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The Time Being Audiobook

The Time Being

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Publisher's Summary

At 11 Lalla should be enjoying her childhood in London. But this is not London as we know it. In a collapsed society, Lalla struggles to imagine her future. When a government announcement invites her to enjoy a new life in Regent’s Park, Lalla sees a glimmer of hope. But what is she willing to risk?

The Time Being is the short-story prequel to The Ship by Antonia Honeywell, if you enjoyed this, you’ll love the full-length novel sequel.

©2014 Antonia Honeywell (P)2014 W.F. Howes Ltd

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    Jennifer Alameda, CA, USA 02-12-15
    Jennifer Alameda, CA, USA 02-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "I want more from this author!"

    This story is interesting. How often is that actually true? The characters, the setting, the descriptions, all interesting. I was motivated to go find Honeywell's blog where, as I hoped, she said her (first) book will be released soon. I will absolutely be giving it a try.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-17-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-17-15 Member Since 2016

    Paid reviewers, after two weeks get 4-8 votes and have that power to strike unhelpful against others. Check their history! Your money!

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    "Short and Free"

    This seemed to me to have the feel of a YA girl story. I did not hate it or love it. It did not encourage me to buy the full length novel. If you are interested it is free and it is short.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tracet Hamden, CT, United States 05-05-15
    Tracet Hamden, CT, United States 05-05-15
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    "Good narration, meh story"

    A short story free from Audible, consisting mainly of an 11-year-old girl in a dystopian London who decides she knows better than her parents and subsequently putting all of them in great danger. I loathed the girl, Lalla – I’m not a huge fan of children, and this is a great example of why: “I want to go.” “No.” “But I want to go!” “No.” “But I want to go!” “No.” Repeat ad infinitum. I once worked for CVS, with its bank of candy bars in front of the registers, and will always remember one father and very young daughter who came in. “Daddy, I want a candy bar.” “No, honey.” “I want a candy bar.” “No.” “But I want one!” “I said no.” “Daddy, I want a candy bar!” “No.” “DADDY, I WANT A CANDY BAR!” “Fine. Which one?” I wanted to punch him in the nose. So I’m well aware that it’s the parents who are at fault in something like this – the CVS dad caved, and the parents in the story didn’t bother to tell Lalla what was obvious to a listener (“The films aren’t real, you’ll be shot, we’ll be shot, stop asking”). But I still despised the girl.

    The story might be meaningful to someone who has read the book it prequels; for me it broke no new ground and provided no enjoyment to counter my irritation with the main character. The narration by Melody Grove was quite good – I will keep an eye out for her in the future – but otherwise I’m glad this was free. And brief.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    12-02-16
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    DogsMom 11-22-16
    DogsMom 11-22-16
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    "An intriguing introduction"
    What did you love best about The Time Being?

    In a world after destruction, the family unit tries to survive. Teenagers are very much the same as throughout time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The young girl who is between ages, still young enough to enjoy stores but dreaming of being older and more independent


    What about Melody Grove’s performance did you like?

    Lovely soothing voice, appropriate for the young girl character we hear from most


    Who was the most memorable character of The Time Being and why?

    The young girl, for her dreams and sense of wonder
    Her mother is also a strong character


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ks 11-06-16
    ks 11-06-16
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    "Time being"

    Hate that it won't delete. Only on my tablet by accident. Didn't care for it.

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    parthiii 11-03-16
    parthiii 11-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    Kindle Customer Houston, TX USA 10-31-16
    Kindle Customer Houston, TX USA 10-31-16 Member Since 2016

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    "What Science Fiction Does Well"
    What made the experience of listening to The Time Being the most enjoyable?

    The story drew me in from its beginning to its conclusion. It marched inevitably to the only possible conclusion. As all really great Science Fiction does, it made me think and apply it to present reality.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Time Being?

    When the protagonist's mother realized the extent of the reality from which she had been shielding her child.


    What about Melody Grove’s performance did you like?

    Her use of her voice to give me a picture of the world as the child protagonist perceived it.


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

    For me, who is not prone to emotions, it appealed the reasoning part of my brain; however to one more emotional, it would bring tears.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Good"

    Wow .. I was pleasantly surprised, a very good book. Definitely worth listening to and well read

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    2/16/15
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    "Interesting dystopian short listen"

    I really enjoyed this - told from the childs point of view, there is much she (and we) don't understand about the world, what happened, and why it is the way it is.
    I loved it and wish there was more. Excellent narration.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • dunerunner
    1/3/16
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    "well told"

    very enjoyable listened in bed and really enjoyed the story. my first audio book and free too.cant fault that can you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • S. Corner
    1/3/16
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    "good"

    A good story and made you think why do we fly green beans and roses from Africa to England!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Elva Smith
    12/30/15
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    "great for a free book!"

    When you doing have much time its great to have a short story. This was my first experience at an audio book, loved it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • klf
    12/29/15
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    "great read. looking forward to reading the ship"

    Narration was almost a bit sweet for the story but the actual story was great and looking forward to reading The Ship

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • M Basilva
    12/26/15
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    "good book to read 😊😊"

    The book is very good I didn't like the ending its not good for younger views I am 12 and this book is kind rated for teens even though I am young I really enjoyed the book so download it because it's really good and very meaningful 👏👏

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • georgia van eijk
    12/20/15
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    "A good taster"

    This was really well narrated and left me wanting to know more! I now cant wait to read the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Imogen
    11/7/15
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    "Haunting."

    I would love to read a full novel by this author after reading this. I love post apocalyptic stuff.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mother Bear
    AMMANFORD, United Kingdom
    2/20/15
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    "Captivating."

    This short is the prequel to a novel - so captivating I have bought the novel and am about to listen to what happens next.
    A new author with fresh ideas - excellent way to get readers (listeners) hooked!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Rsh
    11/6/15
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    "An intriguing taster for the novel"

    A whet-the-appetite type of short story that made me download the book. I liked the narrator's voice that drew me into a child's point of living in a future Britain. It made me wonder what would happen next.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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