Gossamer

Lois Lowry, Author, Anne Twomey, Read by , read by Anne Twomey. Listening Library $27 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7393-3526-0

Lowry's poetic, fanciful story of tiny, elfish "dream-givers" who put nighttime imaginings into the heads of human sleepers is not an ideal choice for audio. The many lyrical, detailed descriptions of the dream-givers gathering "fragments" of memory by touching objects and then weaving them into dreams become overlong and slow-moving when read aloud. Likewise, Twomey's soft, soothing voice fits the subject matter, but may well lull young listeners off to dreamland. Twomey does an excellent job of distinguishing her voice for the different characters, particularly an angry, abused boy and the kind elderly woman who fosters him temporarily, both of whom are strengthened by the healing dreams they are sent. Overall, however, this is a less-than-satisfying listen. Ages 10-up. (June)

Reviewed on: 07/24/2006
Release date: 05/01/2006
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Paperback - 68 pages - 978-1-58342-807-8
Compact Disc - 978-0-7393-3560-4
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-7393-3569-7
Hardcover - 153 pages - 978-0-7862-8947-9
Paperback - 154 pages - 978-0-385-73416-5
Hardcover - 140 pages - 978-0-618-68550-9
Open Ebook - 144 pages - 978-0-547-34500-0
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-1-299-89372-6
Book - 1 pages - 978-0-7393-5997-6
Prebound-Sewn - 154 pages - 978-1-4178-1932-4
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