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A 1937 vintage camper trailer half hidden in weeds catches Lynne McBriar's eye when she is visiting an elderly friend, Ben. Ben eagerly sells it to her and she just as eagerly embarks on a restoration. But after each remodel, sleeping in the trailer lands Lynne and her daughter Dinah in a previous decade - exciting, yet frightening. Glimpses of their home town and ancestors 50 or 60 years earlier is exciting and also offers some clues to the mystery of Ben's lost love. But when Dinah makes a trip on her own, separating herself from her mother by decades, Lynne has never known such fear. It is a trip that may upset the future if Lynne and her estranged husband can't team up to bring their daughter back.

©2014 Karen Musser Nortman (P)2016 Karen Musser Nortman

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Who'd have preferred a trailer over a Police Box?

I am a complete sucker for time travel books. I really prefer original ideas, but a standard time machine will do in a pinch. I have to say that I really liked the idea of a trailer being used. It does fit in, doesn't stand out, and can be used for housing while you are away. Much better than Bill and Ted's phone booth (sorry, nothing beats a TARDIS, though).

What I really enjoyed was the mother/daughter team figuring out how to get back home, and the fact that the visited more than one era. Most time travel stories focus on one time zone. You go back to a specific period, or you bounce between one past time zone and the present. Here, Nortman takes us on a TRIP. Just like you are supposed to do with trailers. Trailers are meant to move, and so we see several different decades as the duo zips through time like a pair of runaway clock hands.

I must say that Nortman absolutely nails the vocab and slang for each era she send the family off to, the jargon is natural and realistic, and it flows. She also describes the clothing to a tee as well as attitudes and concerns. If you think we a re paranoid now, her trip to the 50's will make you glad you don't have to look over your shoulder at every turn or suspect your neighbor of being a commie.

Gilbert is serene as the narrator of this tale. I attribute a lot of the success of the flawless use of dialogue and slang to her nimble narration. It was a real pleasure to listen to her take on this trip, and my only regret is that I had not heard of her before this. She is a very talanted narrator. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

This is a book for all ages, my kids will love listening to this on our next CAMPING trip! Seriously, if you have any love for time travel stories you will enjoy this book.

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whimsical

good overall but more of a kids book.
narrator was very good. I enjoyed it
and would recommend it to 8 to 13 yr olds

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More cozy than Sci-Fi & slightly boring

I've read a lot of sci-fi and quite a few time travel books so I suppose I had expectations that this would be similar. It wasn't. It had more the feel of a cozy mystery, although there wasn't much mystery, either. You don't travel back to witness any important historical events, no one is trying to manipulate time for their own purposes and there is no alternate timeline. Not much excitement to be had, really. It wasn't bad and I didn't dislike it, but it did fall short of what I'd hoped. I would like the author to have spent more time on the whole "why" of this trailer traveling through time, which I think would have been more interesting than the main mother/daughter story. I finished the story mainly to find out why. Instead, it was simply explained away in a sentence or two at the very end. That was disappointing. The narrator was good, though.

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com."

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  • Jan
  • MKE
  • 05-22-16

Learning by doing?

I was impressed with the historical research that went into this book. There was plenty of suspense in all time frames, and any lingering questions were r/t the backstory. Publisher's blurb will give you clues, and I won't insult the author with spoilers. It is a book that grabs your attention and brings you back whenever you have a few minutes to stick your nose in it. No gratuitous erotica. I, too, want to get the next installment.
I got the audio version, and supersnark Valerie gave a great performance!

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I enjoyed this...

I enjoyed this little story, and I wouldn't want to discourage anyone from reading or listening to it. That being said, it felt more like a draft in need of fleshing out. There were so many hinted at subplots that were never fully explored. In fact, that was the thing which bothered me the most. The story had a delightfully whimsical set up and ended up trying to be a dark-ish "no place like home " morality tale. The time travel aspect had so much to offer. I was disappointed that it wasn't dealt with in a more in depth way.

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Camping this weekend, anyone?

Any additional comments?

What a fun young adult listen! It held the usual of a teenager’s life in modern times in a small town, but mixed with time travel it was both entertaining and educational. We learn just how society and culture condition how we respond to events.

