The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe

  • by Kij Johnson
  • Narrated by Kij Johnson
  • 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of NPR's Best Books of 2016 and a 2016 Nebula Award finalist for Best Novella
Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women's College. When one of her most gifted students elopes with a dreamer from the waking world, Vellitt must retrieve her.

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What the Critics Say

"Kij Johnson's haunting novella The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe is both a commentary on a classic H.P. Lovecraft tale and a profound reflection on a woman's life. Vellitt's quest to find a former student who may be the only person who can save her community takes her through a world governed by a seemingly arbitrary dream logic in which she occasionally glimpses an underlying but mysterious order, a world ruled by capricious gods and populated by the creatures of dreams and nightmares. Those familiar with Lovecraft's work will travel through a fantasy landscape infused with Lovecraftian images viewed from another perspective, but even readers unfamiliar with his work will be enthralled by Vellitt's quest. A remarkable accomplishment that repays rereading." (Pamela Sargent, winner of the Nebula Award)

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Customer Reviews

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Simply amazing!!

I couldnt stop listening. Finished in one sitting. Best scifi I've listened to in a long time!
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Excellent audiobook!

Would you listen to The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe again? Why?

Absolutely! This is a brilliant take on Lovecraft's "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath." With Vellitt Boe, Kij Johnson was able to recreate the expansive wonder of the tale that inspired it. Absorbing and enjoyable.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-28-2017
  • Publisher: TalkingBook