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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,012 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vonda N. McIntyre Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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They summon and she travels: Snake, the healer. Through the blasted landscape of a post-holocaust world, she carries her three serpents. From the venom of two, she distills her medicines; but it is the third, the alien dreamsnake—whose bite can ease the fear and pain of death—that is the most valued.

When the dreamsnake is killed by those she has come to help, her powers as a healer are all but lost. Her only hope now lies in the treacherous journey to far-off Center City, where Snake will be pursued by two implacable followers: one driven mad by love, the other by fear and need.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An exciting future-dream…An excellent, readable story.”

    Frank Herbert, author of Dune

  • “This is a book like a mountain stream—fast, clean, clear, exciting, beautiful.”

    Ursula K. Le Guin

  • “Anna Fields narrates with her usual mastery of the nuances of plot, mood, and character…Fields adds to the haunting sense of reality and possibility that underlies the events set forth.”


  • “[Anna Fields’] deep and resonant voice is perfect for the complex character of Snake and the rich nuances of the story…Fields delivers a terrific, award-winning tale to a new generation of listeners and readers.”


  • Winner of the 1979Locus Award for Best Novel
  • Recipient of the 1979Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award
  • Winner of the 1979Hugo Award
  • Winner of the 1978Nebula Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kevin | 2/16/2014

    " This book has an interesting premise - post apocalyptic - regarding healers and how they operate. Its pretty well done, although in the end I am still not sure what the dreamsnake really does. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melody | 2/16/2014

    " Post-apocalyptic fantasy with magic snakes and true love- it's as though McIntyre wrote it for me. I wish I'd read it in the late 70s, when it was new. I found the story to be a bit dated stylistically but very absorbing and nicely done. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jay | 1/25/2014

    " Not a bad book; sometimes failed to hold my attention "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chrysta | 1/15/2014

    " An interesting take on a post nuclear war future where a snake healer travels the desert in search of an alien snake. Heavy on the woman power, the main character, Snake, is strong, self-sufficient and lonely. A fun read. "

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