Sara Barnes thought her life was perfectly ordinary - until the night she began stepping into other people's dreams.
Follow Sara as she learns to cope with this extraordinary gift (or curse) in the first three books of the Dream Series:
DREAM STUDENTIt's bad enough that, thanks to her supernatural talent, Sara is learning more than she ever needed to know about her friends and classmates, watching their most secret fantasies whether she wants to or not. Much worse are the other dreams, the ones she sees nearly every night, featuring a strange, terrifying man who commits unspeakable crimes. Now Sara wonders if she's the only witness to a serial killer - and the only one who knows when and where he's going to strike next.
DREAM DOCTOR Medical school and life as a newlywed would be enough by themselves for anybody to handle. But Sara's got another problem - her dreams have started up again. Almost everyone at the medical school is dreaming about the death of the school's least popular teacher, Dr. Morris, and once again, Sara finds herself in the role of unwilling witness to a murder before it happens. But this time, there are too many suspects to count, and it doesn't help matters that she hates Dr. Morris every bit as much as any of his would-be murderers do.
DREAM CHILD Sara thought she had made peace with her dreaming talent, but she's got a surprise coming: her four-year-old daughter has inherited it, too.
©2013 James J. DiBenedetto (P)2014 James J. DiBenedetto
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"Best series I have read in years!"
It has to be in the top five for listening enjoyment.
Sara, she was a caring intelligent courageous young woman that used her troubling psychic dreams to help and save others. I would want her for my friend.
Her voice was absolutely perfect for portraying Sara, both the dream sequences and Sara's innermost thoughts. It was like being in Sara's mind with her. Plus I like a lovely voice, and Heather has a voice like satin and velvet.
No, it would have been too long since this is a three book series, but I went back to it every chance I got.
I plan to read the rest of the books in this series. It was interesting and a great experience.
"good, best, better"
the first book is a little dry and I think it's from the narrator. there are some places I think would have given me some serious chills if the narrator had put a slightly different infliction on the tone. the second book is so much better. I laughed, cried and everything in between. the third book is pretty good too but is a different tone than the others. you really need to read them all to get it and read them in order. there is no explicit adult content but there are a few places where you know what they were doing. I would say older teen and up on age range. there is some violence but not graphic.
"Each book gets better. Stick with it!"
Dream Student: The mystery and Sara's relationship with her female friends.
Dream Doctor: Discussion of medical school seemed realistic.
Dream Child: Lizzie!
Nope. I liked the narration, especially the voices used for children.
These books are perfect for listening at 1.25X speed. At standard speed they are too slow (see other reviews). I'm guessing a production error because @1.25X there is no voice distortion, As for my review: 3 stars for Dream Student (I have 2 young adult male children--19 year old Saint Brian is totally unbelievable). 4 stars for the other two books in the bundle. Sara's unwavering belief that her (very young) husband is the best ever is still quite nauseating but the rest of the story is rather interesting. I really liked Dream Child as the children in the story were quite adorable.
"Solving problems while you sleep"
Sarah dreams are not her own, she is more a voyeur in other people's dreams, normally people who are interested in harming others. With the knowledge gleaned from these dreams, Sarah and her friends, thwart the desires of those pursuing evil intent.
The three books are about the discovery of Sarah's talents and then finding that it is an inherited thing.
Loved the audio rendition of this series.
"Dream Sequence Books 1-3"
I enjoyed the first three books of this series. The recounting of Sarah's life as a young adult is interesting, part suspense, part murder mystery, part romance, and part young adults coming into their own. The characters have depth, seem real, & likable. The narrator does a great job but her voice has a hypnotic quality that would probably be better suited for erotic romance or children's bedtime stories.
"Great for multitasking"
The publisher's blurb does an excellent job of hinting at each of the books in this part of the series, so I feel no need to recap or give spoilers. I loved the writing and the plots were fascinating and interconnected. I read the audio version as it is very long (but no problem with maintaining interest/fluidity) while at a recurrent opportunity to multitask. The characters are really well done, and I have learned rather quickly to look for more of this author's work.
Heather narrates clearly and well, but I needed to increase the speed for my listening pleasure.
