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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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Summary

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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Shocking Discovery!

Took me by surprise.
Was struggling for my next listen;
this seemed like the least worse option.
What a wonderful surprise! It’s a beautifully
told tale of awe, wonder, and possibilities.
Roll on the next instalment!

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Strange the story

Fantastic storyline, as ever with Laini Taylor's amazing ideas, narrated superbly by Steve West. This proved to be one of the best audible books I have so far enjoyed. Thank you! The anticipation of the sequel is almost too much to bear!

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  • JM
  • 03-07-17

charmingly creative story

interesting and innovative story, maybe drags a bit over the romance, but I think the author has one of the most distinctively creative minds I have come across in a long time. some genuinely beautiful writing.

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OMG - please hurry up with book 2

Where does Strange the Dreamer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best books I can ever remember.

What did you like best about this story?

Modern dilemmas in a total mythical situation. It shows the good intentions off all the characters, even the bad ones.

Have you listened to any of Steve West’s other performances? How does this one compare?

The best kind of narration; you forget about the narrator and are just there.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh, cry and scream at the characters in frustration.

Any additional comments?

I actually shouted out "No" at the cliffhanger.

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Poetry, Dream & Heart

If you could sum up Strange the Dreamer in three words, what would they be?

A poignant, haunting and beautiful tale

What did you like best about this story?

It's message and theme, the way that there is no evil, only good intention turned sour.

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

Yes

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The most beautiful story

I loved the imagination used in this tale it was breathtaking and stunning I have been waiting for the second book for months and have listened to this twice now as I just adore it. I have a large collection of audible books and if you like magic and make believe this for you and the icing on the cake is the narrator- well done

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Rich storytelling

Love this book and the way Laini Taylor creates her own, very unique, myths,monsters and gods.
Personally I'm not that enthralled by how much romance/passion there is in there (I think a bit enhances it) but it doesn't put me off enjoying the story.

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By the Gods!

Very well constructed. Enjoyed getting to know the characters. Loved the dream concept. Was left wanting more.

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enjoyable story and listen

the story felt original and well written. i must admit i hate having to wait for a next book for an answer to a question.
the narrator was very good although his soft tone did make me fall asleep alot

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Beautiful and dreamlike

Latino Taylor's writing has always had a dreamlike quality to it, the way she paints worlds in your mind and pulls you into a story full of wonder and fantasy. This book is no exception. The narration added and extra layer of whimsy and feeling that really brought the characters to life. I cannot wait for the sequal

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  • Dreamer
  • 15-02-18

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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  • 🎧AudiobookFiend
  • 04-10-18

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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  • Rasmus
  • 06-03-20

Meandering but great

Wonderful book with some minor flaws. It had a pacing problem towards the end, where it also started pumping out clichés left and right. Dialogue, while always great to listen to, would sometimes linger on something longer than it needed.

Characters were all wonderful. It's impressive how much one can empathise with the main antagonist whilst also loathing them. There is one notable exception here.

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The main characters empathy towards the godsborn when told about what the godslayer did to them, while in character, made him totally forget about the suffering the people of weep had to endure under the Gods and it was very weird how he totally flipped on an issue when another character blatantly told him about the issue and how much it troubled them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-19

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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  • Deimante
  • 08-02-19

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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  • maricarmen
  • 30-01-19

Amazing

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

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  • Marcus
  • 27-05-18

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.

Not recommended.

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  • Anuja
  • 11-06-17

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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  • lea
  • 01-04-17

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.