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West

History Interrupted, Book 1
Narrated by: Lillian Yves
Series: History Interrupted, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (80 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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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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  • Tara
  • New Jersey, USA
  • 08-06-18

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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A decent start to a series but big cliffhanger

I enjoyed several things about this book. First, Josie is a geologist, newly graduated from college. However, she doesn’t get the chance to use her smarts too much in this book. She gets caught up in talking time travel with a handsome young man, Carter, and then alcohol is introduced, and Boom! She wakes up with some brain chips and is catapulted back into the 1840s. Yet she does have a modern-day cell phone that can be used to communicate with her time-travel handler Carter. So there’s a mix of science fiction and historical fiction going on in this book. It held potential but as the story develops, both genres get little more than a nod as this tale becomes mostly about the romance.

I liked that Josie was her own woman, in her 20s, and had some life goals already in mind. Then some handsome and well-meaning (I hope he’s well-meaning!) Carter steps in and takes advantage of her while she’s totally drunk, performing brain surgery on her and sending her back in time to fulfill some quest that’s a bit murky for the entire book.

Carter says he wants to change history, saving 1 million people (most of which are Native Americans) but he never comes clean with the specifics of his plan. He talks high and mighty about preventing this tragedy, but I feel most folks know that by the 1840s the mass murder and subjugation of Native American peoples had been going on for centuries… so was this too little too late? That part never became clear and I wanted a bit more to get behind the concept in general.

OK, so Josie is stuck in the 1840s and is immediately taken in by this family. Elderly and sickly John lost his daughter, also named Josie, a year ago when she disappeared. He takes our Josie to be his Josie, and they do look quite a bit like each other. However, the plot gets weird when nearly everyone else accepts her as the 1840s Josie newly returned. I found that to be a hard sell. On the other hand, it set us up for a bit of a murder mystery as Josie discovers that she’s not the first Josie sent back by Carter. Obviously, those previous Josies couldn’t get the job done. I liked this murder mystery even though I was pretty sure who the culprit was from the beginning.

Toss in some empathic abilities and ghost whispering, and we get another genre (paranormal fantasy) tossed into the mix. In Josie’s case, it can be chocked up to the brain implants. However, there is another character that has these same abilities and we never learn why. This is one more thing I would like some explanation for.

There’s a few Native American characters. I kept getting Fighting Bear and Fighting Badger mixed up. Then there’s the self-proclaimed half-breed, Sheriff Taylor Hansen. He quickly becomes the main love interest. However, Josie doesn’t have too many other viable choices. There’s her despicable cousin Phillip, who’s angling for John’s inheritance. Then there’s one of the Fighting brothers who is also a murderer. I really liked Taylor’s character. He was a mix of mystery and law enforcement, romantic interest and protector, competition and perhaps savior from a messed up situation. Despite the romance being so obviously engineered, I found him to be my favorite character.

The story does end on a very abrupt cliff hanger. There’s plenty of questions left unanswered and more than one character left in peril. While the sequel is out, it’s not in audio yet (as of this posting – Oct 29, 2017). The series holds promise and I’m tempted to pick up the next book just to see how things turn out for Taylor. All told, 3.5/5 stars.

As a side note, I don’t get this cover art. It’s lovely but it doesn’t make me think of time-travel paranormal fantasy SF romance.

The Narration: Lillian Yves did a pretty good job. I really liked her for Josie’s voice. Her male voices were pretty good and most of the time she kept all character voices distinct. There were a few mouth noises here and there and at least 1 repeated sentence. With a little polishing, I think Yves could become a great narrator. She brought her enthusiasm to this performance, never sounding board. 4/5 stars for this narration.

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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A facinating lesson of (a new) history

Well, well, well! What do we have here? A different kind of story. If the other day I was mentioning in my other reviews that history has a way of repeating itself, now we have a different approach. Our main character is trying to change it. Funny thing is she has no idea how she ended up in all this.

Even since the beginning, I found myself having the same reaction as Josie. I mean, are you kidding me? Really ? Did that apparently (not) drunk guy sent me back in time ?! Now what? Now we have a great story, a true adventure and a novel that will keep you reading (listening, in my case) till late in night!

