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Step Back in Time | [Ali McNamara]

Step Back in Time

How many lifetimes would you travel to find a love that lasts for ever? When single career girl Jo-Jo steps onto a zebra crossing and gets hit by a car, she awakes to find herself in 1963. The fashion, the music, her job, even her romantic life: everything is different. And then it happens three more times, and Jo-Jo finds herself living a completely new life in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. The only people she can rely on are Harry and Ellie, two companions from 2013, and George, the owner of a second-hand record store.
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How many lifetimes would you travel to find a love that lasts for ever? When single career girl Jo-Jo steps onto a zebra crossing and gets hit by a car, she awakes to find herself in 1963. The fashion, the music, her job, even her romantic life: everything is different. And then it happens three more times, and Jo-Jo finds herself living a completely new life in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. The only people she can rely on are Harry and Ellie, two companions from 2013, and George, the owner of a second-hand record store.

If she's ever to return from her travels, Jo-Jo must work out why she's jumping through time like this. And if she does make it back, will her old life ever be the same again? Step back in time with this fabulously fun and feed-good comedy of time travel and romance, from the author of From Notting Hill with Love... Actually

©2013 Ali McNamara (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    L. Hew Toronto, Canada 12-07-13
    L. Hew Toronto, Canada 12-07-13 Listener Since 2008
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    Where does Step Back in Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have a very eclectic reading range, but ranked amongst all the other chick lit books, I'd say it's a very solid read. It's one of the longest chick lit books I've listened to with 11+ hrs but I listened to it all in one sitting. Not necessarily something I'd recommend doing since I was exhausted by bed-time, but it's one of those books you won't mind continuously listening to, or pausing to come back to, since the story is engaging enough.


    What other book might you compare Step Back in Time to and why?

    The closest other I can think of is Sophie Kinsella - 'Remember Me'. More for the heroine being thrown into the deep end, not knowing what's going on, and having to work out who she is and what her life is about. In 'Step Back In Time' it's time travel vs. memory loss, which makes it a harder sell, but it's handled well enough that it's not hard to suspend your belief and take the journey with Jo-Jo.


    What about Katie Scarfe’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoyed her performance. There are distinguishable voices for each character and she kept her narration light, to go with the tone of the novel. There were no annoying habits or weird inflections to throw me out of the story. I had no problems whatsoever, listening for hours.


    If you could rename Step Back in Time, what would you call it?

    If pushed, I would say something that is obvious, yet subtle, Beatles themed. Something like 'That Road Before' (from The Beatles - 'The Long and Winding Road'). But really, I think the current title did all right.


    Any additional comments?

    As you might have realized, there's a very strong Beatles theme to this book. I think if you're a solid Beatles fan, you'll love picking up all the clues and hidden gems related to the Beatles that are thrown out. You might even want to make a game of it, and see how many you get right. As a regular fan of the Beatles it's a good read, where you'll get some clues but won't feel overwhelmed, and may even laugh when you realize you missed some obvious ones. That being said, this book is about love and friendship. I particularly liked the long and winding road that Jo-Jo takes to finding herself, falling in love, and discovering friendships across the universe, in the sea of time, and in [her] life (okay I'll stop!). Each time she wakes up is an entire story unto itself. You'll forget that you still have hours more to listen to. And once she's down again, you'll be intrigued to know what happens this time. So, a very intriguing story that keeps moving forward. I recommend listening!

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  • Susan
    Derby, United Kingdom
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    "Interesting concept"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - Can relate to the decades


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Step Back in Time?

    The common thread and the concept of going back in time and comparing the day to day items of 2013


    Which character – as performed by Katie Scarfe – was your favourite?

    Katie Scarfe read well bringing all characters to life


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen whilst driving so never listen in one sitting


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lie Back & Listen
    Harrow, United Kingdom
    1/9/14
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    "Disappointing!"

    Usually I love Ali McNamara books so I was really looking forward to relaxing with this…however this latest offering left me very disappointed. The storyline is a good idea in theory but I found it disjointed especially as I know the main location setting very well. Had to listen to it twice to see if It got better on the2nd listen…I won’t be giving it another listen - which is rare for my audio book collection.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SAP777
    11/30/14
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    "Enjoyable and fun"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Step Back in Time to be better than the print version?

    The audio version brings people to life and the narrator makes a very good job of it


    What did you like best about this story?

    The idea of going back in time was fun and intriguing


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    There are no scenes I like particularly over another they just follow each other smoothly, although was less keen on the 80's


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book of Aly McNamara I read but will not be the last one. I really like her style. It is a real "page turner". Probably one of my fav in this genre. I even listen to it twice. Once for the story and once to find back all the hints about the Beatles. A must listen story.

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  • Paula Jennings
    reading, United Kingdom
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    "Step Back In Time by Ali McNamara"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    George was my favorite character because you always knew he knew more than he was letting on, but wanted the main character Jo Jo to experience things for herself.


    What about Katie Scarfe’s performance did you like?

    Oh yes, very much.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next Ali McNamara novel.

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