• West

  • History Interrupted, Book 1
  • By: Lizzy Ford
  • Narrated by: Lillian Yves
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (111 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

If you could change history, would you?

College graduate Josephine "Josie" Jackson answers "yes" to the question on a survey while visiting the Old West tourist town of Tombstone. The next morning, she wakes up in Indian Territory in the 1840s, where she's given a mission to complete before she can return to her time: to reset history, and prevent the deaths of hundreds of thousands over the next century, by convincing the man responsible for kindling the war between settlers and natives to stay home on the day he's supposed to start the war.

But someone is hunting down time travelers and killing them. Three other women have been sent back to the same time period with Josie's mission. When she stumbles upon what happened to them, she realizes the chances of her getting out of the past alive are not good.

To survive, she'll have to trust the person who's there to stop her from changing history, someone who has every reason to distrust her and only one reason to help her - to save her from the mysterious man who sent her back in time to start with.

©2014 Lizzy Ford (P)2017 Lizzy Ford

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Time travel adventure!

Josie is on holiday with her aunt and uncle when a stranger approaches her and asks her to complete a survey about history and the possibility of time travel. She feels a connection to the stranger so she agrees to his questions in the name of science and ends up having a few drinks with him before the night is over. When Carter tells her she has the chance to save history and she theoretically agrees, she has no idea that she would wake up 200 years in the past with no idea what is going on. Can Josie survive the old west and change history?

I have read and enjoyed a TON of Lizzy Ford books but never came across this one before. When I was presented with the opportunity to listen to West, which is the first in a time travel series, I was super excited. The story was equal parts science fiction (with lots of Doctor Who references), murder mystery and real life living in the old west (which I know I could not survive- I do so very much enjoy my modern conveniences). I liked how the plot was twisty keeping me guessing right up to the last chapter. Disclaimer- this story does not have a happily ever after, but instead it ends on a cliff-hanger that will make you desperate to pick up the next book in the series. Lizzy’s books are usually categorized as romance, but there was only one sexual scene that took place and it was not graphic nor the focus of the story. I would not call this a romance, more a sci-fi mystery that had a potential romance in it. There was some cool tech like empathic brain chips (minus the side effects) and the whole time keepers organization was awesome and made me think something like that may be possible.

The book is told from Josie’s point of view so you learn what is going on right along with her, experiencing her confusion and apprehension. I was not a super huge fan of Josie at the beginning of the story because she seemed so naïve! She trusted a complete stranger to get totally smashed with him, and then he sends her into another time and yet she still trusts him. The faith she puts in Carter was mind boggling, even after he lies and misleads her time after time- I learned that Carter is not trust worthy but apparently Josie did not (yet Taylor she kept doubting when she had no reason to!). She grew a lot as a character and overcame some terrifying obstacles and made tough choices. I rooted for her by the book’s end, and wanted to console her for the things that she had to do. Taylor was my favorite character, I just wanted to hug him for his bashfulness yet he was always the voice of reason and strength. Another character that was really cool was Fighting Badger, who was basically a serial killer who killed people to have friends since he could commune with spirits. I know I should have been appalled, but he was engaging and unique, creepy yet protective of “Talks with Spirits”.

I was not in love with how the story was narrated. The narrator would take pauses in odd places, such as the middle of a sentence for no apparent reason and it made the flow of the story really choppy. Also, dialogue was confusing because I did not know who was speaking; the voices were very similar for the different characters so I could not 100% identify what was going on. The overall sound quality was good and the enunciation was great though.

I really enjoyed the idea and the execution of the book and I can’t wait to jump into the next world Josie discovers. The story had so many loose ends and surprises that were not fully resolved (and may I mention so freaking shocking!) that I need East (book 2) now. I am not sure I would listen to the audio book of East but there is no doubt that I will read it (hopefully soon!). Great world building and an excellent start to a crazy time travel adventure.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lizzy Ford. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Great Time Travel Story with Huge Cliffhanger!

