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The Future Has Already Happened.

It's expected to be an excursion like any other. There is nothing in the records to indicate that anything out of the ordinary will happen. A bus will take them to the mall. They will have an hour or so to look around. Perhaps buy something, try their food.

A minor traffic incident on the way back to the resort will provide additional interest - but the tour rep has no reason to expect any trouble. Until he notices that one of his party is missing. Most disturbingly, she is a woman who, according to the records, did not go missing.

Now she is a woman whose disappearance could change the world.

With breathtaking plot twists that ricochet through time, The Tourist is the most original conspiracy thriller you will listen to this year.

©2016 Robert Dickinson (P)2016 Little Brown Book Group

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  • K. Rumph
  • 11-02-16

Intriguing addition to time travel genre

Lots of interesting ideas around time travel, introduced not by bald explanations but implied by the characters and story. Kept me hungry right to the last minute.
The narrator did an excellent job of voicing the multiple characters (some speaking in first person).
Overall very glad to have listened (guardian review) and eager for more from the author

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  • apsemmas
  • 04-09-18

An atypical work of sci~fi.

The Tourist, by Robert Dickinson, is a brilliant work of science-fiction; and yet, it is so much more than just an average book of pop sci-fi. That explains why it gets much fewer stars than those it really deserves in the reviews: a typical fan of sci-fi apparently does not feel comfortable when confronted with such an atypical work of sci-fi.

The Tourist is, first and foremost, a multilayered critique of so many things that so many people (self-proclaimed non-conformists sci-fi fans included) hold dear. For one thing, Dickinson’s refined contempt of our beloved conveniences and fascinations is a piquant treat for any trained palate. Other than that, The Tourist is a sophisticated (and not, yet again, a “mindboggling”), a caustic (and not just a “witty”), an amusing (and not for funk's sake an “entertaining”), a sui generis (and not another one “slipstream”) novel. All in all, The Tourist, by Robert Dickinson, is anything but yet another folk-sci-fi book from the steadily growing bulk of relevant publications.

I am looking forward to seeing the rest of Robert Dickinson’s novels in the Audible’s catalogue.  

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  • A Boggild
  • 01-23-18

Ask for a refund

Would you try another book written by Robert Dickinson or narrated by Peter Kenny?

Absolutely not. At least based upon this work.

Has The Tourist put you off other books in this genre?

No, but it has put me off this author

What three words best describe Peter Kenny’s performance?

Not too bad.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Tourist?

All of them

Any additional comments?

There was so much left up to the reader to do that it felt like an academic exercise on a really poor work. The single worst book I've ever bought from Audible - and I include The Stone Man in that, which is saying something.

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  • Mr. L. Jenkins
  • 11-10-16

Such a shame

What would have made The Tourist better?

I'm sure the author is highly talented but not at this genre. It is a well written book and the small sub-plots are entertaining but the main plot is impossible to follow.

What was most disappointing about Robert Dickinson’s story?

The actual plot. The back and forth of time travel impose a real challenge for the author and the narrator. Neither succeed in making a complex story easy to follow.

What didn’t you like about Peter Kenny’s performance?

The characters were too close together. It was not easy to tell them apart.

What character would you cut from The Tourist?

None.

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  • karen Swan
  • 10-26-16

Dont bother

Boring , monotone...... poor repetitive storyline . Struggled to get to the half way mark ..... couldn't finish

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  • Kincade
  • 12-21-16

Warning: this book may break your brain

What made the experience of listening to The Tourist the most enjoyable?

I bought this book because it is narrated by Peter Kenny the best actor recording audiobooks today. As I expected his performance was outstanding.

What other book might you compare The Tourist to, and why?

This is a completely original story and not for the faint of heart or those who don't like solving the mystery themselves. The only book/movie I can compare it to is "Cloud Atlas" by David Mitchell since like that book you have to read the entire thing, keep the narrative straight in your head, then as you re-read the genius becomes apparent.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Everything about the 2nd listen was enjoyable. I was a bit lost on the first listen. The 2nd time though I had many "aha" moments and made copious notes. That type of commitment might throw some listeners off but I absolutely loved playing Columbo and cracking this case.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"So nice you need to read it twice"

Any additional comments?

This is an audiobook on "hard mode" Dickinson does the opposite of hand holding the reader. He throws the reader in the deep and and makes them solve the mystery themselves. This is a mind bending time travel/conspiracy story. As I began to understand it I got chills. Completely unique. For those scratching their heads you can read my spoiler/FAQ review Goodreads (top review for the book)