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Departure

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, February 2015 - If you know me, you know I was obsessed with the TV show Lost. I'm talking "hours of theorizing on a whiteboard after each episode" obsessed. So when I heard that A.G. Riddle's new book Departure was drawing comparisons to my favorite show, I knew I had to listen. I was pleased to find that while there are some obvious similarities - a plane crash, a mystery, characters who are not what they seem, etc. - the similarities stop there, and Riddle's story quickly takes on its own identity with a unique, tantalizing mystery and plenty of action. Nicola Barber and Scott Aiello are an amazing cast for this book, which shifts perspectives between a male and female lead. Fast-paced, intriguing, and smart, I encourage all my fellow Lost-ies to check this out. —Sam, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind.

Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they've crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?

Five passengers seem to hold clues about what's really going on: writer Harper Lane, venture capitalist Nick Stone, German genetic researcher Sabrina Schröder, computer scientist Yul Tan, and Grayson Shaw - the son of a billionaire philanthropist.

As more facts about the crash emerge, it becomes clear that some in this group know more than they're letting on - answers that will lead Harper and Nick to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy involving their own lives. As they begin to piece together the truth, they discover they have the power to change the future and the past - to save our world...or end it.

To read an epilogue to Departure and access other bonus material, go to agriddle.com/departure/extras

©2014 A.G. Riddle (P)2014 Audible Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Well-constructed and tightly-wound as a fine Swiss watch, Departure has non-stop action, an engaging plot and, of course, wheels within wheels." (Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series)

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    Dorothy 02-20-15
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    "Enjoyed"

    First time reading this authors work. I enjoyed the book a lot, different structure far as narration goes, but was a good read.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 02-24-15
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 02-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "The start of a new series I suspect.."
    What did you like best about Departure? What did you like least?

    Creative and thought provoking was what I liked best, esp. given the way it started and then twisted at the conclusion. It started rather predictably, but certainly didn't end that way.

    What I didn't enjoy? Sometimes abit disjointed in the continuity, and the editing wasn't ideal.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Candidly, not much. Riddle is a fine writer, and pulled this one off with style and grace.


    Which character – as performed by Nicola Barber and Scott Aiello – was your favorite?

    The female Swiss doctor was quite the piece of work.


    Was Departure worth the listening time?

    Definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    I certainly hope this is the beginning of a series ( it has the feel, and I think it is already actually). As previously noted, a fine performance of an original idea. Worth the time and the credit!

    33 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Max 04-23-15
    Max 04-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Dumb and dumber"

    Terrible storyline with one dimensional over stereotyped characters. I thought I'd get eventually be drawn in but no such luck, just glad when it ended. Sound editing not well done. Male voice is booming while female is a barely audible whisper.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    D. A. Gordon 04-22-15

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    "Couldn't stay with it"

    I have tried to listen to this several times, but just can't stay with the book. It's hard to follow. Scott, the male narrator does a good job in narration, but Nicola reads like she's whispering. I have to crank up the volume to make out what she's saying.

    The situation at the beginning of the story was interesting, because it seemed like a good way to start a book, however I didn't find the rest of the story interesting enough to finish it.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    E 02-22-15
    E 02-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "kept me wanting more"

    great book!!! a bit long but loved the story. interesting twist. would deff recommend!!! pleasure

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Lucinda 02-21-15
    Lucinda 02-21-15
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    "Time Traveling Sci-Fi Fans will love it!"

    This novel has more twist and turns than most. To listen to the same events experienced by two different characters was enjoyable. Had to adjust to female narrator because pitch and accent seemed wrong at first, but it grew on me the more I listened.
    Gotta say, I can usually predict actions and outcomes in most stories but this one left me guessing up to about the last 20 minutes or so. Makes me wonder when the rest of the series is coming out. Can't wait.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 04-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing!"
    Any additional comments?

    This was nothing like I expected! To tell the truth, I didn't know what to expect when I started it but what I got was an amazing experience.

    I'm not going to get into the plot in case I inadvertently spoil something so I'll just get right into what I thought.

    Harper is such an amazing Heroine. I loved that she was a writer!! Flight 305 is her first time in first class, which is where she meets Nick. I loved her voice and her thoughts. Despite being terrified when the crash happens, she still does whats needed with no hesitation. I loved her strength and her inherent niceness.

    Nick was so mysterious at the start. We didn't get a sense of what he did for a living and I thought he was maybe military. He was so strong, brave and dependable the whole way through the story. I really liked his character and was thrilled to see him show his feelings for Harper!

    Plot wise I found it to be so captivating and intriguing. The plane crashes and no one comes to the passengers rescue, which is weird, add in a barren place with very little life, a rebuilt Stone Henge and a London that's abandoned and you have the makings of a phenomenal book, and it was! I started reading (well listening) and I couldn't stop. There is so many twists and turns that you will be turning the pages as fast as you can to see what happens.

    Anyway, I absolutely loved everything about this book. Both the plot and the characters were well written and developed. From it's intrinsic and intriguing plot to it's wonderfully written story, Departure is a must read. If this book is any indication of his work, then I can not wait to read more by him. Amazing.

    I listened to the audio and it was fantastic. Both narrators did a brilliant job with the story. They gave it their all and it showed. They drew me into the story and made me a part of it. As I was listening to it, it played out like a movie in my head and I loved it. Highly recommend.

