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The Far Journey

A Timeslip Novel of Survival on the Oregon Trail
Narrated by: Patricia Santomasso
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Young, sharp-tongued Paula Masters, used to her cell phones, cherry lattes and designer jeans, suddenly finds herself thrust back in time to 1848 and the Oregon Trail. In modern life, she rebels against the curfews and restrictions of her day, seeing them as unfair hardships. But now in this alien world with its buffalo stampedes, wild Indians, and deadly pestilence, she is about to find out what real hardships are. To get home, she must set aside her rude girl persona and learn how to survive.

On the trek, Paula meets young Daniel Langdon, hunter and part-time scout, and an infatuation quickly becomes a great passion. She realizes this is the love of her life and to get home she will have to leave him behind.

In the tradition of Outlander, The Far Journey is a grand epic of love and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal, peril and survival. Throughout, Paula Masters is tested in body and soul and must discover the strength and toughness inside her.

©2015 Robert Thomas Reppert (P)2016 Robert Thomas Reppert

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The Far Journey

The Far Journey: A Timeslip Novel of Survival on the Oregon Trail
: Tom Reppert

A self absorbed sixteen year old girl finds herself flung back in history, 1880's Oregon Trail traveling from the East to West . A wonderful tale with time travel, historical fiction, romance, hardships, Indian attacks, buffalo stampede, illness, injury and many other emotional events. I was drawn into the journey and felt many of the things Paula felt. I hope to find more by this author in the same genre.


The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Patricia Santomasso brings these characters to life.



"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."

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Don’t give up on it

The book started out like a YA story & there was some foul language/action in the beginning. I was ready to give up on it but for some reason I didn’t. This was needed to set the characters & scene so you could fully grasp what was coming. To truly see the difference in a child today & one in the 1800’s. It was a great story. I couldn’t figure out how it would end & not be devastating but Mr. Reppert did an excellent job. I wish there was a sequel.

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Teenage Book

This book is ok if you’re a teenager. Not adult literature. Even the performance (which is good) is the voice of a 18 year old. I couldn’t get past the first hour.

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  • Somewhere
  • 08-29-18

Amazing take on history

This is an interesting take history. It take something that happened and tells it in a different more interesting way.

This is a young adult novel but it doesn’t take away from the story or my enjoyment.

I believe the authors intent was to introduce this piece of history to a younger audience with a sci fi spin to keep our interests

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Started out regretting this book. Enjoyed it a great deal after the very rocky start.

I finally enjoyed the story after the idiot girl finally settled into living the adventure.

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Amazing! Just, wow!

The story is wonderful and so realistic that I can't help but imagine that a lot of research was done in preparation for this book. I was swept away and felt like I was discovering the past along with our main character.

I love time travel stories, but so often they are the rinse and repeat love stories we've all read, set in a distant time. This book is nothing like that. There is love in the story, but more than that, there is life!

Narration was beyond impressive. Santomasso portrays each character so distinctly that you never have to wonder who is speaking... which is incredible given the sheer number of people in the story. Not to mention how effortlessly she can adjust not only the voices but the speed and style of each character's speech. She had me convinced that she was a black man, an Indian chief, a small child, a teenage girl, and on and on. Spectacular!

I would love to read more stories of this caliber, Tom Reppert... hint, hint. :)

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This is an amazing story I wish there were more!

This author really needs to write more stories like this. It was wonderful. At first you think I’m not gonna like this but give it a chance. It really immerse see you in the time period.

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Language is awful

The sample is clean, you think you're getting a good book. Perhaps the story is good, I skipped to Chapter 5 where the review starts...two more chapters of filth I couldn't take it. If you like a clean book, this isn't it.

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great way to teach history through fiction

If you could sum up The Far Journey in three words, what would they be?

Good western story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Paula was my favorite character because she had sass.

Which character – as performed by Patricia Santomasso – was your favorite?

Paula, she performed her with the sass that she had.

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

Time Travel to the west.

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Started out slow, but be patience

Would you listen to The Far Journey again? Why?

I usually do not listen to books twice.

What did you like best about this story?

It was very interesting once you got past the first couple of chapters. I like history and this was great.

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

I like audio books, because they are easier to read as I drive. So I would not have even thought about reading this.

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

No

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  • Norma Miles
  • 10-16-18

We are the hardship generation.

After reading the opening chapters of The Far Journey, this reader thought she had made a mistake in selecting the book. How wrong! It continued to become an emotional roller coaster, a presentation of an historical period which threw the reader into the place and time like no other. And it was because of the main character's unique view - the past, experienced by a very modern young girl. It's time travel with a difference.

Paula Masters, sixteen, was a rich kid. She used to be a grade A student and was already getting recognition for her riding prowess. Then her horse died, her parents divorced, and she became a self pitying, unkind, attention seeking, self satisfying lazy teen, a liar and manipulator whose only saving grace was her love for her little Downs Syndrome brother. Saved from school expulsion only by the threats to sue by her lawyer mother, she knows that she can still expect parental punishment, so, when she passes out at her little brother's birthday party and wakes up, in considerable pain in what looks like a reinactment camp for wayward kids, she's not surprised. Just horrified that her mother would do this to her. It's horrible. No hospitals, no conurbations, no doctors, no medicines, no communications, no WiFi , no T.V., no railway, no roads - just wagons travelling through open land, the constant fear of, well, everything, from storms and mud, heat and cold, injury, disease and hunger. And Indians. A modern day girl stuck in the 1800s on a 2000+ mile journey through constantly hostile lands.

The narration by Patricia Santomasso has good pacing, individually voiced protagonists and she really becomes Paula, later to be Libby, the main protagonist and story teller. So much so, this reader forgot that she was listening to a narration and simply became absorbed into the book. A fine performance.

This book is fantastic, vital, alive and often heartbreaking, a picture of real people patiently trying to find a new life, all seen through the eyes of someone who had everything then had it all taken away to become one of them. I don't have words to give sufficient praise. A must for everyone if only to show how very lucky we all are.

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  • Read4Fun
  • 12-01-16

Excellent

What made the experience of listening to The Far Journey the most enjoyable?

Everything made this listening experience enjoyable. Great story, historically accurate, well presented by an engaging narrator. I was riveted from start to finish. A book for young and old. alike. I have to wonder if the author is a teacher because he has captured the teen of today very well. It was fascinating to see the chinks in her armor and how those were revealed more and more as her challenge goes on. We all think our lives are so hard at times but this novel brings it home that we have no idea what hard really is.