Dream Doctor: Dreams #2 by J.J. DiBenedetto

AudioBook Review:

A little more better created than the first in the series, Dream Doctor picks up shortly after the first book, and Sara is now in medical school.  While I enjoy the premise, and find it unique, the key components that caused me discomfiture in the first book still exist in the second:  overuse of description without point or purpose, seemingly endless scenes devoted to daily activities that serve no real purpose but filler, a lack of apparent focus to get to the solution and endpoint and endless sidetracks that are perhaps installed as red herrings but simply serve to throw the reader out of the story without purpose.

I will say that Sara is a bit more decided in her voicing in this installment, although the mystery was far less a mystery than a ‘get to it already’ after several overtold stories about study, walking to the library, tests and classes.  While Sara and Ben are married, the story is far less about the struggle to juggle med school with a relationship and other daily activities: yet it never does fully jump into the mystery and tension surrounding being an eyewitness to people’s most private thoughts and impulses.

Again Heather Jane Hogan is the narrator, and her voicing works with the story: there is a decided lack of emotional impact in this book with more telling us about the feelings than actually showing, so the narration also suffers from that lack.  Not a bad narration by any stretch, her voice is clear and smooth, with a pitch and tone that is pleasant for a longer listen.

I don’t believe that I am intrigued enough to continue with the series: sadly the premise is lost in the structural and stylistic issues and makes these a less intriguing read and listen.  A good editor, some tightening of the descriptions and delivering a more focused plot with less room to diverge into unnecessary detail would help this story to deliver on the promise of the premise.

Stars:  Overall:  3  Narration:  4 Story  3

Dream Doctor: Dreams #2 by J.J. DiBenedetto

Title: Dream Doctor
Author: J.J. DiBenedetto
Narrator: Heather Jane Hogan
Published by: Self-Produced
Source: Audio Producer
Pages: 279
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 6 minutes
Rated: three-stars
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“I didn’t expect to be woken up by someone I don’t know dreaming about killing somebody. I thought I was done with that once and for all…”

But Sara’s not done with it. As if adjusting to life as a newlywed and starting medical school weren’t difficult enough, she’s started seeing the dreams of everyone around her, again. Before everything is said and done, those dreams might destroy Sara’s hopes of becoming a doctor, wreck her marriage and even end her life…

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A copy of this title was provided via Audio Producer for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About J.J. DiBenedetto

J.J. (James) DiBenedetto was born in Yonkers, New York. He attended Case Western Reserve University, where as his classmates can attest, he was a complete nerd. Very little has changed since then.
He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his beautiful wife and their cat (who has thoroughly trained them both). When he's not writing, James works in the direct marketing field, enjoys the opera, photography and the New York Giants, among other interests.
The "Dreams" series is James' first published work.