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Strange the Dreamer

Narrated by: Steve West
Series: Strange the Dreamer, Book 1
Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
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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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There is no greater storyteller in all the land...

There is only one author whose books I don’t dare to purchase until her series is completed... Laini Taylor is that author. And the minute Muse Of Nightmares was released, I began Strange The Dreamer.
From her very first word until well past the last, you will be enthralled in her enchantments, reveling in her exquisitely created worlds and plummeting into love with her realer than life characters. There is no greater storyteller in all the land... and she only entrusts her dreams on a page to the best of best. Steve West dazzles here!

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An enjoyable read.

A good read, personally I felt like the flowery writing didn't bother me, and it actually felt like a breath of fresh air compared to some other books that I've read recently. Characters were decently developed but unfortunately the romance felt very rushed compared to all of the other elements of the book. This also kind of derailed the story for a pretty good chunk, where I feel like other elements should have been just as, if not more important?

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Magnificent!

I am completely blown away. What a beautiful story and the way it is told. Flowing like a melody or a river, every word weighted and prerequisite. It fillled my soul with joy and sadness, and left me speechless. You rarely come across a book that consumes you. And the narration was so good, spot on. This book is trully a masterpiece.

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Amazing

Beautifully written and read. The story and the prose are just wonderful. Don’t miss it

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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.

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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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  • 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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-27-19

I couldn't have enjoyed this more

A genuinely beautiful story (a new favourite of mine) and probably the best narrator performance I've heard to date (up there with Tim Gerard Reynolds and the Red Rising series). If you have a heart and a shred of whimsy you won't regret a credit spent here. Unfortunately I couldn't do a review justice, but contained herein is a magical love story with heroes, gods and monsters. Go for it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-13-19

This was honestly addicting

I fell in love with this book, only for it to rip my heart out and make me eat it by the end. Love it!

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  • Jane B
  • 04-23-19

Wonderful storytelling

A skillful piece of story telling with many wonderful word pictures, memorable characters, fully developed world building and a haunting beauty.

The reading performance is excellent. I read the novel a year ago, then listened recently and even though I did remember some of the story, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the story. In fact, I felt annoyed when people interrupted my listening time!

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  • Rita Perry
  • 12-30-18

a well told fable

Refreshingly filled with unexpected twists and a pleasing storyline. Just a little too filled with unrequited love scenes carefully and vividly built for my taste, and it would have been nicer to explore more of the characters in detail

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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