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Publisher's Summary

Imagine a Depression-era town where it hasn't rained for years. A pale rainmaker with other-worldly eyes brings rain to the countryside and mesmerizes the townspeople, but the children begin to disappear one by one. Only young Robert Steelgate is able to resist the rainmaker's spell and begin the struggle to discover what has happened to his missing brother and the other children.

©2001 Arthur Slade (P)2015 Arthur Slade

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Ver y good story

Somehow short, but very interesting. Narrated from the point of view of a dreamy 11 year old boy, this is the story of how evil entered a small 1930's Canadian town without anybody realising so, except this boy. Evil dresses itself as good, the reason why it's so difficult to spot it.

Almost a horror story, very spooky, but very well narrated. Don't let yourself be discouraged by its apparent slowness, its part of its beauty, like it were a poem instead of a novel.,

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  • APUser
  • Reading, PA USA
  • 07-17-17

Totaly DIfferent

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have never read/listened to a book with this premise. I really enjoyed the whole idea of the book. The narration was perfect for the story. I will definitely look for more books buy this author/narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

It was different from any other story I have read.

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

The emotion that was heard in the narration. I believe, only the author really knows how they meant the character to feel/speak

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

Knowing all the other kids involved.

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Creepy and enticing

What an interesting story! This started a bit slow, but quickly wicked me in. It is reminiscent of Something Wicked This Way Comes. It is a story of a boy on the edge of becoming an adult, this allowing him to remember his missing brother and to go and find him and all of the other missing children.

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Excellent Book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would definitely recommend this audiobook, it was a good book to listen to and the narrator read very well and was not just a boring voice. He made the characters come alive to me.

What did you like best about this story?

The ending was the best, the way the story turned out. Happy and sad

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

Knowing that the Author is the narrator is great because he made me feel that the characters were real. Even the changing of his voice for each one was great.

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

No, I actually listen to my books when I need to calm down because I have an anxiety disorder but I very well could have listened to the whole thing, it was that good

Any additional comments?

Love Arthur Slade books!!!!!!

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Fantastical journy of a boy

If you could sum up Dust in three words, what would they be?

Mysterious, Fantastical, and brilliant

Which character – as performed by Arthur Slade – was your favorite?

This narrator did a great job. It was the first of his work I had listened to, I will be on the look out for more. Very well done.

Any additional comments?

Robert Steelgate is an unusual hero,he has an insight or talent that allows him to see what others don't if it be threw the omen of blood eggs or the ability to see through what others want him to believe about their good intentions and helpful nature.
He is the only one who can find his missing little brother, there are strange forces taking over the town's people if it be a form of mesmerizing or dark forces, they seem obsessed over one thing and seldom remember that there are children missing.
Other than Robert the only other adult that has not bought into Abram is the Monty Sargent Ransom.
This story was fantastical in both the events that unfold and the vocabulary used to tell the story.The ending leaves just the right amount of mystery for the reader to continue what was going on in the end. The narrator did a great job with this story and I think it will be a book that schools could use in Middle grade to further language and vocabulary skills of their students.

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I really enjoyed this book!

This book starts out with the question "do you like being young?" Young Matthew says, yes I do. And there starts the tale. The setting of this story is in depression-era Upper Canada, a time of drought. A little brother disappears, a mysterious stranger arrives, and an 11 year old boy wants to bring home his sibling. Wonderfully told, excellent descriptions, characters that I could sympathize with, and a Canadian Mountie to boot. A very interesting, spooky tale of a quest for eternal life and a young child that wants to set things right and bring lost children home.

I was fortunate enough to enjoy the Audible version of this book, which is read by the author himself. I recommend reading/listening to it. Perfect read for this Halloween time of year.

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Stephen King meets RL Stine

I really enjoyed this book. I know that the narrator is the author, and I think he would do this book a lot of justice in getting someone professional to narrate the book. It would make a HUGE difference. With the right narrator, this book would have gotten 5 stars from me.

This book has that creepy, sneak up on you feel that you get from reading a Stephen King book, but at a RL Stine level. These are TOTAL compliments by the way. I really enjoyed the story. I would say that this book would be a total hit for young kids about the age of 12 or so up to adults.

I don't like to spoil anything so I will say this. The characters in this book could liven up a bit. We really do not get to know them very well. I would like to see more into them. One character was never fully explained to me, but that might be the point. I am going to contact the author (hopefully I will get a response) and see if can get some insight! HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!!

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Well done

Would you listen to Dust again? Why?

I expect to listen to Dust a few more times. I have read the story a few times and having the author read it makes it all that much better.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dust?

The opening scene where the boy is abducted. Time stretched and tension built.

Which scene was your favorite?

Perhaps the butterfly scene in the schoolhouse.

Any additional comments?

This is my favorite Art Slade book. So far. And Art knows how to pronounce coyote.

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interesting read

I liked this creepy little audiobook. Has a Stephen King feel to it!! Would recommend!

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If you loved Ray Bradbury, you'll be delighted.

What did you love best about Dust?

It was a magical story, scary but not too gruesome or filled with inappropriate language for kids. For an adult, it is both an enthralling tale and a trip back to that Tom Sawyer age and time. I would give it to anyone from about ten years old on up.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dust?

The most memorable moments for me are right at the end and definitely spoilers, but as the story starts out ordinary and normal, when little Matthew meets the strange pale man and gets into his truck, we know something is going to happen. That moment of foreboding, when you want to yell at the kid, "Don't do it!" is the turning point of the story's beginning.

Which character – as performed by Arthur Slade – was your favorite?

I loved Robert: his sadness and concern about his missing brother, his quiet observation of everything that goes on around him, his growing skepticism and suspicion about Abram, the rainmaker. He's no big action hero, but he's always watching and thinking, and he cares about doing the right thing.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

What price for rain is too much in a time of drought?

Any additional comments?

Exquisite work! I was not prepared to go back to my days as a kid reading Ray Bradbury and Zenna Henderson. I had to stop everything and listen to the end, and now I want to hear it again. I am gobsmacked.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 05-11-17

"...like dust on the wings of butterflies."

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Simply stunning. A coming of age story like no other.
Richard's little brother goes missing when on his way into town to buy liquorice and gum. He is not the only child to disappear in the area. But strangely, the folks in the drought wasted farmlands of Canada seem to forget their lost children when a rainman arrives and gets the townsfolk involved in building a Rain Mill.
But Richard is different. He lives in his head, a world of adventures on Mars, via Edgar Rice Burroughs and other books loaned to him by his uncle. And he remembers Matthew, his little lost brother.

This is a magical, but frightening, vision of life seen through the eyes of an imaginative child caught "on the cusp between boy and man. Beautifully, almost poetically written, it is also well read by the author, Arthur Slade. With exquisite pacing, Mr.Slade narrates with clarity and just the right intonation to give meaning and emotion to his text.

I loved this book. It was fresh, original, intriguing and beautiful. I very much hope we hear more from this author.