Dreamland

Dale Brown's Dreamland, Book 1
Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Series: Dreamland, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (277 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Hidden in the Nevada desert is America's most advanced aerospace-weapons-testing facility. Dreamland is the place where the nation's top minds come to develop artillery and aircraft that push beyond the cutting edge. And where the Air Force's top guns come to test them, on the front lines of a new era in warfare.

The fiasco of a spy's infiltration has the Pentagon looking for an excuse to close Dreamland down. To clean up the mess, and save Dreamland from the congressional chopping block, Lt. Colonel Tecumseh "Dog" Bastian is sent in.

He's just the guy to shake things up, and does so when a situation erupts in Somalia. Into a hotter-than-hot war zone, he sends his own daughter, the pilot of a Megafortress bomber, with a high-tech, unmanned flight system that could make or break the future of Dreamland.

©2001 Dale Brown and Jim DeFelice (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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A lot like Tom Clancy

What did you like best about Dreamland? What did you like least?

If you like Tom Clancy you'll love it. Every weapon is cataloged, no alpha designation get unused.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Leave out all the excruciating details of weapons' detailed names and just use the real names of things instead of an alphabet soup of mnemonics. The ABC dropped the Xyz123x12 cartridges into his XXX-23 and fired. What? Seriously does the author think I can or want to remember every alphanumeric he drops?

Which scene was your favorite?

When people were actually talking to one another with something to say.

Any additional comments?

While I normally read Dale Brown easily, this one was difficult. IT was so full of acronyms and technical detailed weaponry descriptions that I wanted to scream. Also his characters were all very macho, even the women. It seemed that the characters were being rushed in and about with no sense of reality or real character. They were all in exactly the right place and time, highly unlikely plotting, all tough guys (and gals) and the enemy were fools. In an attempt to make it seem topical, America is at odds with Iranian Muslims in cahoots with Somali pirates and the heroes (all of them) come to save the day.It channels Tom Clancy with "See Jane Run" characterizations.

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Love Dale Brown, I can't believe he wrote this.

I'm stunned Dale Brown put his name on this I was so disappointed. It may be the reader but I barely got it finished. It's not good.

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Nothing to See here....

The plot of the book I read, called Dreamland, does not seem to match this Goodreads description. A heavy mix of tech -vs- story....every weapon is cataloged, no alpha designation get unused. Despite some unbelievable or impossible situations, like a barrel roll in a B-52 or deploying a weapon without NCA approval, or a LtCol replacing a LtGen, or an OSD civilian calling the LtCol for Congressional advice, it was a pretty good story. Dale Brown does that and has done that in his other series, so get over it. Nothing heavy here ... move on to the next story.

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great start

having read this series of books, l fully enjoyed listening to the first book of the series. looking forward to book 2

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Terrible

I like most Dale Brown but this book wore me out. For hours it driveled on and on and on. It was so hard to finish.

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Ok book

The overall book was okay. But the narration was poor hard to tell who was who in the story. Maybe if it was narrated by someone else we could get into it.

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Boring book

Essentially the book version of Top Gun without much of a plot. Very technical fighter jet jargon that was hard to follow. Action moved very slow without much of a plot. Before buying Brown's Moscow Offensive, I thought I'd try Book 1 in the series first. I won't bother with any more of the series. Narration OK but only average. Update: Tried to read again but no better. Gave up halfway and deleted book. Virtually no plot

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Book name well chosen

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This is one of most boring books I have ever listened to. It was named well- Dreamland will surely put you to sleep - not good if you listen to books in your car like me. The story was so slow moving and the characters uninteresting I gave up about 1/3 of the way through. I don't think it was the narrators fault it was the material he had to read. If you like books that just continuously military jargon and no real world conversation you may like it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dale Brown and Jim DeFelice again?

No Never

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

What character would you cut from Dreamland?

All of them

Any additional comments?

Don't bother with this one

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Really boring!

Would you try another book from Dale Brown and Jim DeFelice and/or Christopher Lane?

No

Would you ever listen to anything by Dale Brown and Jim DeFelice again?

No

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Performance was fine.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dreamland?

I don't care for this type of book. I thought it was going to be a mystery.

Any additional comments?

Don't get this book unless you're into a LOT of technical detail about piloting a jet. Blehhhh.

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Great Action - Well Researched - Great Value!

This series is inexpensive if you pay cash ($8) rather than using a credit (just over $11). The whole series is high on military action and even personal action (just a touch, which is all it needs).

The series goes from their base in Nevada, to Hawaii, to Brunei, to Taiwan, to Mainland China and places in between.

Not quite as good as Tom Clancy -- but close and very entertaining!