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The Dream Thieves, Audio Edition

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Dream Thieves, Audio Edition (2013) Maggie Stiefvater narrated by Will Patton

This is the book where Ronan breaks my heart.

“And you, Ronan,” Niall said. He always said Ronan differently from other words. As if he had meant to say another word entirely — something like knife or poison or revenge — and then swapped it out for Ronan’s name at the last moment.

In a dismissive, sleepy voice, Adam said, “I don’t know why you think that would work out. Pig’s got a load of five people —”

“Noah doesn’t count,” Ronan replied.

Noah said, “Hey.”

“You’re dead. You don’t weigh anything!”

“So what you’re saying is you can’t explain it.”

“I did explain it.”

“No, you used nouns and verbs together in a pleasing but illogical format.”

“I did explain it,” Ronan insisted.

Blue turned it slowly to read each side: hyacinthus, celea. One side was blank.

Gansey pointed to each side for her. “Latin, Coptic, Sanskrit, something we don’t know, and … this is supposed to be Greek. Isn’t that funny that it’s blank?”

Derisively, Ronan said, “No. The ancient Greeks didn’t have a word for blue.” Everyone at the table looked at him.

“What the hell, Ronan?” said Adam.

“It’s hard to imagine,” Gansey mused, “how this evidently successful classical education never seems to make it into your school papers.”

“They never ask the right questions,” Ronan replied.

This passage brings me to one of the reasons I am thoroughly enjoying these books in audio. There are three teen boys having a conversation above, and in the narration it is obvious who is speaking even without the “X said” bits. Each boy has a unique voice that sounds precisely as it should, just as each of the three psychics at Fox Way have a unique voice (although Orla and Jimi are a little more problematic, it still works extremely well.)

One of the other things I especially like in this book is Gansey’s family. They may be ridiculously wealthy, but they love him and his parents trust him.

Richard Gansey II broke in. Although he didn’t know Adam well, his concern ran deep and genuine. Adam was his son’s friend, and so he had inherent worth.

Adam was his son’s friend, and so he had inherent worth.

That is such a lovely lovely sentence.

And the same goes for Blue’s family.

After a moment, Maura asked, “Are you crying?”

“Only a little.”

“Why?”

“Generalized sadness.”

“Are you sad? Did something bad happen?”

“Not yet.”

“Ah, Blue.” Her mother wrapped her arms around her and breathed into the hair at the base of Blue’s neck.

I ADORE this series SO MUCH.

Publisher: Scholastic Audio
Rating: 10/10

Categories: 10/10, Audio Book, Fantasy, Re-Read, Urban, Young Adult     Comments (0)    



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