I’m not familiar with this author but I’m glad I decided to give West a Chance. This book is well written with a lot of twists and turns to keep you guessing. It is a good beginning to an intriguing time travel series. The story is told in Josie’s point of view. There are a lot of interesting characters and the story develops at a good pace with new information being revealed as the story becomes more complex. Not everything is as it seems!

Narration was good and brought the story to life.

This story had some unique characters! A mentally ill man with some disturbing behavior living in the cave with the ghosts of the people he killed! An ally that turns against you when you least expect.

I was a bit disappointed with the romance. It basically barely started then boom huge cliffhanger!!! I love HEA but unfortunately things did not conclude in a happy note. I’m not sure why Josie trusts Carter at all! In my opinion he is hiding too much to be trustworthy.

I do want to find out what happens next. So I’m looking forward to the next book in this intriguing time travel series.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Awesome story - Great start to a series

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Wow…what a surprise. If you like time-travel stories this one is definitely worth your time and credit. It deserves more than 5 stars.

Bottom line it's a fantastic book and a great start to a series. It's a creative and complex, yet simple and unique time-travel scenario/world the author has created. It's well written, flows smoothly and pulls you in from the start and just keeps getting better as it goes on. It is the first in a four part series so be warned it does end in a bit of a cliffhanger. Hopefully the rest of the series will be available on audible soon.

This book has it all mystery, intrigue, suspense, time-travel and a little steamy romance with a great cast of characters all combined into a very entertaining and enjoyable story.

There are many questions still to be answered. Just a few are - What exactly is the agency? Who is Carter really? What is his ultimate goal? Is this the last we will see of Taylor? Can you really change history permanently? What are the ripple effects in Josie's own timeline? Maybe I missed it but why doesn't her phone battery ever die?

I was not happy with a certain part of the ending. Since she has gone back further in time there better be someway that a certain character will now be alive/born again at some point in time.

Lillian Yves did a great job with the narration. She is the perfect narrator for this book. This is the first time I have listened to a book she has narrated. She has a voice that was made for narrating books. Her narration pulled you into the story and brought it and the characters to life. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Great character voices. Both male and female. Hopefully she will be narrating the rest of the series. Very enjoyable.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.

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Clear, clean and one historical trip to remember

Depth. Pain. Sorrow. Madness. Suspense. Mystery. Loss. Deceit. Time-Travel. I did not expect the read that I got. It was interesting meeting Carter. Then Taylor, Running Bear, John, and Josie. Josie was a pleasure. She was strong, determined, smart, courageous, confused, loyal. The lure of being able to make the past a different place to affect the outcome of the years that followed. The read was on that was full of much and leads to more.

Narrator Review of . . . WEST (History Interrupted, #1) . . . Lillian Yves brought the old west to life. She gave Josie an identity. Her depiction of each voice was clear and confident. You could make a connection to the characters and it all carried through to the end.

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An amazing travel to the Old West

During a visit to an Old West tourist attraction, Josie is requested by a man named Carter to fill in a survey in exchange for some money to help her pay her studies. Later on both go out for a drink and Carter tells her about the need to change the past in order to prevent a great massacre. Half drunk, Josie accepts, just to suddenly find herself appear in the 1940s. Why does everybody seem to know her? Will she have what it takes to change the course of history?

Despite the fact that this book is categorized as Romance, it is not, or it is not its main genre. This is about time travel, not very sci-fy but more in a fantastic way, like Doctor Who, show that is mentioned several times throughout the book, as one of Josie's favorites. What I mean about more fantastic is that there is not even a mere attempt to explain anything of what happens in a scientific way, and I almost laughed at the fact that Josie was going to get a vaccine that would cover any past, present, and future disease known to man. It is kind of ludicrous, but this is one of the concessions we usually give to the Time Travel genre, especially when it is inspired by Doctor Who.

Josie's real mission is unknown to her and us, and Lizzy Ford built up the intrigue in a very smart way, giving us pieces here and there, while also tricking us to think what she wanted. This has worked very well, and this was a book I couldn't put down, since I needed to know why some things were like they were presented and how we could be deceived.

