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Strange the Dreamer

Narrated by: Steve West
Series: Strange the Dreamer, Book 1
Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (194 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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Amazing story... good narrator

What made the experience of listening to Strange the Dreamer the most enjoyable?

The story itself. Laini Taylor tells a story like no one I've read (some caliber as Brandon Sanderson) and she has earned a place among my most favorite authors of all time. The narrator also added a particular je ne sais quoi that was difficult to get used to at first (I think mostly because of the accent) but became endearing to me by the end.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot and characters - I feel like I know them and that Weep is just reachable beyond the horizon.

What about Steve West’s performance did you like?

He was really good at keeping tempo with what he was reading. It almost felt as if he lived and breathed what was happening, and I think I'll have a hard time going on to listening to someone else now that I am used to the way he speaks.

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

The ending - it brought tears to my eyes.

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Captivated

i loved this book from the start, like all the authors books, you're transported right into the story. Spellbound.

i loved the performance & reading! The difference voices & the afflictions of the words. I can't wait for the next one!! Thank you, thank you so much :)

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I couldn't have enjoyed this more

A genuinely beautiful story (a new favourite of mine) and probably the best narrator performance I've heard to date (up there with Tim Gerard Reynolds and the Red Rising series). If you have a heart and a shred of whimsy you won't regret a credit spent here. Unfortunately I couldn't do a review justice, but contained herein is a magical love story with heroes, gods and monsters. Go for it.

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This was honestly addicting

I fell in love with this book, only for it to rip my heart out and make me eat it by the end. Love it!

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Wonderful storytelling

A skillful piece of story telling with many wonderful word pictures, memorable characters, fully developed world building and a haunting beauty.

The reading performance is excellent. I read the novel a year ago, then listened recently and even though I did remember some of the story, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the story. In fact, I felt annoyed when people interrupted my listening time!

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a well told fable

Refreshingly filled with unexpected twists and a pleasing storyline. Just a little too filled with unrequited love scenes carefully and vividly built for my taste, and it would have been nicer to explore more of the characters in detail

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Magic.

It is always magical with Laini Taylor... then add Steve West's soothing narrator voice and suddenly you're transported into another world. Because of this audiobook, I was looking forward to my travel to and from work and didn't mind the traffic at all.. can't wait until Muse of Nightmares!

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  • Susan
  • Tomewin, NSW, Australia
  • 04-12-2017

Magically strange

Wonderful....what a beautifully imagined world, terrifying at times....the characters remain vividly in my mind

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Fantastic!

Simply awesome story. Well written and read. Cannot recommend this book highly enough, and... there’s more to come.👍

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bring on the next one.

language and prose and fairytales. Imaginative and different. glad of the audio book to pronounce the names. loved the performance also

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  • Dreamer
  • 15-02-2018

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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  • G. M. T. Schuilling
  • 04-10-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-2019

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
  • 08-02-2019

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
  • 30-01-2019

Amazing

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

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  • Marcus
  • 27-05-2018

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
  • 11-06-2017

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
  • 01-04-2017

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.

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  • graham
  • 27-10-2017

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-07-2017

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
  • 03-07-2017

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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  • Miss L E Turvey
  • 08-11-2018

A difficult book to review - mixed feelings

This really is a difficult book to review - it’s so long and varies from completely baffling and dull, to enrapturingly great, to utterly disappointing.

For the first two hours, at least, I had no idea what I was listening to, and what I did understand was grey and dull. In fact, I gave up at this point on my first attempt to listen.

Coming back to it again. I still found the first third of the book baffling and incredibly dull. Then it takes off and becomes like a totally different book. I was racing through middle towards the end and totally caught up in it all. This section makes it worth reading.

But then after hours and hours of perseverance, making sense of this bizarre and alien universe and becoming enraptured in the story... it ends on a ‘to be continued’. So to actually know how it ends you’d have to stop through an entire other book. This is not cool at all. Thoroughly disappointing. I actually feel really annoyed at this. I don’t want to have to read another book to know how this one ends. Consequently, I will probably google the real ending. Ludicrous.

And as an aside. The word ‘incredulous’ is over used to the point of distraction. So irritating.

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  • Mags B
  • 04-06-2017

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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  • David
  • 31-03-2017

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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  • leelou
  • 03-07-2017

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-2017

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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  • J. B. Connor
  • 14-05-2017

By the Gods!

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

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  • Stacey
  • 27-04-2017

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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