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Publisher's Summary

For Jeff Johnston, a young historical researcher for a Civil War novelist, reality is redefined on a bitter cold night near the close of a lingering winter. He meets Annie, an intense and lovely young woman suffering from vivid nightmares. Haunted by the dreamer and her unrelenting dreams, Jeff leads Annie on an emotional odyssey through the heartland of the Civil War in search of a cure.

On long-silenced battlefields their relationship blossoms - two obsessed lovers linked by unbreakable chains of history, torn by a duty that could destroy them both. Suspenseful, moving, and highly compelling, Lincoln’s Dreams is a novel of rare imaginative power.

©1987 Connie Willis (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A novel of classical proportions and virtues...humane and moving." (The Washington Post Book World)
"A love story on more than one level, and Ms. Willis does justice to them all. It was only toward the end of the book that I realized how much tension had been generated, how engrossed I was in the characters, how much I cared about their fates." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Last chapter not missing

I hesitated about buying the audiobook since the only comment complained about the end missing, but took a chance on it being fixed. Luckily it was, and the end is not missing anymore.

The book convinced me once again that Connie Willis is a fabulous writer, so I will continue to listen my way through her bibliography :)

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  • C. Robb
  • Rehoboth, MA USA
  • 09-13-12

missing the last chapter

What did you like best about Lincoln's Dreams? What did you like least?

I love willis's style that sucks the reader or listener in to improbable situations and accelerates the excitement and uncertainty

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last chapter was missing. the last 20 minutes was a replay of the middle of the book.

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  • Rachel
  • YAKIMA, WA, United States
  • 07-26-16

decent, but not excellent Connie Willis

Given that Connie Willis is great, this was not my most favorite of her books or stories.
I thought the pace of this one was a little slow, and I wasn't super excited about the main weird thing going on in the story.
Published in 87, this is her second book (as far as I can tell) and it includes hints of what the great author will handle so expertly later (namely history, mysterious goings on, people trying to make a difference, etc), but just isn't as good.
If you're reading through all her books, like I am, go for it. It's not bad.

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Disappointing story, good history of Civil War.

I love love Connie Willis and have read most of what she’s written. Every once in a while she writes a lovely but depressingly sad story, like this one. It feels like she’s trying to say something poignant but doesn’t really know how to give meaning and purpose to suffering. Kind of like the Winds of Marble Arch (which if you liked you might like this story.) As usual her historical research and feeling like you were IN the Civil War was spot on, but ultimately the story just felt sad and hopeless. Read one of her many other delightful works instead..

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  • cps
  • Texas
  • 06-11-17

Good book

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Good book but not as good as some of her other books. I would recommend it.

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  • Jantar
  • 12-23-12

Beyond dream

In Lincoln's Dreams Connie Willis has created characters and built a world that will both open your eyes and haunt your dreams for the rest of your life. A story of loss, obsession and love, it is also proof that ordinary humans can build more worlds and live more dreams than most gods and heroes have room for in their philosophy.

If War & Peace was a great triumph, Lincoln's Dreams is a true miracle.

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