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The Time Being Audiobook

The Time Being

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Publisher's Summary

At 11 Lalla should be enjoying her childhood in London. But this is not London as we know it. In a collapsed society, Lalla struggles to imagine her future. When a government announcement invites her to enjoy a new life in Regent’s Park, Lalla sees a glimmer of hope. But what is she willing to risk?

The Time Being is the short-story prequel to The Ship by Antonia Honeywell, if you enjoyed this, you’ll love the full-length novel sequel.

©2014 Antonia Honeywell (P)2014 W.F. Howes Ltd

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    Jim "The Impatient" 07-17-15 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "Short and Free"

    This seemed to me to have the feel of a YA girl story. I did not hate it or love it. It did not encourage me to buy the full length novel. If you are interested it is free and it is short.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Alameda, CA, USA 02-12-15
    Jennifer Alameda, CA, USA 02-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "I want more from this author!"

    This story is interesting. How often is that actually true? The characters, the setting, the descriptions, all interesting. I was motivated to go find Honeywell's blog where, as I hoped, she said her (first) book will be released soon. I will absolutely be giving it a try.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Tracet Hamden, CT, United States 05-05-15
    Tracet Hamden, CT, United States 05-05-15

    Because of Audible's astonishingly bad customer service, I'm no longer a member. This might change when another Aaronovich comes out...

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    "Good narration, meh story"

    A short story free from Audible, consisting mainly of an 11-year-old girl in a dystopian London who decides she knows better than her parents and subsequently putting all of them in great danger. I loathed the girl, Lalla – I’m not a huge fan of children, and this is a great example of why: “I want to go.” “No.” “But I want to go!” “No.” “But I want to go!” “No.” Repeat ad infinitum. I once worked for CVS, with its bank of candy bars in front of the registers, and will always remember one father and very young daughter who came in. “Daddy, I want a candy bar.” “No, honey.” “I want a candy bar.” “No.” “But I want one!” “I said no.” “Daddy, I want a candy bar!” “No.” “DADDY, I WANT A CANDY BAR!” “Fine. Which one?” I wanted to punch him in the nose. So I’m well aware that it’s the parents who are at fault in something like this – the CVS dad caved, and the parents in the story didn’t bother to tell Lalla what was obvious to a listener (“The films aren’t real, you’ll be shot, we’ll be shot, stop asking”). But I still despised the girl.

    The story might be meaningful to someone who has read the book it prequels; for me it broke no new ground and provided no enjoyment to counter my irritation with the main character. The narration by Melody Grove was quite good – I will keep an eye out for her in the future – but otherwise I’m glad this was free. And brief.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    c4urjoy 04-16-17
    c4urjoy 04-16-17
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    "Wow"

    This was a great book I loved how the author really gave Lalla a great personality . I loved how the author put great action wording in the book that really made you visualize the scene. This is a greatly detailed book and really gets you wondering about what will happen next. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book . Also Meledy Grove I love your voice you really give the characters seem like they are alive and talking to me. This is a great book that I give 5 stars. 😁

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy 04-04-17
    Tammy 04-04-17

    I am an avid reader and listener of all types of books. I am always willing to try any book or audiobook.

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    "good for a short story"

    This book was very well written with great character development and had a riveting story line for a short story . I completely enjoyed listening to this book and can't wait for the next book.
    Fantastic story and I would love to buy the sequel :)

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    Kay 02-20-17
    Kay 02-20-17
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    "A nice little tease"

    The narration was nice and the story was enjoyable. It did make me want to hear more. I will be searching for the full novel and adding it to my wish list to await a free credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-13-17 Member Since 2014
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    "loved it."

    unique writing style lending the well defined characters with an equally unique voice. the voice talent read it beautifully as well. I look forward to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bubba bill 02-12-17
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    "Good title"

    Gradually as you get pulled into the story the feeling of hopelessness surrounds you. I have never considered what it would be like in a police state but this short story places the reader there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    02-10-17
    02-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RapaciousReader Carlsbad, CA 02-08-17
    RapaciousReader Carlsbad, CA 02-08-17 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Haunting"

    This story is so compelling it's hard to believe it's a short story. Beautifully written and narrated it's frightening to think of the very real possibility that this could be humanities future.

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  • S. Corner
    1/3/16
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    "good"

    A good story and made you think why do we fly green beans and roses from Africa to England!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • georgia van eijk
    12/20/15
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    "A good taster"

    This was really well narrated and left me wanting to know more! I now cant wait to read the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Imogen
    11/7/15
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    "Haunting."

    I would love to read a full novel by this author after reading this. I love post apocalyptic stuff.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mother Bear
    AMMANFORD, United Kingdom
    2/20/15
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    "Captivating."

    This short is the prequel to a novel - so captivating I have bought the novel and am about to listen to what happens next.
    A new author with fresh ideas - excellent way to get readers (listeners) hooked!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • UsefulThings
    2/16/15
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    "Interesting dystopian short listen"

    I really enjoyed this - told from the childs point of view, there is much she (and we) don't understand about the world, what happened, and why it is the way it is.
    I loved it and wish there was more. Excellent narration.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • DARTH BANE
    Southampton U.K.
    2/22/16
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    "The Time Being - Free Short Story *Prequel"

    (*Firstly this is a 'Free' Short Story & is the prequel to "The Ship" by Antonio Honeywell !!)
    And.......this short story was Brilliant !! Quite literally leaving you wanting to go and buy the book that proceeds this "The Ship" !!! It was VERY well read by Melody Grove !!! I felt she conveyed the character REALLY well, you could literally feel the emotion from the story !! AND as ALWAYS, I'm not a spoiler (* I don't like & will never give sorry hints / plots plots in my reviews !! You will have to read the book yourself to find out more !!) BUT.......this short story really leaves u wanting MORE !!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • dunerunner
    1/3/16
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    "well told"

    very enjoyable listened in bed and really enjoyed the story. my first audio book and free too.cant fault that can you.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Elva Smith
    12/30/15
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    "great for a free book!"

    When you doing have much time its great to have a short story. This was my first experience at an audio book, loved it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • klf
    12/29/15
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    "great read. looking forward to reading the ship"

    Narration was almost a bit sweet for the story but the actual story was great and looking forward to reading The Ship

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • M Basilva
    12/26/15
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    "good book to read 😊😊"

    The book is very good I didn't like the ending its not good for younger views I am 12 and this book is kind rated for teens even though I am young I really enjoyed the book so download it because it's really good and very meaningful 👏👏

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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