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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (870 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gordon Dahlquist Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781400180097
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The Dark Volume forges ahead with the impossible adventures of three unlikely allies washed ashore on the forbidding Iron Coast. Encountering a series of savage murders, Miss Celeste Temple, Cardinal Chang, and Dr. Abelard Svenson discover that their enemies are on the move and that the insidious glass books are far more bewitching—and lethal—than they’d ever imagined. Brimming with reckless desire, bold terror, and breathless suspense, this unique feat of the imagination will hold audiences in its dark thrall long after the novel has been devoured.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 2/12/2014

    " like many others, I enjotyed it, but it added little new to the world created in the "Glass Books" "

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

    " Just one chase scene to another - no real plot. A bit disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily | 1/5/2014

    " The sequel that I read in a matter of hours and then througha tantrum because of the cliffhanger. Still absolutely fabulous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 12/16/2013

    " A continuation from the Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, with the same heroes chasing the same villains, but with some new players making their presence felt. This one wasn't as tight or as well paced as the first, and could have done with some editing down. Which is unfortunate, given that the language is still lovely and the characters still well drawn. They just needed more to do. Rated MA for adult themes, violence, horror. 4/5 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/13/2013

    " I loved the first book. This one was good, but by the end it became clear that this was a middle volume, and stuffed with filler. I am worried that Dahlquist will fall prey to Robert Jordan syndrome--entire books full of nothing much happening, protagonists who disappear for books at a time, authors dragging a series out so long that they die before the dramatic conclusion can be written... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda Benham | 12/3/2013

    " This was not nearly as good as the last two but I must confess I still want to know what happens next. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chandra | 12/3/2013

    " A disappointing sequel to The Glass Book of the Dream Eaters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryanne | 11/8/2013

    " Not a book to read with flu "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gregor Xane | 10/17/2013

    " A bit muddled. The story seemed to have little shape, like a roller coaster with teeny, tiny hills. I'll read the third one when it comes out, but don't have high hopes. Svenson's sections were dull. Temple's and Chang's sections kept me reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 9/24/2013

    " I didn't really care for this book. I didn't read the first book in this series so I was confused by a lot of things. There were many moments when I almost gave up on finishing the book. "

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

    " oh my god. i can't believe the not ending. i should believe the not ending. others went before me and others said as much, and still, i had to begin and continue and finish the not finish. if i could wring mr. dahlquist's neck, i would. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/9/2013

    " This book reminds me of the second act of Into The Woods, where everything that has nicely tied up at the end of the first act falls to pieces. It was still a good book, but there wasn't a lot of warm happiness in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Albert "Mac" | 7/23/2013

    " exciting sequel to Glass Books of the Dream Eaters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Ryser | 6/19/2013

    " The sequel to The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, I was actually pretty disappointed in this book. It was too similar to the first book, and I was unhappy with the ending. I'm hoping for a third in the series to make me feel better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 3/2/2013

    " Even more exciting than the first book! I am looking forward to the next volume in the series "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 1/5/2013

    " Disappointing. All the manic running around of Glass Books, none of the fun. And nothing gets resolved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian Hutton | 8/17/2012

    " Perhaps, not quite as strong as the first in the series (definitely read that first), but still a great read that carries the plot and characters forward and reveals more of the world they inhabit. Can't wait for a third installment! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Rosenthal | 7/14/2012

    " This one just squeaked by with 3 stars. Not nearly as engaging as the first in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare Williams | 4/14/2012

    " This is the follow up to The Glass Book of Dream Eaters. It did get a little muddled as so many characters were introduced, but I still loved it and am now starting the last in the trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 2/10/2011

    " Perhaps, not quite as strong as the first in the series (definitely read that first), but still a great read that carries the plot and characters forward and reveals more of the world they inhabit. Can't wait for a third installment! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 1/9/2011

    " Not as strong as its predecessor, but nonetheless far superior to most other fantasy literature "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stargazer | 1/8/2011

    " I did something I rarely do - lost interest and skimmed through. Like the idea of the glass books, but wasn't feeling the people and the action scenes felt tedious to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke | 1/7/2011

    " What can I say? It's a guilty pleasure... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hpstrangelove | 12/11/2010

    " I was looking forward to this book, the second in the series. Unlike the first, this one is not self-contained, i.e. the ending isn't an 'ending', and now I'll have to wait for the third book to find out what happens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justine | 11/2/2010

    " The ending disappointed me, unless it's another false ending (almost certain to be the case, actually). My thing for Cardinal Chang, conceived after reading Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, remains intact. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isa | 10/13/2010

    " just as good as the first book. such a fun an unusual scifi read. I would give this a 4.5 if I could. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 10/10/2010

    " horrible...do not read. The previous one is the serious was at least entertaining...this one was disjointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Golden | 8/10/2010

    " Eh. A sequel to The Glass books of the Dreameaters. The first was great craic. In this book not much happens but there is so much activity that you almost don't notice until the end. If there is a third book I'll still have to read it just to find out what happens. "

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About the Author
Author Gordon Dahlquist

Gordon Dahlquist has enjoyed a long career in writing, acting, playwriting, and directing. A former member of several theatre groups, he has been involved in producing several films selected for national and international film festivals. He has received two Garland Playwriting Awards for Messalina and Delerium Palace.

About the Narrator

John Lee, a stage actor and writer and a coproducer of feature films, has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks of every conceivable genre, earning some three dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award.