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3.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 5 3.96 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alyson Noël, Alyson Noël Narrator: Kathleen McInerney Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Riley Bloom Series Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781427213655
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Riley's finding that the afterlife can be a lonely place when all you do is focus on work. So she goes to the place where dreams happen, hoping to find a way to contact her sister, Ever. She meets the director, who tells her about the two ways to send dreams. As a Dream Jumper, a person can jump into a dreamer's dream, share a message, and participate. As a Dreamweaver, an entire dream can be created in a studio and sent to the dreamer. But Dreamweaving was outlawed decades ago, and the studio was boarded up. Thinking it's her only way to reach out to her sister, Riley goes in search of the old studio. There she finds a ghost boy, who's been creating and sending nightmares to people for years. In order to stop him and reach out to Ever, Riley is going to have to confront and overcome her own fears.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “…Kathleen McInenery was great. Although her voice didn't necessarily sound like that of a 12 year old, she nailed the intonation and emotion behind the words. YA LitWit Blog

  • Although intended for young adults, Dreamland will appeal to listeners of all ages and is highly recommended for public library audiobook collections. The Midwest Book Review
  • Kathleen McInerney's narration is just killer. In earlier books, I had mostly read riley as being spunky and sassy, but the narrator really brings out her girly side, and her awe at all the magical things that surround her. All Consuming Books

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeepster | 2/12/2014

    " Much better than the last book....maybe because Riley is realizing what a brat she is? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Black Words-White Pages | 2/10/2014

    " 5*s....What another adorable, fast paced story by Alyson Noel!! I feel so sorry for Riley and what she goes through in this story and her boredom, and needing friends, and how to become 13 and wanting to talk to her sister. A very cute story!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Syd | 1/7/2014

    " It was good. But, not as good as the first two. I felt bad for Satchel but he has to move on eventually. People should live their life. And I thought Riley should be more grateful for who she is and what she looks like. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 1/2/2014

    " Riley died at age 12 and has passed onto the other side. She now has the job of collecting lost souls, though in this book she is on vacation, which is short lived when she remembers she doesn't have--friends. Riley wants to get in contact with her sister Ever, through her dreams, so she goes to Dreamland and gets herself trapped in nightmares. Cute, quick read appropriate for grades 4 up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashlee | 1/1/2014

    " This was an oddly fast read for me. I just finished up a book by Jodi Picoult, and I was looking around on my shelf for what to read next. I have three books way overdue from the library, and this happened to be one of them. It being a small read, is what made me decide to pick it up. Figured it wouldn't take too long to get through, and man was I right! This author is the same one that created the Immortal Series. The Riley Bloom series is a spin off, starring the sister of the Immortal's main character, Ever. This is the 3rd book in the series and I read the other two when they came out. I didn't have the money to buy this one when it came out and I actually forgot about it. There is already for a 4th book in the series out and probably one coming up very soon. I was at the library and saw this book and remembered I had the read the first two, so I grabbed it. It is a middle school read with a 12 year old main character, and I usually like to read books a bit more mature (I like reading about relationships/love stories progressing, etc.) However this series is fun and light and I've always enjoyed them. This one is my favorite so far. Riley Bloom is a 12 year old dead girl. Killed in a car crash that took out her whole family except for her sister. She is stuck in a place called "Here & Now" where she can manifest whatever she wishes. When she first arrived there she was put to work as a Soul Catcher, which is where she goes back to the Earth plane to help other souls who are lingering, pass the bridge and into Summerland/Here & Now. What Riley wants more than anything though is to be 13. Since she was killed in the crash at age 12, she is forever doomed to never become a teenager, an age just out of her reach. In all of the books she made it very clear she hates her flat chest and immaturity level that seems to keep her so young. After her last Soul Catch (in book 2) the "Council" decides to give her and her older brother-type guard, Bhodi, a break. So he goes off to do his "cooler older kid" thing and she finds her way to Dreamland, with an attempt at getting to visit her sister Ever in her dreams to ask her how to -be- 13. She is then thrown into this coaching by some "awesome-in another life" director who teachers her how to dream jump. But when Dreamland closes she doesn't want to leave yet, having not jumped yet. So she stays there and meets a eerie boy a little older than her who does dream-weaving which has been outlawed. It is where he shoots nightmares at people to show them how careless they are on Earth. Turns out in his previous life he had parents who didn't let him do anything and the one time he sneaks away from them he is in a horrible carnival accident and dies and has never let himself live it down (ha, pun.) I expected Riley to be able to help Satchel cross over and stop torturing the living but that didn't happen in this book, maybe the next. Time wise it seemed like it was only a day before they got put on a new assignment. What kind of break is that? Although they say that "Here & Now" has no time, me being alive and mortal and what not, it seems to me that the whole book took place in one night, during after hours of Dreamland. I am a bit curious at to what happened to "Mort" who is the older guy who helped her find her way to Dreamland. When everyone was leaving when it closed, she ditched her dog Buttercup and Mort to get back in...but at the end of the book Buttercup reappears but not Mort. Hmm. All in all it was a cute read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meleofa | 12/28/2013

