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The Time Collector

By: Gwendolyn Womack
Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo,Will Damron
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Publisher's Summary

Travel through time with the touch of a hand.

Roan West was born with an extraordinary gift: he can relive memories across centuries and glean history first-hand. A highly skilled psychometrist, Roan is able to perceive the past of any object he touches. He has spent his life as a voyeur, using his talents to find and sell valuable antiques, but his quiet life in New Orleans is about to change. Stuart, a fellow pyschometrist and Roan's close friend, has just unearthed several "ooparts": out-of-place artifacts that challenge recorded history, including a ring belonging to the 17th-century mathematician and philosopher Rene Descartes that was found buried in prehistoric bedrock. 

The implications are staggering, but soon after the discovery, Stuart disappears, making him one of several psychometrists who have died mysteriously in recent months or vanished without a trace. When Roan comes across a YouTube video of a young woman who has discovered a priceless pocket watch by "sensing" it, he knows he has to warn her - but will Melicent Tilpin listen? And can Roan find Stuart before it's too late? 

The quest for answers will lead Roan and Melicent around the world, and to forgotten corners of history, before it brings them closer to a startling truth and to each other in the latest romantic thriller from Gwendolyn Womack - the best-selling, PRISM Award-winning author of The Memory Painter and The Fortune Teller.

©2019 Gwendolyn Womack (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Wish I had known this was a “romance” story

I enjoyed the premise of the book, psychometrics, and the listening to the stories imprinted in objects that Roan touched was interesting and perhaps the best parts of the book. I even enjoyed the mystery of the “oohparts”. The romance between Roan and Milicent, however, detracted from the story significantly for me - I felt like I was listening to a YA romance novel in parts. The character of Milicent was annoying and immature, and made almost unbearable by the female narrator’s overly dramatic reading of her. I felt like the overall plot could’ve been more interesting and adventurous without the romance overtaking it as much.

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Meh

The idea of this book was a good one, however in the listening I found the characters thin and story underdeveloped. Plenty of plot holes that left me scratching my head. I wondered as I listened, chapter after chapter, hour after hour, when it would pick up or was the author stuck with no idea how to resolve this story and who her characters were. Finally at about 2/3 in, the story picked up and characters somewhat more developed.

I dislike leaving bad reviews, but this book needs so much more work, and with developing could have the depth as the authors previous ones. As it stands it feels either rushed to finish by deadline, or the author ran out of energy and enthusiasm.

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I agree with "Meh"

I really enjoyed The Fortune Teller and was excited to listen to this one. The story was okay but the narration was almost unbearable. I think I might have liked it better if I had just read it.

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Mixed Feelings About this Book

Took a bit of time to get in the swing of how two stories were told. Ending was a bit predictable, and a bit too "pie in the sky".

Neither narrator was very good. This would have been a good book for male narrator to read the male parts, and female narrator to read only female parts. Lauren Ezzo made the tall dark and handsome Roan West to sound like a stuffy, complete nitwit.
Melicent Tilpin "came into her power" so unrealistically, it was just silly.


I loved the The Fortune Teller, and have listened to it several times. Doubt I'll listen to this one again.

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Good story if it's the first in a series

This felt like it should just be an introduction and not the entire story. I did enjoy the plot and hope a sequel will follow and develop the characters a bit more. What really limited my enjoyment was the female narrator. I wish I could have rated the narrators separately because the man deserved a 5, the woman a 0. She made all the characters, especially the female main character always sound like she was going to cry at any moment. A little whining goes a long way so I could barely get through her chapters. If only they had let Will Damron narrate the entire book, I would have enjoyed it so much more.

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Melodramatic...

This was really disappointing.

And melodramatic.

And another white saviour story (seriously, white man and white women who return lost artefacts to non-white people while being suspicious and critical of other non-white people who are even better and more skilled at doing what they are doing).

And with another white woman with an over-inflated sense of her abilities.

This really made me start asking: white authors, is it not ok for white women characters to be normal with a normal perspective of what they can and can’t do? That a vast majority don’t have to act like...shrill Karen’s who know exactly what’s right and wrong for everyone (except self; the crux of the whole issue - imma fix all of y’all even if I have no clue what to do in my own life) and even though they have no actual expertise in an area they aren’t required to be written to dictate to others how to do what others actually have knowledge of and expertise in.

It makes the women seem, out of touch with what actual strength is and, ultimately, weakly developed / envisioned / written. There is greater strength in owning one’s weaknesses than in panic blustering for an entire book.

Didn’t enjoy the narration or the story, especially after listening to The Memory Painter (which had its own issues) which was a much more thoughtfully developed story and better narrated by one reader.

This falls in the category of: we have a great idea and a book contract with a due date, write something, write anything, just deliver a book, whatever, people will buy it on the strength of your other work...

Fingers crossed that the next book is far better....

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Not sure if it was just me but the recording kept skipping I would rewind to see if it was my internet connect but it was like there were gaps in the story. Very frustrating.

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One more mention of the main character's hair.....

I started out liking this BUT as it progressed the story and the narration really became annoying. The characters name being pronounced differently, the lack of Southern Accent for all but one person from NOLA is baffling and the VERY uncomfortable lines between the two main characters? UGH. Also, this is supposed to be a strong female character- that is a lie - one two many "hair flips" and complete acquiesce to poor behavior- that's a no from me. I LOVE a good sweet ending that wraps everything up but this one gave me a toothache.

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Good, but not her best

I remained interested enough to listen to the end, but overall it was just average. I loved the idea far more than the execution. I will read anything about time travel, time mysteries. And although this book claims to be about that... it really only borders on that idea. It's just a little flat where it had the potential to be fantastic. I will always read Gwendolyn Womack, as I find her books range in the 3 to 5 star regions - The Fortune Teller was a 5 for me.

The narration was overall fine, but both narrators had quirks which I found annoying. Lauern Ezzo reads the female lead in a constant state of high anxiety. Everything is read in high drama as if the sky is falling, and I almost gave up on it for that reason. Will Damron has a great voice, but I wish someone had instructed him how to pronounce the word "mudra" because every time he said it (which was often - it's an important word in the book) I wanted to scream.

Good, but not great.

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Very Slow...

It was a decent enough story and well written. It was just slow. Female kept pausing in her reading. It was annoying.

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