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Syncing Forward Audiobook

Syncing Forward

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Publisher's Summary

Travel to the future - it will cost you only everyone you love.

Attacked and injected with a drug that slows his metabolism to a fraction of normal, Martin James becomes an unwilling time traveler who hurtles through the years. His children grow up, his wife grows older, and his only hope is finding the people who injected him in the first place - not an easy task when one day for Martin lasts four years. And while Martin James strives to find a cure before everyone he loves is gone, others are uncertain if his journey can be stopped at all.

W. Lawrence weaves a dystopian future filled with the best and worst of humanity, highlights the blessings and curses of technology, and pushes the limits of faith and hopelessness. Above all, Syncing Forward is a tale of one man's love for his family and their devotion to saving him from being lost forever.

©2014 W. Lawrence (P)2016 Podium Publishing

What the Critics Say

  • Winner: 2016 Voice Arts Award for Audiobook Narration - Fiction, Best Narrator

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    paula 02-10-16
    paula 02-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The publisher's summary should've tipped me off..."

    What can I say? This book was extremely well-written, thought-provoking, and RELENTLESSLY depressing. I can hardly fault the author for weaving a tale that so effectively tugged at the heart strings, but had I realized the emotional weight of this book before purchasing, I would've passed on it. That being said, if you enjoy (or can get past) a heavy sprinkling of gloom in your reading, everything else about the book is fantastic! A terrifying and absolutely plausible glimpse into our near future.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-03-16
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Time you synced your credits on this one!"
    What did you love best about Syncing Forward?

    The entire concept, the paradoxes that existed, the situation the principle character found himself in, are all original and thoughtful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The progress of the characters as time moves forward. Fascinating study in aging, family relationships, and a whole litany of other challenges. Totally original.


    Have you listened to any of Will Damron’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I honestly can't recall any particular ones, but he nails this one. Outstanding work!


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

    Is Time Real?


    Any additional comments?

    I obtained this book in exchange for a fair and independent review from Audioblast. I was planning on downloading it directly from Audible anyway, so perfect timing!
    This is such an original offering that admittedly starts slowly but builds towards a powerful conclusion, with many concepts exposed throughout.

    Absolutely worth the credit and highly recommended.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    EveryGoodBoyDoesFine Somewhere close to Nashville 04-10-16
    EveryGoodBoyDoesFine Somewhere close to Nashville 04-10-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Literally Breathtaking"

    If you like great science fiction you need to listen to this book! The characters are so well developed and the story is enthralling and surprising at every turn, and the author even managed to make it touching. The performance is excellent as well.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    espanolish 05-05-16
    espanolish 05-05-16 Member Since 2015

    "It is the business of the times to change...and the business of gentlemen to change with them." ~Amor Towles in "Rules of Civility"

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    "Getting Up to Speed with A Forced Freeze on Time!"

    With Syncing Forward, W. Lawrence delivers the kind of story that sucks you in deep from the very beginning and holds you there until the very end (sort of like "freezing" you in time). Main character Martin James gives us a first person look at his experience. He introduces himself as an adult professional in a rather immediate future (2019, I think) , which only adds credibility to this very plausible—or at least believable—tale. The yarn weaves through complicated work and family scenarios, both of which add layers of pure adrenaline, food for thought, a bit of action and, for me, a little wishful thinking (think “Youth Freeze Sans Injections”). The story does a terrific job of spelling out the toils and tough tradeoffs “time-freeze” presents for Martin, his family, his employer, and the Government. I particularly enjoyed the realistic reaction of Martin’s wife and the relationship between his daughters. Syncing Forward is as enriching (corporate internal investigation procedural; pharmaceutical supply chain; technology; prescription drugs; etc.), as it is entertaining.

    Narrator Will Damron nailed this performance (I had to do a double take on his name!). His pitch, pace, and perfection in distinctly depicting Syncing Forward personalities are all winners. I will search for more of his work sure.

    Definitely two thumbs up for this one!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jake & Elwood 04-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Sad at times but interesting, worth the listen..."

    Sad at times but interesting, worth the listen... kept me listening. would listen to a follow up book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry LaChance 04-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "good story"

    An original take on time travel. It does tend to be a bit repetitive as the story continues. The ending was predictable and a little disappointing. That being said, if there's to be a sequel, I'm in.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DoctorMu 04-08-16
    DoctorMu 04-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Different than what I expected, but excellent"

    Great book. Without reading, I thought it was going to be a time travel book.....but that's not exactly it. still, it was a great book.

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    DAVE 03-19-16
    DAVE 03-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Thought Provoking"
    What made the experience of listening to Syncing Forward the most enjoyable?