I sort of liked these books. The last one was the best. I think that the author finally gave me the suspense in that one. But let's start with the first. With the first book, Sara is just going through school (as a normal student) until she finds out she has dream powers. I thought that this book was pretty slow. I think that the action really didn't come until probably the second half (at least) of the book. I was not fond at all of how sappy all three books are. I am referring to the scenes between Sara and her boyfriend. They were pretty ridiculous in my opinion. Though to be fair, I am NOT fond of romance books. So I found those scenes to be unbelievable and unnecessary. They really did not add to the books (in my opinion). I also felt like the author made Sara out to be really weak and unable to do anything without her friends and boyfriend. I would give the first book 3 out of 5 stars.
The second book was my least favorite. I felt like there was a buildup to a very anticlimactic ending. I was actually surprised that it was actually the end. I also felt like the author was making her seem like an emotional wreck for no reason. I do enjoy seeing the emotions of characters, but the constant crying, fainting, etc., is irrelevant and did not add anything to the storyline. I could not wait for this one to be over. I would probably give this one 2 stars.
The third book was the best for me. I thought it would be the worst because it is about Sara's daughter. I was certain that it would be silly and that I would hate it. I actually really liked it! It moved along at a much faster pace than the first two. The ending was even very satisfying. I was a little confused about the age of her daughter, though. I thought she was 3 at the beginning of the book, but then at the end, I think I got the impression that she was about 6. But I did not get the impression that a lot of time had passed. So I don't know what was going on with that. Or maybe I just missed something. Anyway, I really did enjoy this one. There was still a bit of romance, but only a few scenes were really sappy enough for me to be annoyed. I think the main reason that I get annoyed with those is because the author makes it seem like she cannot live without her mate and falls apart without him. I kind of felt like the author didn't want her to seem TOO strong. Well... that's the impression I got, anyway. I get annoyed when there's a heroine, but she needs a man to be strong. And all the fainting and crying in the other books was just too much. BUT I think that all of that silliness was diminished significantly in the third book. So I would give it a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars.
I received this free in exchange for my honest review.
"Great Series Beginning!"
I felt drawn in. Really invested in Sara and her family and her gift.
Having the books narrated really puts a more voice into the stories. It feels more suspenseful and just overall really gets you into it all.
Surprisingly I think Mr mafia, the fact that he was able to take the high road and relate to his daughter.
I think the narrator did a fantastic job bringing the story to life, not all of the characters seem to have that many different voices, but you were able to get the gist. Overall fantastic job
I think this series brought out many different emotions, I found myself screaming at Sarah the main character and also laughing and how stupid she could be while also being so incredibly smart.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this book. It seemed almost Nightmare on Elm Street ish (if you know me then you know the appeal). However it reads almost as a diary, this date this occured. It was done in a unique and entertaining way. Our lead character keeps having these horrible nightmares of murders, but then realised they are real events that a killer is dreaming about. Fantastic story line that pulls you in til the very end. I have to say the entire time I'm screaming at them to go to the police!
This series does need to be read in order for a better understanding. in book one we learn of Sarahs special ability, and meet Brian her boyfriend. book two continues their journey, which is predictable, but not in a bad way. I like following the new set of dream sequences, and how the story unfolds. I did struggle with how someone so incredibly book smart is so dense in other areas. The narrator did a fantastic job telling the story and making it come alive.
book 3 :
This series does need to be read in order for complete understanding. In book one we meet Sarah and follow her in college, dealing with nightmares, that are actually real life events. in each book we jump forward a little bit in Sarahs life. Absolutely adore this story line, the author has taken an amazing concept and brought it to life. He ending was quite a suprise, cant wait to read more from this author! I listened to this book on audible, the narrator did a fantastic job bringing the story to life and pulling you into the story line.
"OMG What a Great box set"
Awesome Mystery series
Calamity Jayne series by Kathleen Bacus while she doesn't see peoples dreams Tressa the lead character helps solve crimes and murders where ever she goes
no this was the first but I would like to find more to listen to
A Mystery You Have To See To Believe
this is a great set im so glad I won it from the author he made a fan of me
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