• The Unusual Second Life of Thomas Weaver

  • Middle Falls Time Travel series, Book 1
  • By: Shawn Inmon
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,638 ratings)

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The Unusual Second Life of Thomas Weaver

By: Shawn Inmon
Narrated by: Johnny Heller
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Publisher's summary

All Thomas Weaver wanted was death. What he got was time travel. 

Thomas Weaver, haunted by a teenage tragedy, lived a wasted life. He closed his eyes for what he believed was the last time in 2016, but opened them again in his teenage bedroom and body in 1976. Now a middle-aged man in his teenage body, he sets out to fix everything he did wrong in his first life. A budding serial killer in home room, a possible new romance, and high school algebra complicate his plans.

What would you do, if you could do it all again?

Includes a special bonus note read by the author.

©2016 Shawn Inmon (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Familiar Premise, but Superb !! Great Performance.

There are a lot of books in the time-travel sub-genre about going back to re-live part of one's early life. But there was something about the review I read that encouraged me to take a flyer and try this one. Now, I'd like to do the same for you. The principal character is intentionally problematic, but engaging. The secondary characters are interesting and emotionally engaging. The plot has many unexpected turns. There is a good deal of both thinking and excitement. The writing is well-constructed, well edited and full. And......the narration is REALLY good. Heller voices a number of semi-noir detective novels and his delivery is so unexpectedly spot-on that it is hard to believe. I don't know who selected him for this book -- I wouldn't have thought of it in a million years -- but it is genius. There are several other titles in the series, at least one of which is out in print (though not Audible yet.) I really look forward to more from this author !

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Entertaining Story and Awesome Performance!

It has been a long while since I have 5 starred a book. I have almost 1000 books in my audible library and the really good ones are getting harder to find.

This one is pure entertainment. Fresh concept, engaging characters, thorough world building and a real performance (as opposed to dull narration).

In the first 5 minutes or so, a guy decides to end his life after years and years of living with guilt over a childhood accident. That is really where the story begins - he gets a do over.

The journey is fun, entertaining and you will feel good about the ending. Don't skip the author's note at the end, it was interesting. I have always wondered where author's insipration comes from.

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great narration, gripping story

I haven't listened to Johnny Heller before but this makes me a fan. His performance is subtle but so moving in places. The story was satisfying time travel but also a mix of mystery, and a love story. The interaction of the kids playing D&D were nostalgic in a Stranger Things way. Definitely recommended and I'm looking forward to hearing Michael Hollister's story play out in the next volume.

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Fascinating concept and conceptualization

I was intrigued with this concept and became totally immersed in Thomas's story. I didn't at first care for the narrator's voice, but was impressed at his ability to naturally deliver lines by multiple characters and came to enjoy his telling of the story. The epilogue as nicely done, and the author's explanation of how this book evolved was fascinating. The preview of the next book leaves me breathlessly waiting to dig deeper into the author's perception of reincarnation, akashic records and how souls seem to travel together, repeatedly influencing each other's life paths.

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Good book if you like sci-fi or time travel

It's a darn good Time travel book. The thing I hate is that the book just ends the story then starts the entro to a second book that isn't available yet. It could have included more antics or maturity of the main players. Even though they are in the body of teens, they forget that there maturity should be appropriate to the age they did at. If the book was half the price or credit, then I would expect less.
The narrative is good, but the narrator was 5 star.

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Shawn Inmon's unique outlook and talents.

I have listened to all of his books that involve reincarnation. The 'Life' books. The narrators were great and so were the books. I love his ideas and imagination. I think that most of us who love time travel have a strong desire for do overs in life. Many listeners and readers will praise his stories. I second the motion.

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Don't Judge A Book...

After reading the summary of this book, I was ready to give it a pass. I felt I was already familiar with similar plots and time travel is really not my sought after genre. But as usual, I read some reviews and my curiosity was piqued.

I really liked it! It held my interest and I totally cared about the characters. While the plot premise of second-chance lifetimes is not original, there were original twists and character insights which made it feel fresh and engaging.

The narration was spot on. Kudos, Mr. Heller.

I'm actually on to Book 2...me, the non-time travel reader! lol

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Wild Spin on Time Travel...and Second Chances

Okay, I knew this was a time travel piece. It says so in the subtitle. But, I was not prepared for this story. Wow! It took such a fresh spin that I was immediately captured up and didn't want the ride to end. Book 1 ends with some unanswered questions on the part of the listener/reader. But, this is just the setup to more fabulous writing by Shawn Inmon. I was immediately delighted with the sneak peek at book 2.

Performance by Johnny Heller was entertaining and captivating. His voice was perfect for the awkward man in a teen's body, Thomas Weaver soon finds himself being. A true delight to my ears.

I can't wait to hear the rest of this series AND share the series with my husband!

Mature Content: Language (also implied Violence)

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Too similar to The First 15 lives of Harry August

Catherine Webb (Clair North) wrote an amazing novel, "The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August", which this book emulates.... poorly. The title makes the connection explicit, but there are several scenes that are just too similar. That said, while the Webb book is deeply human and moving, this one is full of clichés. The only redeeming quality is the reading by Johnny Heller. For me is a hard pass on the rest of the series.

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The time traveler barely used any of his knowledge

Thomas made so many dumb mistakes and used almost none of his knowledge from the future.

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