- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 33 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: James J. DiBenedetto
- Audible.com Release Date: July 17, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DZKCSD4
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Dream Student: Dreams, Book 1 Audible – Unabridged
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Dream Student is the story of Sara, a college student who begins to find her way into other people's dreams. The first dream she stumbles into is that of Brian, a cute Freshman who happens to be dreaming about her. The second is that of the brutal murder of a teenage girl. Sara initially hopes what she is seeing is just the sick fantasy of a warped individual, but her hopes are dashed when she sees a newspaper report about the murder of the very girl she saw in the dream. When Sara finds her way into the killer's dream again, she knows she's having the dreams for a reason. It's up to her to stop this man before he kills again.
Sara meets Brian in real life, and they instantly connect. With the help of Brian and her roommate Beth, Sara begins to piece together the steps of the murderer. The worst of it is, she can't shake the feeling she's seen him before.
Once I started reading, I literally couldn't put the book down, and by the end of the weekend, I'd read not only Dream Student, but Dream Doctor (Dreams, book 2) and Dream Child, the next two books in the series. The story draws you in - part romance, part murder mystery, part young woman finding herself and coming into her own. The characters are real, with depth and the story is told smoothly. I highly recommend this entire series.
**some spoilers ahead**
Sara is a pre-med college student and suddenly she starts being able to see other people's dreams. Not often, usually her roommate or boyfriend, but then they jump to a murderer. It is always the same thing until he kills the current girl and moves on to the next one. An interesting idea, and the dreams were the best part of the book, but it just didn't work for me. Maybe if they would have been a bigger part, and there would have been more dreams that weren't so normal, or just more people's dreams, it would have been more interesting. That and if Sara did something about the dreams, or used them for good, for the first 75% of the book.
So what was the first 75% of the book? Well it was a pretty boring, detailed description of Sara going to school. I swear you were told everything she ate, or didn't eat, or when she forgot to eat. It seemed like every single mealtime was in there. Why? I am not sure. I don't care. That is just one of the over detailed descriptions about her life in this book. There are also way too much detail about what classes she was going to and her study habits and just everything about her life. She is a college kid, finals are coming up, you don't have to detail every hour of her day. I will assume she is studying and going to class and eating sometimes. It was a bit too much.
The other issue with the book? It was almost all telling not showing. I like showing.Read more ›
The blurb mentions a college student, her dreams, and a killer. And that was enough for this suspense reader to buy the book! What is above and beyond in this novel is that the author does a fantastic job of weaving the suspense in and out of a typical pre-med's story. She's a girl who has to get to class, hates the cold weather and discovers she's able to see other people's dreams and doesn't like it one bit. He writes with finesse, compassion and credibility.
I was particularly drawn into the romance aspect of this story, a sweet contrast to what Sara is actually experiencing when she sleeps. The relationship with her suitor is an honest account of a true, first (and maybe last) love, written sweetly, and makes the reader remember young love. The characters are likeable, and the author uses humor and suspense alternatively to keep the reader engaged on every page. Not once did I find my interest wane, and that's hard to do with me.
I am hooked and eager to read the next books in the series. Funny thing is that the night I finished Dream Student, I had a lucid dream with the main characters! Well done, DiBenedetto.
I was lucky to be given an audio version of Dream Student to review and was not even halfway finished when I Knew I want to read the rest of the books in the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was so good! It was so well written and the point of view changes between her being awake and asleep made it seem all the more real. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bess
Loved the storyline. Characters drew me in. Looking forward to reading the next nine books. Am grateful the author offered first book free.Published 1 month ago by Susie NY
This story wasn't bad and had an interesting plot. The problem was that it was REALLY SLOW. Read more
Sara a college student one of the good girls and her roommate Beth they are truly such best friends they are like sisters. Best friends you treasure for a lifetime. Read morePublished 1 month ago by My2Cents
The plot was interesting and kept me entertained though out the book. The characters were a bit underdeveloped but should be fixed in next novelPublished 2 months ago by Jenifer
I really enjoyed this book. Very interesting plot line and I liked the characters, I just wish they were a bit more complex. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tequila Rose
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It took me almost two years to finish this book. Even though I wasn't very interested in the storyline, I hate to leave things unfinished, so after I finished a different book, I... Read morePublished 3 months ago by AE Horn