A kingdom invaded. A warrior princess on the run for her life. A hero from another world. An evil god who wants their souls. Can they join forces to defeat the evil one and win freedom for their people?
©2011 Debra Holland (P)2013 Debra Holland
A well written book that is part paranormal, part science fiction, part fantasy and part romance and a place where worlds collide. A war of Gods and royalty and at a time where family would kill each other to gain power. A princess is in danger and her hero is in her dreams. It is dream walking at it's best. Read along as Daria faces danger in many different places.
The author, Debra Holland tells a story as only she can while keeping our interests peaked and keeping us guessing as to what is going to happen next. The narrator, Noah Michael Levine delivered this story flawlessly with that entertaining voice he has. He is superb at multiple voices and his accents are spot on. I can almost hear a sense of humor in some of his character voices. Kudos to both author and narrator for a job well done!
Sower of Dreams was my first Audiobook so I had some complication with the speed of the reading, but then realized that was completely my fault. Once I got the reading set to the speed I was comfortable with - I was happy! I started by listening in the car every day to & from work, then found myself missing the characters and listening at night and off & on during the workday. As with a lot of series Sower of Dreams is a little slower of a read, not as much going on, but working up the rest of the series. Lots of details put in so that you can get drawn into this new world (listening to Reaper of Dreams now and loving this one). The details that are given are wonderful. You can visualize the creatures, the people, the gods, the world with the purple sky and two moons. You get transported into it! Love that there are references to our world as Khan is from Earth. When I was finished with this book I was so sad that it was over. I felt like something was missing driving to work.. Was so excited to get the 2nd book Reaper of Dreams.
I am into this series and will be also leaving a review of Reaper of Dreams which I have started yesterday and honestly loving it.
Audiobooks may be my new thing!!
Thank you Debra Holland for writing this wonderful Fantasy series - and Thank you Noah Michael Levine for a great narration of her work.
Nothing I've read before.
Honestly I would have to say Daria.. As funny as that sounds.
Anger at the bad guys!! Sympathy for Daria, her family and Jasmine.
I haven't read the print version but loved the narrator for Sower of Dreams :)
This is a hard question to answer because many scenes were memorable and I don't want to give anything away for someone who hasn't read or listened to the book. So, spoiler alert ahead: One of the most memorable scenes was when the hero finds and rescues the monkey bats. I loved the new words given for the pits (especially as a Star Trek fan myself).
I like how real all the character sounded. How does a male do deep male voices and little girl voices so well? Training?
I cried at times.
Here's a review I posted on Amazon and I am new to reading books through kindle and Audiobooks and Amazon so I don't have many reviews on there. I am very happy I was introduced to this author :)First, a genuine compliment to the author: The worlds intrigue me as much as Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth . In over a decade, I have not been pulled in so craftily! Holland writes her worlds and settings with fascinating detail, yet never with too much detail. In other words, I was never bored and felt like I was IN the story.The characters are real and layered. The action well-written. The story-line extremely creative.Second, I can't wait to listen to the second book.Third, a mention about the narrator, Noah Michael Levine. How do you, Mr. Levine, narrate women's and children's voices so well? I clearly saw each character's facial expressions and body posture because of your narration. Also, I was very impressed that you made the voice of the main character's brother sound so close to her voice but completely male instead of female. In other words, you perfectly portrayed how I expect siblings’ voices to match without being identical. From the child's voice to the accented foreigner's voice, I'm impressed by your work!Did I say I can't wait to purchase the second one? I can't imagine driving now without Mr. Levine's voice in my ear! And, it’s obvious why Holland is a best seller.
This book ranks right up at the top of my lists of books that I have listened to in many months. Daris and Con as, well as all other characters are well developed to the point that they were all very real.
I enjoyed all the scenes and many stand out in my memory but when Thadis stabs the knife into the table after Daris' refusal to his proposal of marriage.
Noah Michael Levine did a wonderful job putting me right in the middle of the story at all times, the voice control he exhibits makes the whole story come alive.
I was NOT happy when my "real" life interfered with my listening; my Kindle and I spent a lot of quality time in the kitchen where my book did not interrupt my husband's TV viewing.
I am going to love the second and third books in this Trilogy.
This story was perfectly narrated, and between the fabulous story and the narrator's interpretation of it, I was hooked. The story is unique, exciting, and in places very sad. It had me in tears a couple of times. I was very moved throughout the whole story which to me makes it the perfect book. It really is unlike any story I have read/listened to before, and I look forward to getting the next installment.
Yes, I've recommended to my sister already. I enjoyed it, and it's just getting better and better.
Again, 2 main characters and I couldn't choose between them.
He reads well, and pulls you into the story.
I'm excited to read the third book and already purchased it.
I'm usually an "unabridged or nothing" type of girl, but I honestly think the first improvement that should be made is to edit at least half the book away. Compounding the problem is a narrator that I don't think is well suited to the story and speaks very slowly.
I got started reading because I was intrigued with the world of dreams/magic that was presented in the beginning. However, the structure of the plot was very sloppy. The use of "magic/religion/other sense/dreams" was incredibly inconsistent. So often the characters missed the ridiculously easy and obvious solution, and spent hundreds of pages doing things the stupid/hard way.
Additionally, the author removed any subtlety from the book. Instead, you were beaten about the head with any character opinions/traits. For example, I lost count of the times we were told, in lengthy pros, that the heroine was having god/religion issues of feeling abandoned.
I feel like he spoke very slowly, which really compounded the problem of a poorly edited book. Further, his female voices were really silly. You spend most of the time "in the head" of the heroine of the book, yet the narrator is an older sounding man. His "teenage girl" voice is pretty silly sounding (kind of like a muppet), which made it even harder to take the story seriously.
After our two main characters meet, things should go much faster. Instead, the author spends hours and hours describing dreams, romantic work breaks, and fantasies they're having while preparing for the "big fight scene." If this had been a movie, I would have watched the last 1/2 on fast forward.
I purchased this book at a severe discount, and I still don't think it was money well spent.
I am thrilled my first experience with Science Fiction/Fantasy was the audiobook of SOWER OF DREAMS by Debra Holland! The author wove a mesmerizing story of Khan and Daria's love and death-defying adventures in a world of beautifully descriptive landscapes and fascinating creatures. Noah Michael Levine is a talented narrator who captures the voices of compelling characters, bringing Ms. Holland's eloquent writing to life. I am looking forward to the audiobook of the sequel, REAPER OF DREAMS!
I feel compelled to leave a review because I had a much different opinion than the reviews on the front page, which were all glowing. I could have given this book a lower score but I felt it wasn't fair since I didn't finish it. Maybe it got better. But after slogging through 3 hours to give it a fair chance, I'm not giving it anymore.
I normally don't like to be negative, but the writing was at the level of a good high schooler. Decent fanfiction. Cliche phrases abounded, and I could finish half the sentences in my head. Lots of eye rolling. Not terrible, but my standards have risen pretty high. The story itself had potential, but not enough to overcome clunky world building and clumsy romance. There was a total lack of believability and detail.
A fantastic narrator might have saved the audiobook. Levine's character voices were actually pretty good, but his regular narration voice is better suited for military non fiction. I'd be willing to give him another chance but for something like SciFi. Maybe a good space opera.
All in all, if you have even dabbled in fantasy and enjoy the genre, move on. There are many many many more audiobook where your credit would be better spent.
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