A Gift of Time

Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
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When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self, knowing everything he'd known at 80 and gives him access to advanced equations of space and time.

But living life over knowing the future isn't as easy as Cager has anticipated. His every action alters the future he remembers until much of what he remembers never happened at all. And those changes work against him at every turn, preventing him correcting the most serious mistake of his life. Now he must use his advanced mathematical ability to build his own time machine to go back and try again. But he needs a fortune even to begin.

Then he receives help from a strange young woman with no history. While perfecting time travel, Cager and his new partner overcome enormous problems, even being hunted by dinosaurs in the Cretaceous. After that, though, things get really bizarre.

©2016 Jerry Merritt (P)2017 Podium Publishing
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Smart and original

I've only just finished A Gift of Time, and I'm still sorting through my feelings about the ending. I'm positive, though, that the overall book is one of the most enjoyable things I've read (or listened to) for a very long time. The story is compelling and original, the science is fun, the characters are believable and endearing. I confess that it took me a chapter or two to appreciate the narration, but in the end I found the cadence and tone of Christopher Lane's voice -- with it's many excellent characterizations -- to be the perfect fit for Jerry Merritt's beautiful exploration of time, space, humanity, love and redemption. I just wish there were other works by this author on Audible.

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One of the BEST stories ever!!!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The story line held me from the start to the finish and I was sad to have the book end. Well written, well thought out, the plot twists and turns were excellent and I did not see them coming. Just a wonderful book. This is the first review I have written on this site which speaks to how much I enjoyed this book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved them all!

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

His reading was very well done.

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

When people of earth were given a chance to leave. The line about people who give more than they take vs people who take more than they give. Fits in today I think.

Any additional comments?

Well done!!!!

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The Gift of Time is a Gift!

I have struck gold with my last two audio books based around time travel. First there was ‘Fata Morgana’ and now there is ‘A Gift of Time’. Everything I said about Fata Morgana holds true with this one. The value for money just in terms of dollar per hour listening is excellent (over 11 hours long). The narration is excellent. I sped the narration up to 1.25x speed simply because I was so eager to listen to the story. However, what provides the greatest value is simply the story line! It is total amazballs as we aussies would say!

The blurb does a good job at summarising a story which has more twist and turns than a cheap garden hose. I found myself constantly being surprised the development in the story. I liked how the author took some time to explain some of the problems with time travel… problems which other authors tend to ignore. Everything in the story just adds to the great character development. Not only was the character development great but Jerry Merritt just seemed to know how much tension I can handle in a story.

I enjoyed this one immensely and I will be keeping an eye out for any other titles from the author.

This fast fat man is giving this one the full works – Two thumbs up with a very big and long Fonzie ‘heeeeeeey’ with a smile that says ‘I am like a monkey with a new banana!’

PS. I should mention that normal services will return shortly… I will return to reviewing zombie genre very soon.

PPS. Some people have tracked me on the good old inter webs and asked if I receive free copies of the titles I review, or if I get paid for reviews. I can say beyond any shadow of doubt, the answer is no I have not. Some authors have offered, but I have said no.

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Wonderful

Excellent book. I got it as an audiobook so I could listen to it during my 75 mile drive to work. I made the mistake of starting it at home and finishing it in a day.

The narrator was good too. I like the way the narrator voiced Ell, abut like a female Hal.

Lots of interesting turns, a story of redemption, clever situations, and humorous observations.

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Magnificent!

One of the best ever, not just year! An EPIC, sprawling, complex, fascinating and powerful piece, brilliantly brought to life by Christopher Lane in his best performance to date.
I can't say enough about this offering.
It touches all your senses, it touches all of life and is truly a work that defies definition.

Get it and I KNOW you will enjoy it. Most highly recommended book of the year so far.

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Time Travel for those who don't like Time Travel

This story is just amazing.
I found myself questioning the main characters motives.
I thought he was a heartless jerk at times.
He's not.
Thought provoking.
Great Ending!
I don't care for time travel stories, but I took a chance on this one.
I'm very glad I did. I highly recommend this story.

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Just Lovely....

While not a literary scholar, this is perhaps one of the top 5 Sci-fi and in particular time travel books ever. I am so glad I got this on audible as the narration is just spectacular. If you like time travel, then I urge you to get this book. You will not be disappointed.

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Six Stars

If audible allowed 3 books per year to have 6 Stars this would be one of my choices. Also the narrator knocked it out of the park.

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Nicely sorts out most of the details...

I like the characterizations and the story. I got a little weary at the end while the author tried to wrap things up, resolve some arcs and make an extra point. The long-held problems with stories about time travel are nicely handled and don't interfere with this novel. Recommended.

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Great book!!

If you like time travel and the movie “stand by me” your going to love it. If not you’ll probably still love it.
I don’t know how these authors come up with this stuff. I guess I’ll just say thank you and please keep it up. I’ve never enjoyed extra traffic and being stuck in my car so much!!

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  • D. Allen
  • 01-28-18

I don't give many 5 star reviews

Not that I realised it beforehand, but the narrator Christopher Lane also did Dean Koonts' excellent Lightening.

The premise, didn't sound great, a broken TimeGlider, a naked virtual woman, an interrupted suicide... but I love time travel stories so gave it a go.

I loved it, it was an absolutely wonderful story. The last book I gave 5 stars to was Andy Weir's The Martian. I hope it won't be, but this could be the best book I hear all year.

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  • luke
  • 01-07-18

Reminds me of Stephen King

I’m an avid SF listener always on the lookout for something different and of presence.

I found it here !

With excellent narration of characters and settings that were easily believed I don’t mind saying that more than once I was reminded of Stephen King’s writing whilst having a lovely warmth of characterisation.

I’ll be waiting for others by the author to be uploaded......

