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With a scarlet-fever epidemic raging throughout London, a rogue baron on the loose, a new baby keeping him up at night, and a kingdom to run, the last thing David has time for is a trip to the 21st century. But as he should know by now, time waits for no man, not even the king of England.

©2013 Sarah Woodbury (P)2015 Sarah Woodbury

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Better Than Reading the Book!

I've read all the books in the After Cilmeri series and love them all. This one had been my least favorite - until I listened to it on audio. Listening gave me new perspective on the story and changed my opinion significantly.
Callum and Cassie, who have become two of my favorite characters, play a significant role in this particular story as they travel from the middle ages forward to the 21st century with David. Because they come from modern times originally and because of their very different backgrounds, they add new dimensions and depth to the ensemble of characters. Back in modern Wales, they are pursued by various government agencies who all want to learn about time travel and find some way to take advantage of it for their own purposes. Meanwhile, in the middle ages, Lilly, Anna, and the others are dealing with a full scale war brought by one of David's enemies. I liked that the other characters were able to successfully operate without David's direction although you could feel his influence working throughout.
I thought once the story line moved from being primarily about Wales (after David became King of England) that it would become less and less interesting, but that has not been the case at all. Ms. Woodbury has found ways to keep the story moving ahead and keep it fresh and interesting. At the end of each book, I think she couldn't possibly continue the story any longer at the high level of interest and quality. I'm thrilled to say I've been wrong - every single time. Each story has left me anxiously awaiting the next installment. Listening to this story makes me want to reread the next one, Ashes of Time.
If you've only read the After Cilmeri series, you're missing out on an important part of the enjoyment which to me is hearing tongue-twisting, yet melodic Welsh words. Take a break from the modern world and step into this alternate universe's version of the middle ages.

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Perfect blend of history and modern day adventure

If you could sum up Castaways in Time in three words, what would they be?

Historical / Modern / Adventure,

What was one of the most memorable moments of Castaways in Time?

When David returned to the past.

Which scene was your favorite?

David confronting Valence and imposing his power as king.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I definitely laughed at David's sarcasm and I was on edge when David, Callum, and Cassie were escaping to the roof of the building.

Any additional comments?

I loved hearing the story read with all the Welsh words. I finally know how they're pronounced! I'm eager to continue on to the next book!

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I Know but . I Just Love The series

Great , Great , Great . Worth Every Minute . You Spend Reading This Series . One to the Next Book

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Great story!

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Great story line. The narration was well done. I look forward to listening to the next one.

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What a cliffhanger!

If you could sum up Castaways in Time in three words, what would they be?

Friendship means everything!

What did you like best about this story?

True friends bring out the best in all of us though the ultimate sacrifice forces us to make difficult choices facing inner demons...

Which character – as performed by Laurel Schroeder – was your favorite?

Oh, so hard as I read this book so many times and had my own voices in my head but David, always him as he is becoming more a man in each story...

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

Yes, but sometimes I must stop due to necessary interruptions... All these books are worthy of one sitting whether reading or listening...

Any additional comments?

This is the 1st time I screamed about waiting for the next book to find out "what happens next to..." even when I know each story has a bit of a "to be continued..." at the end... I felt frustrated but in a wonderful way as this author is one of my favorites...

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At the risk of sounding repetitive...Its GREAT

This series is firmly entrenched as a favorite among favorites. Listening add so much more to my enjoyment and really feeling the experience of this storyline, but more so because I have read the books and know who is who and what is what and what will happen. And yet, even so, it is a new and unique experience to hear the story read aloud.

Laurel Schroeder has done a wonderful job giving each character their own voice, while not being overly hammy and caricaturing them. Sarah Woodbury's story truly comes to life from Laurel's narration - at least for me.

The story line as it evolves keeps my interest, too. This is not a series of sequels rehashing a formula. The young Prince David becomes, in an early book, the (reluctant) King of England and now as a young father, husband, and sovereign he has not only himself, his family but a nation and really a collection of nations to look after. Earlier, he settled Scotland's unrest by encouraging Scotland to settle their own. Ireland has remained a sore subject in several ways, but primarily as the playground of David's most vocal and determined opposition.

When attempting to meet his challenger head on, he and two other fellow 21st Century companions are carried back to the modern time, and if David thought politics were difficult and treacherous in the Middle Ages, he learns not much has changed over the intervening centuries. It is only by the twists of fate that plague this family that he escapes a more dangerous foe than Lord Valence, only to have to face him, too, before the book if over.

If you haven't read this book, or listened to it, I won't spoil the finale. But let me say that as soon as I finished listening to this book, I immediately started on the next one, Ashes of Time.

By the way, I need make no disclaimer of any kind on this review. My ownership of this Audible is solely due to my spending my own money and selecting this as my choice of books to use a personally purchased Audible credit on. I have received no compensation nor any consideration from the author for this review.

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I found a new favorite series

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

This is a different take on time travel. This is the first book by this author I have read but it won't be the last. I was recommended her books because of other time travel books I've read. This book grabbed me right away and held my interest until the very end. I will definitely read the rest of the books in this series.

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Wow

I loved this book like all the rest in the series. Sarah has written a wonderful series.

The most memorable moment for me is close to the end when David has to leave Cassie and Calum behind. He didn't want to leave them but they knew he had to. It shows how much he cares for his friends and family.

As always I think Laurel nailed the narrating perfectly.

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Exciting time travel novel

Where does Castaways in Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved this book. Exciting, twists and turns, great characters. Love the history too. The whole series is absolutely great and I love the accents and performance of the reader.

What other book might you compare Castaways in Time to and why?

There really is no other book - except others in the series. Really this is my favorite series ever - and I've been reading for nearly 50 years!

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved when David arrived home and was reunited and saved the day. I love when David and his father are together.

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

Absolutely. I love following along with the books (which I read first). I listen to the books multiple times. Feel like I live among them.

Any additional comments?

Best series ever. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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Great book

Another great book by a fantastic author. I really love how each book brings together the series and keeps you wanting more. I'm looking forward to the next book to see what happens. Love this series. I love it on audible as I am able to get things done while listening and I lets my children listen as well which thief think is neat in their words while my daughter gets her iv treatment. It helps pass the time for her. Thanks for such a great series.