When Kevin Johnson, 22, goes to Wallace, Idaho, days after his college graduation, he expects to find rest and relaxation as his family prepares his deceased grandfather's house for sale. Then he discovers a hidden diary and a time portal that can take him to 1910, the year of Halley's Comet and the largest wildfire in US history. Within hours, Kevin finds himself in the era of horse-drawn wagons, straw hats, and ankle-length dresses. Traveling repeatedly to the same time and place, he decides to make the portal his gateway to summer fun. The adventure takes a more serious turn, however, when the luckless-in-love science major falls for pretty English teacher Sarah Thompson and integrates himself in a community headed for disaster. Filled with humor, romance, and heartbreak, The Fire, the sequel to The Journey, follows a conflicted soul through a life-changing journey as he makes his mark on a world he was never meant to see.
©2013 John A. Heldt (P)2016 John A. Heldt
I got this book via audiobook boom. I am not a fan of time travel books and this one left me wanting more. There were places that did not resonate with me. I did like Sadie. The narrator could have done a better job although he was pretty good on some sections. I will check out other books that he narrated before I write him off. The story and characters were ok.
This is an amazing story, very well narrated. There is so much historical detail, so much that makes you ponder the choices and decisions that the characters are forced to make. The romance of the story is both heart-warming and wretched in one.
To be honest, I didn't expect to enjoy the book as much as I did, especially in the beginning. But like a snowball, the further the story rolled and the more details were added in and the grander the story became. This is more than a time travelling love story but I don't want to spoilt it for any potential listeners so I will leave it at that.
Thoroughly enjoyable, a little sad, a little happy and a lot interesting!
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost.
I'm an avid audiobook listener. I love romance novels, occasion fiction, and rarely sci-Fi.
I can't say since I never read the printed book.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest critic. I enjoyed this book and I'd definitely give a credit for it.
What I loved best about The Fire is this was not your typical love story. Though a lot of the book centered around a romance in bloom, the many side stories and details were enjoyable. This was also not your typical boy-meets-girl, boy and girl fall in love and live happily ever after story either. Deviating from the norm always makes for better reading.
My favorite character was Maude. I do wish the author had spent more time developing her character and following some of her storyline, though I know she is not central to the plot, and therefore not necessary for story development. I would've loved to know more about her. Andy was a close second.
I do believe my favorite scene was the horseback riding. I enjoyed the vivid imagery and the beautiful scene painted in my mind. Sadie was a truly interesting character, and I wish the workings of her mind would've been explored a bit more.
I did not feel too upset when I had to stop listening to the book, but I was always glad when I had time to catch a few more pages in the evenings.
Overall, I feel the storyline was decent. I feel the ending was kind of rushed and a bunch of information crammed in at the end, though I guess what can you expect when you are trying to jump through 100 years in a few chapters? I think some more colorful language would've helped bright up this story a bit, but I think the author did a great job of creating believable and relatable characters.
I received a copy of this book at no charge in exchange for an honest review.
I download over 100 books a year. I don't even know how to go about my day without listening to a title. It's my happy place!
I love time travel books so I was pre-disposed to liking this novel. I was a bit underwhelmed.
Very few time travel novels have the same mode of transportation and how this portal was discovered and how it worked was unique enough. The title was a pre-cursor so you know well in advance where the travels will lead. All told, I really wanted to like it.
It was a good enough story, albeit a mixed bag of a love story, but there were a couple of time travel no-no's that did not sit well with me.
The narrator was okay but he made the Irish guy sound more Native American than Irish. That was a bit disconcerting.
All in all, it was just okay.
about middle of the road.. I've listed to some good audio's
Sadie.. she was sort of a lost soul who was given a second chance to make something of herself.
Listening to Chaz was sort of like listening to Casey Kasem and the American Top 10.. but I got use to it.. He kept the story going.
No, I didn't have an extreme reaction, but I haven't listened to the whole series in order, so there were a few references I missed, but that's b/c I didn't read the 1st and 2nd, but, I believe these are stand alone books, and the things I missed, were only references. (so I got the other books)
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
I love books...I love storytelling. Audiobooks allow me to enjoy a great story while still being able to do my daily routine. Thanks Audible
I did not care for the style of narration. Felt more like I was being told a children's tale
I think Mr. Allen would make a great narrator of children's books. Mr. Allen has a very distinct rhythm to his narration. It rarely altered throughout the entire production.
This is the second Heldt story I have listened to. I enjoy the concept of time travel stories. This one had surprises that I liked. However, I think I'll save the others for my ebook.
I received a copy free via audibookboom in exchange for an unbiased review.
The audio edition offers the book in the way the author intended. It's the best.
The initial shock of walking into the shed in 2016 and coming out into the world of 1910. The way this book was written made time travel seem like something that could really happen... consider the actual difference between the world in 1910 and what it's like now in 2016 .I can't imagine living in that era and having someone pull a cell phone out of their pocket. It would have been priceless.
I like his performance in The Fire. It was the first for me but I have now listened to his performance in September Sky and I like his style.
The ending was a mix of both sad and happy. I was rooting for Kevin and Sarah.
This was my first John A. Heldt book and I really enjoyed it. I've already bought 2 more of his books and wish there was a way to get notifications when his other books are offered on Audible or AudioBoom. One of my new favorite authors.
This was a very intriguing novel. I loved the ends and outs and his dilemma with the era he was in.
The fire itself and how all the town is trying to fight the fire.
Sadie was my favorite character. She always has so much hope. Chaz Allen portrays it so well.
When Sara was in the hospital I cried.
This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
: John A. Heldt
This is book 4 in series. I haven't listened to the first three.
Kevin Johnson goes on vacation with his family after college graduation. He discovers a time travel portal and the adventure begins. There is plenty of mystery and suspense and even romance. The listener will be kept on the edge of their seat waiting to see if his dreams will come true.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Chaz Allen performance was entertaining.
"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."
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