The Dream Engine : Blunderbuss

  • by Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by Ray Chase
  • Series: Blunderbuss
  • 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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This book left me thinking

First thoughts about the cover of The Dream Engine: Blunderbuss, Book 1? Half of a young girl’s face and a giant engine? Is it a steam punk book? Why is it only showing half her face? How is this machine tied in with this girl? Hmm… Well, this just got interesting.

The main character in this book is Eila Doyle. She’s a teen in a world that centers around a giant machine called The Blunderbuss. She works as a Builder. A Builder is sort of like a conduit for the Blunderbuss to mentally receive ideas, things, objects. Without a Builder the things would not appear from the Blunderbuss. Though unlike other people in her world, she is starting to dream. Other people do not dream. They don’t even remember dreaming. Everything they want or need is made by the Blunderbuss. Or so she thinks.

The Blunderbuss is a machine that makes everything. At least on the topside of Eila’s city. At first I was a little on the fence about weather or not I liked this book. Once I got into it I greatly enjoyed it. It is one you have to pay attention to closely because if you do not, you will miss something that will come back to confuse you later. The Blunderbuss reminds me of the shape of a hourglass. The topside makes things from thoughts received. The bottom side gets the dreams from everyone topside and bottom side. They send the good ideas back into The Blunderbuss which sends them topside. The topside and bottom side do not know about each other.

The narrator is Ray Chase. His voice has a slight growl in it. It is more pronounced when he reads male voices. It is soothing, addictive. This book was written by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant. It is 10 hours and 32 minutes. This books is a nice listen and enjoyable. I’d recommend it for mid-teens on up.

This book left me thinking about what we perceive from the world around us. What we take for granted as always being, always would be. Would we still be the same people if we had to think more about things we do everyday so easily? Would we Tinker the ideas out by ourselves to solve our own problems? Life is open to the dreamers and the doers. The key is to be both a dreamer and a doer.

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Stunning and Engaging - Both Story and Performance

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

ABSOLUTELY - Excellent story and writing, delivered by expert performance of narrator.


What did you like best about this story?

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What does Ray Chase bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ray Chase delivers unparalleled versatility with his vocal performance - stretching almost inhumanly to portray different genders, ages, temperaments and tones.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES


Any additional comments?

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.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-28-2014
  • Publisher: Sterling & Stone