Ashlynn's Dreams

Devya's Children, Volume 1
Narrated by: Kristin Condon
Series: Devya's Children, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
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Before she was kidnapped, Jillian Marie Antel Blairington was just an average bright, brave, headstrong child. She was excited for life in a new house with her Momma and new Daddy. Afterward, she's all that...and so much more.

Held in a scientific facility, Jillian discovers her past - a family she never knew and a power she doesn't understand. With her ability now activated, she can enter and even shape a person's dreams. Jillian's been kidnapped, and her Gift has been triggered, so she can locate and save Benjamin Connelly, a brother she never even knew she had. She'd better master this strange ability quickly, though, because her life isn't the only one at stake.

Her babysitter Danielle Matheson is being held as a hostage to ensure Jillian's full cooperation. Slowly, Jillian begins to learn more about her captor and the other genetically altered children held at the facility. Join Jillian as she tries to survive the training being forced upon her, find her unknown brother, escape with Danielle, and work her way back to a normal life once more.

©2013 Julie C. Gilbert (P)2014 Julie C. Gilbert
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Loved it and did not want it to end!

Where does Ashlynn's Dreams rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Kristin Condon is one of the best narrators I have listened to and I typically run through 4-5 audiobooks a week. There wasn't one character where I felt the need to cringe at the narrator's portrayal of them. :-)

What did you like best about this story?

Amazing character development from Julie yet again.

Which character – as performed by Kristin Condon – was your favorite?

It is very hard for me to choose just one character that I loved. As this is the second of Julie's books I have read/listened to I loved Nadia in the first and Jillian in this one. I started out reading the book and then switched to the audio version as I was leaving the house. I was amazed while reading at Julie's character development and how I could almost see and hear Jillian talking in my head. Quite often the actor chosen to portray a book character disappoints me or the narrators voice portrayal disappoints me, but I was definitely not disappointed here. Jillian came to life through Julie's words and Kristin's voice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughing, crying, anxious, needing to share with everyone I talked to about how much I was enjoying this book. My first LOL, and yes I really did laugh out loud in the middle of the restaurant I was in ( boy do people look at you funny), was when Jillian starts describing Dr. S...she says..."she meets with me every week just to talk for an hour. It's real nice of her 'cause I'm pretty sure no one's paying her, and she's certainly the type of doctor people pay a whole heap to see all regular like."

Any additional comments?

When I first started the book I was not sure if I liked how everything was told as a submission to the mysterious Dr. S., but as I progressed through the book I had to admit that Julie just really knows what she is doing and that the method made for a much more in depth story.

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Intriguing story with enduring message

What made the experience of listening to Ashlynn's Dreams the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the smooth transition of the narrator, the musical transitions placed between sections which fit the tone of the story, and the voice tone of the narrator/voice actress. Her voice is pleasant to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

I appreciate the enduring message of the story, that goodness is worth pursuing. While it's a classic theme, I believe it is important in this day and age to present it with a perspective coming from a mixture of sci fi/fantasy and young adult in familiar settings (typical settings such as suburban life, school, family issues).

What about Kristin Condon’s performance did you like?

Her versatile tones, smooth transitions, accent impersonations did not seem forced, but natural. I enjoyed her portrayals of the main characters' personalities by making them believable, and not just theatrical

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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Enjoyed the plot

I don't want to say that I didn't like the story - because I did. It was a very interesting and eventually enjoyable read. I liked the TV show Heroes and the movie Push and this goes along the same general premise. I probably would have given it a higher rating if it was written in a different style. It was hard to get into at first because there was so much back and forth going on but not enough time to grasp what was happening. I'm not sure I would have continued on with reading it had I not been asked for a review. You really have to concentrate when you're reading this story. I was also distracted by one of the (child) narrator's deep southern speech/style.
Overall the book was a good story and I commend the author for her ideas and for using such a unique way to deliver the story, the style just wasn't for me.

As for the narrator - it may have been easier to tolerate the southern accent and style of writing without the overemphasis from the narrator. I often became distracted by her and had to pick up the normal version of the book periodically. I could also usually tell when there was a major break between reads because the narrator had a hard time picking back up the accent of whatever character she was reading in the same tone. I would momentarily become confused and think that she was narrating a different character. When she was on a roll or wasn't getting too far into the southern accent, I quite enjoyed her voice and her narrating style.

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great

I totally enjoyed reading this book. It’s well written and the characters were fantastic. I would suggest this book to my friends that like this sort of genera. this was an excellent book

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Ashlynns Dreams

This is a fantastic story. And the Narrator did a fantastic job at bringing the story out. The Author has done a great job at the world building. And bringing out the Characters and the story. I felt like I could visually see the scenes as I read. I definitely recommend this read.
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Interesting story that's very different.

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I really liked this book and can't wait to get the next one. It was a tad confusing at first, but soon, all made sense. The narrator did a good job and I loved that southern county accent. If you enjoy paranormal/sci-fi, this audiobook is for you. I voluntarily reviewed this audiobook after receiving an advanced copy that I requested.

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  • miss
  • 05-01-20

fantastic

what a brilliantly fantastic audiobook from the pen of Julie C Gilbert and narrated by Kirsten Condon.

I love that the book is written from the view of two kidnap victims and is in "their own words" . I've got to listen to the rest now xxxxx

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  • Helen
  • 08-09-19

enjoyable book

do not think its just for young people
enjoyed this book very much can't wait for more books