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

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The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien | Audiobook ReviewThe Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien
Series: The Vault Of Dreamers #1
Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 10 Hours 35 Minutes
Published by Macmillan on September 16th 2014
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian, Science Fiction, General, Romance, Young Adult, Love & Romance, Action & Adventure
Pages: 432
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9781596439399

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 ridges 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.
From Caragh M. O'Brien, author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes the first book in a new series, The Vault of Dreamers, a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

Why Did I Listen To The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien?

I feel like you will read this over and over on my audiobook review posts. It is the summer of Netgalley for me – where I make a good faith effort to reduce my queue to the recommended 80% reviewed. I’ll admit I downloaded The Vault Of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien on one of those auto approval benders. Don’t judge me, we have all been there or will all be there when it happens. This book really appealed to me based on the setting – a boarding school for the arts that also serves as backdrop for a reality TV show. So, two of my favorite things in one book.

What’s The Story Here?

The Vault Of Dreamers is about Rosie Sinclair who manages to leave her impoverished town and earn a spot at the Forge School. In order to keep her spot, she must use her filmmaker skills and her a place in the Top 50 Students. Everyone below the top 50 gets sent home. For Rosie, this means her entire future. The Forge School believes that students maintain creativity by sleeping for 12 hours per day and so each night they give the students a sleeping pill to help them sleep. Rosie, however, skips her pill one night and realizes that something untoward might be going on. The story takes some real interesting twists and turns as we hurdle toward the ending with a pit stop for romance along the way.

How Is Rosie Sinclair As A Character?

Well, honestly, the main character of The Vault Of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien is quite impulsive. However, she’s also brave and puts herself at risk for a good cause. I do think that a few of her issues could have been solved by just trusting and communicating, but hey, we all learn that eventually one way or another. It’s a part of growing up. I did like her interest in filmmaking. Her love for her sister, Dubs, also makes Rosie quite interesting.

What Did I Think of The Vault Of Dreamers?

The Vault Of Dreamers is a pretty good read. It was better than I had expected. I thought that it was very intense and action packed. I also liked the different twists and reveals that were part and parcel with excellent plotting. I am apathetic about the romance. However, that was not the main focus in my reading, instead it was Rosie’s uncovering of the Forge School’s secrets.

How’s The Narration?

Emily Woo Zeller narrates The Vault of Dreamers. I first came across Zeller when I listened to The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up and became an instant fan. This book cements that feeling for me. Zeller really does a wonderful job bringing O’Brien’s book to life. Also, this book feels like such a quick read too. It’s a great commute listen. I would absolutely recommend it to you with no regrets.

Sum It Up With A GIF:

The Vault Of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien is a pretty good read. It was better than I had expected. Click here to find out why you should listen to it.

This GIF really nails how Rosie feels about sleeping at the Forge School.

Other reviews of The Vault of Dreamers:

The Book Smugglers – “a speculative fiction novel at its heart

The Book Addict’s Guide – “it wasn’t one that wowed me

The Perpetual Page Turner – “My brain was spinning.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. I have this one of my shelf and now I’m thinking I may move it to the middle of the pack for my TBR. I think I would like Rosie but idk about the rest! Thanks for a great review!
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