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All Our Yesterdays | [Cristin Terrill]

All Our Yesterdays

"You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain. Only Em can complete the final instruction. She's tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present - imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called "the doctor" while war rages outside.
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Publisher's Summary

"You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain. Only Em can complete the final instruction. She's tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present - imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called "the doctor" while war rages outside.

Marina has loved her best friend, James, since they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America's most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James's life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina's hopes for their future. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was. Em and Marina are in a race against time that only one of them can win. All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.

©2013 Cristin Terrill (P)2014 Tantor

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    Lauren Irvine, CA, United States 05-28-14
    Lauren Irvine, CA, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great adventure - couldn't put it down!"
    Would you listen to All Our Yesterdays again? Why?

    I think I will listen to All Our Yesterdays again because it was such a fun adventure from the moment all the way to the end. I really connected with the characters and I enjoyed how the author effortlessly switched back and forth between the characters in the present and the characters in the past. Just the right mixture of action, adventure, drama, romance, suspense, sci-fi and love.


    What other book might you compare All Our Yesterdays to and why?

    There really isn't anther time travel novel that has captured my attention and interest the way this novel has. I did enjoy listening to this book as much as I did Divergent.


    What about Meredith Mitchell’s performance did you like?

    She did a nice job of reading. Her voice is easy to listen too.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoyed the ending. It wasn't a completely happy ending, but it wasn't a sad depressing ending. It is what had to happen, with a sprinkle of hope mixed in.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this author writes another book - soon!

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-28-14
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Pardon me...do you have the correct time?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would, with the rather large caveat that that person would need to be into a thriller/time travel/mystery offering, and not everyhone is.


    If you’ve listened to books by Cristin Terrill before, how does this one compare?

    No I have not. This was my first introduction to this author, and it was a moderately good first taste. That said, there is a definite need for a more aggressive editing process. There is some awkward dialogue, scene setting, and confusing( at least to me ) movement between the various charcters.

    On balance, however, damn fine.


    Which character – as performed by Meredith Mitchell – was your favorite?

    No one stood out, but most of them were strong. The main 3 characters, both versions, were well crafted.


    Was All Our Yesterdays worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    As previously noted, it's more than abit messy, with some confusing story mixing in the final 3rd. That said, this is a fascinating story, and worth the credit.

    40 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Tango Texas 08-08-14
    Tango Texas 08-08-14

    Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.

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    "Should be classified as Sci-Fi"

    I am not sure why this nice turn on time travel is listed in Mystery/Suspense because I think it would much better fit in Science Fiction since time travel isn't just a device in this book, it is central to the plot. And, although this couldn't qualify as hard science sci-fi, the scientific explanation of the time shifting methodology and paradoxes is handled with some decent logic. Since I don't read a lot of mystery, I am glad this book showed up on a Daily Deal or might not have seen it and I really enjoyed the book. Almost any specifics about this largely plot driven novel would be a spoiler so I will just say this story totally grabbed me. Cristin Terrill does a wonderful job of weaving together parallel past/future story lines and through most of the book she kept the shifting time lines in logical order and explained the time paradoxes well. Only two small criticisms: 1. After keeping the threads straight through the many plot convolutions, there was a glaring error in the ending, 2. There are at least 3 scenes in which a character could have taken immediate action to get the desired result, but paused (like a bad movie) to explain and then missed his/her opportunity. Meredith Mitchell's narration was well done and added to my enjoyment of the story.

    All Our Yesterdays was an engaging read and I'd like to try more from Cristin Terrill.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    John Doe 08-21-14
    John Doe 08-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Skip this book."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I am partial to stories such as this one. My two favorite books of all time are 11-23-63 by Stephen King and Replay by Ken Grimwood. These books heavily rely on time travel throughout their story. All Our Yesterdays starts out strong, but quickly evaporates into a boring and uninteresting story. Even worse I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters. I didn't love any them or even hate any of them, they all felt vanilla. I did dislike the younger heroine Mariana, but just slightly. The combination of uninteresting characters, even the villains, along with a boring story set this book up for failure. I was close to giving this a one star review but I will reserve that ranking for a horrendous book. This is actually my first two-star rating, which should give you a litmus test that I am not inherently picky or fussy about books. The performance by Meredith Mitchell was excellent for the record.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure, looking for a good fiction book.


