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Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they've crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?
Five passengers seem to hold clues about what's really going on: writer Harper Lane, venture capitalist Nick Stone, German genetic researcher Sabrina Schröder, computer scientist Yul Tan, and Grayson Shaw - the son of a billionaire philanthropist.
As more facts about the crash emerge, it becomes clear that some in this group know more than they're letting on - answers that will lead Harper and Nick to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy involving their own lives. As they begin to piece together the truth, they discover they have the power to change the future and the past - to save our world...or end it.
To read an epilogue to Departure and access other bonus material, go to agriddle.com/departure/extras
Departure was a very intriguing story with a mysterious plot that had lots of twist and turns and had me on edge and guessing throughout the story. I was unable to stop listening to the story well into the wee hours of the night.
This story was also thought provoking on the chaos that would follow a plan crash if there was no leader or resources to depend on.
My credit was well spent on this story!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
The first couple of hours I was very intrigued. There is a plane crash and a rescue by the survivors. This part of the book is well written and I felt like I was there with them. I appreciated, Nick who took charge. One never knows what will happen in an emergency and it is nice to have someone calmly take charge.
NICK, THERE'S A PROBLEM
In the third hour there is a character named Bob, who I kinda liked and kinda didn't. I mention him cause he has one of those pet peeves I hate. He likes to announce problems. He likes to speak in acronyms or say things he knows no one else will understand and than have a pregnant pause, begging you to ask questions. I know a lot of people who do this, including my wife.
THAT SHIT MIGHT SELL T-SHIRTS, BUT DOESN'T HELP ME
I have never read a book that went down hill so fast. The whole book moves along in spurts and sputters. It starts with this group of characters who run away from futuristic people and hide in a farm building. The farm building is the only building for miles. They sleep there and gather supplies. You tell me, if you are looking for a group of people in a rural area and there is only one building around, wouldn't you check that building first? By now Nick is starting to get on my nerves. Nick is young and a self-made millionaire. He is handsome, in good shape, smart, says all the right things at the right time, people do as he says without question, the skinny good looking blonde has a crush on him, but deep down he feels unfulfilled. Excuse me, as I go throw up. It doesn't end there. The skinny good looking blonde, has trouble making decisions that might benefit herself, but does not hesitate, to make decisions that benefit others.
BLIMEY, DOUBLE AND TRIPLE BLIMEY
The story really goes astray from here. The last three hours, Riddle works on his romance skills and it just gets painful to listen to. This reads like a debut novel, pass on this. Narrator is good.
68 of 74 people found this review helpful
What did you like best about Departure? What did you like least?
Creative and thought provoking was what I liked best, esp. given the way it started and then twisted at the conclusion. It started rather predictably, but certainly didn't end that way.<br/><br/>What I didn't enjoy? Sometimes abit disjointed in the continuity, and the editing wasn't ideal.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Candidly, not much. Riddle is a fine writer, and pulled this one off with style and grace.
Which character – as performed by Nicola Barber and Scott Aiello – was your favorite?
The female Swiss doctor was quite the piece of work.
Was Departure worth the listening time?
Any additional comments?
I certainly hope this is the beginning of a series ( it has the feel, and I think it is already actually). As previously noted, a fine performance of an original idea. Worth the time and the credit!
38 of 42 people found this review helpful
Terrible storyline with one dimensional over stereotyped characters. I thought I'd get eventually be drawn in but no such luck, just glad when it ended. Sound editing not well done. Male voice is booming while female is a barely audible whisper.