    " I feel bad for Riley Bloom. She died when she was twelve, and all she ever wanted was to be a teenager like her big sister, Ever. She feels awkward and uncomfortable in her skin. She finally crossed over to Here & Now, but she fears she will be twelve forever. She's been training as a Soul Catcher, and other than having a difficult time following the rules, she's been doing quite well. She, and her trainer, Bohdi, have been told they can have a vacation. Feeling lost, because she has no friends, and feels as though everyone else has something better to do, she decides to go find Dreamland. She meets Balthazar, and he teaches her how to dream jump. Just as she gets the hang of it, Dreamland is closed for the day. Determined to get into her sister Ever's dream, she sneaks back in. It becomes a dark place, where little light penetrates. She meets a boy who is a Dream Weaver. Someone who can send dreams, not just jump into them. And then everything goes more awry than it already was. She's tough, though "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roan Mclean | 12/24/2013

    " I enjoyed it. It was much better than the first two books. Overall it's a pretty good series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Louise | 11/26/2013

    " <3 this series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hayden Casey | 11/14/2013

    " How was this book not already on my shelves? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ivy | 11/11/2013

    " Lately I've been reading this book called dreamland and it's the third book in the Riley bloom series, it has a really good plot and characters, and the story is very interesting, next I plan on reading her older sister's series and that's the ever bloom series thanks for reading bye "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Grace | 2/22/2013

    " pretty boring even in the comparison of the other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Maffei | 1/30/2013

    " Its a great book, but lousy ending. Not the usual success story for our mai character, Riley. Though I do like the plot line. In the end I would reccomend this book, and the serries to everyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 1/19/2013

    " Riley's really immature in this book... more than usual. I love how she sees how her attitude can affect everyone including her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyla loveofwolves | 8/11/2012

    " I found it very intriguing, I was able to see Riley in a whole new light. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachael | 8/11/2012

    " Riley just keeps getting better. These books have a beautiful set of messages and morals for girls especially. Noel in my book is the new Judy Blume because of this series if nothing else. I am so glad my daughter loves these books. I hope she takes these messages to heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 6/18/2012

    " really good book. loved it! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianne | 2/4/2012

    " I loved it. A coming of age for a tweener, certainly reminded me of what it was like for me to be that young. Again I enjoyed what Riley chose to do to talk to her sister again, and what about her continued relationship with Bodhi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nia | 2/1/2012

    " This book is probably the second best in the series with shimmer as number one, it a great book and I really want to get whisper next "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerri | 12/29/2011

    " I thought poor Riley would never get out of that dream! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 11/24/2011

    " This book ended makeing me Wish i had the next book. The next book doesnt come out til this winter... Kindof a sad ending. Hope Riley learns from her mistakes soon. Good book i Enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chanelle | 11/6/2011

    " an amazing bok i really enjoyed it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hayden | 11/6/2011

    " How was this book not already on my shelves? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 10/26/2011

    " Quick one day read with only 200 pages. I liked it, but like the first two better, but will read book four too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 10/10/2011

    " Can Riley break through the nightmare to reach her sister?

    You'll have to read to find out. Very creative and of course as always well written. Looking forward to the next one in the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janae | 10/9/2011

    " These books are such fun, cute, light reads. Love them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nemiha | 10/4/2011

    " Although an easy read there is always something about Alyson Noel's books that leave me with a "huh, that didn't seem completed" kind of feeling instead of a wanting more feeling. just sayin' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelley | 9/26/2011

    " Love this series! Looking forward to book 4. "

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About the Author

Alyson Noël is the award-winning author of numerous books, incluidng Faking 19, Art Geeks and Prom Queens, Laguna Cove, Fly Me to the Moon, Kiss & Blog, Saving Zoë, Cruel Summer, and the Immortals series, including Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame, and Night Star, as well as the Immortals spin-off series beginning with Radiance. With over two million copies in print in the US alone, her books have won many awards, including the National Reader’s Choice Award, NYLA Book of Winter Award, NYPL Stuff for the Teenage, TeenReads Best Books of 2007, and Reviewer’s Choice 2007 Top Ten, and have been chosen for the CBS Early Show’s “Give the Gift of Reading” segment, and selected for Seventeen Magazine’s “Hot List” and Beach Book Club Pick.

About the Narrator

Kathleen McInerney won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2011 and was a finalist for the Audie in 2010 and 2015. Her narrations have also earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has performed in New York and around the United States in both classical and contemporary theater. Her credits also include television commercials, daytime drama, radio plays, and animation voice-over.