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The Dreamers

A Novel
Narrateur(s): Cassandra Campbell
Durée: 10 h et 29 min
4 out of 5 stars (58 évaluations)

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New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

An ordinary town is transformed by a mysterious illness that triggers perpetual sleep in this mesmerizing novel from the bestselling author of The Age of Miracles.

"Stunning." (Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven)

"A startling, beautiful portrait of a community in peril." (Entertainment Weekly)

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by GlamourReal SimpleGood Housekeeping

One night in an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a first-year student stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep - and doesn't wake up. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate, Mei, cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. When a second girl falls asleep, and then a third, Mei finds herself thrust together with an eccentric classmate as panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town. A young couple tries to protect their newborn baby as the once-quiet streets descend into chaos. Two sisters turn to each other for comfort as their survivalist father prepares for disaster.

Those affected by the illness, doctors discover, are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, higher than has ever been recorded before. They are dreaming heightened dreams - but of what? Written in luminous prose, The Dreamers is a breathtaking and beautiful novel, startling and provocative, about the possibilities contained within a human life - if only we are awakened to them.

Praise for The Dreamers

"Walker's roving fictive eye by turns probes characters' innermost feelings and zooms out to coolly parse topics like reality versus delusion.... [It has] the perfect ambiguous frame for a tense and layered plot.”—O: The Oprah Magazine“[Walker’s] gripping, provocative novel should come with a warning: may cause insomnia." (People, Book of the Week)

"Powerful and moving...written with symphonic sweep." (The New York Times Book Review)

"2019's first must-read novel.... Alternately terrifying and moving...The Dreamers is overflowing with humanity." (Jezebel)

"This is an exquisite work of intimacy. Walker's sentences are smooth, emotionally arresting - of a true, ethereal beauty.... This book achieves [a] dazzling, aching humanity." (Entertainment Weekly)

©2019 Karen Thompson Walker (P)2019 Random House Audio

Ce que les critiques en disent

“Walker offers a novel bursting with ideas, probing the scary and tantalizing possibilities at the edges of our existence.” (USA Today)

“In The Dreamers, Karen Thompson Walker’s second novel, dreams are...both more dangerous and more powerful than the Greeks could have ever imagined.... Walker uses evocative language to describe the almost bewitching nature of contagion.” (The Washington Post

“Richly imaginative and quietly devastating...Walker jolts the narrative with surprising twists, ensuring it keeps its energy until the end. This is a skillful, complex, and thoroughly satisfying novel about a community in peril.” (Publishers Weekly)

“[An] imaginative, disturbing, and ultimately spellbinding narrative, which asks provocative questions about our concepts of time and connection, and the bounds of possibility for life on Earth.” (Vogue)

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Narrator ruined it for me.

I liked this story however the Narrator wasnt my favourite, and kind of ruined the books experience for me.
I found myself getting confused as to if "the charactor" was speaking or if it was just their part of the story and I think the narrator was getting confused also...

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disappointed

this book was a struggle to keep listening to and I found myself thinking about other things an awful lot. it also seems to have many similarities to a Stephen King novel called Sleeping Beauties. I kept waiting for something exciting to happen, and it never did. All in all not impressed.

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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Wonderful!

Slow to start... I wasn’t sure if I would like it. But once things got going I couldn’t stop listening. Loved the attention to character development and how close it made me feel to the people in the story. Not your typical sci-fi contagion story, this is much more about the emotional experience of a spreading sickness.

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  • Betsy A Alles
  • 2019-01-17

What's the point?

Because the voice was so good, we stayed with it. But, in the end we were even more disappointed because nothing seemed to reveal any surprising or even logical conclusions. We still really don’t know what the story was about and we wonder whether there’s any conclusion we can draw from it.

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  • Housepants97
  • 2019-01-18

I wanted to love this but...

I don’t know. She’s a beautiful writer & I love her sci fi gumption— I whipped through this book— but it didn’t stay with me like her first one did. Maybe because the story is told from
Multiple characters POV, maybe because it felt less realistic. Also— the title of the book is off. The Santa Ana Sleep or whatever the town was called would have been better. Same with her first novel, which I loved, but can’t remember the basic & forgettable title.

