- 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 Audiobook – Unabridged
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I really loved this story. I have to be honest, I was into the series before I even read the first page. I bought the entire series on Amazon and the first three audio books. I listened to it this time around, but I plan to go back and read it the next time around. Maybe I'll even eventually own physical copies of the book!
It took me awhile to get used to the narrator. She came off as bland and bored with the story at times. Maybe that was just my opinion. Once I got used to her, I got more into the story and into her narrating. I'm ashamed to say that at the beginning I had to keep replaying it because I zoned out too many times.
I fully recommend this book. It wasn't exactly what I expected it to be, but I still loved it. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. I have a feeling that it's just going to get better from here! I fully recommend this author as well!
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.
The ability to see other people's dreams is incredibly embarrassing, disturbing and peculiar to Sara's way of thinking. Watching someone else's private, personal fantasies and uncovering their deepest darkest secrets, leaves her feeling extremely uncomfortable...especially when she can't seem to control this extraordinary ability. Her sixteen-year-old brother might believe whole-heartedly in the paranormal, but Sara is far more skeptical - more scientific and logical in her reasoning.
The worst part of Sara's newly acquired ability is that nobody else realizes that she can see into their dreams. This may be fine for 'nobody else', but Sara is nevertheless mortified by her nightly revelations. She's learning more than she ever wanted to know about her friends and fellow classmates...almost too much. Her abilities are getting stronger too; and way more dangerous: she's beginning to see into someone else's dreams - a terrifying stranger whose dreams could possibly get Sara killed.
In my opinion, I consider myself to be a pretty healthy skeptic when it comes to people having psychic abilities - not entirely disbelieving, but also not completely accepting of such claims. It just seems to me that so many people who claim to have psychic powers, tend to use such gifts for their own purposes. On the other hand, I would say that it must be incredibly difficult to have such powers; especially if the psychic feels the necessity to tell someone about their visions or dreams. There is always the possibility that they will not be believed, or even ridiculed for having such powers.
I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was a well-developed story and an intriguing plot. Sara is such a savvy, strong character and I could totally sympathize with her situation. I would give this book an A+! and look forward to reading more from this author in the future.