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In a future where time travel has been outlawed, a black market exists for anyone with the money, connections, and nerve to request items from days past. As a Runner for one of the underground syndicates that now controls the timewaves, Stassi 2446-89 has seen it all: the fall of Rome, the rise of Hitler, the end of democracy, the establishment of time tourism, and the devastating consequences of it. Her job is to seamlessly slip through the past, in search of items of value to the syndicate's clientele.

Stassi's next assignment takes her to Paris in the 1920s in search of a lost manuscript by one of the 20th century's greatest writers. She and her partner, Gaige, are swept up in the City of Light during the height of fashion and culture - as alluring a locale as they've ever visited. But a seedier side of life lurks beneath the glamorous facade, and the pair quickly learns this run is more dangerous than any of their previous missions.

Because history isn't playing out as it should be - a first for the syndicate. When the stakes are raised and it becomes a matter of life or death, Stassi and Gaige must ultimately decide how far they're willing to go to ensure the future as they know it.

©2016- Sophie Davis Books (P)2017 Sophie Davis

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Great story, bad editing.

This an amazing story. long but good. The writter is excellent at describing places, things, places, clothing and of course Paris. At some points she can actually get a little too winded. It could of been shaved off a bit.
The story line was very good. It something I've never heard before. It definitely keeps you interested. With lots of twists and turns. I actually jumped online to grab the second book and noticed it has not yet been released.
You can read this book all the way through. it doesn't have any cliffhangers or anything like that, but man I couldn't wait to hear the second book.
I do however wish that the narrator works on her Reading a bit and doing other voices better. The two main characters voices are great but some of the other ones need some work. Also there's a lot of volume going up and down and a bit of repeating.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Good story, worst narration ever!

The book itself is pretty good - the time travel element isn't really the key to the plot - it's more of a mystery/period piece/thriller - but I can see how the time travel element will work well with the longer story arc of the series.
The problem is a narrator with robotic intonation, putting emphasis on all the wrong words, reading deadpan and mispronouncing many words - not just the foreign language ones but also many English ones. Production quality is also low, with several examples of poor sound editing when the narrator stumbled and repeated phrases, plus pauses between chapters that varied between what one would normally expect in an audiobook and long enough to make me check my phone to make sure it hadn't stopped.
I have listened to thousands of audiobooks, and normally don't leave reviews, but this one was irritating enough to get me motivated. I really want to listen to the next book in this series....but only with a different narrator and a real production company!

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Very interesting story, not so great narration

I’m going to start off with a review of the story, because overall, I really did enjoy it quite a bit. It starts off at the end of a mission for Stassi and Gaige, and we get a feel for how they work as a team. Quickly moving into the next mission, things seem to slow down a bit, and we get a ton of detail of how the syndicate and the missions work, and it does tend to drag the story a bit. However, as the mysteries unfold, it sucks you in more and more.

There are three main plots circling each other in this book. The main being the mission to 1925 Paris to obtain a manuscript that has gone missing, and someone wealthy would like to get their hands on. It’s a lengthier mission than most, possibly lasting up to six weeks, and involves getting deeply embedded into the elite social circles of 1920s Paris, including with Ernest Hemingway and his wife. The second mystery that is tied in with this, is Stassi’s desire to learn more about her birth parents, since she was essentially orphaned at age 4, but a mysterious locket, and a picture that ties it to Paris in this time period, makes her want to pursue any possibly leads for more information. And the third main mystery revolves around a mysterious, seemingly undocumented serial killer terrorizing the area, who then turns his sights and obsessions onto Stassi. The three stories weave around each other nicely. We even get a sweet secondary romantic storyline that proves to be more than you think by the end. Definitely an interesting world, and very intriguing, the book itself really is quite good.

That said, the narration just isn’t up to par here. The narrator herself has a very clipped and robotic intonation, most of the time. There are actually times where she actually sounds natural, usually in spurts of dialogue here and there, but overall, it is very slow, and very robotic. I had the speed ratcheted up to 1.3x in order to get it to a pace that would allow me to continue to listen to the story that I was enjoying without being majorly distracted. She also mispronounced a number of things, including some historically important ones. Those were definitely a distraction. The audio quality here is also inconsistent. The volume and quality fluctuated quite a bit throughout the book, once again, causing a level of distraction to the story.