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  • Joshua Abbott
  • 2019-01-20

Time is a flat circle.

This book had a lot of hype around it, and I was excited when it came out. Unfortunately it didn’t quite live up to expectations.

With prose like writing, and a flow akin to the scene in American Beauty with the plastic bag 😂, the book itself, is a pleasant experience.

However, if what made you excited about this book, was that it was going to tackle big ideas surrounding linear time, the memories that define us, and where those things intersect, you may want to skip it.

To put it another way; if you loved seasons 1 & 2 of HBO’s True Detective, then this book might be the thing for you. If you loved season 1, have a mug that reads “Time is a flat circle”, and didn’t like season 2, skip it. Instead I’d recommend Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy to scratch that “what even IS time/ memory/ identity itch”.


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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-18

Long draw out

Very long boring story. Could not wait until the end. Not sure why it it on the best sellers list. The reader was ok but the story line not interesting

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  • Richard
  • 2019-01-28

Boooooorrrrrriiiiinnggggg

I'm not sure if it's the narrator, the story, or both, but this book is like watching paint dry. The narrator reads soooo slowly, and the story is slow to develop. Not a good combination.
This is getting returned after about 3 hours of listening.

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  • David
  • 2019-01-23

Avoid this book

This is a poor excuse for a book. Characters of no interest, story is depressing and boring at the same time. Narrator even seems to say “why did I sign up for this?” with each breath. Why was this book published and hyped?

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  • NMwritergal
  • 2019-01-22

Snooze fest--bad pun but I did fall asleep...

...while listening.

I loved Walker's first book (The Age of Miracles) so much I read it twice. This one...too many characters, none of whom I cared about, most of whom were not well developed. And very little happened.

Audio narrator didn't help. The story was told at such a narrative remove and seemed clinical almost so the audio narrator's affected reading was annoying.

I didn't really care that I didn't get any answers about why sleeping sickness happened but a zillion possible answers for what happened while the sleepers were dreaming was worse than none at all. It was this, and/or this, and/or this, and this explanation came straight from and episode of Star Trek TNG, or it was this, and/or this...

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  • Au global
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  • MGRL
  • 2019-01-20

Would make a fantastic short story!

Have you read or heard Master Zhao: The Tale of an Ordinary Time Traveler? It's 96 minutes long and I'd like if it were a bit longer, but this story? dang I wish it were a lot shorter. I'm giving it three stars, but don't let that discourage you, I almost gave it 4.

This is a neat concept for a speculative fiction but I must admit it would be a far better short story or novella.

The representation of the dynamics of multiple partnerships, college life and siblings is introduced really well. Unfortunately the story gets drawn out and their individual stories are spread so thin that I did find it hard to have an emotional connection to any. Also, the "shy" "meek" "reluctant" Asian girl stereotype is so overdone.

From a medical thriller perspective the story has a few rather exciting moments, (I said "Oh Nooo," three times) but the anticipation at one point becomes cheap and over done.

Towards the end of the story there was three times I saw how the story could have freaking hit it out of the park...I got excited waiting for the twist...and then No! No twist. Just an ending that could have been reached Alot sooner.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • macy
  • 2019-01-16

Not what I expected

The summery was a little misleading, I thought it would be more of a mystery novel.

I am so pleasantly surprised at how beautiful this book was. Stunning metaphor and a gorgeous maze of visuals and storytelling made it a great listen.

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  • Christine McHolley
  • 2019-12-02

Boring

I’m an avid reader who appreciates those novels with slow layerings of plot and characterization; I do not need a fast plot or flashy characters in order to find a book satisfying. With that being said, this was one of the most boring books I have ever heard/read. The premise is really interesting but nothing ever happens in terms of a story arc. Many characters’ points of view are established and...yawn. Despite a great deal of time spent on them, I never came to care about any of the characters. At all.

I stubbornly refused to give up because I kept thinking that surely, something would happen - but it didn’t. It was a relief when it ended.

The narrator did a terrific job, however, especially considering what she had to work with.