• Time and Again

  • Book 1 in the History Mystery Series
  • By: Deborah Heal
  • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (166 ratings)

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Time and Again

By: Deborah Heal
Narrated by: Michelle Babb
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Publisher's Summary

An old house + A new computer program = The travel opportunity of a lifetime...to another century.

Abby Thomas is spending the summer in a run-down old house with a bratty pre-teen named Merrideth she is supposed to tutor. Not a dream job. But it does come with perks.

There's John Roberts, a devastatingly attractive neighbor who is almost too wonderful to be real.

And there's the new computer program Beautiful Houses--also too amazing to be real. No one knows how it works, but with it she can rewind and fast-forward the lives of all the people who ever lived in the house, including Charlotte Miles.

In 1858, the house is a train stop on the Alton & Chicago Line. And Charlotte is stuck there serving meals to the passengers, wondering if she'll ever get to have any fun. And then she meets two travelers who change her life forever.

There's James McGuire with whom she falls in love. And there's his boss, a young Springfield lawyer named Abraham Lincoln. His debate with political opponent Stephen Douglas catapults him onto the national stage. And it inspires Charlotte to take up the cause of abolition.

The House

A stop on the Alton & Chicago Line. A stop on the Underground Railroad.

Watching the house's history unfold, Abby and Merrideth gain a new perspective on their own lives as time and again they see God's loving hand in the lives of its inhabitants.

©2013 Deborah Heal (P)2014 Deborah Heal

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Unique Story with Dual Time Lines

Really interesting story with great historical references to the house where the family is living . . . took me a while to adjust to the narration, which could have been better . . . I love that the tutor that the mother hired for her daughter is a Christian and takes the time to share her faith. This is a fun listen, as well as educational. Technology, history and faith make for a unique combination and I can't wait for the next book in the series.

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loved it!

Would you listen to Time and Again again? Why?

Maybe, has interesting historical information.

What other book might you compare Time and Again to and why?

Totally different than any book I've listened to before.

Which scene was your favorite?

Image of people departing train at their home to have lunch.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

Michelle Babb did a great job narrating this book. Waiting to read her next narration!!

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Great all around!

If you could sum up Time and Again in three words, what would they be?

Learning life's lessons

What did you like best about this story?

The characters in this book were relatable and the historical parallel made it even more interesting.

What about Michelle Babb’s performance did you like?

I'm normally a visual person- I usually do much better reading something than listening to it. With this book, however, I did not have that problem. Michelle Babb complemented the descriptive language perfectly and gave life to the characters. She made the book very easy to listen to and I found myself drawn in by the words she spoke and the voices she used.

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

Where the crossroads of many young lives intersect in ways they never could have imagined.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this story- the small mysteries added intrigue to a very well written story. I loved the addition of the historical ties. Overall, great plot, great narrator, and a great message!

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Highly original and entertaining...

Where does Time and Again rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have to admit I've never read a book like this. Great imaginative story with the use of a computer I would love to have! Great YA book. Definitely has religious overtones which some if not many will enjoy.

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I thought Michelle Babb did a great job as narrator. I have a new appreciation of not only the time but the art of being a good narrator, which is so vital to an audio book.

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A good read!

time-travel, historical-places-events

Excellent novel for history geeks especially those who are parents. The plot is cohesive and very interesting, and the characters are engaging and well portrayed.
The audio is narrated brilliantly by Michelle Babb who truly brings it all to life.

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Current and historical stories in one!

Would you listen to Time and Again again? Why?

I doubt I will listen to this one again but I'm sure I will listen to the other books in this series

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It kept me interested. The history playing out and the emotions that came along with it made me want to continue listening.

Which scene was your favorite?

Abraham Lincoln added some great history to this book. When he first appeared, I could almost feel the emotional reaction from Abby and Meredith.

Any additional comments?

I found this an interesting book. The current story between Abby, Meredith and her mother was enough to pull me in but when they discovered the computer program and that it allowed them a look inside the lives of people in the past, it added a whole other dimension to the story. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Interesting concept makes interesting book!

Merrideth - What a spoiled rat! I so wanted to kill her! I think she made me hate the book a little at the beginning to. So when you HATE a person in a book, it is hard to see them getting a main pert of the book. So because of the beginning feeling i am giving this 4,4 out of 5 book vise! It gets better, because i was thinking in the beginning: Is this book about a spoiled girl and her angel teacher? Well, it is kind of... But then i beginning to see the computer as one of the things playing a big part! So that is a part i love is the second half of this book! The time travel part! Yeah! Deborah Heal made me invested in her book all true, and i cant wait to hear part 2 and 3!

Much because of Deborah Heal chose for narrator: Michelle Babb! I know her from Cupidity: A Novel, and she was fantastic there, so i was worried if she would do as good here! She did! Where i felt she was somewhat lost in the humor in that, i almost feels she ads it here when she spesial is Merrideth in her voice,. I can almost hear the kit kat's in her voice! It is maybe one of the things that made me stay with the book! So when that is said i think Michelle Babb made a better voice work in this, and this is a book where her voice comes to the fullest! So i can say i want to hear more from her in my audiobook books!

