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Syncing Forward Audiobook

Syncing Forward

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Publisher's Summary

Travel to the future - it will only cost you everyone you love.

Attacked and injected with a drug that slows his metabolism to a fraction of normal, Martin James becomes an unwilling time traveler who hurtles through the years. His children grow up, his wife grows older, and his only hope is finding the people who injected him in the first place - not an easy task when one day for Martin lasts four years. And while Martin James strives to find a cure before everyone he loves is gone, others are uncertain if his journey can be stopped at all.

W. Lawrence weaves a dystopian future filled with the best and worst of humanity, highlights the blessings and curses of technology, and pushes the limits of faith and hopelessness. Above all, Syncing Forward is a tale of one man's love for his family and their devotion to saving him from being lost forever.

©2014 W. Lawrence (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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    Joe Birmingham, United Kingdom 03/06/2016
    Joe Birmingham, United Kingdom 03/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Good concept but unremittingly bleak"

    I was interested in the ideas and characters in this book but found that I was worn down by the constant barrage of bad news and misfortune for the characters. There was never any hope or redemption. Hard to listen to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Simon 04/04/2016
    Simon 04/04/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "Oh Wow!"

    This is was nothing like I expected, the description just scratches the surface, it is so so much more.
    Don't expect Classic sci fi or every day time travel, this is a completely new twist . Its a must read, it makes you feel uncomfortable as you realise the implications of circumstances the characters find themselves in.
    This is going to be be a best seller/classic read and is difficult to describe without removing the surprise.
    So if your adventurous go for it, I don't think you will regret it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Hand 25/10/2016
    Jennifer Hand 25/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Promising but very sentimental"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This had a promising story, but the plot is lost amid endless sentimentality from the main character; he is a family man and obviously and understandably massively upset by the situation he finds himself in. But, after hours of listening to him wish things were different, reminisce about when his girls were little and go off on long overly sentimental ramblings about how unfair his situation is I found it just too repetitive and annoying to stick with to find out how the story ends. I was expecting a bit of a sci-fi/mystery, and this is much more a family drama with a futuristic twist.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria 30/05/2016
    Victoria 30/05/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding"
    Any additional comments?

    I am astounded not to have heard about this and simply stumbled across it!!! I can imagine it as a film, would have to be a three hour film though...The story of a man who after being injected by terrorists, has to be 'synced' every few months or years just to spend a little time with family as he slows down to the extent where for him four years is one day (as in fours years only feels like one day for him - everyone else seems to speed up). His metabolism is so slow that he isn't aging so he goes through the agony of seeing his family die, then grandchildren and eventually he's 100 years into the future. Such a clever premise, brilliantly written and perfectly executed by the narrator.I found the gradual jumps forwards fascinating as they seemed to depict a possible future based on the way the world seems to be moving politically, technologically etc Can't recommend this enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Davey Blie 02/12/2016
    Davey Blie 02/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "A fantastic high concept story"

    I thoroughly enjoyed with book. A fantastic high concept story with a very human heart. While the book covers some of very plausible ideas on how technology is developing and all the
    ethical problems we are likely to face, it's the human story of the main character moving through time that grabs you and will not let go. Great read.

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    alec barber 23/11/2016
    alec barber 23/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant"

    An emotional journey. Well thought out and we'll written. I very much recommend this book.

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    John St Leonards on Sea, United Kingdom 21/10/2016
    John St Leonards on Sea, United Kingdom 21/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Belter! absolute fickin belter!"

    really loved it. solid read. week narrated. brilliantly written. emotional and draws tears some places. really makes you think long n hard about family too. top draw!

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    MRDKDAVIES UK (wales) 12/10/2016
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    "very sad but enjoyed"

    A sad yet gripping story about a Father's struggle to live and stay with his family

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    D. Carver 03/10/2016
    D. Carver 03/10/2016

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    "Rising rather than sinking..."

    What a novel should be... novel. I said that about The Stone Man too but in this case it is even more so. It's a new take on an old theme but excellently done. Well thought through with enough science to satisfy without detracting from the characters and plot, both of which get reasonable development. I struggled to identify with the main character at some points but in the main that's because I'm nothing like him rather than that he's unrealistically portrayed.
    Varied, unravelling and thoroughly enjoyable, it deserves to be more widely read. In the days pre-blockbuster movie this would have become a classic. It still might.

