The Dream Lover

  • by Elizabeth Berg
  • Narrated by Emily Sutton-Smith
  • 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A passionate and powerful novel based on the scandalous life of the French novelist George Sand, her famous lovers, untraditional Parisian lifestyle, and bestselling novels in Paris during the 1830s and 40s.
This major departure for bestseller Berg is for listeners of Nancy Horan and Elizabeth Gilbert.
George Sand was a 19th century French novelist known not only for her novels but even more for her scandalous behavior. After leaving her estranged husband, Sand moved to Paris where she wrote, wore men's clothing, smoked cigars, and had love affairs with famous men and an actress named Marie. In an era of incredible artistic talent, Sand was the most famous female writer of her time. Her lovers and friends included Frederic Chopin, Gustave Flaubert, Franz Liszt, Eugene Delacroix, Victor Hugo, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more.
In a major departure, Elizabeth Berg has created a gorgeous novel about the life of George Sand, written in luminous prose, with exquisite insight into the heart and mind of a woman who was considered the most passionate and gifted genius of her time.


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Customer Reviews

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Better than I expected from other comments.

I read critical reviews about the narrator, but the story was in first person about George Sand, who described herself in the book as having a flat and unemotional voice. I decided the narrative was perfect for the character.
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- Jeanine

Just Me or Is The New Writing Style Plotless??

I've always loved Elizabeth Berg's writing.

Unfortunately, with The Dream Lover, not so much.

But it may be me, because this is the second novel I've quit after partially listening to. I did give it about 6 hours of listening but found my mind wandering.... there was plenty of great descriptive prose, good dialogue, but where the heck the story line was supposed to live, was beyond me.

(Again, like in The Night Circus, lots of writing, no conflict. At least not early enough into the book to hook me beyond 6-8 hours of waiting. Waiting... for some element that held the flashbacks to the childhood of George Sand and her present day goings-on to make me want to see what happened next.)

Some of the inner thoughts Berg writes for Sand are a little predictable. Thoughts about womens' rights, etc. But humans are more complex that the standard current PC about issues with which we still concern ourselves today. (It seems I'm running into far too many books that expose an historical character thinking in today's terms, when I'm sure that some flaws must exist in their souls...Or the author, in a rush to prove they themselves are not biased, refuses to interject any controversial viewpoints into the protagonist, even if historically reflective of the book's time period.) Anyway.

If this book picked up after I put it down, apologies. But my brother once told me that life was too short for bad books. So, whereas in the past, I drudged through a book because I hated the waste of an author's time, since they even managed to get a book written and published, I now hate the waste of my time even more.
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- Sudi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-14-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio