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Editorial Reviews

Edwina Wren delivers a captivating performance of Elizabeth Knox’s novel Dreamhunter. In 1906, Dreamhunters gather in a special location called The Place, where they harvest dreams and deliver them, often as entertainment or therapy. At times they use their gift to transmit dreams to inflict terror or gain a political advantage. Fifteen-year-old Laura Hame is a Dreamhunter from a well-known family. As she spends more time in The Place, she uncovers an unsavory government conspiracy, and learns what happened to her missing father.

Publisher's Summary

Set in 1906, Dreamhunter describes a world very similar to ours, except for a special place, known simply as "The Place", where only a select group of people can go. These people are called Dreamhunters and they harvest dreams that are then transmitted to the general public for the purposes of entertainment, therapy - or terror and political coercion.

Fifteen-year-old cousins Laura Hame and Rose Tiebold both come from famous dreamhunting families, but only Laura proves to be blessed with the gift. Once inside The Place, she finds out what happened to her missing dreamhunter father and discovers that the government has been using dreams to control an ever-growing population of convicts and political dissenters.

©2005 Elizabeth Knox (P)2006 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A lyrical, intricate and ferociously intelligent fantasy...Satisfies fully while pointing to the promised sequel. Provocative and compelling." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Captivating....Dreamhunter is an example of great writing....Compelling, highly original." (Sydney Sun-Herald)

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    5 out of 5 stars

Simply Excellent, a new idea...

This is a great book with a great narrator! I'm buying the paper book too, just to get my children to read it. It's a new idea told very well. I can't wait to hear/read the 2nd book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tim
  • Norwalk, CT, USA
  • 09-06-08

Waiting for the sequel

The writing is elegant, lyrical and understated. The narration is sensitive. Too bad Audible isn't offering the sequel yet.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Performance

Edwina Wren does a beautiful job narrating this amazing story. Knox has written a great tale of love and growing up.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Stunning

Plunge into an alternate world with echos of that which is familiar. The delicious imagery and word selection led me deeper and deeper into a reality both believable and alien. The characters are wholely genuine and well developed.

I had to rewind several times to savor the crisp narration that richly colors the story, leaving a lingering, haunting feeling, that left me wanting for more.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Easy read

If you don't look too close to reality this story is for you. It's brain candy and the characters are likeable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Dawn
  • Newberg, OR, USA
  • 04-08-07

Left a little empty

While the book itself has a good story line, the narrator's soft voice kept me on the verge of falling asleep. At the very end I felt as if there should be another book coming because so many things are just left. I suppose that I am a bit spoiled by the Fowl series and the Bartimaous trilogy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Michelle
  • san diego, CA, United States
  • 04-23-10

Had to listen at 2x speed

While this story, which was recommended by Stephanie Meyer, is well written and quite compelling the narration is way too slow. I found every breath intake and smacking of the mouth extremely distracting so this is one of the few where I liked the story and didn't care for the narration so I downloaded to my Kindle.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Maarya
  • Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • 03-28-08

a bit confusing

I'd hoped I would like this one as much as everyone eles did but so far it's all been a bit muddled. It took four rewinds before I could fully understand who was supposed to be who and where was supposed to be where before I just let it roll and be done with. I liked the reader's voice in the begining but after awhile she got a little too soft and "dream - like". All in all I wouldn't suggest anyone who wants a good alternate - world novel get this,it's not worth it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

worse narration ever

The book is great, but the narration....
Hard to listen, slow, I never listened to a book take the narrator drives me crazy, well Edwina Wren did. She kept making this noises....Never going to listen to her again!!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A gentle adventure

What does Edwina Wren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Edwina Wren created a gentle monster - I could feel his kindness. Real male voices were a bit more elusive but the story telling did not suffer for it.

Any additional comments?

The two book set was enjoyable the first time, but it took one time through to get a feel for the kind of story it was, and the second time through for me to see it unfold through the characters' eyes. A good balance of inner and outer action, not buried in a sea of thoughts and descriptive detail. However, what was really buried and the story behind it still seems a bit murky to me. As oft happens in such tales, when characters have an "aha" moment, I am tempted to wonder what else they might have surmised had the author had not told them what to think.Boys might not choose this story, but I think they would be their loss. By the way, so interesting that there are religious characters who are not hypocritical evil incarnate.