• The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe

  • By: Kij Johnson
  • Narrated by: Kij Johnson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (184 ratings)

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The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe

By: Kij Johnson
Narrated by: Kij Johnson
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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

Critic Reviews

"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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it took me a few trys to ger through this audio

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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Simply amazing!!

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

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Excellent audiobook!

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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from your listener, June

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

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Great listen!

Took awhile to get used to narration. Enjoyable story. Interesting premise. I recommend this book.

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Awesome Sci Fi

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 Science Fiction!

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So good! I can see why it was up for so many awards. Can't wait to listen again!

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wonderful story written and read by a real talent!

Wonderful story written and read by a real talented author! Can't wait for more from this author.

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Awesome Scifi!

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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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Sci Fi fantasy at its best

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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Journey Through the Dreamlands

Kij Johnson is one of my favourite living short fiction writers. She always delivers the unexpected - from her ultraviolent stories, to her quieter, more pensive tales. This was no exception, and I loved the inclusion of an older female character, so often invisible or ignored in fantasy. Vellitt was a great character, too - fierce and caring and intelligent, with a rich history of travelling. The ending was surprising and yet inevitable, as a good ending should be.

And while I love Johnson, I didn't think her narration was very good in places. When there was no dialogue, which is most of the story, it was fine, but the beginning was a little painful due to the lack of inflection or emotion in the dialogue. But otherwise, it worked well.

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