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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

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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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.

    7 of 8 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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    Kay 02-20-17
    Kay 02-20-17
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    "A nice little tease"

    The narration was nice and the story was enjoyable. It did make me want to hear more. I will be searching for the full novel and adding it to my wish list to await a free credit.

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    Amazon Customer 02-13-17 Member Since 2014
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    "loved it."

    unique writing style lending the well defined characters with an equally unique voice. the voice talent read it beautifully as well. I look forward to more.

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    bubba bill 02-12-17
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    "Good title"

    Gradually as you get pulled into the story the feeling of hopelessness surrounds you. I have never considered what it would be like in a police state but this short story places the reader there.

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    RapaciousReader Carlsbad, CA 02-08-17
    RapaciousReader Carlsbad, CA 02-08-17 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Haunting"

    This story is so compelling it's hard to believe it's a short story. Beautifully written and narrated it's frightening to think of the very real possibility that this could be humanities future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    StumptownDave Stumptown 02-03-17
    StumptownDave Stumptown 02-03-17 Member Since 2015

    Mystery Buffoon

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    "Very Intriguing."

    Somehow this was in my library on my audible account. I had a half hour or so to burn so I gave it a try. Oh my, dystopian novels are my secret indulgence. This one is well written has an incredible narration. It seems to have a vibe like Children of Men. Now I have to search out this book so I can add another must read author to my queue!

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  • 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
  • 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
  • UsefulThings
    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 5 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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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