I’m not dinging the overall score of the review for the narration, but I do think this particular book in the series might be better if just read in ebook, or other written, form. The prequel was a different narrator, and it was good, and I see that the subsequent books in this series utilise a different narrator, so I’m hopeful that many of these issues will be resolved. I enjoyed the story, and I’m looking forward to the continuation of the series!

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A Wonderful Twist!

The Time Syndicate by Sophie Davis and narrated by Andrea Harbin is the first book in The Timewave Series. I absolutely loved the storyline about being from the future and going back in time. Stassi is the main female character, who has had a hard childhood but makes it to becoming a Runner in the Atlic Syndicate. They go back in time to procure various items that are lost in history. The main "run" of this book is to procure a book that was never published after the authors death. However, when Stassi and her partner, Gage, land in 1925 Paris, something is VERY wrong. Follow all the twists and turns, from meeting Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway and a cameo from Vincent Van Gogh, to outwitting a serial killer who isn't supposed to be there, and performing a jailbreak. All the while our heroine is losing her heart to someone who is a part of the past.
Would I listen to this book again? Probably not, simply because it is alot of information that you have to keep straight, and the narrators fumble of words was enough for one time. With that said, I absolutely LOVED the storyline and the way the author was able to stay true to historical facts and figures, while creating a totally unique story during and around such real people.
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes, because it is the beginning of what looks to be an amazing 5 book storyline, with a prequel that, while just a novella, gives you quite a bit of information about Stassi and just the tip of the iceberg on her boss, Cyrus Atlic. You get to know so much about our main characters in this book, and dip into Stassi's mind as she seeks out the truth.

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Wow! Love love loved this book!!

This book is attention grabbing from the start and keeps you pulled in from start to finish! If you listen to this one you will absolutely be looking to grab the rest!

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alright story but just couldn't get into it maybe I'll give it another try later on.

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Good book

I enjoyed the book good story entertaining can't wait to hear the rest series. The narrator was not the best but I was able to get past that.
I received this audio book free of charge for an honest review.

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Time Travel Mystery

I absolutely love Time travel novels and this is no exception . I have always wanted to go to Paris and this made me even more anxious to . The level of descriptions to detail is amazing . I didn't want it to end even after 20 hours . The narration was so so . Sometimes I felt it and sometimes I just didn't . I look forward to more from this author .

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Time travel gold

I love time travel books. This one had a big mystery entwined in it. Stassi goes back in time to retrieve a book but there’s a murderer getting in her way. Stassi is so clever and witty and there’s a sweet love story or two in the story. The narrator was not my favorite as she has a weird cadence but she was great at various character voices! There was a nice cliffhanger at the end... can’t wait to hear book 2!

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Change in time!

Great story of time travel! It would be nice to change time! Narrator was good

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  • Mrs A Hardcastle
  • 09-11-18

Stilted Narrator

It may be ok for some but the narrator didn’t seem very fluid. It felt like listening to a lecture on something you’re not interested in. Because of this I couldn’t really appreciate the story. Sorry if this causes any offence.

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  • Roger P.
  • 08-24-20

great story, horrible narrator

I absolutely love the story and the premise but the narrator sounded like a robot and it almost ruined the experience for me. Unfortunately I would recommend this book being read not listened to.

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  • Helen
  • 07-21-19

good book

In a future where time travel has been outlawed,
enjoyed the story line but the narrater not so much sorry Sophie Davis love you books

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  • So HAPPY!!
  • 05-22-21

Time Travel

Okay, I am so excited about this storyline. It had a few twists and turns that I wasn't expecting and exactly how I hoped it would! Can't wait to listen to book 2!!

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  • AmberK5
  • 04-28-21

Great Time Travel Adventure!!

The Syndicate by Sophie Davis
Great time traveling adventure!! I love the storyline and Stassi and Gage are great characters. They are runners, basically they time travel to collect different items before they are lost in history. There latest run just happens to be the one location and time Stassi has been waiting to come up. She is also trying to uncover anything about her past or her parents.
The audio was well done and enjoyable to listen to and I am definitely looking forward to more in this series!!

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  • incomer
  • 11-09-19

Worth the listen

Poor narration but great story. You get used to the narration after a while so not as annoying. I am excited to listen to the other books.