I loved the story, I loved how the author has built the action. It has a sort of equilibrium. Like everything happens exactly at the right point, so it does not become boring at all. And it has a little bit of mystery, a little bit of intrigue, love and just the perfect combination of everything else that make it a successful book.

Josie is one amazing heroine. She is definitely not a superhero. Her wits and strong character are her best attributes and she uses them so good. She is mature, no childlike behavior, no spoiled princess. She finds herself in a more than unusual situation and acts quickly. She has my appreciation of how she acted in some scenes. Yes, she has been the center of attention in my case as I put myself in her shoes. If I were to be alone in a strange place…. Uf!

The narration was fantastic as well. It went well in line with the characters and I think Lillian Yves has the perfect voice for a character such as Josie. She does a good job in voice acting for the male characters and for me it was easy to decipher who was who.

All in all, 5 stars and my thanks to Audibookworm and the author and narrator for yet another great book! Lovely, and I do wish you give it a try. It’s fascinating!

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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The wild west, mixed with a dangerous romance.

4.5 Roses

PG-17

The wild west, mixed with a dangerous romance. What's not to love?

Josie is a fairly typical modern college student, finding her way through a world a bit too big for her. When she fills out a random survey at a theme shop in a tourist town - more interested in the gift card prize than the actual survey - she never suspects it will change not only her life, but quite possibly, history itself. At least, the person hosting the "giveaway" survey hopes she will, and in an almost cruel way, zaps her back to a time where women barely have a voice, and tensions are high between people of social standing, and skin color.

She's surrounded by people she doesn't know if she can trust, in a time she isn't sure how to navigate, aside from what she learned in history classes when she was young. It's a culture shock like none other, and against all odds, she survives things several women before her didn't. She's special, and she's going to change history all right - just not in the way anyone expected.

I loved the overall story, characters, and plot. I've always been a sucker for time travel stories, and grew up on a healthy diet of old paperback westerns, and any western movie ever made. This story felt hand-written for me, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Josie was fantastic, and her struggle to fit into the 1840s seemed realistic and relatable. The companions and enemies she finds in the few short days she has to stop a war, make her head spin, and cause her to question everything she thought she knew.

The narration was done well, and the inflections in the multitude of different characters was done very well. I wasn't a huge fan of it in the first few chapters, but before long, was drawn in easily. The narrator seems like a good fit for the story, and her pace flowed well for the setting.

My only complaint with this audiobook, and the reason for a half rose taken away, is fairly minor. In several places during the story, the author repeats herself a bit too much. For example, when a character is trying to figure something out, or the author is basically explaining why a character decided to do something, the explanations overlap and go around in circles a few too many times. Unlike with a book, I wasn't able to skip a few paragraphs to get past it, unsure of where the story would pick back up. It wasn't a major complaint though, and not worth a whole rose being removed. The story overall seemed well done, and put together without holes and gaps left unanswered. I would definitely be interested in reading/listening to any more books she ends up adding to the series, and am thankful to have had the opportunity to enjoy this one.

I would definitely recommend this book, either in it's written form, or the audiobook version.

*I was given a complimentary audiobook copy of this book, from the author via Audiobookworm Promotions, to listen to in exchange for an honest review.

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Great but sad story

This book is very well written, with a fantastic plot full of twists and turns. Every piece of a puzzle is disclosed slowly, and a reader discovers along with Josie that there is more behind her situation that she had previously believed. The characters are complex and interesting, but some of them are not what they seem. The author is very good at writing disturbed personalities, there is a mentally ill serial killer, a sadist, a ruthless hitman and a few more twisted characters.

I enjoyed a mix of paranormal and science fiction elements, with time travel, whispers of dead people and empathic abilities. The gripping and suspenseful atmosphere kept me on the edge of my seat, and I really felt Josie's turmoil and fears. I was hoping for a HEA for her, but it was not meant to happen. The book finished with a cliffhanger.

The narrator was excellent, she gave a powerful voice to all the characters, portraying their personalities and the atmosphere of the book very well. I would gladly listen to other of the narrations.

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

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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.