A truth terrible enough to bury for a millennium
A mysterious boy calling in her sleep
A secret city that shouldn't exist
When Eila Doyle first sees the strange boy beckoning in whispers from somewhere deep in her imagination, she questioned her sanity. She was used to seeing strange things with her eyes closed - that's what Eila did all day while strapped to the Blunderbuss, building whatever the Ministry of Manifestation required - but never before have those images felt so real, or so dangerous. After Eila learns the terrible truth about her reality and the monsters inside it, she thinks that maybe madness might be her only escape.
This thrilling young adult steampunk adventure is the first in the Dream Engine series by masters of story Platt & Truant, authors of The Beam, Unicorn Western, and many more.
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Stunning and Engaging - Both Story and Performance
ABSOLUTELY - Excellent story and writing, delivered by expert performance of narrator.
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Ray Chase delivers unparalleled versatility with his vocal performance - stretching almost inhumanly to portray different genders, ages, temperaments and tones.
Platt and Truant deliver a phenomenal tale of teen angst and fantastical wonder set in a Steampunk world that could easily be our own in a few hundred years (maybe it is!). True to their stellar reputations as writers, Platt and Truant whisk us away on a journey to fanciful worlds filled with profound characters and engaging images. Just one example is a brilliant philosophical passage that portrays the protagonist's existential crisis as she tries to pass the test to plum the depths of reality and say, for certain, what is real and what is not. As she studies the images in her mind's eye, the phrase that recurs frequently throughout the book returns - "Reality is a matter of opinion."
And while the book is yet another masterpiece by expert craftsmen in their primes, the performance in this audiobook is nothing short of spectacular. Ray Chase is a vocal gymnast worthy of Vocalympics, if there ever were such a thing. Mr. Chase's delivery of the dialog swings from swarthy and grumpy curmudgeons to light and innocent teen girls, all without breaking the aura of narrative necessary to keep the reader buried in the story. Chase's skills stretch his baritone voice from lows to highs, seemingly without effort, all the while maintaining perfect pace and rhythm to delight the ears of the listener.
Overall, this book is one of the best audiobooks available on the market. The story is superb, the narration is virtually perfect, and the total effect of the combination is sublime.
A great story, well told
The Dream Engine would have to rank right up there as one of the best audio books I've listened to.
The last three chapters really knocked this out of the park for me. It's a great ending for this story, one that really leaves you happy with the way things turned out, but wanting more.
I'm really looking forward to visiting the world of the Blunderbuss again and hoping to meet Eila and Cora there along with a whole new cast of characters.
- Derek Chamberlain