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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,789 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles de Lint Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Newford Series Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781455189410
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Isabelle Copley, as the young student of the cruel, brilliant artist Vincent Rushkin, discovered that she could paint images so vividly real that they brought her wildest fantasies to life, freeing ancient spirits. But when the forces she unleashed brought tragedy to those she loved, she turned her back on her talent and her dreams.

Now, twenty years later, Isabelle must come to terms with the shattering memories she has long denied and unlock the slumbering power of her brush. And, in a dark reckoning with her old master, she must find the courage to live out her dreams and bring the magic back to life.

This is a tale of love, courage, and the transforming power of imagination.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautifully evokes a sense of creative community, making it almost possible to believe that the rarified aesthetic atmosphere might well be capable of conjuring up a spirit or two.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Easily Canada’s top fantasy scribe…a major international force in the genre. Here is a biped who has steadfastly avoided stereotyping in his work from the beginning…de Lint has developed a considerable talent for injecting magic into everyday contemporary life.”

    Edmonton Journal

  • “Using the colorful, mythical North American city of Newford as his background, de Lint draws up a rich tapestry of myth and magic, using painting—and, on a deeper level, creation—as a metaphor throughout the book.”

    Green Man Review

  • “De Lint takes a hard look at reality in Memory and Dream, especially at the personal burdens we all carry. He seamlessly blends urban landscapes, with all their sometimes ugly complications, with a magic that feels so true it's hard not to believe he knows something the rest of us don't.”

    Quill & Quire

  • “Moves gracefully through the borders between reality and imagination, weaving a powerful tale about the relationship between an artist and her work. A strong addition to fantasy collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “It is hard to imagine urban fantasy done better than it is by de Lint at his best, and this book shows his imagination and craft at their highest levels. De Lint's folkloric scholarship is as outstanding as ever; he never lets it slide into academicism or pretension…Memory and Dream deserves the highest recommendation and the widest readership.”

    Booklist 

  • “A soulful journey into art, friendship, and love…Kate Reading tackles the shifting story and lyrical prose with a tenderness that brings the characters to life…The stories are all linked, and each one is given a distinctive voice through the modulating tones of Reading’s narration.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 2/19/2014

    " His best. Probably the birth of a genre, the urban/fantasy. I loved everything about this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/17/2014

    " I really loved the premise of this book and couldn't put it down while I read it. The only complaint I have is about the ending - while it was good, it wasn't great like the rest of the book. But what an interesting story and great writing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick Mcgee | 2/16/2014

    " Overall, I enjoyed Memory and Dream. My biggest complaint is that it lingered quite a bit in the middle, taking its time to develop and get moving towards the climax. Overall, though, a very good read with the trademark style and approach that De Lint brings to his fantasy fiction. I like the reoccurring characters in his work like Jilly Coppercorn and others. If you are a fan of De Lint and like strong characters in your urban fantasy, look no further than De Lint and Memory and Dream. The reading was quite good on the audiobook as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 2/13/2014

    " Probably my all time favorite book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 2/7/2014

    " One of my good friends lists Charles de Lint as one of his favorite authors, but something about his writing style left me a bit cold. The story was creative and certainly interesting, but there was an edge of ice to the book that I just didn't like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberleigh | 2/4/2014

    " After finshing this book for the first time, I flipped back to the front and started reading it all over again. I have never done that with another book. It is one of my "desert island" books and I read it at least once a year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/2/2014

    " Actually wasn't as crazy about this Newford Book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haengbok92 | 1/18/2014

    " This is one of my favorite fantasy novels. It has everything: compelling characters, a wonderful plot, beautiful prose and it will make you misty eyed throughout. Wonderfully well layered plot as well. You won't go wrong with any of De Lint's books, this one especially. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 1/8/2014

    " One of De Lint's earlier works, i loved the imagery and allusions to my favorite magical city. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leo | 12/28/2013

