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Download Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams: The Myths Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,107 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexander McCall Smith Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN:
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Dream Angus comes to you at night and bestows dreams - you may spot him skipping across the hills, his bag of dreams by his side.

Just the sight of him may be enough to make you fall in love, for he is also the god of love, youth, and beauty. Divine Angus is cherished by all, but fated to love only the beautiful Caér, swan maiden from his own dreams.

Crafting an ancient myth into a tale fabulously and irresistibly new, Dream Angus is the epitome of McCall Smith's prose, beautifully weighted, sensuous in its expression, deliciously serene.

Five exquisite fables of modern dreamers unfold alongside Angus' search for Caér. Mesmerically weaving together the tales of the Celtic Eros and his contemporary alter egos, Alexander McCall Smith unites dream and reality, leaving us to wonder: what is life, but the pursuit of our dreams? Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terzah | 2/11/2014

    " I like my myths (and retold myths) to be deep and mysterious, and moving if at all possible. This little book was too light in its first few chapters, but as I got deeper into it, the stories grew deeper too. The author weaves retellings of the myth of Angus, the Celtic god of dreams, with contemporary short stories in which the characters grapple with issues and situations in which dreams play a role. The last chapter was particularly good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 2/7/2014

    " Beautiful, lucid prose. I love this writer! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 1/31/2014

    " This is an interesting collection of short stories that weave the mythical story of Dream Angus with contemporary stories that have a dream theme. Worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina (Boupie) | 1/30/2014

    " This is also a series of short stories re-telling the stories of the Dream Angus mythology. I like the way Smith uses a contemporary story to offset the mythlology that flows in here. It is a quick read and would recommend this to any Smith fans. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 melydia | 1/30/2014

    " A sort-of retelling of the myth of Angus, Celtic god of dreams and youth and love. The chapters alternate between the story of Angus's life and more modern vignettes that somehow incorporate Angus in various forms. Though Angus is supposedly a god of love, all the vignettes were rather sad: love lost, doubt, infidelity. I felt very disconnected from the whole thing, really. The parts about Angus's life came across more like someone was describing the myth to me, while the other stories were so vague (and dreamy, if you'll forgive me) that I never quite got into them. In short, this book was decent, but did not convince me to seek out other books by this same author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evelin | 1/17/2014

    " Well, I like dreams, I like books, I like celtic myths, I like love and - that book has it all! :) (and I don't know if that has anything to do with the book, but I had VERY vivid dreams last night. ha, Angus?) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni | 12/28/2013

    " I enjoyed this latest addition to the Myths series. McCall Smith is a terrific storyteller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 12/19/2013

    " Rather like a cross between "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" and "Dubliners"---fairy tales and short stories describing characters--but it was an interesting "listen"! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelley | 12/7/2013

    " Started off a little strange for my taste but then developed into some stories that I really enjoyed. As a whole book it was very entertaining....why the five stars.....but it wasn't my favorite of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben Chenoweth | 12/4/2013

    " This intertwining of myth re-told and then applied to real life makes for an interesting and (in McCall Smith's hands) gentle read. The book is quite short but has some nice moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casie | 4/7/2013

    " He's a wonderful storyteller. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tawn Gorbutt | 3/27/2013

    " The premise is contrived, so the content suffers. The idea was to write a myth in modern context. It doesn't really work for me. Maybe some authors could manage it well, but I don't think McCall Smith does. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tortla | 1/11/2013

    " The last three pages were not as good as the rest, but otherwise the interwoven stories were lovely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Marie | 12/5/2012

    " Cute book. May be okay for the middle school library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany | 9/13/2012

    " 2nd in the Canongate Myths series that I've read (The Penelopiad by M Atwood was #1); superb! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ange | 12/31/2011

    " This little book isn't written for kids, although they could read it. Thought it was interesting and enjoyable reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna George | 11/26/2011

    " Not knowing anything about Celtic mythology, I can't really comment on the fun debate about sticking to traditional mythology versus changing it (though his intro summarizes this beautifully), but these were lovely stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 6/30/2011

    " I prefer Alex McCall Smith's fictional books. This is short vignettes (stories) used to illustrate the meaning of a mythological character, Angus, who appears in lives for one reason when needed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 6/28/2011

    " Sadly, this was not enjoyable! Generally I love McCall Smith's books so felt disappointed with this one! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Josée | 6/26/2011

    " What did I think? Well it is a subject that I am not familiar with: celtic gods, and I was tempted after the first half of the book to just drop it. I kept going and still the first half is way better. There is clarity, a story to follow but I did not dream of you on the second part. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 4/19/2011

    " Read at one sitting - not a lot to this book actually but very descriptive as is usual for AMS. Easy read, enjoyable and recommend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 11/30/2010

    " I had never heard of Angus before reading this short book. Now I'm hoping he'll visit me in my dreams tonight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 10/21/2010

    " Rather like a cross between "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" and "Dubliners"---fairy tales and short stories describing characters--but it was an interesting "listen"! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debebete | 9/23/2010

    " I love Celtic lore! I loved this book and while reading it I went on-line and researched some of the Celtic Gods which lead to more interesting reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mathilde | 9/22/2010

    " a sweet legend story of Angus the Celtic dream god. Three or four parallel stories; mostly about Angus, the original one, but also about other Anguses. Part of a series of re-interpretation of myths and legends. Penelopiad by Attwood is another "

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About the Author
Author Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He has also written numerous stand-alone novels, books for children, and nonfiction works. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana.

About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.