches on my Kindle when I couldn't sleep which is kind of fitting considering the plot of the bookThe beginning was a little slow going for me It takes almost half of the book before the main character Charlie goes into the Netherworld––the dream world where most of the important part of the story takes place Before that it's mostly just Charlie being terrible to his stepmother and brother I get that he's mourning the death of his mother and going through a lot but sometimes in the beginning I found it hard to sympathize with him––especially when he was calling his stepmother a witch to her face But once Charlie finally enters the portal into the Netherworld that's where the story hit its stride I really liked the creative world building of the Netherworld It's creepy and uniue both funny and scary It's kind of like Neil Gaiman and Rick Riordan had a baby or something figuratively of courseI became invested in the story as Charlie encountered his group of friends in the dream world and helped them conuer their nightmares I liked the message the book conveys to its readers that everyone has nightmaresfears and they're not something to be ashamed of Sometimes I did feel like the book kind of beat the reader over the head with those messages but I thought they were important nevertheless A few minor things that I also really appreciated• I liked that one of Charlie's friends Paige is a girl whose best friends are all boys––and she's never described as a tomboy or not like the other gurlz We need boy girl friendships And girls who are friends with boys without shaming other girls• There was a strong implication that Paige's mother suffers from serious depression and that Paige's greatest fear was becoming depressed like her mother especially after being told by a doctor that it's hereditary Dang that's some heavy stuff but I think it's very important for kids to read Many children have parents with mental illnesses or suffer from such illnesses themselves And especially as someone who has had anxiety and panic attacks since I was 11 years old I appreciate that this was acknowledged in a children's book Not only that but that depression is discussed as what it truly is––a medical condition that is chronic and often reuires help from doctors So I really applaud the book for that • One of Charlie's other friends Rocco is terrified of taking tests––which of course causes him his nightmares And Charlie's other friend Alfie who does much better in school tells Rocco something along the lines of Tests don't measure how smart you are they just measure how good you are at taking tests YES THANK YOU Maybe I'm biased because I went to a college that had no tests or grades but I was really glad to see those words in a kids' book While I do think tests can help kids learn to a certain degree for the most part I've always thought they're about how good you are at memorization than you are at actually learning And I think it's important for kids to understand that even if you don't always do well on tests it doesn't mean you're stupid The final wordAlthough this book was a little slow in the beginning I liked it well enough in the end The second half of it had a compelling plot some fun world building and some bold and important messages that I hadn't often seen in children's literature I didn't think it was amazing but I liked it enough that I might still try the seuel


  5. says:

    So I bought this book as soon as I saw it simply because of Jason Segel's name I'm a semi moderate fan of his meaning that I loved him in Forgetting Sarah Marshall This Is The End and the maybe 35 minutes or so that I've ever seen of How I Met Your Mother but I don't like follow his work or fangirl for him or anything I just got excited when I saw this because I was interested to see what he'd do with a midgrade book and the title was intriguing and the cover is gorgeous So I bought it despite the fact that it's pretty rare that I buy hardcover books any unless I've read them first and know that I like them and even rare that I intentionally buy books in any format with deckled edges because seriously WHY do they exist in the 21st century where paper trimming is automated and the work of seconds?? To torment me They are my nightmare That's why I digress I'm glad that I bought this book hardcover and deckled edges be damned because it was great The story was fun and interesting the characters were great and realistic 12ish year olds the messagemoral was handled very well and didn't feel preachy or manipulative or overwrought and there were even some very touching moments that actually had me tearing up a bit At one point I found myself a little disappointed that my nephew isn't old enough to appreciate this book because I would love to read it to him One day There's time He's only two I think for the age group that this book is intended for it may be scary To me I didn't really see what the big deal was in the beginning because we never really get to see Charlie's original repeating nightmare in action we only get to see it after it's been affecting him for some time and the dynamic is changing a bit BUT in hindsight after finishing the story the nightmare makes total sense including how mundane it seemed Still I thought that the variety of the nightmares the kids had in this book and the plot as a whole was pretty great The description of Coraline meets Monsters Inc which I just read now after finishing this is pretty fitting I also liked how the nightmares had fears and doubts of their own which of course is true of the Monsters Inc monsters but in a different way and how faith actually fit in to the story but again in a non preachy way So what I'm trying to say is that I think this book was very well written I don't know how much of that was Kirsten Miller I've never read anything of hers so I have no idea what her style is I know I liked this book a whole lot though so kudos to both of them for a book well written Also the illustrations in this book were freaking amazing I don't know who Karl Kwasny is but I like his work And looking at his website he seems to be pretty in demand which makes me happy The artwork in this book fit the style and tone perfectly It was fantasticI'd definitely recommend it to the semi grown humans who enjoy reading stuff


  6. says:

    This was a neat little audiobook I know Jason Segel as an actor but he's a pretty good writer as well It was a nice bonus that he narrated the story I only gave it three stars because it wasn't ground breaking for me I thought it was a cute idea and I liked the message about conuering your deepest fears and dealing with grief I felt bad for Charlie's step mother whom he treated really awfully because of the fact that she wasn't his mother and his dad and brother seemed to be moving on and he wasn't I actually thought stepmom Charlotte was pretty interesting I would have liked interactions between her and Charlie especially positive when he dealt with his issues towards her Ultimately this never got to the point that I didn't want to turn it off when I had something else to doThe nightmare world was a bit creepy The descriptions and the characterizations of the the nightmare realm were on point I think for a young reader it might be genuinely scary Some of the nightmare characters were actually the real draw of this book like Meduso and his mother you know who And who would have thought a clown would be a good guy yes I do have a bit of coulrophobiaI think this is one you definitely want to get the audiobook for I think it's the best way to experience this book


  7. says:

    This was wonderful Why did it take me so long to pick this up? If you're looking for a good middle grade book I definitely recommend this The illustrations were wonderful and the message of overcoming fears and the obstacles we create for ourselves had a lot depth than I was expecting Will definitely be continuing the series


  8. says:

    THIS IS A GREAT BOOKOkay well back 2 years ago I stumbled upon this book and it had me hooked I mean I couldn't stop reading So if you like adventure books then read this Charlie Lard is a brave man in this action packed novel full of twists and turns everywhere Lewis


  9. says:

    I'm really wavering between four and five stars on this one actually I have been super duper jazzed about this book since I first heard about it And I heard about it FROM Jason Segel at Book Expo America and he was so enthusiastic and charming and Kirsten Miller is so great and the design of the book it's sparkly purple and silver With illustrations is fantastic But was the story up to the hype?Well yesThe book is absolutely charming and the story is truly inventive I loved Charlie and I loved his friends too Especially Alfie I love the idea of this book a boy facing his nightmares helping others to face their fears as well It was very well written and very clever But why I hesitate to give it five stars is because I wanted MORE I thought it would be a bit scarier I thought there would be a lot detail about the witch who has been haunting Charlie's dreams I think they could have given us MOREBut a seuel is coming so that is EXCELLENT And let's call this 45 stars


  10. says:

    3 ½ stars bumped up to 4 for the excellent perfectly realized artwork I look forward to the seuel