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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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    Nate Halstead United States 06-24-17
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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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    I really enjoyed the amount of detail put into this book. The author did a wonderful job narrating. Great sci fi!

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    Vellitt Boe is one of the coolest science fiction stories I've read/heard in a long time. Congrats to Kij Jonson for pulling this off! AWESOME!

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    "Great story, hindered by not-great narration"

    The title says it all: really enjoyable story, a bit slow to start but lushly descriptive. My only complaint is the narration, which is done by the author herself. She's not abjectly terrible, but stumbles here and there and makes some odd choices in inflection. It's a shame they didn't spring for a professional narrator, because then this would have been absolutely riveting.

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    This was great. Loved every chapter and every word. Good job to the author in narrating her book.

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    No joke one of my favorite sci fi books today. Dreamy all the way through!

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    Love that this book was nominated for so many awards. i can see why. Great story.

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