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Publisher's Summary

Sara Barnes thought her life was perfectly ordinary - until the night she began stepping into other people’s dreams. 

Follow Sara as she learns to cope with this extraordinary gift (or curse) in the first three books of the Dream Doctor Mysteries: 

Dream Student

It’s bad enough that, thanks to her supernatural talent, Sara is learning more than she ever needed to know about her friends and classmates, watching their most secret fantasies whether she wants to or not. Much worse are the other dreams, the ones she sees nearly every night, featuring a strange, terrifying man who commits unspeakable crimes. Now Sara wonders if she’s the only witness to a serial killer - and the only one who knows when and where he’s going to strike next. 

Dream Doctor

Medical school and life as a newlywed would be enough by themselves for anybody to handle. But Sara’s got another problem - her dreams have started up again. Almost everyone at the medical school is dreaming about the death of the school’s least popular teacher, Dr. Morris, and once again, Sara finds herself in the role of unwilling witness to a murder before it happens. But this time, there are too many suspects to count, and it doesn’t help matters that she hates Dr. Morris every bit as much as any of his would-be murderers do. 

Dream Child

Sara thought she had made peace with her dreaming talent, but she’s got a surprise coming: her four-year-old daughter has inherited it, too. 

Unraveling a mystery with lives on the line is difficult enough under the best of circumstances. But when Sara has to view all the evidence through the eyes - and dreams - of a toddler, it may be an impossible task.

Also by J.J. DiBenedetto:

  • The Dream Doctor Mysteries (all 10 books!) 
  • Betty and Howard’s Excellent Adventure (narrated by Doctor Who star Nicola Bryant!) 
  • The Jane Barnaby Adventures (three books so far!) 
  • Finding Dori (part of the Welcome to Romance collection!) 
  • Mr. Smith and the Roach (coming soon!)                              
©2013 James J. DiBenedetto (P)2014 James J. DiBenedetto

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  • Jan
  • MKE
  • 06-04-16

Great for multitasking

The publisher's blurb does an excellent job of hinting at each of the books in this part of the series, so I feel no need to recap or give spoilers. I loved the writing and the plots were fascinating and interconnected. I read the audio version as it is very long (but no problem with maintaining interest/fluidity) while at a recurrent opportunity to multitask. The characters are really well done, and I have learned rather quickly to look for more of this author's work.
Heather narrates clearly and well, but I needed to increase the speed for my listening pleasure.

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Pretty good

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I sort of liked these books. The last one was the best. I think that the author finally gave me the suspense in that one. But let's start with the first. With the first book, Sara is just going through school (as a normal student) until she finds out she has dream powers. I thought that this book was pretty slow. I think that the action really didn't come until probably the second half (at least) of the book. I was not fond at all of how sappy all three books are. I am referring to the scenes between Sara and her boyfriend. They were pretty ridiculous in my opinion. Though to be fair, I am NOT fond of romance books. So I found those scenes to be unbelievable and unnecessary. They really did not add to the books (in my opinion). I also felt like the author made Sara out to be really weak and unable to do anything without her friends and boyfriend. I would give the first book 3 out of 5 stars.
The second book was my least favorite. I felt like there was a buildup to a very anticlimactic ending. I was actually surprised that it was actually the end. I also felt like the author was making her seem like an emotional wreck for no reason. I do enjoy seeing the emotions of characters, but the constant crying, fainting, etc., is irrelevant and did not add anything to the storyline. I could not wait for this one to be over. I would probably give this one 2 stars.
The third book was the best for me. I thought it would be the worst because it is about Sara's daughter. I was certain that it would be silly and that I would hate it. I actually really liked it! It moved along at a much faster pace than the first two. The ending was even very satisfying. I was a little confused about the age of her daughter, though. I thought she was 3 at the beginning of the book, but then at the end, I think I got the impression that she was about 6. But I did not get the impression that a lot of time had passed. So I don't know what was going on with that. Or maybe I just missed something. Anyway, I really did enjoy this one. There was still a bit of romance, but only a few scenes were really sappy enough for me to be annoyed. I think the main reason that I get annoyed with those is because the author makes it seem like she cannot live without her mate and falls apart without him. I kind of felt like the author didn't want her to seem TOO strong. Well... that's the impression I got, anyway. I get annoyed when there's a heroine, but she needs a man to be strong. And all the fainting and crying in the other books was just too much. BUT I think that all of that silliness was diminished significantly in the third book. So I would give it a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars.
I received this free in exchange for my honest review.

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Best series I have read in years!

Where does Dream Sequence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It has to be in the top five for listening enjoyment.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sara, she was a caring intelligent courageous young woman that used her troubling psychic dreams to help and save others. I would want her for my friend.