    " Characters take on a life of their own, and de Lint takes this to its logical conclusion in a story about the responsibilities and dangers of the creative process. It also serves as an excellent introduction to the city and people of Newford, for those who have never been. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 12/9/2013

    " Wow. How did I not know about this author before?? So good -- the characters, the way the story unfolds, the tension and suspense -- all of it. 5 stars for sure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Minsma | 12/9/2013

    " I picked this one up and put it down for a long time, chiefly because I found the heroine so stoooopid. But the story stayed with me and once my irritation had faded, I felt compelled to finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theweejenny | 11/9/2013

    " This was my first Charles De Lint, and I think it was a good one to start with. It's a fantastic metaphor for what it is to be artist, whatever your chosen medium. It's also a great bit of Urban Fantasy, something I don't think we see enough of honestly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly Booms Walsh | 4/2/2013

    " A bit sentimental but a beautiful urban fantasy that, at its heart, tells a moral tale about opening yourself up to the people that you love and making human connection as the most important part of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/13/2013

    " I just bought this book last night, already 30 pages into it, and I can't stop, it's like a drug. I think I just found my new favorite author!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 5/13/2012

    " Named my cat after the main character. Yep, that's where "Copley" came from. He is nothing like Isabelle, though. Oh, god. I AM a crazy cat lady. Sorry. But anyway, the book is awesome. Easy read. Very typical DeLint. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri Kempton | 3/20/2012

    " Pretty poorly written, but damned if it isn't memorable; I can recall the book practically down to the page. Vivid ideas and characters, just not pulled together at all well. Terrible, cheesy ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 12/11/2011

    " Once I took the time to really get into this book it was really good. It is written from many peoples perspective so it can get quite complicated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bethany | 9/1/2011

    " There are only so many graphic depictions of battered women that I can take and this book exceeded my threshold. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susanne | 7/23/2011

    " A friend recommended that I read this and I fell in love with Charles De Lint's writing...plus being a fellow Ottawa resident only added to my interest in his novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 6/26/2011

    " One of De Lint's earlier works, i loved the imagery and allusions to my favorite magical city. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 5/24/2011

    " My all-time favorite book. I've read this sooooo many times :-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bethany | 11/8/2010

    " There are only so many graphic depictions of battered women that I can take and this book exceeded my threshold. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 11/2/2010

    " This was actually the first book of de Lint's that I read and after that I was pretty hooked. He has an understanding of creative people, in this book mostly artists. It's amazing. A must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 9/10/2010

    " Weird sort of fantasy. Unlike anything I've read. Really good, but very dark "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isiliel | 9/3/2010

    " I love the way De Lint walks between the worlds and writes in such a way that makes you wonder if you're missing something that's just out of sight in the corner of your eye. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 rebecca | 8/23/2010

    " I plan to come back to this one someday because so many people recommended it but I found the 1st chapters to coy and cliched with all the "I can't remember, and yet I must!" angst. I may just not be in the right mood for it - perhaps this is better as Fall reading than summer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlotte | 6/14/2010

    " The concept for this story is great and I love the discussions about art and theory. The telling of this story is not so great. The flashback sequencing is just annoying and distracting. I can't help comparing this book (unfavorably) to Cornelia Funke's Inkheart. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessi Lyn | 2/22/2010

    " I actually bought this book based on the cover art (yes i do occasionally judge a book by it's cover) AND because I had heard good things about de Lint. Unfortunately it did NOT live up to my expectations. It wasn't terrible, but it was entirely forgettable. "

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About the Author
Author Charles de Lint

Charles de Lint has helped to popularize the genres of urban fantasy and mythic fiction and has earned a devoted following and critical acclaim as a master of contemporary magical fiction in the tradition of storytellers like John Crowley, Jonathan Carroll, Alice Hoffman, Ray Bradbury, and Isabel Allende. Many of his novels, including  Dreams Underfoot, Memory and Dream, The Onion Girl, and Widdershins are set in the mythical North American city of Newford. He and his wife, artist MaryAnn Harris, live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.