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  • oAjCo
  • 01-01-18

Stunningly beautiful

A book not to ever be missed, such writings took my breath away, I wish I could start again with ignorance.....

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  • Teri
  • 01-15-18

OMG the best book EVER!!!

I don't normally take the time to write a review on books I listen to but this one was worth it. A seriously great story. I listen to books whilst I'm editing photos ( I'm a wedding photographer) and this I managed to finish in just 2 days. It kept me fascinated from start to finish.

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  • Paul
  • 01-08-18

Wow!

I think this might have just become my new favourite audio book. Great story, great performance. Thanks to all concerned.

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  • william agnew
  • 01-03-18

Feel good factor

First class brilliant concept, characters were well described and in the right time and place in the story.

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  • Rachael
  • 01-18-18

The BEST Book I have ever read!!!👍👍

I would recommend this book to is for all ages starting with 13+, I could tell you the synopsis of this book however telling you why I liked it is better.
I love sci-fi this books, it ticked all the boxes for me, it was not filled with violence, nor swearing, the only swear words were, Poo-fire or poo now and again which is a rarity today.
The characters were endearing, it so well written, and narrator was brilliant he had a talent of giving you the right time to catch up and the the pace to keep you enthralled, you never wanted to put this down or stop listening to it, however you never wanted it to end.

But unlike some books when it did it was satisfying, I only wished that he had made it longer or into a series, on the other hand it maybe not had been so good.

This book will fondly stay with you, and no doubt you will read it again and again it's true for me!

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  • maveric78
  • 01-23-18

An unexpected delight

A bit baggy in places and could have had a punchier conclusion but really those are just minor quibbles. I found it engrossing from the first chapter and beautifully narrated. Definitely recommended.

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  • Ann
  • 01-14-18

A wonderful story

A wonderful mishmash of Andy Weir, Robert McCammon and Jodi Taylor read, by a skillful narrator. Highly recommended

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  • P. Harvey-Field
  • 11-26-17

Absolutely brilliant

Best book I’ve listened to in a long time. So very much more than a story about time travel. It got me from the first sentence and kept me listening to the last. It has everything you could want from a great story, love, humour, tragedy, intrigue, not to mention beautiful aliens. Oh yes, and some time travel of course. One I’ll listen to again.

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  • Nafis Haider
  • 10-31-18

A time travel journey about second chances

I absolutely loved this book. Christopher Lane was perfect in his narration. The characters felt alive and the story was just sublime.

What I loved about this book was the character development and self discovery of the protagonist, who at the beginning of the story had lost all hope in life, but by the end was a completely different person.

This story had action, character development, and a lot of science fiction elements. At times the story did get quite heavy with scientific theories and explanations, especially regarding time travel, which I didn’t mind, but may be hard for some people to follow who do not have any interest in physics or science fiction.

But for those who enjoy science fiction and time travel, this was a treat. It presents a different view of the way time works that I haven’t heard before, but makes logical sense.

Even if you ignore the time travel elements, the plot is excellent. This book made me cry on a few occasions, and was a really wonderful story.

10/10 - would recommend to anyone, but especially those who enjoy science fiction.

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  • Branden Knight
  • 11-22-18

Wow!

Fantastic novel read by a talented voice artist. The writer has an amazing imagination - the time travel concepts I had never heard before, left me wishing it was all possible!

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  • Craig
  • 03-03-18

A grand adventure.

The reviews for this book are probably a little over the top. This is a good book and I listened to the majority of it in one day. But it is by no means a game changer or one of the best I've listened to (I've listened to hundreds).This book was easy to sit through though and I'm interested in seeing what Jerry writes next.

The narrator does get easier to listen to don't let him put you off at first.

I don't have many time travel books in my collection but I thought this one was well thought out. It did make me search for another adventure involving time travel.

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  • Leonie
  • 03-22-18

Fantastic book, great performance

It's great to get little gems like this book every so often. Loved the dry wit, sci fi element, all wrapped around a mans struggle to right a past wrong. Really enjoyed this. Just the right amount of drama and human element. Not soppy or bogged down.

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  • Ian
  • 09-08-18

great story, great performance.

great story, great performance. great character's that kept me listening right up to the end. It was read so well that it all felt natural like a first hand account.

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  • heather b
  • 07-30-18

Superb!

I don’t know what was better-the story or the narration. Both were some of the best I have ever experienced. I was enthralled from the first moment. The main character is complex, flawed and sympathetic all at once. The story is human drama, whodunnit, sci-fi, spiritual and adventure as well as some romance. Deeply satisfying and thought-provoking in equal measure as well as just pure entertainment. I wish I could start again at the beginning and listen all over again not knowing what was going to happen.

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  • Slain
  • 07-13-18

Wow!

By far one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to!

An amazingly well written book with fantastically constructed character personas.

I’d be lying if I said that at times this book hadn’t pulled extremely hard on my heart strings - such a lovely story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-16-20

Very enjoyable

This was a very entertaining story. Really enjoyed the Southern accent of the narrator, it really set the tone.

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  • Charles
  • 05-05-20

Fabulous book!

Wonderfully creative and narrated, brilliantly constructed and thought out book with clever SciFi beautifully aligned to pure human behaviours,

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  • B. Rawlings
  • 04-28-20

Loved it. Sci fi mixed with coming of age.

The narrator was the perfect choice for this story, and the story was long, like it had numerous stages that were all standalone short stories joined together, but were just the many stages of the main character's life. I loved all of it, especially the part about his upbringing and all the bad things that happened throughout his childhood. The ending, however, was not quite how I would have liked it and didn't match the rest of the story in my opinion. It felt unrewarding and a bit clinical and detached. But I still thoroughly enjoyed the book.