    Which character – as performed by Meredith Mitchell – was your favorite?

    All the characters were boring, even the villains.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There are no redeeming qualities to this book. The author, Cristin Terrill, can write well and has the potential to tell a great story. She should continue writing and hopefully create a story and characters that are more interesting. I have much more respect for a writer if they can create a character that I despise rather than a bunch of characters I have little emotional connection with.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Fairmont, WV, United States 08-11-14
    Susan Fairmont, WV, United States 08-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "HOT MESS"
    Would you try another book from Cristin Terrill and/or Meredith Mitchell?

    Meredith Mitchell deserves an award for narrating this without groaning or laughing. She did an excellent job with the material she had.Yes, I would listen to her work again- sorry I can't say the same for the author.....


    What was most disappointing about Cristin Terrill’s story?

    I am in my 50's, but read many genres- including YA, and there's a lot of great YA out there. That said, I HATE whiny, indecisive heroines. It's a disservice to young readers to have Marina constantly saying how much she loved this guy who was clearly using her, as well as berating herself for being stupid, ugly, unlovable, etc.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When it ended, and I was out of my misery......


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The premise was good, which is what interested me, but it wasn't well-executed and the ending was a mess.


    Any additional comments?

    If they somehow decide to make this into a film, I hope the screen writer puts some starch in both Em AND Marina's spines!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Shaunel Fayetteville,AR 05-21-14
    Shaunel Fayetteville,AR 05-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Surprising GREAT read!"
    What did you love best about All Our Yesterdays?

    Loved the story. Wasnt totally sold by the publisher summary but was desperate and couldnt find anything remotely interesting. Wow! I was floored, great story and very well done.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    If at first you don't succeed.....


    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 03-03-15
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 03-03-15 Member Since 2013

    Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

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    "Better pay attention!"

    In my opinion, most stories about time travel have major flaws in them, and this one was no exception. There are simply questions that can not be answered...too many overlaps and paradox's. The way this author chose to deal with the paradox's was to simply say that time doesn't like paradox's, so it simply brushes them aside. A little too convenient. I know that there is a large measure of suspension of reality needed in most novels, especially those dealing with time travel, but this one was just too much of a stretch for me.

    I know that what I have written so far really sounds like I did not enjoy this book at all, and that is not the case. I did enjoy it, and I thought that most of the characters were quite well developed and very likable. The negative aspects just overshadowed the positives for me, and left me slightly underwhelmed. The narrator does an adequate job, but felt slightly disjointed from what I thought the author was going for in some instances.

    If you enjoy time travel books, this will probably be right up your ally because it is very well told. Just a little too many holes for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 08-29-14
    Melissa 08-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Insipid heroine, Extensive exposition on nonsense"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure...I went into it from a YA perspective but, even for a YA book it was weak, boring, and disappointing. Maybe for people with a lot of patience for irrelevant details and a painfully insecure heroine. If you liked Twilight, you might like this.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by this author.


    What three words best describe Meredith Mitchell’s performance?

    Bad material hurts.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from All Our Yesterdays?

    There was a 30 minute scene on our "heroine" getting ready for a school dance. She also talked about how "disgusting" she was for eating ice cream.....okay. Her constant denigration of herself was unecessary. By the time I called it quits, I was agreeing with her that she was "pathetic" "disgusting" "unlovable"....UGH!


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy it. The concept and set up was so interesting....and then it just got whiney and terrible. Less angst and more story!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Brett Hollon 08-08-14
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    "Warning! Teenage Girl Angst!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Cristin Terrill again?

    No.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    This book should have been labeled as juvenile fiction for teenage girls, instead of science fiction. I regret having paid anything for it, but regret more having wasted my time listening to it.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    AvidReader 08-12-14
    AvidReader 08-12-14
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    "Might be of interest if you are a 13 yo girl"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, not if I wanted to keep them as a friend.


    What could Cristin Terrill have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Insisted that it be listed as a novel for 'young adults' and not as a mystery or adventure novel.


    What about Meredith Mitchell’s performance did you like?

    It didn't put me to sleep.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I wouldn't even rent the dvd


    Any additional comments?

    It only cost me $4.99 so I don't feel entirely ripped off.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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