Description⎮Reviewed Jan. 2016
Narrator: Josh Hurley
Length: 12h 6m
Publisher: Audible, Inc.⎮2015
4 ★ Audiobook⎮Whew. This was a trip! And by “trip” I mean an absolute roller coaster ride. It was extremely enjoyable and fairly easy to comprehend. The author obviously took great care to ensure the story’s comprehension for all types of readers (even those not particularly scientifically-minded, like myself), while still maintaining a certain degree of plausibility. As someone who looks for the logic in all things, I greatly appreciated the detailed, yet lay explanations provided in this book. The parts of it that did feel a tiny bit far-fetched (evil mastermind Carlton) did so on their own, not as a direct result of the time travel premise. For the first 2/3 of the story, I was hanging on the narrator’s every word. Things got a little weird towards the end with all of the apocalypses and it felt like the story was in fast forward mode with so much back and forth through time. The epilogue was satisfying in a bittersweet sort of way, but I commend the author on resisting the urge to give it a “happily ever after” ending. I wouldn’t have complained if he had, but this type of ending somehow seems more appropriate for this particular story. In retrospect, this story was a lot darker than I realized whilst reading it. The somber ending definitely stayed true to the book as a whole. I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as my last time travel book, Time After Time, but significantly more than The First 15 Lives of Harry August.
Narration review: Josh Hurley was a good narrator. There weren’t any special effects to enhance the experience (like with Illuminae or The Beautiful Creatures series), but I could hear the emotion in the narrator’s voice, especially in the end. It added so much to the story. ♣︎