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Gideon the Cutpurse Audiobook

Gideon the Cutpurse

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Publisher's Summary

The year is 1763. Gideon Seymour, cutpurse and gentleman, hides in dense underbrush from the villainous Tar Man. Suddenly the sky peels away like fabric and from the gaping hole fall two curious-looking children. Peter Schock and Kate Dyer have fallen straight from the 21st century, thanks to an experiment Kate's father was running with an antigravity machine. Before Gideon and the children have a chance to gather their wits, the Tar Man has taken off with the machine and Kate and Peter's only chance of getting home. Soon Gideon, Kate, and Peter are swept into a journey through 18th century London, over the routes of notorious highwaymen, and even into King George's palace and form a bond that, they hope, will stand strong in the face of unfathomable treachery.

Historical detail comes alive as debut author Linda Buckley-Archer weaves the 18th century trials of Gideon, Kate, and Peter with the modern-day worries of their parents and the wily investigator trying to piece together the children's disappearance. A time-travel tale in the tradition of Mark Twain with a touch of Back to the Future, the first audiobook of the Gideon trilogy introduces listeners to a modern genre all its own.

©2006 Linda Buckley-Archer. All rights reserved; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

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    L. Lipp Campbell , CA 05-30-08
    L. Lipp Campbell , CA 05-30-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Young and Idealistic"

    Here is one thing that is missing in the description:

    It's junior fiction.

    That being said, it is very well read and a very enjoyable book as it keeps a fun pace. Being 30 something myself I found myself cringing a couple of times at some of the scenes in this book that depict people as being open, honest and charitable (just like real life, huh?). Worth reading, pick it up if you feel like reading about a world with a couple honest people in it.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jon 08-25-07
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    "Enjoyable read"

    I listened to this with the kids and we all really enjoyed it. Good naration and a plot that goes somewhere. It really added to our interest that we live in the all three main locations referred to.

    Great.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy&David Prunedale, CA, United States 07-16-12
    Kathy&David Prunedale, CA, United States 07-16-12

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    "Warning - Too Grim for Kids"

    The main characters in this book are a 12 year old boy and girl but as the story takes place primarily in 1763 the grim reality of the time period is inappropriate for children. This book contains very realistic descriptions of poverty, cruelty and other gruesome descriptions of life in this primitive century. Avoid this book this book for children but enjoy it if you read it as an adult. Interesting real characters such as Queen Charlotte and children with deadly diseases such as scrofula (TB) add gruesome reality.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    M 03-29-16
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    "fun story great narration "

    charming story and awesome narration. i would buy a book just to hear him.

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    Carrie 03-22-16
    Carrie 03-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Exciting Time Travel"

    The description of historical England was masterful. I had a little trouble believing how quickly the children were accepted given how class conscious the English were. However it was a great story.

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    Amazon Customer Bellevue, WA 02-12-16
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    "A little slow at times, but worth it"

    Classic story of falling through time, but with the twist that those in contemporary time are working on the problem from their end as well.

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    "Delightful"

    I hadn't realized it's a trilogy, but I'm just as glad it is. A book of adventure, well written, without excess violence but with plenty of plot and like able characters. Gerald Doyle is "spot on".

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    "Entertainingly Predictable"
    What did you like best about Gideon the Cutpurse? What did you like least?

    Engaging story, well read. The story is predictable, among time travel genre stories, with an occasional "golly gee wow this is what it's like to be alive when..." moment. The biblical character connection was pretty much a straight line, when a little blurring of that line would have added suspense, especially if the reader was already well connected to the biblical story. Fine moments of humor--the parson in his underwear, preaching the finest sermon of his life....


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    Gerard Doyle could read the inside of a pig's ear and it would be enjoyable.


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    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 04-17-15
    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 04-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great series for all ages."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gideon the Cutpurse to be better than the print version?

    Gideon the Cutpurse reminds me of books I loved in my youth. It's a complex and romping story, with plenty of good guys, bad guys, and some that are a little bit of both. I think it is rich enough to become a classic someday.
    I loved the scenes where Kate and Peter had to deal with life in the 17th century, then they would fade and get a taste of the 21st century again. Just wondering, if you could go back in time, where would you go?
    It's an excellent book and well worth the time to read, no matter what your age.


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    Gloria Marchand Woodland Hills, CA United States 04-16-15
    Gloria Marchand Woodland Hills, CA United States 04-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Best narration ever!!!"

    A most delightful story with thorough villains and unexpected heroes. Gerard Doyle's narration made it all even better. Can't wait to listen to Book Two!

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