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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:
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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.”

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  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Daniel | 2/13/2014

    " Probably my all time favorite book "

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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.