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Passionate and deeply intimate, When Dreams Tremble is a story of an old love, rekindled. Leslie Harris thinks she has her life together until she runs into an old girlhood crush, the mysterious Devon Weber. Suddenly her relaxing vacation has turned into something far more serious.… Coleen Marlo performs Radclyffe's romantic work with all of the requisite flourishes and emotion. Marlo's tone is charming and relatable, just the type of performer a romantic thriller such as this deserves!

Summary

Leslie Harris's visit to her upstate New York lakeside family home after a decade of triumphs and disappointment resembles a nightmare more than the quiet vacation she'd hoped for. The unexpected appearance of much-changed town girl, Devon Weber, with whom Leslie shares a secret that haunts them both, rekindles an old heart ache - and reminds Leslie of just why she left.

Even though her attraction to Dev comes roaring back, the one thing Leslie doesn't want is to pick up where they left off, especially not when she already has just the life she wants - a rewarding high-power law practice, a condo in Manhattan, and a lover who satisfies her without demanding the intimacy Leslie avoids. Unfortunately, environmental biologist Devon Weber doesn't play by Leslie's rules. Two women whose lives turned out far differently than they'd once imagined discover that sometimes the shape of the future can only be found in the past - and love is strongest - When Dreams Tremble.

©2007 Radclyffe (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Absolutely stunning!!!

Where does When Dreams Tremble rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Its right next to Heart Block by Melissa Brayden

Who was your favorite character and why?

Leslie was my favourite character. I love how she went after what she wanted and really expressed how she felt about Dev

What about Coleen Marlo’s performance did you like?

I really loved her narration, expressions and all.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Of course it did. It made me laugh and smile with otter shame that the book was driving me crazy waiting for the 2 to hook up!!! The book electrified my body with NEED and i was listening to this book at work.

Any additional comments?

Please warn people not to listen to this book in public places as people will think they are going crazy.

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One of the better Radclyffe novels

I saw the summary for this audio book, and honestly decided that it could easily be another cliched lesbian romance novel, full of two dimensional characters, sex, and not a lot else.

With that in mind I hit the little green sample button not really thinking it would draw me into trying out the book. One advantage of being a member of audible is the fact that you can return books if you find they aren't quite what you were expecting, and hearing the sample I decided it was worth the risk.

I was wrong about my initial assessment based on the summary. Sure there are moments when it could come under those cliches, but actually, you get three dimensional characters that you really care about. Although there are times when the whole emotional explanations do become a bit repetitive, and you wish there could be a bit more filling out of the plot, one example could be using the main characters to have a modern confrontation with the ex-boyfriend. In my opinion that was a missed opportunity to add depth to the story without detracting from the two main characters, especially as he was mentioned in such a way that had you wondering if he would make an appearance.

Added to that, the recording and narrator are marginally better than a lot of the lesbian audio books out there. The narrator does an okay job of separating out the characters, and there is little echo/reverberations that I have heard on some recordings and that frankly really helps this story along. Far too many recordings feel as though they have been rushed onto the audible catalog with little or no consideration to the quality of the engineering behind the work, even works by popular authors have fallen into this trap. So it was a pleasant surprise to find a recording that falls into the slightly more professional category, it's not perfect, but it's certainly better than some.

Too many lesbian novels have fallen into the routine of the two dimension, which is sad because with a little thought they could be so much more. While I don't think this is Radclyffes' best story, it certainly isn't the worst.

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Plot what plot?

Weak storyline from beginning to end. You could fall asleep for an hour and not miss anything of note.

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Decent story, good characters not Radclyffe's best

First off the narration was great. Character development was good and it was nice to see Lesley's relationship with her mum develop too. Overall it was just a little too slow, I got fed up waiting for them to realise they loved each other and then ending felt rushed and not particularly credible. I would listen again but recommend Fated Love, Night Call and Trauma Alert for better storylines and characters.

