Dreamsnake

  • by Vonda N. McIntyre
  • Narrated by Anna Fields
  • 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A New York Times best seller and winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, Dreamsnake is the haunting, critically acclaimed novel of an extraordinary woman and her dangerous quest to reclaim her healing powers.When the healer Snake was summoned, she traveled the blasted landscape with her three serpents. From the venom of two of them, she distilled her medicines. But most valued of all was the alien dreamsnake, whose bite could ease the fear and pain of death.When the dreamsnake is killed, Snake's powers as a healer are all but lost. Her only hope of finding another dreamsnake lies in a treacherous journey to the far-off Center City, where Snake will be pursued by two implacable followers: one driven mad by love, the other by fear and need.

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What the Critics Say



Nebula Award Winner, Best Novel, 1978


Hugo Award Winner, Best Novel, 1979
"Anna Fields narrates with her usual mastery of the nuances of plot, mood, and character....Fields adds to the haunting sense of reality and possibility that underlies the events set forth." (AudioFile)

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Sets the Mark for Fantasy Excellence

I read this book in the early '80's, shortly after the author received the Hugo and Nebula awards. I remembered this book over the years. When I saw it on Audible, I worried that perhaps it wasn't as wonderful as I thought. Maybe it was just the impression of a twenty something relieved to be reading something besides a textbook.
This book held up magnificently over the years. I now remember why it impressed me so much. The characters and scenes are vivid. Ethical themes are not preached; they are communicated in the plot, where choosing right is often hard. McIntyre's best talent, though, is the introduction of new ideas with foreshadowing. This gives me the chance to ponder the mysteries of the story as it unfolds. It's really a gift to the reader because you're constantly thinking and wondering about say,domes, that barely get mentioned, but become more interesting throughout the book.
The soft science makes this a fantasy. The hints of other world technology gives it an SF flavor. It is a great ride!
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- 'houla

Will there be more

I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the characters and glimpses of the world that they inhabited. I hope that there will be more stories set on this world. There is a lot of people variety from desert nomads to space ports and signs of a massive planet disaster. The civilizations that each developed are only glimpsed at. I hope that there will be more to come about this world.
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- mary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-22-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.