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
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.
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 👏👏
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 enjoy reading thrillers, mysteries and contemporary in any medium, Kindle, paperback or audio.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
that a short story captures you with the characters, the storyline, and the ending. Must times the open endings leave you feeling that you're lacking something. The open ending here left me complete and although we don't know what brought them to this point in time there's enough given for one's imagination to fill the gaps.
Might I also add that the narrator was fabulous... also rare. Her voice relaxed me but the story was so interesting I didn't fall asleep till it was finished. If I was a child this'd be my favorite bedtime story.
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great story. Reminded me of Anne Frank but much more entertaining. Story kept me interested.
"The Time Being was excellent"
I enjoyed this snippet of The Time Being. Especially from the view point of a child. Looking forward to reading/listening to entire book
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"An intriguing introduction"
In a world after destruction, the family unit tries to survive. Teenagers are very much the same as throughout time.
The young girl who is between ages, still young enough to enjoy stores but dreaming of being older and more independent
Lovely soothing voice, appropriate for the young girl character we hear from most
The young girl, for her dreams and sense of wonder
Her mother is also a strong character
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