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The Time Being Audiobook

The Time Being [Audiobook]

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Audible Editor Reviews

The Time Being is written by Antonia Honeywell and is the short story prequel to the full length audiobook The Ship, narrated by actress Melody Grove. This is a beautifully written and intricately constructed story entwined with suspense. Futuristic London is a dangerous and uninviting place. Young Lalla, like all children, is focused only on survival. When the government offers the people a chance for a real future, Lalla is suspicious. Will she risk everything for the promise of protection? What secrets do the government have lying inside Regent's Park? Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

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

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    UsefulThings 16/02/2015
    UsefulThings 16/02/2015
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    "Interesting dystopian short listen"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    dunerunner 03/01/2016
    dunerunner 03/01/2016
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    "well told"

    very enjoyable listened in bed and really enjoyed the story. my first audio book and free too.cant fault that can you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    S. Corner 03/01/2016
    S. Corner 03/01/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "good"

    A good story and made you think why do we fly green beans and roses from Africa to England!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elva Smith 30/12/2015
    Elva Smith 30/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "great for a free book!"

    When you doing have much time its great to have a short story. This was my first experience at an audio book, loved it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    klf 29/12/2015
    klf 29/12/2015
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    "great read. looking forward to reading the ship"

    Narration was almost a bit sweet for the story but the actual story was great and looking forward to reading The Ship

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M Basilva 26/12/2015
    M Basilva 26/12/2015
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    "good book to read 😊😊"

    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 👏👏

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    georgia van eijk 20/12/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "A good taster"

    This was really well narrated and left me wanting to know more! I now cant wait to read the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Imogen 07/11/2015
    Imogen 07/11/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Haunting."

    I would love to read a full novel by this author after reading this. I love post apocalyptic stuff.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mother Bear 20/02/2015
    Mother Bear 20/02/2015 Member Since 2014

    iPad, Audible & wireless headphones - a recipe for relaxing the grey matter and making tedious household tasks and travel more bearable!

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    "Captivating."

    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!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rsh 06/11/2015
    Rsh 06/11/2015

    I enjoy reading thrillers, mysteries and contemporary in any medium, Kindle, paperback or audio.

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    "An intriguing taster for the novel"

    A whet-the-appetite type of short story that made me download the book. I liked the narrator's voice that drew me into a child's point of living in a future Britain. It made me wonder what would happen next.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Jennifer
    Alameda, CA, USA
    12/02/15
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    "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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Jim "The Impatient"
    Springfield, MO, United States
    17/07/15
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    "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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tracet
    Hamden, CT, United States
    05/05/15
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    "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.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    02/12/16
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    "Because"

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    24/11/16
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  • DogsMom
    KIEL, WI, United States
    22/11/16
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    "An intriguing introduction"
    What did you love best about The Time Being?

    In a world after destruction, the family unit tries to survive. Teenagers are very much the same as throughout time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The young girl who is between ages, still young enough to enjoy stores but dreaming of being older and more independent


    What about Melody Grove’s performance did you like?

    Lovely soothing voice, appropriate for the young girl character we hear from most


    Who was the most memorable character of The Time Being and why?

    The young girl, for her dreams and sense of wonder
    Her mother is also a strong character


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ks
    06/11/16
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    "Time being"

    Hate that it won't delete. Only on my tablet by accident. Didn't care for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    03/11/16
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  • Kindle Customer
    Houston, TX USA
    31/10/16
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    "What Science Fiction Does Well"
    What made the experience of listening to The Time Being the most enjoyable?

    The story drew me in from its beginning to its conclusion. It marched inevitably to the only possible conclusion. As all really great Science Fiction does, it made me think and apply it to present reality.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Time Being?

    When the protagonist's mother realized the extent of the reality from which she had been shielding her child.


    What about Melody Grove’s performance did you like?

    Her use of her voice to give me a picture of the world as the child protagonist perceived it.


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

    For me, who is not prone to emotions, it appealed the reasoning part of my brain; however to one more emotional, it would bring tears.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    24/10/16
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    "Very Good"

    Wow .. I was pleasantly surprised, a very good book. Definitely worth listening to and well read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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