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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cat Winters Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9781490639642
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Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. 

Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Winters creates a rich, gothic backdrop (further brought to life through period photographs and illustrations) for a story that will open many readers’ eyes to historical injustices inflicted on women—injustices with plenty of present-day parallels.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Winters continues to be a refreshing, incisive talent with a unique perspective.”


  • “A strong female protagonist, realistic dialogue, and well-written prose allow readers to become immersed in Olivia’s rather unique (and sometimes frightening) world.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Fluid boundaries between what’s tangible and what’s intuited, lucidity and unconsciousness, sanity and madness are particularly apt for this story about hypnotism and emotional manipulation.”

    Horn Book magazine

  • “Readers will cheer as Olivia strikes out on her own, finally free of her father’s control.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Book

  • “The story is infused with dramatic tension once Olivia is hypnotized, and the tension is held until the end of the book…Will appeal to readers of historical fiction, as well as readers who appreciate horror novels.”


  • “[The Cure for Dreaming] is engaging and as mesmerizing as the hypnosis Olivia undergoes. Olivia is a heroine with gumption; a girl determined to forge her own path to education and personal freedom. It’s nice to have an historical novel that reminds young readers that women have been fighting a very long time for gender parity.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “The early-1900s era is nicely portrayed, and the societal limits placed on Olivia are both daunting and realistic. A really malevolent dentist is amply creepy, and Olivia’s father’s threat believably pervades the tale, maximizing the suspense…[A] gripping, atmospheric story of mind control and self-determination.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Cat Winters’ debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, was released to widespread critical acclaim. The novel has been named a finalist for the 2014 Morris Award, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, and a Booklist 2013 Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth. Winters lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two children.

About the Narrator

Jennifer Ikeda has been narrating audiobooks since 2002. Among her readings are When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park; Just Listen by Sarah Dessen; and After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away by Joyce Carol Oates. She has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards.