Memory and Dream

  • by Charles de Lint
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As the young student of the cruel, brilliant artist Vincent Rushkin, Isabelle Copley discovered that she could paint images so vividly real they brought her wildest fantasies to life. But when the forces she unleashed brought tragedy to those she loved, she turned her back on her talent and her dreams.Now, 20 years later, Isabelle must come to terms with the shattering memories she has long denied and unlock the slumbering power of her brush. And, in a dark reckoning with her old master, she must find the courage to live out her dreams and bring the magic back to life.
This is a tale of love, courage, and the transforming power of imagination.

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What the Critics Say

"In de Lint's capable hands, modern fantasy becomes something more than escapism. It becomes folk song, the stuff of urban myth." (Phoenix Gazette)
"[B]eautifully evokes a sense of creative community, making it almost possible to believe that the rarified aesthetic atmosphere might well be capable of conjuring up a spirit or two." (Publishers Weekly)
"[M]oves gracefully through the borders between reality and imagination, weaving a powerful tale about the relationship between an artist and her work. A strong addition to fantasy collections." (Library Journal)

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If this is your first de Lint

Although I had heard of Charles de Lint for years and had read some of his short stories, this is my first book, so I write this to those of you who might come in cold and consider this book.

First, the book takes a LOOOONNGGG time to get started -- I had to start over a few times because I lost track of what was going on (and it's a long book). It also takes a long while before any fantasy element emerges, but the writing is so fresh and the characters so compelling, that eventually this book met my test of a wonderful audio book -- when you sit in your garage listening to it in the car because you can't wait to get back to it.

The long beginning is worth it, as this becomes my introduction into what I see now is a rich world that gets revisited in several of his books (all set in the artist community of Newford).

I rarely write reviews and, as a die-hard Stephen King fan, find few books that are as compelling, but this one sings after awhile, and is well worth the wait.
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- David E. Ballard "ballard7"

A great read but a few problems

It is hard for me to review this book. I liked it, and I will read more by the author. It was ambitious, entertaining, and unique. I gave it 4 stars. However, it was also inconsistent. In the last 1/3 of the book, the author began to try and instruct and entertain in the classic style. This may have been to better illustrate one of the characters, but it was heavy handed, and seemed out of place. In his defense, he switched narration viewpoints successfully and in an audio-book, journal entries, and similar shifts are hard to narrate. Kate Redding did her best here.

The author wrote about LSD and did not seem to have a good understanding about the drug. I mention this because it caused problems with my suspension of disbelief that is so necessary in fantasy. Later, a police officer who was a "walk on" character entered the story again and became almost (my opinion) a cartoon. Kate Redding is a great narrator, and her cops stand out. She rescued the cop. He kept a shotgun under his seat. That sentence caused problems with my suspension of disbelief as well. Was his sidearm not enough fire power? Is that even possible? Why would he do that? In a dashboard rack or in the trunk perhaps, but would a police shotgun even fit under the seat of any squad car? Even if it would, the sentence bothered me enough to mention it. Suggestion: The author needs to do a ride-along with the police at some point.

I think that the failing here falls with the editor. This story was very good, and had a lot of primary characters. The editor needs to keep the final version concise because the author can become blind to this sort of problem after several drafts.
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- Bruce "Poet, Writer, Novice Planetary Scientist, Musician, Hooligan, Former Audience Guy, Protector of Stupid Princesses."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-19-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.