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The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe Audiobook

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe

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Publisher's Summary

One of NPR's Best Books of 2016 and a 2016 Nebula Award finalist for Best Novella

Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women's College. When one of her most gifted students elopes with a dreamer from the waking world, Vellitt must retrieve her.

©2016 Tor.com (P)2017 TalkingBook

What the Critics Say

"Kij Johnson's haunting novella The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe is both a commentary on a classic H.P. Lovecraft tale and a profound reflection on a woman's life. Vellitt's quest to find a former student who may be the only person who can save her community takes her through a world governed by a seemingly arbitrary dream logic in which she occasionally glimpses an underlying but mysterious order, a world ruled by capricious gods and populated by the creatures of dreams and nightmares. Those familiar with Lovecraft's work will travel through a fantasy landscape infused with Lovecraftian images viewed from another perspective, but even readers unfamiliar with his work will be enthralled by Vellitt's quest. A remarkable accomplishment that repays rereading." (Pamela Sargent, winner of the Nebula Award)

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    I couldnt stop listening. Finished in one sitting. Best scifi I've listened to in a long time!

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    Would you listen to The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe again? Why?

    Absolutely! This is a brilliant take on Lovecraft's "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath." With Vellitt Boe, Kij Johnson was able to recreate the expansive wonder of the tale that inspired it. Absorbing and enjoyable.


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    "Thoroughly enjoyed this!"

    A weird and fantastic take on The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. I'm looking forward to checking out more stuff from Kij Johnson.

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    "from your listener, June"

    This was quite a lovely story! The narration was decent, and the descriptions very colorful.

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    It's so awesome a book like this gets so much love. Great story and great narration from the author!

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    I can see why Kij Johnson was nominated for a Hugo award. This book is so wonderfully imaginative and it feels like I've been there. Definitely one of the good ones.

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    unfortunately the narration was not up to the challange of the plot and characters.

    this stort is perhaps better served by being read than listened to.

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    my husband liked this book and thought I would like it too. unfortunately I can't listen to it with this narrator.

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    I enjoyed the story itself but found pronunciations and descriptions of some rock types at odds with them as I grew up with.

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