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Very interesting story.

Would you listen to Time and Again again? Why?

Yes. I will now have to get the other books in the series to see what happens.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Meredith

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

emotion

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

Not really. We listened to it while driving back from vacation.

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I LOVE this series.

Where does Time and Again rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It would be at or near the top of the list.

What did you like best about this story?

The story and values that were within the story.

Which character – as performed by Michelle Babb – was your favorite?

Abby.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The glimpses into our history.

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Intriguing historical drama

Where does Time and Again rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is my first audiobook but I really enjoyed it. It is well read and easy to follow.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters are realistic.

Which scene was your favorite?

I especially enjoyed the scene when Meridith convinces Abby that they are reliving historical events.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The stories of the runaway slaves were particularly moving,

Any additional comments?

This is an interesting way of appreciating historical events, seeing the famous characters as real and ordinary people.

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  • Helen
  • 09-26-21

Fabulous audiobook

Fabulous mystery book
There's John Roberts, a devastatingly attractive neighbor who is almost too wonderful to be real.

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  • John Marsden
  • 09-16-21

Great Listen

This book started a little slowly I thought and I had misgivings but once it got going it was brilliant. A great story well told. Abby and Meredith are 2 lovely characters ably supported by Michael the boy with the speech impediment, and the old lady with her superb garden and cookies! All the characters are well developed, Meredith a pain in the you know what to start off with, typically spoilt 11 1/2 year old but grows up a lot as the book goes on with Abbys help. The computer program is superb... I want it! ☺ Michelle Babb does her usual wonderful job of the narration using all her talents to produce the voices for different characters... doesn't sing in this one though! LOL! Highly recommended listen for anyone who enjoys this kind of book. Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.
I was kindly given a copy of this book by the narrator and leave this honest and voluntary review.

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  • kim c s
  • 07-09-21

lovely story!

really enjoyed this book
from the here now back to the past let's you revel a little in history as well as smashing characters .
very good narration.

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  • Jacky
  • 02-10-21

A history mystery adventure with time surfing

Really enjoyed this first book, loved the history and modern day fusion would love to look back at history, narration was really good

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  • Helen Findlay
  • 08-13-20

Clever

This is a different but very clever story. With so much depth and meaning in it. It is a slow paced story. But it’s a story so worth reading. Loved it all 😍 xcx

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  • mangankillarney
  • 06-05-20

enjoyable



I really enjoyed this book. It's been a while since I read a I historical story. I was surprised when the story was a both modern and history
I really enjoyed listening.

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  • Isis Ray-Sisco
  • 05-20-20

interesting book

I found this book to be interesting. I liked the characters and the plot flowed well. There were parts that I found believable and interesting. I thought the book was plotted out well and I would listen to more books by this author. I enjoyed listening to the narrator as well. She did a good job at bringing each character to life by giving them a distinct voice. I liked the speed she read at and I am likely to listen to more books she narrates.

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  • Julie
  • 05-14-20

A look back in time

This was a very different book and I wasn't sure what to expect but I think it worked well and is a great start to the series. I liked the characters especially the two girls, with so many divorces in the world it was nice to listen to how one young girl isn't forgotten, even if it is only by her unpaid nanny and the addition of the young boy adds some humour to the story. Will romance be next?. The history side was interesting and gave the story a look in to different type and style of life, it will be interesting to see how the story develops in he next book.
Abby is spending her summer holidays as a tutor to Merrideth, helping her with maths and English. As well as manners and her appearance but how do you get a teenager to do math homework when all she wants to do is play computer games and wait for a phone call from her father? Abby turns to the computer that has already got educational programs already on it and soon the pair of them get hooked watch a young girl live her life. Merrideth and her mother have only just moved into her aunts home after her death and knows nothing about the local history of the house or the village but that is all about to change with one click of the mouse. Together they learn about the underground railroad that saved a number of coloured slaves, people that stayed in the very house they are now living in, all while watching the computer screen. God does everything for a reason will Abby and Merrideth found out that reason?
The narrator was very good and it really felt like you had stepped back in time and I think a big part of that was because she was narrating it.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 09-29-18

We're the little puppets He plays with.

Since the book's synopsis is already given so completely, there is little point in rehearsing it further here. But it is worth reinforcing the fact that this is not a time travel book, but a viewing through the screen of a computer the unfolding of a period of time centred around a specific house and it's occupants and Charlotte, in particular. It is, however, a clever device for conveying historical events dressed as fiction.

There is a heavily Christian message running throughout, also: all things occurs for a reason, by God's will and through his love - nice sentiments but, for this reader, just a little too trite and heavy handed. Having said that, the story was enjoyable, and made much more so by the narration of Michelle Babb, whose warmth of delivery and voicing of all the characters, really gave it life.

An original way for a younger person to learn about history, though I personally feel that, to hold interest, the youngster would already have to have an interest. It is, however, a gentle and pleasurable revisiting of the past for older readers..