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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (590 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gordon Dahlquist Narrator: Alfred Molina Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9780743561891
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It began with a simple note: a letter of rejection delivered to Miss Temple on her maid’s silver tray. But for Miss Temple, her fiancé’s cruel rejection will ignite a harrowing quest for truth, plunging her into a mystery as dizzying as a hall of mirrors. Thus begins Gordon Dahlquist’s spectacular literary debut, a novel of Victorian suspense that shatters conventions and seethes with danger and eroticism.

Miss Temple’s pursuit soon leads to a remote, forbidding estate where all inhibitions are laid bare and shocking discoveries lie behind its closed doors: men and women in provocative disguise, acts of licentiousness and violence, heroism and awakening. But she will also find two allies: Cardinal Chang, a brutal assassin with the heart of a poet, and a royal doctor named Svenson, at once fumbling and heroic—both of whom, like her, lost someone at Harschmort Manor. The search for answers hurtles this unlikely trio from elegant brothels and gaslit alleyways to astonishing moments of self-discovery and ever-mounting peril. For the conspiracy they face—a perverted alchemy of science, religion, and lust for power—is terrifying beyond belief.

By turns brutal and tender, shocking and deliciously romantic, The Glass Books of The Dream Eaters is a novel for the ages, a bold and brilliant work of the imagination.

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  • “Alfred Molina’s narrative voice pulls listeners into this dark Victorian-age novel.” 

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

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

    " best thing I've read in ages. Tore through it like a madwoman, the same with the second one. The Dark Volume (number 3 in the series) became a little tedious in places but I love the characters so much that I don't really care. The Dark Volume also didn't answer all my questions - his style is lovably murky - but did make room for another - I hope it comes out soon. Cardinal Chang is the best character ever. I want to see this in film! "

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

    " This is fast becoming my favorite story of the year and I'm only half done (I'm currently reading Volume Two). This is a Victorian adventure which combines elements of mystery, a dash of science fiction, a smattering of romance, and is smothered in suspense. Didn't take long for me to hooked into the story, either. It charges right along keeping you hungry for what happens next. There are three main protagonists who are very dissimilar yet they are all tenacious. The book is peopled with all manner of types, from lords and ladies to rogues, whores, and assassins. There are several death-defying escapes and chases. The main characters are compelling and very likable, the villains are varied, dangerous, and fleshed-out as well. The writing is top-notch. I really love this story, it's cinematic, larger-than-life and something you can really lose yourself in. Very fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 1/18/2014

    " I had high hopes for this book, but it ended up being kind of tedious and the ending, a cliff-hanger, didn't make me long for the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica | 12/31/2013

    " One of the times I picked something randomly from the "Staff Picks" at a book store. I had no idea what it even was. Sci-fi, horror, a kinky tale of debauchery? Turns out it was all three. This was such a fun read, an so unexpected. I have already hit two book stores (I finished it yesterday) for the second half. I'll break it down more when I finish that one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 emily | 12/30/2013

    " was all-consumed with this book, ripped through it in 2 days. stayed up late to keep reading. great rollicking steam-punk adventure tale for adults. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 12/21/2013

    " It's a steam punk bodice ripper. Much fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelley | 12/11/2013

    " This book is strange. But I can't seem to stop reading it. must finish! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon Curtis | 11/12/2013

    " Fantastic novel set in a fantasy world very recognisable as our own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spyder | 9/20/2013

    " An impulse buy in the Jakarta, Indonesia airport... I thought it was fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie Rose | 8/3/2013

    " Really fun to read, but too much of a cliffhanger, and a bit like reading a novelist's first attempt at science fiction as an excuse to live out his porny fantasies. Still, exciting enough to send me head-long into the sequel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Larkin | 6/23/2013

    " A punishing read that took way too many pages to tell a story I didn't care about by the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Breezy | 7/3/2012

    " I tried to read this book on several occasions but couldn't get past the first chapter. Back to the used bookstore with you! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Brzezinski | 4/30/2012

    " Not really a review, but I'm wondering why a 464 page book only has 6 chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josie | 4/23/2012

    " I blew through this book in one week! I couldn't put it down. It's got elements of Victorian mystery, science fiction, and even some erotica. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/14/2011

    " Not fantastic, but worth continuing the series. The entire book reads like chapter 1. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Roberts | 8/30/2011

    " This book was very different from anything I've read recently. I guess it could be considered Victorian Science Fiction. I enjoyed it very much. It has a cliff hanger ending and I can't wait to start on volume 2. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Acldburnhtp | 5/27/2011

    " I picked this book up last week and I was sucked in immediately - and I even enjoyed when it turned science fiction - but I guess I was just waiting for someone to actually die or for something to be explained but it never happened - and I was disappointed. I don't see myself pursuing volume II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vulpine | 5/19/2011

    " The best recent fantasy novel I've read in many years. Action packed Victoriana and sexy with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendall | 4/11/2011

    " Very unique. The main charachters stumble upon each other and as well as mystery and intrigue (with a somewhat erotic nature). It was a pleasant surprise. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peggy | 4/9/2011

    " Don't waste your time. Listened to the 12-hr ABRIDGED audio with finger on fast-forward. No character development. Thin plot drawn out with lots action; action that never heightens or bring more complex conflict. Dark, depressing, and boring at the same time, if that's possible. The cover is nice. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Claire-Jane | 4/2/2011

    " This being my 28th read of the year . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anselm | 2/28/2011

    " clever and entertaining in a very hollywood sort of way. rather over the top. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Göksu | 2/27/2011

    " One of my favourite books ever. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/23/2011

    " The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters has some interesting characters, but it is let down by the plot, which is simply ridiculous. Nothing in this novel encourages me to read the second in the series or, indeed, read anything else from Gordon Dahlquist. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 1/15/2011

    " Interesting premise. Boring idea of the subversive. Good lord, someone introduce this man to an editor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simon | 1/9/2011

    " Superb. A dark, sexy and brilliantly imagined hybrid of Victorian melodrama and classic science fiction, populated with wonderfully compelling characters. Would make a splendid movie. "

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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

Alfred Molina is a three-time Tony nominee. His many films include An Education, Abduction, Spider-Man 2, Frida, Magnolia, Chocolat, Boogie Nights, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Prick Up Your Ears, Enchanted April, and Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes. On television he portrayed Deputy D. A. Ricardo Morales on Law & Order: LA and Eric Sanders on Harry’s Law.