Dinah is the typical fourteen-year-old—curious and a bit snappy when things don’t go her way and very sarcastic when she’s ticked off. She isn’t happy about her mom and dad’s separation. Nor is she happy about how much time her mom spends with her career.

Lynne, Dinah’s mom, feels the gap between her daughter and herself. She knows part of it is because of the separation from Dinah’s dad, but it’s also what happens to teenagers as they experience the pangs of growing up, coming to terms with who they are.

When her mom buys a trailer from one of the neighbors and starts stripping away the many coats of paint, changes of flooring, etc., she gets involved in the transformation. Lynne decides the trailer may bring her daughter and her closer by taking some weekends for camping. And if not, it would make a great work office. But reader, this is not just a trailer, but one with secrets. Would you be willing to sleep in a trailer and wake up somewhere else not knowing if you could return home again? Lynne and Dinah had very adventurous souls and it was a pleasure to join them as they discovered that which came before them!

Usually my time travel book reads go back to the highlands or medieval times. This one is recent history, which makes it enticingly readable. We come to understand how events shaped people’s lives during the late 1930’s through 1960’s. The author had to have done some thorough research to get the ever changing dialog slang and clothing correct during these periods.

Narrator Valerie Gilbert does what she does best. Her voice has a smooth charm about it and she’s able to handle different accents fluidly. She’s outstanding with sarcasm and bored dialogue. For this listen, she’s perfect! I loved how absolutely authentic Dinah’s sarcasm and annoyance with life shone through Ms. Gilbert’s voice.

I liked this book so much, I want to read the second in the series, Trailer on the Fly.

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Nostalgic whimsy with believable characters

What did you love best about The Time Travel Trailer?

The descriptions of clothing, slang and current events during the different historical periods.

What did you like best about this story?

The author's familiarity with camping in a vintage trailer, and the believable relationship between the Lynn and Dinah added a great touch of realism to a whimsical time-travel fantasy.

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

Valerie Gilbert's deliberate pacing and varied vocal performance for each of the two main characters, helped ground the story and keep me engaged.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A "Hot Tub Time Machine" for the Emotionally Mature.

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This has a lot to recommend it!

What made the experience of listening to The Time Travel Trailer the most enjoyable?

The nostalgia factor. Escaping back to when things were supposedly so much simpler snd better. Valerie Gilbert's narration fit this book very well.

What did you like best about this story?

This was written by Karen Musser Nortman who is / was a History teacher. She brings back each era or decade with descriptions of dress, speech and important social events. Very enjoyable!

What does Valerie Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Valerie Gilbert's narration is exceptional. Not over the top, like some narrators. Her work did NOT detract attention from the story. A positive!

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

Nostalgic. Whether it was a simpler time, I can't say. I recall turmoil in each of the decades visited by the characters. the Depression, Civil Rights, etc. I'm sure that families today face similar challenges. I saw mention in another review that this was a YA book. And it is appropriate to that audiences, but it should appeal to adults too.

Any additional comments?

This was a very entertaining work, with characters and settings that involved the reader. To me the gist to the story allowed a family to reconnect in a,strong way.Thank you for allowing me to listen and review this audio book.This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

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  • Reg
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Promising

This was a fun listen. It took some time to get rolling and there was a lot of repeat scenario's along the way, but it sets the stage for an interesting series. Lynne figures out pretty quickly what the trailer does and what makes it work. Dinah accepts it fairly easily and has a teenager's sense of adventure about it. Lynne's husband has a harder time...until it's proven to him. I love that Lynne is a natural helper and also has enough curiosity to figure things out and understand just how to help the elderly friend who sold her the trailer.

The time periods selected were fascinating as well because they highlighted the times well. The cold war and fear of communism in the early 60's, the pride and fear of what the neighbors will think in the 30's. The approach that had to be taken to extract themselves from each period differed by the fears that motivated people at the time.

I enjoyed listening to Valerie Gilbert's narration. She performed both male and female voices well and kept the story moving seamlessly.

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Great time travel story for the whole family

I love time travel stories and this one did not disappoint. It grabbed my attention from the very beginning and kept me coming back to find out when and where would be next! The narration is fantastic! This is the first time I’ve listened to a book narrated by Valerie Gilbert and she is now on my list of favorite narrators. I look forward to listening to more of her work. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.