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How many times can you watch your child die to save his life? All her life Dawn has been troubled by lost time. She awakens suddenly in strange places far away from her last conscious memory. And the memories are a problem, too. Reality doesn't quite fit with what she feels she absolutely knows. Kylie's over her dead-end job. Her boss is on her back. Her ex-boyfriend still harasses her. And everyone underestimates her. Seriously, she just wants this day over. As she drives away from the worst work day ever, she picks up her cell to send a text. It's a decision that will change her life when Dawn's and her world collide. The ensuing tragic accident takes Dawn's only child, and she doesn't know how she'll survive. Ten days later, inexplicably, her lost time becomes a gift, when she finds herself back again on the morning of the accident. Now Dawn can save her son. Now she can change fate. Only one problem ... fate doesn't want to be changed. Can Dawn find a way to save one little boy before destiny decides it will no longer play? From international, best-selling author Susan May whose been called the female Stephen King comes a unique time travel story about hope and forgiveness that will touch your heart and leave you wanting to hug the ones you love.

©2014 Susan May (P)2016 Susan May

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What would do to save someone you love?

The main character, Dawn, has experienced what the Doctors call "Fugues" all her life. Dawn prefers calling them "slips". Something happens and she loses hours or days of her memory. The most noteworthy slip occurred when Dawn was a young girl and her sister died. However, in reality (or not), Anna didn't die and Dawn was missing for a week. But, Dawn is certain that Anna died and she did something to change time.

Fast forward to Dawn as a single mother. A parent's worst nightmare happens and a tragic accident occurs. Can Dawn somehow change the outcome with her ability? Or, will she just have to relive that horrific day over and over and over again?

I think that everybody has had things happen in their lives that make them say, "If only". If only this, then that. Would we choose to go back in time to change things if we could? Should we? This book had some great moments and some very, very disturbing moments. The author does a wonderful job and you really feel Dawn's anguish throughout the book as she tries to change things. Her descriptions of the "villain", Kylee, was great and I could really picture her in my mind, with her attitude and feeling of entitlement. But, is she really a monster or can she be redeemed?

My only complaint with the book is the middle when Dawn relives that fateful day over and over again. After about 3 chapters, I found myself just wanting to move on. The descriptions of the minutiae involved in trying to change the past got tedious after a while. After several excruciating chapters of this, the ending seemed a little rushed IMHO.

The narrator did a great job and added a lot to the book. I love Susan May's books and her vivid imagination. I also love the Twilight Zone-type story. There is anger, sadness, and finally forgiveness/redemption in this book. All told, a good book to read and maybe learn a little about yourself at the same time as you think about what you would do in Dawn's situation.

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Superb

What a wonderful audio story that gave such pleasure to listen to. I enjoyed it immensely. I just couldn't stop listening until I was finished and ready for more. Superb author and narrator.

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great read

This book was very good. It started out slow to me. It seemed like in the beginning it took too long to get to the point. However once it got going it was great and it kept a steady pace and maintained my interest throughout. It reminded me of somewhat of a mixture of the movies " The Time Traveler's Wife" and " Groundhog's Day". It definitely makes you think about life and the choices we make every day. As a mother, it absolutely makes me realize the importance of every second I spend with my daughter.

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  • robyn
  • MISSION VIEJO, CA, US
  • 03-07-17

H.G. Wells meets the Twilight Zone

Would you listen to Back Again again? Why?

After I read the original novella, I read the novel, and then I listened to the book on Audible. Each time I enjoyed it even more than the last. The unusual characters and circumstances will keep you riveted. As the characters developed and shifted, my opinions and feelings about them did the same. Even though I knew the ending as I listened, it was still very suspenseful and gripping. This is a new twist on Time Travel that all will appreciate, with plot twists to go along with it. Stay tuned for the author's comments, which are very informative.

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Loved the Groundhog Day idea

I liked this book a lot. It starts out a little slow but gets moving further along. The interaction between the cashier and dawn was great. I'll definitely be reading more from this author in the future.

I received a copy for an honest review

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Back Again

This is a sort of story thats remind me of groundhound day lol. Is a story about Dawn and what happens in her life. At first she thinks something is wrong with her. Later she finds out thats its time traveling and tries changes event. Beautiful story and narrated. And Susan thanks for your last words

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Different

I enjoyed this story. I received this free to read & review. I'll tell you, at first I was a little confused this is not my usual genre. So it took me a while to 'get with it' but it took off and and I got more and more involved.
I really hope everyone will give a good read and enjoy it like I did.

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Excellent and suspenseful story

Would you consider the audio edition of Back Again to be better than the print version?

Even though I loved reading Back Again, listening was so much fun. The novel reminds me of a Twilight Zone episode, and the spooky and suspenseful qualities came through even more so when I listened to the story. I have enjoyed reading all of Susan May's books, and now I look forward to listening to her titles.

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

No

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

I wanted to listen to it all at once. This book helped me stay in shape...Since I usually listen while walking or working out, this helped me exercise more.

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Back Again had me coming back again for more

If you could sum up Back Again in three words, what would they be?

Suspensful, forgiveness, intertwined

What was one of the most memorable moments of Back Again?

When the coin dropped on the counter

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anne Johnstonbrown?

I have no idea

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

Sure

Any additional comments?

I really didn't care at all for the narrator. Her voice often took on weird intonation and she would also breathe really loudly before reading. It was extremely annoying. She was also too slow. I had to ramp up the speed

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I Love Conundrum- especially with a life at stake!

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

Yes: Back Again was monotonous but very much filled with emotion, action and enough frustration to keep me hooked.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Back Again?

The most memorable part was when the connection between Dawn and the cashier came into play. That was brilliant!

What didn’t you like about Anne Johnstonbrown’s performance?

Johnstonbrown messed up regularly on her voice impersonations. There were times when narration was given in a child's voice - when it was clearly not a thought or a statement. Also, her voices didn't fit the ages and she just became annoying. Thankfully, she didn't hurt the story.

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

Yes: Though Dawn losing her son was pretty tough, I became calloused after it happened several times. What did get me excited was when she and Kylie, the cashier connected! I was like, "YES!"

Any additional comments?

I truly enjoyed Back Again. It was a huge conundrum, but one I'd endure again, and again, and again!

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  • TangoWithText Kim
  • 02-07-17

Thrilling, emotional listen by superb combination

Dawn's tragic history is brought to her present with the loss of her son in a tragic accident - can 10 seconds really make a difference?

Anne Johnstonebrown is an award winning narrator and proved why once again, in this thrilling tale. Perhaps a little emotional for the genre, I was however caught up in the ride and the story progressed steadily to an unexpected conclusion.

Worth the credit for anyone looking for an exciting thriller.