Even though I think Josie was a bit too naive at the beginning, I was able to connect to her later on. The story is written in first person from her point of view, and as she is the only character, apart from Carter, from our time, it was easy to follow her train of thought and understand her motivations. Apart from her, the rest of characters were not very developed, but this did not stop some of them from being very interesting. I especially liked the two Indian twins.

I said that this was not a Romance book, but there is romance in it. I am not sure about the need of it, and for me it felt a bit forced, but I guess the romance and sex scenes will be appreciated by those who expect some romance in this book. Somehow I wanted to know Taylor better, and I think the ending would have felt a bit stronger for me if he would have been a bit more developed.

What did not work very well for me was Lillian Yves narration. Yves gave a clear and emotive narration, but I found some little issues that were distracting when put together. First, Yves tended to introduce pauses in the middle of sentences, like reading in slow bursts, and then the pauses between sentences felt like artificially shortened (probably during the editing part). This caused that some pauses between sentences were even shorter than the pauses within sentences, which gave the narration a robotic feel. If it was not for the expressive narration by Yves, it would have sounded exactly like Text-To-Speech. I find it weird that nobody has mentioned this on any review, since this bothered me from beginning to end. Another minor issue was that all voices sounded similar to the ear, and this coupled with the previous issue, made following dialogs difficult, since the shortened pauses between sentences and paragraphs did not make it clear when a character stopped talking and another one started.

All in all, it was a wonderful audiobook, and the tension and the intrigue were so well built that I couldn't stop listening. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lizzy Ford. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Excellent time travel story

What did you love best about West?

I love time travel and I love old west stories too so this was a great book for me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Josie, she is strong and smart.

Have you listened to any of Lillian Yves’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I believe this was my first narration by Lillian and I was very happy with her performance.

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

This drew me right in and I wanted to continue to listen until the end. I will be looking for book 2.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Oh wow!

This book was absolutely outstanding. When it first started, immediately I loved the setting and main character. Josie was such a strong and capable character. You get to see how much she grows and changes throughout the story whether forced into it, or choosing a different path. The way she's thrown into a different timeline, and another life, just so she can change history. It's by far the most enthralling story I've heard on Audible.
Falling in love wasn't in her book, yet she couldn't help it. Though that wasn't the entire book, and I admire that.
Josie took it all she faced in stride, but not once did I believe she'd fail. That ending, the cliff I feel stuck between falling and jumping...buying book two after this review!
The narrator, I'm amazed at how well she did. I've never heard an audio from her before, but she did an extraordinary job, and I'm an audio snob.
Round of applause for both the narration and book itself. Lizzy Ford never ceases to amaze me!

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Could use a better narrator.

First off, the narrator for this book is hard to get into. She doesn't emote the same way I've gotten used to audiobook narrators, so it felt almost like some kid in high school was picked to read out loud. So it took a little to get into. Beware, not the best narrator.

The story is great, though. A lot of "just go with it, it's a science fiction story" 'whatever' devices are used, to help clarity of the story and aid our heroine. I liked that the author didn't pull any punches with people getting hurt or killed. This is a neat little mystery wrapped in a sci-fi, mixed with some romance. It's a quick read, but be ready to go all in with the rest of the series, because there is no satisfying ending. We end on a cliffhanger that will continue through the series, I'm sure. No stand alone books in this series!

We follow Josie as she gets super drunk with a stranger and decides to follow him back to his lab so she can get sent back in time to save lives. Josie, not one for sound decisions. Immediately when she arrives, we find that there have been many Josies who have been sent back, but she is unaware of this fact. We follow along as she tries to unravel a mystery in her 'home' and a mystery with the sheriff, hysterically named Taylor Hanson (every time he was mentioned, I just thought of the music group Hanson). With a cast full of unreliable people keeping secrets from everyone and somehow able to hide their memories when it suits the plot. Good book, enjoyable to get through, and one random sexy smutty scene dropped in for good measure.

