Memory and Dream : Newford

  • by Charles de Lint
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • Series: Newford
  • 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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Customer Reviews

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A modern fairy tale with a twist!

What did you like most about Memory and Dream?

I must admit that I do like Charles de Lints books so maybe I'm biased already. I love the characters and the way you get to know them over his Newford books - you feel they are part of your circle of friends. This is a good length book to get hooked into on a long drive.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Memory and Dream?

I can't say my favourite moments as it would give some things away if you haven't read it already - SPOILERS!


Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I wasn't sure on Kate Readings style of narration initially but after a while she seemed so right for Charles de Lints characters - a bit quirky. I recently listened to The Mystery of Grace which made me realise that Charles de Lint without Kate Reading just doesn't seem quite right! Just a bit annoying on the mispronounciation of a few words - funny how they just jump out at you and you can't forget them


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

I listened to this book twice in a row - I do a lot of driving and when I finished it the first time, I just hit rewind and went through it all again.


Any additional comments?

Give it a chance - its a modern urban fairy tale which in some ways seems that it could really happen. Or maybe I've just read too many of his books!!

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- Debbie

What a story.

Would you listen to Memory and Dream again? Why?

Definitely. There is a lot of depth and detail in the book which would benefit from more than one read


What other book might you compare Memory and Dream to, and why?

The Outlander series by Dianna Gabaldon


What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

A very good reader with a pleasant voice who reads fluidly She also reads according to the pace the book needs. I very much like her style of reading


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

It is a very long book that would be impossible to listen to in one session. However I couldn't put it down and really annoyed all my family because of the amount of time I spent listening to it. and out of touch with them .


Any additional comments?

An exciting story, well written and completely captivating.

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- artemis99

Book Details

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