What about Heather Jane Hogan’s performance did you like?

Her voice was absolutely perfect for portraying Sara, both the dream sequences and Sara's innermost thoughts. It was like being in Sara's mind with her. Plus I like a lovely voice, and Heather has a voice like satin and velvet.

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

No, it would have been too long since this is a three book series, but I went back to it every chance I got.

Any additional comments?

I plan to read the rest of the books in this series. It was interesting and a great experience.

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An set of intimate, unusual books about a med student/ doctor with an unusual gift

The Dream Sequence is a series of three books that defy conventional book classification. The books are part paranormal thriller, but they are far more intimate and personal than one would expect books in that category. They also fold in romance, and the story of a young doctor's life from med school to residency. The pace is slow, but patience is rewarded with a good, unique story.

The narrator of the audiobooks does a nice job with the books.

I received this audiobook as a gift. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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Unique

Good narrator! Interesting audio book and unique take. Sarah Barnes later Alderson begins to have strange while a medical student. These dreams are like a mystery holding some truths. With the knowledge of these dreams, Sarah saves lives. In Dream child, her eldest child, Lizzie has these dreams also at age of four. I loved the descriptions of the dreams.

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Lovely!

I started listening to this book out of curiosity. I really enjoyed it. It tells a great story of a young lady who grows into an amazing woman who is able to travel into other people's dreams. Thanks to the dreams she is able to solve different situations and saves lives. I recommend the series.

I received the book as a free gift for my review and honest opinion.

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OMG what a great book

I was gifted this audio ARC from the author for a honest and unbiased review.
First let me say this book is 34 hours listening. Make sure you find the time to listen it's well worth it.
J.J. DiBenedetto has put together another fantastic book. The characters have a real feel to them and as they tell their stories you can really get caught up in them.
The Dream Sequence has intrigue, mystery lots of secrets. It also gets you caught up with a little romance and family.
The heroine is Sara who has the ability to see into others dreams and in doing so solves murders and other crimes
Even though it's a long listen it is truly worth the time involved.
Heather Jane Hogan has done a spectacular job in the reading of the book.
I can't wait to read more of J.J. DiBenedetto books.
Please buy this audiobook!

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Great Narration!

This story was very long. Very detailed. Sara starts in med school and ends up in her career. This will take you all the way through it.

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good, best, better

the first book is a little dry and I think it's from the narrator. there are some places I think would have given me some serious chills if the narrator had put a slightly different infliction on the tone. the second book is so much better. I laughed, cried and everything in between. the third book is pretty good too but is a different tone than the others. you really need to read them all to get it and read them in order. there is no explicit adult content but there are a few places where you know what they were doing. I would say older teen and up on age range. there is some violence but not graphic.

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Each book gets better. Stick with it!

If you could sum up Dream Sequence in three words, what would they be?

Interesting
Compelling
Mysterious

What did you like best about this story?

Dream Student: The mystery and Sara's relationship with her female friends.
Dream Doctor: Discussion of medical school seemed realistic.
Dream Child: Lizzie!

Have you listened to any of Heather Jane Hogan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Nope. I liked the narration, especially the voices used for children.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Stay Awake!

Any additional comments?

These books are perfect for listening at 1.25X speed. At standard speed they are too slow (see other reviews). I'm guessing a production error because @1.25X there is no voice distortion, As for my review: 3 stars for Dream Student (I have 2 young adult male children--19 year old Saint Brian is totally unbelievable). 4 stars for the other two books in the bundle. Sara's unwavering belief that her (very young) husband is the best ever is still quite nauseating but the rest of the story is rather interesting. I really liked Dream Child as the children in the story were quite adorable.

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 11-29-17

Good series.

I love a story with mystery and suspense so I really enjoyed listening to the first three books in the Dream series.

The premise of the story sounded great and very intriguing- Sara sees other people's dreams when she falls asleep and 'witnesses' a murder when she does so.
It's a race against time to solve mysteries, solve murders and save victims.

It sounds exciting....and it is at times, however there are also sections which where the story was quite slow and simply revolved round the characters day to day activities. A lot of the story is college based where the characters are young and quite immature. The relationships develop at breakneck speed and Sara and Brian get married ridiculously young. However, they made a cute couple and I liked them.

The narrator does a great job with performing the different voices. I also liked how she changed her tone of voice to differentiate between Sarah's dreams and the rest of the story.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy gifted by the author.

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  • Deedra
  • 04-05-17

Dream Sequence

Audible:I gave up in part 2.It is a VERY slow book.College love story and immaturity gets in the way of the story.Heather Jane Hogan has a nice voice, but needs to put some gumption in her reading.I was provided this book by the author, narrator or publisher.