    23 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen 02-19-15
    Stephen 02-19-15 Member Since 2010
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    "A satisfyingly woven story."
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    Telling the story from two alternating points of view worked well. Competent narration certainly added to the atmosphere of the story. The various "strands" of the story came together in an interesting way so that most of the questions raised in the story are answered in a satisfying manner. Thanks A.G. I enjoyed this a lot.

    27 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 02-22-15
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    "To Believe or Not To Believe, That's The Question"

    A.G. Riddle's new novel "Departure" is written in multiple genres, which isn't easy for any author to pull off sucessfully. The original storyline is the novel's strength, and the carrying out of that storlyline is it's weakness.

    This futuristic sci-fi grabs the listener's attention right out of the gate with a plane crash. We are introduced to the surviving passengers, and are suddenly engulfed in a mystery, adventure, suspense, and a budding romance. Sci-fi via time travel is quickly added to the mix.

    Many characters and events are introduced very early in the novel with limited detail, which resulted in a lack of character development and difficulties with suspension of belief. Usually, the inability to suspend belief in a sci-fi novel is like drawing the death card. I was able to get past this, but not without it effecting my overall opinion of the novel.

    Most of the characters who are not essential to the story are weeded out by the ending of the first half of the novel. The second half, while less suspenseful, is well devoleoped... allowing the reader to focus on time travel within a post-apocolyptic world, and the mystery of how the world got that way.

    Overall, "Departure' is written with an original storyline, and although not Riddle's best, it is still above average. Both narrators are very good and character consistant. It was a good listen, but I wouldn't be interested in experiencing it a second time.

    34 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    G.David H. 02-18-15
    G.David H. 02-18-15

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "A different and new kind of story and enjoyed it. "

    it was very interesting to say the least, Dead on target for Riddle. The story covered all of the bases and is put together well but not necessarily in an original type of order with regards to a futuristic almost positive doomsday book. if that makes sense....haha read it....I have over 300 audible titles and this is worth reading.

    39 of 47 people found this review helpful
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  • Krzysztof
    2/20/15
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    "Very good story!"

    Very good story it helps relax, keeps you focused on the story and set your mind just in the right mood. I've enjoyed this book but still I prefer 1 narrator rather than 2 - although it's justified in this case and I believe many people will like it . Characters are better than in the Atlantis trilogy but for me still a little bit "paper". Overall: Credit well spend :) And I'm looking forward for the next book by A. G. Riddle.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Sally J
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    2/28/15
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    "engaging all the way"

    I really enjoyed this book, sci fi, a hint of a love story, im off to check out what else the author has on offer

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
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    "Not for adults"

    I am afraid I gave up half way through this. The most irritating thing was, I am afraid, the performances. I have just checked the review and it doesn't mention anything about it being for children, but the narration sounds as if it is aimed at 8-year-olds. Even my 11-year-old daughter listened to a bit and found it patronising.
    The story starts quite well, but then it becomes increasingly fantastical. The descriptions are really not great and I didn't warm to any of the characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    4/21/15
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    "Didn't Quite Deliver, prepared to listen again"
    What made the experience of listening to Departure the most enjoyable?

    Excellent narration, brought depth to the characters


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Everything up to the encounter with their virtual others. Got a bit silly then, particularly has the 'OK Coral' shoot out involved so few people


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The rescue mission on the aircraft, very dramatic.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It might be your thing, sc-fi normally works for me, but I was a tad disappointed at the conclusion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • alexander
    Dublin 12, Ireland
    7/18/16
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    "I listened to this before!?"

    Once I got into the story I realised that i had ordered it last year. it was not worth listening to agsin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DAVID EELES
    12/2/15
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    "liked it"

    wasn't sure at first, but ended up really enjoying it, good story nice characters would recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C
    7/13/15
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    "Amazing!"

    Didn't think too much to the split narration to begin with, but after giving it time, it proves to be a clever way of keeping you interested. The story is excellent and keeps you gripped and asking questions right from the start!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nadia
    6/25/15
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    "Started well"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This could have been such a good book and started so well. The first half of the book is exciting and engaging I couldn't wait for the story to unfold. Sadly the second half is very disappointing and so full of holes it just became annoying and irritating!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs A
    Nottinghamshire, UK
    6/22/15
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    "More of a YA book than adult."
    What did you like most about Departure?

    Great plot! I found this to be a really engaging story - mainly because for the first hour or two, I had no idea what was going on or where the book eas heading. This in turn made me want to listen more and more - totally gripped me!


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I like the fact that there were 2 narrators. One male and one female for the two main characters and overall, I gave the narration 3 out of 5 - mainly because of Nicola Barber...
    She has a tendancy to be quite nasal and this did get a little annoying at times! Perhaps she had a cold whilst reading, but it did grate on me.
    I disliked the "english" accent of Scott Aiello. He is American (possible canadian?) and his accent was a little to much Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins for me!
    With exception of the "English" accent, I actually liked Scott as a reader. I will certainly look for more by him.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is "sci-fi meets Lost meets a love story meets thriller". Good stuff!! Would like to read more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DR
    6/13/15
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    "Excellent"

    I very much enjoyed this, was hooked right from the beginning. The narration was excellent, really helped to warm you to the characters. The storyline was very clever, if you like sc-fi then this is a good one, jumped around a bit but you knew what was going on. Thoroughly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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