30 of 33 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
This was nothing like I expected! To tell the truth, I didn't know what to expect when I started it but what I got was an amazing experience. <br/><br/>I'm not going to get into the plot in case I inadvertently spoil something so I'll just get right into what I thought. <br/><br/>Harper is such an amazing Heroine. I loved that she was a writer!! Flight 305 is her first time in first class, which is where she meets Nick. I loved her voice and her thoughts. Despite being terrified when the crash happens, she still does whats needed with no hesitation. I loved her strength and her inherent niceness. <br/><br/>Nick was so mysterious at the start. We didn't get a sense of what he did for a living and I thought he was maybe military. He was so strong, brave and dependable the whole way through the story. I really liked his character and was thrilled to see him show his feelings for Harper! <br/><br/>Plot wise I found it to be so captivating and intriguing. The plane crashes and no one comes to the passengers rescue, which is weird, add in a barren place with very little life, a rebuilt Stone Henge and a London that's abandoned and you have the makings of a phenomenal book, and it was! I started reading (well listening) and I couldn't stop. There is so many twists and turns that you will be turning the pages as fast as you can to see what happens.<br/><br/>Anyway, I absolutely loved everything about this book. Both the plot and the characters were well written and developed. From it's intrinsic and intriguing plot to it's wonderfully written story, Departure is a must read. If this book is any indication of his work, then I can not wait to read more by him. Amazing.<br/><br/>I listened to the audio and it was fantastic. Both narrators did a brilliant job with the story. They gave it their all and it showed. They drew me into the story and made me a part of it. As I was listening to it, it played out like a movie in my head and I loved it. Highly recommend. <br/>
30 of 34 people found this review helpful
A.G. Riddle's new novel "Departure" is written in multiple genres, which isn't easy for any author to pull off sucessfully. The original storyline is the novel's strength, and the carrying out of that storlyline is it's weakness.
This futuristic sci-fi grabs the listener's attention right out of the gate with a plane crash. We are introduced to the surviving passengers, and are suddenly engulfed in a mystery, adventure, suspense, and a budding romance. Sci-fi via time travel is quickly added to the mix.
Many characters and events are introduced very early in the novel with limited detail, which resulted in a lack of character development and difficulties with suspension of belief. Usually, the inability to suspend belief in a sci-fi novel is like drawing the death card. I was able to get past this, but not without it effecting my overall opinion of the novel.
Most of the characters who are not essential to the story are weeded out by the ending of the first half of the novel. The second half, while less suspenseful, is well devoleoped... allowing the reader to focus on time travel within a post-apocolyptic world, and the mystery of how the world got that way.
Overall, "Departure' is written with an original storyline, and although not Riddle's best, it is still above average. Both narrators are very good and character consistant. It was a good listen, but I wouldn't be interested in experiencing it a second time.
43 of 50 people found this review helpful
I have tried to listen to this several times, but just can't stay with the book. It's hard to follow. Scott, the male narrator does a good job in narration, but Nicola reads like she's whispering. I have to crank up the volume to make out what she's saying.
The situation at the beginning of the story was interesting, because it seemed like a good way to start a book, however I didn't find the rest of the story interesting enough to finish it.
24 of 28 people found this review helpful
First time reading this authors work. I enjoyed the book a lot, different structure far as narration goes, but was a good read.
19 of 22 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
Telling the story from two alternating points of view worked well. Competent narration certainly added to the atmosphere of the story. The various "strands" of the story came together in an interesting way so that most of the questions raised in the story are answered in a satisfying manner. Thanks A.G. I enjoyed this a lot.
28 of 33 people found this review helpful
it was very interesting to say the least, Dead on target for Riddle. The story covered all of the bases and is put together well but not necessarily in an original type of order with regards to a futuristic almost positive doomsday book. if that makes sense....haha read it....I have over 300 audible titles and this is worth reading.
40 of 48 people found this review helpful
Very good story it helps relax, keeps you focused on the story and set your mind just in the right mood. I've enjoyed this book but still I prefer 1 narrator rather than 2 - although it's justified in this case and I believe many people will like it . Characters are better than in the Atlantis trilogy but for me still a little bit "paper". Overall: Credit well spend :) And I'm looking forward for the next book by A. G. Riddle.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this book, sci fi, a hint of a love story, im off to check out what else the author has on offer
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I am afraid I gave up half way through this. The most irritating thing was, I am afraid, the performances. I have just checked the review and it doesn't mention anything about it being for children, but the narration sounds as if it is aimed at 8-year-olds. Even my 11-year-old daughter listened to a bit and found it patronising.