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Amazing story

This was an amazing story. I will admit that I didn't expect the sheer brilliance of this book. It is so well written that I was excited to learn what was going to happen as the story progressed. It built up scene by scene to a fantastic climax and has an extremely clever plot with hidden facts being uncovered all the time, very strong main characters and a good supporting cast.
I loved what went on in the 'first night' after Josie and "the sheriff" got married. This steamy scene was tastefully written with a bit of wit thrown in for good measure.
This is a time-travel/who-done-it/romance with many twists and turns and it is narrated with the perfect voice of Lillian Yves who makes this story even more interesting and like-able. I certainly hope she does the rest of this series.
I was supplied with a free copy of this audiobook and this was my honest snd unbiased review.

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Slow pace, flat narration

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

I was excited to listen to this book, but my enthusiasm soon waned once I received it. It took a long time for the story to get moving. The author repeated things ("I was here to save a million lives") numerous times and seemed to only remember certain plot points when convenient, which was annoying. Once it got moving, it wasn't bad...except for the 10-minute sex scene. It takes a pretty good story for me to forgive smut, but even an excellent story isn't going to overcome having to skip that much to avoid the literary pornography.

The narration was flat; it was hard to distinguish between voices and there was little modulation in the narrator's tone.

For those readers/listeners who are into graphic romances, this might be a more enjoyable book. For me...definitely not. I wish I had given it a pass!

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  • Aida
  • 09-29-22

Unexpectedly good!

Time travel romance is my favourite genre, but I somewhat got bored of all typical english knights or especially highlanders, so here I got a fresh breath, as it was different setting and totally unpredictable. Couldn’t stop listening!
This book was everything I needed: action, twists, mystery, romance, unexpected end...
And apparently it’s not a stand alone, as I thought, but I am more than happy about it and dying to read the second book 😍

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  • VoraciousBookDragoness
  • 04-15-22

Story well written and great narration

Story well written and great narration.

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy I received free from the author.

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  • Bev
  • 09-28-21

so sorry not to my liking.

I was given this free book for review, I love listening to Lillian but the story is something I didn't like at all.
sorry.

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  • Linda Cooper
  • 09-18-17

Fans of Dr Who- This is for you!

What did you like most about West?

Beautifully written and narrated story of a young woman who meets mysterious genius. After a heavy drinking session, mysterious genius offers her a chance to travel back in time to help stop a million people dying. The catch? She must find two men whilst solving a mystery of why she has really been sent back in time-and who wants to stop her. Permanently!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Carter- the mysterious genius has a real hidden depth and I laughed out loud at the conversations between him and Josie.

What about Lillian Yves’s performance did you like?

The narrator was brilliant. She really brought the story to life and differentiated the different characters.

Any additional comments?

I thought the story was engrossing and I couldn't help myself and bought the following 2 books on kindle so I could find out what happens next! Highly recommend!

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  • A D.
  • 09-11-17

Time Travelling Story with Elements of a Thriller

Lizzy Ford has managed to capture the imagination of her audience with this captivating plot. Recently graduated Josie Jackson is tricked into agreeing to travel back in time with chips in her brain to help her with communicating with the "natives." Her mission is unclear. Her destination is the west. Her clues are Taylor Harris and Running Bear. The resulting trip is fraught with confusion and shroud in mystery. With rival time travellers, the communicating dead, several missing women and potential murders, there is a definite feel of a thriller. Perhaps the best part is that Josie's time travels have only begun. This is the start of a very interesting and promising series.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Nia Ireland
  • 08-13-17

Time travel, Love, Murder - Perfect!

Where does West rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book ranks very highly - it's the perfect match between narrator and main character which is very important when it comes to choosing between print and audio.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character was Josie - she's incredibly kind and empathetic, almost to a fault but at the same time she knows how to get what she wants.

Which character – as performed by Lillian Yves – was your favourite?

Definitely Josie, though I was very impressed with the range of accents in this book and how sensitively they were done.

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

LIZZY FORD AND LILLIAN YVES MADE ME CRY. It started somewhere in the last third of the book and didn't stop until about an hour after the book ended, I'm still dehydrated and need a hug.

Any additional comments?

This book is the perfect introduction to time traveling fiction - I was dubious when I started but I'm 100% sold on the concept now.