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If you could sum up Two Stories About Dreams in three words, what would they be?
romantic, thoughtful, dreamy
Who was your favorite character and why?
the young men in both stories - I like characters who grow and search for meaning
Which character – as performed by Chris Sharpes – was your favorite?
No particular character, but I enjoyed the narrator's voice and presentation style
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
These are fairytales for grownups, with a touch of melancholy and romantic irony. The narrator's voice and background music are very soothing. Pleasant listening for a cold winter evening.
'Two Stories about Dreams' is an amazing fusion of mesmerising stories and beautiful music throughout. The reading brings an air of complete tranquility along with the feeling of a sincere harmony. Both stories are beautifully written and frequent sound tracks help to keep the intrigue and encourage one to listen more and more. Some ambiguity in the second story gives an opportunity to use your own imagination and 'complete' the story yourself. This feature turns the listener into a participant and brakes the boundary between reality and the surreal. Also, this audiobook is filled with something special that is missed in everyday life... perhaps some kind of magic or well forgotten ability to believe in fairytales...
What did you like most about Two Stories About Dreams?
I liked the rhythm: the way in which the Ainny Klover knows how to breeze through the narrative without insisting on the obvious. The pace and the dialogue is swift, and this keeps you immersed. We linger on descriptions of spaces and characters, of moods and atmospheres but we skip right through weeks or months of narrative when the details cease to be important. The shift between the two is almost unnoticeable. This keep the ethereal character of the story intact. After all, it is fantasy. At the end of both tales, there's a nice twist which either reminds you to drop back to reality, or to question it entirely and revert to fantasy. There is a very thin line between the two worlds and the author traverses it very gracefully..
What other book might you compare Two Stories About Dreams to, and why?
For some reason it reminded me of Maple Story, I'm not sure why.
Have you listened to any of Chris Sharpes’s other performances? How does this one compare?
No, I haven't I'm afraid. But this performance is quite good. Like I said, I was immersed throughout the entire time. The music is cheery and light throughout the narration and makes a good compliment to the story.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me neither laugh nor cry. The stories are a bit naive, for my taste, but for those eager to enjoy a light fantasy, it is a good choice. You have your fair maidens, you enchanting fairies, you dragons, kings, and valiant youths, who ultimately might turn into something more palpable, but there is no drama or action to speak of. So it may not be the proper choice for those seeking adventure-packed fantasy.
Any additional comments?
Nice piece of narrative. Nice music, Nice performance.