Audiobook Review: The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

Posted June 18, 2015 by Felicia S in 2.50 Wine Glasses, 2015 Read, Audiobook, Reviews / 4 Comments

Audiobook Review: The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’BrienSource: Audiobook Review, Provided by Tantor

Format: Audiobook

The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien
Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins

Date Read: May 2015

Genre: Dystopian, YA

From the author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success:  every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What's worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

More Information:
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press, Tantor
Series: The Vault of Dreamers #1

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Read for Fun /Listened for Review (Won/Tantor)
Overall Rating 2.50
Story Rating 2.00
Character Rating 3.00

Audio Rating 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished:I wouldn’t say The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh OBrien was a bad read but the end kind of fell flat for me. More importantly it changed the whole story and not in a good way (for me).

Overall Thoughts:I am such an ender–meaning that the end of a book can cloud the whole thing for me. Unfortunately the end of this book didn’t work for me on any level. That means I was left with that in my mind. Otherwise this was a pretty good listen. The story was well paced. The characters were unique. The world was identifiable but different. I finished it in a weekend and the bulk of the story was intriguing. I do think most people will like the end more than I did. I am not sure I will try the second book to see how it all pans out (though honestly it could make me like this one more–that happens in series sometimes)

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller / Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins

Emily really nailed the narration. Her pacing was spot on and she brought life to the characters. I really enjoyed the audiobook!

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Overall Rating
2.5 / 5
Story Rating
2 / 5
Character Rating
3 / 5
Narrator Rating
4 / 5
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4 responses to “Audiobook Review: The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

  1. Oh no! I have been putting this one off for some reason as I have it to listen too, now I am really worried as I am an ender as well. If it ends with a WTH kind of ending it totally kills the book for now I am not sure about this

  2. I’m an ender, too. I am especially aware of it in movies. I recall sitting in Moonstruck the first time and loving every single second of it, and yet thinking, I can’t really know if I love this until I see how it ends. And when it ended, all I wanted to do was get in line and watch it again.

    How do you keep the narration separate from the book? I can’t do it. I often recommend books I loved in audio but warn that I have no idea how it holds up when read in text, as the narration was so much a part of it. I also can’t separate annoying, bad narration from the experience.

    • It is easier for me to recognize a good narrator on a bad book than a bad narrator on a good book. I sometimes can’t see past bad narration to a good story but I can see past a bad story to good narration. I am not sure why. Sometimes it is a measure of how long I stuck with something that I am not enjoying (story wise) just because the narrator keeps me invested.

      I have to have a good ending for the story. It has to fit! In this case, it just didn’t. The second book may make it fit (sometimes that happens in trilogies) but right now it just doesn’t. I am also one of those that a book may be meh the whole way through and then the end blow me away. If that happens it will raise that rating really quick.