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Publisher's Summary

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around - and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it.

Then a stunning opportunity presents itself in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep 200 years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries - including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo's dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times best-selling Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

©2017 Laini Taylor (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Wow wow wow

I almost hated the ending, but it the last chapter saved it. Laini Taylor is a genius!!! I'm glad she was born. Every time I think the story can't possibly get any better, she goes ahead and proves me wrong.

All best stories are sweet, and full of monsters!

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Half baked

First if all, Steve West is always good. That was not the problem.

The problem with this book is that it starts of great, struggles with where to go from there and finally ends it all with a cliffhanger, leaving the listener annoyed, rather than intrigued.

Not recommended.

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Absolutely spellbinding!

This was my first time trying an audiobook and I couldn't have chosen a better one! the story was enchanting and beautifully written. Unpredictable and very very magical..

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a very Laini book , incredibly pleasing

Oo good gardener save me,
the plums are to sweet on the edge of being rotten and my bed is all singed with the gosts closing in.

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  • graham
  • 10-27-17

Shocking Discovery!

Took me by surprise.
Was struggling for my next listen;
this seemed like the least worse option.
What a wonderful surprise! It’s a beautifully
told tale of awe, wonder, and possibilities.
Roll on the next instalment!

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  • Stella
  • 07-05-17

Strange the story

Fantastic storyline, as ever with Laini Taylor's amazing ideas, narrated superbly by Steve West. This proved to be one of the best audible books I have so far enjoyed. Thank you! The anticipation of the sequel is almost too much to bear!

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  • leelou
  • 07-03-17

The most beautiful story

I loved the imagination used in this tale it was breathtaking and stunning I have been waiting for the second book for months and have listened to this twice now as I just adore it. I have a large collection of audible books and if you like magic and make believe this for you and the icing on the cake is the narrator- well done

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  • JM
  • 07-03-17

charmingly creative story

interesting and innovative story, maybe drags a bit over the romance, but I think the author has one of the most distinctively creative minds I have come across in a long time. some genuinely beautiful writing.

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  • Mags B
  • 06-04-17

OMG - please hurry up with book 2

Where does Strange the Dreamer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best books I can ever remember.

What did you like best about this story?

Modern dilemmas in a total mythical situation. It shows the good intentions off all the characters, even the bad ones.

Have you listened to any of Steve West’s other performances? How does this one compare?

The best kind of narration; you forget about the narrator and are just there.

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

It made me laugh, cry and scream at the characters in frustration.

Any additional comments?

I actually shouted out "No" at the cliffhanger.

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  • David
  • 03-31-17

Poetry, Dream & Heart

If you could sum up Strange the Dreamer in three words, what would they be?

A poignant, haunting and beautiful tale

What did you like best about this story?

It's message and theme, the way that there is no evil, only good intention turned sour.

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

Yes

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-10-17

Rich storytelling

Love this book and the way Laini Taylor creates her own, very unique, myths,monsters and gods.
Personally I'm not that enthralled by how much romance/passion there is in there (I think a bit enhances it) but it doesn't put me off enjoying the story.

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  • J. B. Connor
  • 05-14-17

By the Gods!

Very well constructed. Enjoyed getting to know the characters. Loved the dream concept. Was left wanting more.

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  • Stacey
  • 04-27-17

enjoyable story and listen

the story felt original and well written. i must admit i hate having to wait for a next book for an answer to a question.
the narrator was very good although his soft tone did make me fall asleep alot

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  • Rhiannon Ryman
  • 04-21-17

Beautiful and dreamlike

Latino Taylor's writing has always had a dreamlike quality to it, the way she paints worlds in your mind and pulls you into a story full of wonder and fantasy. This book is no exception. The narration added and extra layer of whimsy and feeling that really brought the characters to life. I cannot wait for the sequal

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  • Jamie
  • 07-04-17

Amazing story... good narrator

What made the experience of listening to Strange the Dreamer the most enjoyable?

The story itself. Laini Taylor tells a story like no one I've read (some caliber as Brandon Sanderson) and she has earned a place among my most favorite authors of all time. The narrator also added a particular je ne sais quoi that was difficult to get used to at first (I think mostly because of the accent) but became endearing to me by the end.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot and characters - I feel like I know them and that Weep is just reachable beyond the horizon.

What about Steve West’s performance did you like?

He was really good at keeping tempo with what he was reading. It almost felt as if he lived and breathed what was happening, and I think I'll have a hard time going on to listening to someone else now that I am used to the way he speaks.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending - it brought tears to my eyes.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-13-17

Captivated

i loved this book from the start, like all the authors books, you're transported right into the story. Spellbound.

i loved the performance & reading! The difference voices & the afflictions of the words. I can't wait for the next one!! Thank you, thank you so much :)

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  • Mel Reviews Books
  • 03-07-18

Didn't live up to the hype.

This was a little disappointing, tbh. I had heard so many good things about this book and I just didn't love it. I think the main thing for me is that I would have loved this book so much more if the focus was on the problem at hand and not on the romance. 

I did love the world building. Both the dream worlds and the "real" world were vivid and fantastic. I would've loved to wonder down the streets of Lazlo's Weep and the writing was descriptive and detailed enough that at times I almost felt I was. The writing was another thing that I enjoyed. Laini Taylor really has a way with words, and although the lushness of her writing did slow the pace of the story a little I didn't mind. The pacing was quite slow, but I didn't really have any issues with that. I felt like that it helped in making the world that much more richer.

I loved Lazlo as a character, even if he did feel a bit like a special snowflake at times, he was so kind and caring and that is good to see in books sometimes. I loved Eril-Fane, too, and I loved how complex he was. I liked Sarai and watching her handle her dilemma but there were times when she annoyed me and didn't act when I think she could have. Other than these three characters I felt like the other characters felt a little flat and one dimensional. I would have loved to have seen more of them, particularly Calixte, Azareen and Suheyla, and I would have liked to have seen more dimensions to Thyon Nero. 

Now to the romance, I didn't care for the main relationship at all. I can see why it needed to happen for plot reasons, but there was way to much of a focus on it and it was fairly insta-lovey. There was another character who I much preferred in relationship with Lazlo and I was disappointed that nothing happened there, which probably made me less accepting of what did happen. There was one minor relationship that I felt unnecessary and pointless and two that I would've loved to seen more of. One of the relationships I loved a lot even though it was broken and complex and the other I think I could've loved if it was on page more.

I listened to the audiobook for this. The narrator, Steve West, did a really good job at bringing the characters to life and I think he did a pretty good job with the female voices. The only negative thing I would say is that the voice he did for Minya was so annoying that I almost wanted to read her scenes from the physical book instead of listening to them.

I did like Strange the Dreamer, but I didn't love it and I don't think it lived up to the hype. At this point I'm not even sure if I will read the sequel, which given the ending probably says quite a bit.

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  • Caila
  • 01-29-18

Magic.

It is always magical with Laini Taylor... then add Steve West's soothing narrator voice and suddenly you're transported into another world. Because of this audiobook, I was looking forward to my travel to and from work and didn't mind the traffic at all.. can't wait until Muse of Nightmares!

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  • Susan
  • 12-04-17

Magically strange

Wonderful....what a beautifully imagined world, terrifying at times....the characters remain vividly in my mind

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  • Jenifer
  • 10-21-17

Fantastic!

Simply awesome story. Well written and read. Cannot recommend this book highly enough, and... there’s more to come.👍

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  • Claire Behr
  • 09-03-17

bring on the next one.

language and prose and fairytales. Imaginative and different. glad of the audio book to pronounce the names. loved the performance also