At 11 Lalla should be enjoying her childhood in London. But this is not London as we know it. In a collapsed society, Lalla struggles to imagine her future. When a government announcement invites her to enjoy a new life in Regent's Park, Lalla sees a glimmer of hope. But what is she willing to risk?
The Time Being is the short-story prequel to The Ship by Antonia Honeywell, if you enjoyed this, you'll love the full-length novel sequel.
©2014 Antonia Honeywell (P)2014 W.F. Howes Ltd
iPad, Audible & wireless headphones - a recipe for relaxing the grey matter and making tedious household tasks and travel more bearable!
This short is the prequel to a novel - so captivating I have bought the novel and am about to listen to what happens next.
A new author with fresh ideas - excellent way to get readers (listeners) hooked!
I really enjoyed this - told from the childs point of view, there is much she (and we) don't understand about the world, what happened, and why it is the way it is.
I loved it and wish there was more. Excellent narration.
(*Firstly this is a 'Free' Short Story & is the prequel to "The Ship" by Antonio Honeywell !!)
And.......this short story was Brilliant !! Quite literally leaving you wanting to go and buy the book that proceeds this "The Ship" !!! It was VERY well read by Melody Grove !!! I felt she conveyed the character REALLY well, you could literally feel the emotion from the story !! AND as ALWAYS, I'm not a spoiler (* I don't like & will never give sorry hints / plots plots in my reviews !! You will have to read the book yourself to find out more !!) BUT.......this short story really leaves u wanting MORE !!!!
The book is very good I didn't like the ending its not good for younger views I am 12 and this book is kind rated for teens even though I am young I really enjoyed the book so download it because it's really good and very meaningful 👏👏
"Short and Free"
This seemed to me to have the feel of a YA girl story. I did not hate it or love it. It did not encourage me to buy the full length novel. If you are interested it is free and it is short.
"I want more from this author!"
This story is interesting. How often is that actually true? The characters, the setting, the descriptions, all interesting. I was motivated to go find Honeywell's blog where, as I hoped, she said her (first) book will be released soon. I will absolutely be giving it a try.
"Good narration, meh story"
A short story free from Audible, consisting mainly of an 11-year-old girl in a dystopian London who decides she knows better than her parents and subsequently putting all of them in great danger. I loathed the girl, Lalla – I’m not a huge fan of children, and this is a great example of why: “I want to go.” “No.” “But I want to go!” “No.” “But I want to go!” “No.” Repeat ad infinitum. I once worked for CVS, with its bank of candy bars in front of the registers, and will always remember one father and very young daughter who came in. “Daddy, I want a candy bar.” “No, honey.” “I want a candy bar.” “No.” “But I want one!” “I said no.” “Daddy, I want a candy bar!” “No.” “DADDY, I WANT A CANDY BAR!” “Fine. Which one?” I wanted to punch him in the nose. So I’m well aware that it’s the parents who are at fault in something like this – the CVS dad caved, and the parents in the story didn’t bother to tell Lalla what was obvious to a listener (“The films aren’t real, you’ll be shot, we’ll be shot, stop asking”). But I still despised the girl.
The story might be meaningful to someone who has read the book it prequels; for me it broke no new ground and provided no enjoyment to counter my irritation with the main character. The narration by Melody Grove was quite good – I will keep an eye out for her in the future – but otherwise I’m glad this was free. And brief.
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This was a great book I loved how the author really gave Lalla a great personality . I loved how the author put great action wording in the book that really made you visualize the scene. This is a greatly detailed book and really gets you wondering about what will happen next. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book . Also Meledy Grove I love your voice you really give the characters seem like they are alive and talking to me. This is a great book that I give 5 stars. 😁
"good for a short story"
This book was very well written with great character development and had a riveting story line for a short story . I completely enjoyed listening to this book and can't wait for the next book.
Fantastic story and I would love to buy the sequel :)
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"A nice little tease"
The narration was nice and the story was enjoyable. It did make me want to hear more. I will be searching for the full novel and adding it to my wish list to await a free credit.
unique writing style lending the well defined characters with an equally unique voice. the voice talent read it beautifully as well. I look forward to more.
Gradually as you get pulled into the story the feeling of hopelessness surrounds you. I have never considered what it would be like in a police state but this short story places the reader there.
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