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  • 04-04-19

Amazing

Wow. Such a captivating story with an expressive narrator. Love how Dev uses "Fish are people two" in a case. Great story with a great ending. Amazing romantic plot line. Kept me listening through work and even at home. Couldn't stop until I finished it all in one day.

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  • Laura Straub
  • 08-07-19

Slow burn and full of angst

but I could not stop listening. I really loved it. The angstiness got a little much towards the end right before it finally gets resolved, but its a minor irritation. I liked the characters and its sweet relief when they finally get together. Definitely worth your time.

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  • glenda Goodwitch
  • 14-03-19

I Want a Sequel! Loved it so much.

These characters are great, I'd like to see them a few years down the road.

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  • Jill Dutcher
  • 16-06-21

Entertaining

Typical storyline is good, but the repetion of excuses without common sense solutions is exhausting

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  • Rola
  • 02-12-19

Same

I couldn’t finish it. The narrator was trying to hide her British accent that it came out weird! Just irritated me.

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  • Lu A.
  • 22-10-21

One of the best

Love Radclyffe and read/listened to everything she published so far, but I’m very fond of this particular book…it’s about love that never dies…it might be in the back burner for a while, simmering down and almost forgotten but then one event changes everything and the fire burns hot and stronger…Colleen Marlo does a great job in putting the right feelings in the dialogs…just awesome!

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  • Sylvia Raley
  • 28-04-21

Just Perfect

Radclyffe is a hit or miss for me - but this one is a Big hit for me. The story got me emotionally vested in the characters and wanting to know what happens a year or two later. Does Natalie hook up with the Sheriff ? Does Leslie eventually move from Manhattan?
I’m partial to Abby as a narrator but I’ve become a fan of Coleen Marlo. And those sex scenes- Leta just leave it at ... OMG

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  • Martha E.
  • 10-04-21

Always A Great Read from Radclyffe

A lesbian reader is never disappointed reading or listening to Radclyffe because her writing is so descriptive and her characters so well defined. The narrator, Coleen Marlo, did an exceptional job with all the voices, male and female.

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  • PonderIt
  • 25-03-21

Loved it!

Great storyline and narration. It left me wanting to hear more of Leslie and Devin’s story.

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  • MissLynn
  • 25-03-21

Weak narration affected overall experience

If you could look up "Girl, you've got it BAD" in the dictionary, you would find a picture of Devon Weber from When Dreams Tremble as the ultimate example. The most interesting part about that was it was kind of against type - the super hot butch that women find irresistible but her heart belongs to Leslie Harris, her long ago high school love that never was.
Fifteen years later, after Dev accepts a temporary contract position in environmental biology near her hometown where Leslie's parents still own a lakeside resort, the two women are brought back together when Les - now high-powered New York City attorney - travels home to convalesce after a health scare. It was serendipity that brought them back to the place where the two of them became close friends, because neither live in the area any more.
We learn about how the polar opposites became friends and the fateful tragedy that affected both of their lives. Dev was never like any of Leslie's other friends - she was the brooding, motorcycle riding loner who had a soft spot for Les and lived for moments alone with her. Les was part of the popular crowd and had a boyfriend. She knew she loved spending time with Dev, but was slow to realize the depth of her feelings for her.
This is one of those stories where you know there isn't another soul alive that is better for these two than the other, yet circumstances kept them apart. And you just want to strangle them. Well, in this case only one of them, because Dev wears her heart on her sleeve and keeps putting herself out there. She just can't help herself. She's never been able to resist Les.
I enjoyed reading the paperback more than this audio version. It has a major pet peeve issue for me when it comes to the eventual sexual encounter, but that wasn't the most irritating thing about it. This is one of those circumstances where the narrator actually detracted from the story. Not enough for me to stop listening altogether, but enough for me to constantly think about how much better it could have been. I even laughed during the big love scene, which should never, ever happen. It came off as terribly corny but a more skilled voice actor *cough* Abby Craden *cough* could have improved upon it.
While U.S. Audible subscribers can listen to this for free as part of the Audible Plus program as I did, my strong suggestion is that you go with the written version instead, should you find this of interest.