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Time Warp

A Twisted Love Story
Narrated by: Joshua Saxon
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
3 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Trapped in a lifetime of wrong turns and regret, Danny is a lost man desperate to reinvent himself. When the family business is sold and Danny receives a sudden influx of cash, he devotes his time and money to mastering the art of time travel. Delving into his troubled past, Danny begins constructing an alternate life narrative to fulfill his biggest dreams and abolish personal tragedies. He ignites a love affair with his childhood sweetheart and achieves his ambition to fly airplanes. But the reboot comes with a price. 

As the secrets of Danny’s time machine come to light, murder and mayhem erupt around him. Dueling life stories collide and Danny spirals into madness, pulling others into his dark universe. The line between reality and fantasy is not only blurred, it becomes smeared with terror - and no one around him is safe.

©2019 Brian Pinkerton (P)2019 David N. Wilson

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Not what I expected

If you choose this story as a science fiction/time travel book, there is a very big chance that you will be disappointed. But if you choose it as a thriller/portrait of dysfunction, I think you will be well rewarded.

This book is extremely difficult to review without revealing something about the plot, and I hate spoilers, but there is no getting around them completely. So read with caution...

I chose this book because I love science fiction and time-travel stories. That is what I expected here, and at first, that is what was delivered, or so it seemed. And I loved how the author dealt with time travel. The time traveler could only travel within their own lifetime, and influence the behavior of their younger selves. This way, they could "fix" the things that went wrong in their lives. I kept wondering what would happen if the fix meant that they would never invent time travel. But I loved the idea of being able to go back and fix the mistakes in my life. Beautiful. And being able to go back and see the people and the pets I had lost would be so wonderful. And maybe I could do something to save some of them from an early death or avoid making terrible mistakes of their own. There is a scene where the traveler goes back and reunites with a dog that he lost when he was young, and it touched my heart...beautiful, and it brought tears to my eyes. Few authors have the skill to do this.

I will admit I was a little confused early on, with all the bouncing around a different possible futures, but it was intriguing enough to keep me going.

However, at one point in the story, it stopped being a science fiction/time travel story, and turned into a thriller. The shift is so sudden that I think many readers/listeners will feel betrayed...this is not the story we were promised. Reviews will probably be hurt by this...the promise to the reader is broken.

However, I also like thrillers, and once I accepted the shift, the story became intriguing in an entirely different way. The shift was actually masterfully done, and maybe if you accept that this change is coming before really experiencing it, it won't be so shattering. But I don't know how the author can prepare the reader without giving away the big surprise. I think this will hurt the sales and the reviews, which is too bad, because the story itself is extremely well conceived.

I loved the narration. A perfect accompaniment to the story, and really brings the characters to life.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for an unbiased review, which I am voluntarily leaving here.

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Not a Typical Time Travel Story

This was not at all what I expected. The first hour was confusing and I wasn’t sure where it was headed. But I was intrigued enough to continue. At some point, everything became clear and it was quite ingenious. The plot twists were quite unusual and added to the suspense. The ending was realistic, although I would’ve liked an epilogue about the fate of some of the characters. 

The author demonstrates a clear understanding of people who regret their life choices and wish they could go back and change things. I think most readers will appreciate the struggles of the main character. 

The narrator was excellent, seamlessly changing with the point of view character.

I received a complementary copy of this Audiobook in exchange for my honest review. 

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What a disturbed mind

Great narration! But you must read description carefully. I was expecting a sci-fi element in the story from the book graphic. But I quickly found that this story was an oddly gripping journey inside a very distraught man. The premise that our perception of current reality is a result of our accumulation of memories has stayed with me hours after finishing...it was a sad story but Joshua Saxon's voice and performance glued me to the finish.

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