    The story is so well crafted and makes you think what the future could be. Will technology save us or doom us? The author ponders this in this book & not really what you might think. Really liked the book for how it builds the story line.


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    Cole 03-14-16
    Cole 03-14-16
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    "What a tearjerker"

    Definitely a great read. But wow was it depressing for most of it. Nevertheless I was hooked into finding out how Martin's story would end.

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    John Moore 04-29-16
    John Moore 04-29-16
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    "Could not stop listening"
    Any additional comments?

    It's rare for me to sit down and want to listen to an audiobook straight through. I usually listen to a chapter at a time as I'm going to and from work. But with Syncing Forward I got hooked right away and just went chapter after chapter.

    The author did a fantastic job with the story and Will Damron's performance was moving. It was hard not to tear-up as Martin went through losing so much.

    The ending part of the story felt a bit clunky as the big bad was never really developed much in the preceding chapters. Some parts felt a bit rushed and others telegraphed out a bit too much. But its a small issue in an otherwise excellent story.

    Really hope to hear/read more from W. Lawrence.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Joe
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    6/3/16
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    "Good concept but unremittingly bleak"

    I was interested in the ideas and characters in this book but found that I was worn down by the constant barrage of bad news and misfortune for the characters. There was never any hope or redemption. Hard to listen to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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    "Oh Wow!"

    This is was nothing like I expected, the description just scratches the surface, it is so so much more.
    Don't expect Classic sci fi or every day time travel, this is a completely new twist . Its a must read, it makes you feel uncomfortable as you realise the implications of circumstances the characters find themselves in.
    This is going to be be a best seller/classic read and is difficult to describe without removing the surprise.
    So if your adventurous go for it, I don't think you will regret it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer Hand
    10/25/16
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    "Promising but very sentimental"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This had a promising story, but the plot is lost amid endless sentimentality from the main character; he is a family man and obviously and understandably massively upset by the situation he finds himself in. But, after hours of listening to him wish things were different, reminisce about when his girls were little and go off on long overly sentimental ramblings about how unfair his situation is I found it just too repetitive and annoying to stick with to find out how the story ends. I was expecting a bit of a sci-fi/mystery, and this is much more a family drama with a futuristic twist.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria Elizabeth
    5/30/16
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    "Outstanding"
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    I am astounded not to have heard about this and simply stumbled across it!!! I can imagine it as a film, would have to be a three hour film though...The story of a man who after being injected by terrorists, has to be 'synced' every few months or years just to spend a little time with family as he slows down to the extent where for him four years is one day (as in fours years only feels like one day for him - everyone else seems to speed up). His metabolism is so slow that he isn't aging so he goes through the agony of seeing his family die, then grandchildren and eventually he's 100 years into the future. Such a clever premise, brilliantly written and perfectly executed by the narrator.I found the gradual jumps forwards fascinating as they seemed to depict a possible future based on the way the world seems to be moving politically, technologically etc Can't recommend this enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sukie
    3/11/17
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    "excellent story with depth and emotion"

    This is not just another sci fi . think Cloud Atlas without the changing characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • m j ives
    3/6/17
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    "Depressing"

    The story is very clever and I loved parts of the descriptions of the future and his travel through time but it was a very depressing read, it was 70% death 20% excitement and 10% positive. Was a bit of a struggle and a bit disappointing at the end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S J Lawrence
    3/3/17
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    "Brilliantly original"

    Didn't want to pause listening. Original, poignant, brilliant - will definitely search out further work from this author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Cooke
    1/13/17
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    "was very innovative"

    didn't know what to expect and how far it could go but it did a very good job keeping me entertained. I liked this very much as there were a big mixture of genres within.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Mcdermott
    1/13/17
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    "Interesting idea, not greatly done"

    Ironically I found myself 'syncing this book forwards' listening on 1.5 speed as I found it quite slow at times.

    The ending was also pretty poor imo

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Darlington, United Kingdom
    1/9/17
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    "Excellent - hope W Lawrence writes more!"
    Where does Syncing Forward rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to many audiobooks and this has to be one of my favourites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author sympathetically deals with the issues faced by the central character and really brings him to life. I also thought the descriptions of the changing world were excellent - technology, economics, politics.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The entire book! I was sad when it finished.


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

    I would not have listened in one sitting even if I could as after each few chapters I listened to I enjoyed letting them sink in and fire the imagination.


    Any additional comments?

    I love historical novels and historical facts. Also enjoy Stephen King. Have so much wanted to enjoy sci-fi and this single book has whetted my appetite for the genre as no other book has.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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