Falling Awake

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Narrator: Laural Merlington
Genres: Romance
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: November 2004
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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Overview

A red scarf. A roller coaster. A tidal wave of blood.
Isabel Wright spends her days at the Belvedere Center for Sleep Research analyzing the dreams of others. Dr. Martin Belvedere, a pioneer in the field, recognized her unique talent for what he calls Level Five lucid dreaming - and rescued her from a dead-end job at the psychic dreamer hotline. It's satisfying, lucrative work, but it can be emotionally draining at times. Especially when one of her anonymous subjects, known only as Client Number Two, captures her imagination through his compelling dream narratives. Secretly, she thinks of him as "dream man."
Client Number Two's real name is Ellis Cutler. A loner who learned long ago not to let anyone get too close, he works for a highly classified government agency with an interest in the potential value of lucid dreaming. And he has just been ordered by his boss to make contact with Isabel, who's been fired after the sudden death of Dr. Belvedere. Heading to California, he pushes his own fantasies out of his mind, determined to maintain a professional relationship with the woman who reads his dreams, the mysterious figure he has come to think of as "Tango Dancer."
But when they meet in the flesh, the dream becomes real enough to touch. And a waking nightmare begins - when a suspicious hit-and-run leads them into a perilous web of passion, betrayal and murder, and forces them to walk the razor-thin line between dreams and reality. . . .

Reviews (8)

Not the last but

Written by Shane Nixon from Whitsett, NC on June 19th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

My first Krentz if I remember correctly and while it won't be my last necessarily, I will not be running her name to the top of my queue. Just to long and drawn out, with to much lovey dovey. Wasn't crazy about the narration either.

Falling Awake

Written by Cheryl Slover on February 22nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

It was okay, I didn't enjoy the romancey parts, but I liked the rest of it. Good story, just not great.

Falling Awake

Written by Laura McQuiddy on August 14th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Typical Jayne Ann Krentz. A light hearted romp with quirky loveable characters involved in an adventurous mystery. Good times.

Falling Awake

Written by Sue Curtis on March 2nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This story kept me guessing and was very exciting. A great read.

Falling Awake

Written by Anna Shirey on January 15th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Yeah - not great. I should have listened to the other reviewers. It kept feeling like it was leading up to something, but then it never did. Too bad too - the subject matter could have been so interesting, if the author had decided to explore it a little further.

Falling Awake

Written by Barbara Price on September 27th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Title should have been "Falling Asleep". Don't rent the unabridged version -- my eyes started to glaze after two discs of techno babble. When disc three showed no promise of a plot, I decided life was too short to indulge in bad stories. Apologies to Jayne Krentz - I usually adore your books.

Falling Awake

Written by Lizabeth Alarcon on August 18th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

It was kind of slow going. I kept listening hoping something would happen. It started getting good toward the end.

Falling Awake

Written by Karen on June 10th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It wasn't bad. It kept my interest and I liked the mini-plots that Ms. Krentz put into the story. I even liked the ending. However, Ms. Krentz could have chopped off the last four or five chapters in my opinion. The book climaxed and then just went on and on. It diluted the ending and I would have preferred a quick wrap up. The person behind the crimes was a surprise though - never saw that one coming. Good story - just a little convoluted.

Author Details

Author Details

Krentz, Jayne Ann

The author of a string of New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ uses three different pen names for each of her three "worlds". As JAYNE ANN KRENTZ (her married name) she writes contemporary romantic-suspense. She uses AMANDA QUICK for her novels of historical romantic-suspense. JAYNE CASTLE (her birth name) is reserved these days for her stories of futuristic/paranormal romantic-suspense.

"I am often asked why I use a variety of pen names," she says. "The answer is that this way readers always know which of my three worlds they will be entering when they pick up one of my books."

In addition to her fiction writing, she is the editor of, and a contributor to, a non-fiction essay collection, DANGEROUS MEN AND ADVENTUROUS WOMEN: ROMANCE WRITERS ON THE APPEAL OF THE ROMANCE published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Her commitment to her chosen genre has been strong from the very beginning of her career. Each year at the annual convention of the Romance Writers of America she participates in a special day-long workshop for librarians and speaks on the importance of the romance genre.

"The romance genre is the only genre where readers are guaranteed novels that place the heroine at the heart of the story," Jayne says. "These are books that celebrate women's heroic virtues and values: courage, honor, determination and a belief in the healing power of love."

She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to obtain a Masters degree in Library Science from San Jose State University in California. Before she began writing full time she worked as a librarian in both academic and corporate libraries.

She is married and lives with her husband, Frank, in Seattle, Washington.