The story starts quite well, but then it becomes increasingly fantastical. The descriptions are really not great and I didn't warm to any of the characters.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to Departure the most enjoyable?
Excellent narration, brought depth to the characters
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
Everything up to the encounter with their virtual others. Got a bit silly then, particularly has the 'OK Coral' shoot out involved so few people
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The rescue mission on the aircraft, very dramatic.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
It might be your thing, sc-fi normally works for me, but I was a tad disappointed at the conclusion.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Departure has one of the best beginnings of any book I've ever listened to. The pacing it great, the mystery is intriguing and it's just generally engaging and interesting. Unfortunately that was it for me, once the questions started getting answered and the answers were underwhelming then the book lost a lot of it's luster.
The book slows down, becomes kind of muddled and then it ends. Except it doesn't end, for some strange reason the book continues on past what you'd imagine the natural ending to be and just lingers on a few chapters longer. It doesn't really add anything, you know how it's going to end, and it's just a case of waiting.
Ultimately the things the book teases are infinitely more interesting than what it delivers.
Loved it. The narrators did a good job and the story is very engaging and entertaining.
wasn't sure at first, but ended up really enjoying it, good story nice characters would recommend
Didn't think too much to the split narration to begin with, but after giving it time, it proves to be a clever way of keeping you interested. The story is excellent and keeps you gripped and asking questions right from the start!
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
This could have been such a good book and started so well. The first half of the book is exciting and engaging I couldn't wait for the story to unfold. Sadly the second half is very disappointing and so full of holes it just became annoying and irritating!
What did you like most about Departure?
Great plot! I found this to be a really engaging story - mainly because for the first hour or two, I had no idea what was going on or where the book eas heading. This in turn made me want to listen more and more - totally gripped me!
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
I like the fact that there were 2 narrators. One male and one female for the two main characters and overall, I gave the narration 3 out of 5 - mainly because of Nicola Barber...<br/>She has a tendancy to be quite nasal and this did get a little annoying at times! Perhaps she had a cold whilst reading, but it did grate on me.<br/>I disliked the "english" accent of Scott Aiello. He is American (possible canadian?) and his accent was a little to much Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins for me! <br/>With exception of the "English" accent, I actually liked Scott as a reader. I will certainly look for more by him.
Any additional comments?
This book is "sci-fi meets Lost meets a love story meets thriller". Good stuff!! Would like to read more from this author.
The premise for this book is sound, and started exceptionally well, with great writing, fantastic characters and an intriguing story that left you captivated.
Right until the end. The ending, (and it must be noted that this is only my opinion) let the book down. I am not going to discuss it, no Spoilers here.
Overall all, the story holds up very well. Riddle does a masterful job with his characters, his two main characters, Nick and Harper are superbly written and the Narration of these two characters in the Audiobook is one of the standouts overall.
Barber and Aiello do a masterful job with all the story telling and character portrayal, but for the two main characters, they go the extra mile, giving an extra depth to the story.
For me, I think that the Audiobook is probably better than the written version due to the Narrators brilliant telling of the story - if you are going to read this story, do yourself and a favour and go the Audiobook version instead.
Overall this story is worth the effort, the ending, although disappointing for me, does not take enough away to warrant not listening to the entire story.
As suggested in the synopsis, this is the story of Harper and Nick, how they survive a terrible plane crash, and the incredible story that unfolds as a result. They are not only in a different world, but there is a conspiracy surrounding them that has to be read/listened to, to be believed, and it is a really great story.
Again, the Narration is one of the true standouts for this Audiobook though.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The characters were well developed and plenty of back story so you felt invested in there lives. Ended well. And that is important to me.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
it starts strong. has a couple of stumbles but ends strongs and has great narration. all in all a great read
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Love the thrilling way this tale unravels thank you for an enjoyable story. I await more
The actual writing is not good, needs a good editor . ( like other books by this author) but the overall storyline is VERY good