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    Mscoines 14/09/2016
    Mscoines 14/09/2016 Member Since 2013
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    Just my type of story - fascinating to see a possible future unfolding in such a way

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  • paula
    10/02/16
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    "The publisher's summary should've tipped me off..."

    What can I say? This book was extremely well-written, thought-provoking, and RELENTLESSLY depressing. I can hardly fault the author for weaving a tale that so effectively tugged at the heart strings, but had I realized the emotional weight of this book before purchasing, I would've passed on it. That being said, if you enjoy (or can get past) a heavy sprinkling of gloom in your reading, everything else about the book is fantastic! A terrifying and absolutely plausible glimpse into our near future.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    SEATTLE, WA, United States
    03/05/16
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    "Time you synced your credits on this one!"
    What did you love best about Syncing Forward?

    The entire concept, the paradoxes that existed, the situation the principle character found himself in, are all original and thoughtful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The progress of the characters as time moves forward. Fascinating study in aging, family relationships, and a whole litany of other challenges. Totally original.


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

    I honestly can't recall any particular ones, but he nails this one. Outstanding work!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Is Time Real?


    Any additional comments?

    I obtained this book in exchange for a fair and independent review from Audioblast. I was planning on downloading it directly from Audible anyway, so perfect timing!
    This is such an original offering that admittedly starts slowly but builds towards a powerful conclusion, with many concepts exposed throughout.

    Absolutely worth the credit and highly recommended.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • espanolish
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    05/05/16
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    "Getting Up to Speed with A Forced Freeze on Time!"

    With Syncing Forward, W. Lawrence delivers the kind of story that sucks you in deep from the very beginning and holds you there until the very end (sort of like "freezing" you in time). Main character Martin James gives us a first person look at his experience. He introduces himself as an adult professional in a rather immediate future (2019, I think) , which only adds credibility to this very plausible—or at least believable—tale. The yarn weaves through complicated work and family scenarios, both of which add layers of pure adrenaline, food for thought, a bit of action and, for me, a little wishful thinking (think “Youth Freeze Sans Injections”). The story does a terrific job of spelling out the toils and tough tradeoffs “time-freeze” presents for Martin, his family, his employer, and the Government. I particularly enjoyed the realistic reaction of Martin’s wife and the relationship between his daughters. Syncing Forward is as enriching (corporate internal investigation procedural; pharmaceutical supply chain; technology; prescription drugs; etc.), as it is entertaining.

    Narrator Will Damron nailed this performance (I had to do a double take on his name!). His pitch, pace, and perfection in distinctly depicting Syncing Forward personalities are all winners. I will search for more of his work sure.

    Definitely two thumbs up for this one!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jake & Elwood
    29/04/16
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    "Sad at times but interesting, worth the listen..."

    Sad at times but interesting, worth the listen... kept me listening. would listen to a follow up book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jerry LaChance
    12/04/16
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    "good story"

    An original take on time travel. It does tend to be a bit repetitive as the story continues. The ending was predictable and a little disappointing. That being said, if there's to be a sequel, I'm in.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • EveryGoodBoyDoesFine
    Somewhere close to Nashville
    10/04/16
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    "Literally Breathtaking"

    If you like great science fiction you need to listen to this book! The characters are so well developed and the story is enthralling and surprising at every turn, and the author even managed to make it touching. The performance is excellent as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • DoctorMu
    Lexington, KY
    08/04/16
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    "Different than what I expected, but excellent"

    Great book. Without reading, I thought it was going to be a time travel book.....but that's not exactly it. still, it was a great book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • DAVE
    19/03/16
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    "Thought Provoking"
    What made the experience of listening to Syncing Forward the most enjoyable?

    The story is so well crafted and makes you think what the future could be. Will technology save us or doom us? The author ponders this in this book & not really what you might think. Really liked the book for how it builds the story line.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cole
    14/03/16
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    "What a tearjerker"

    Definitely a great read. But wow was it depressing for most of it. Nevertheless I was hooked into finding out how Martin's story would end.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Michael G Kurilla
    ROCKVILLE, MD, United States
    25/10/16
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    "Time for reflection on the important things"

    We do not remember days, we remember moments. - Cesare Pavese

    W. Lawrence's Syncing Forward is a cerebral nightmare reminiscent of the biblical Job. A young father (daughters 6 and 9) is injected with a drug that slows his metabolism to a near coma or death-like state while he remains conscious. Three hours of his daughter sitting in his lap is perceived by him as less than 10 seconds. He has a few brief and painful respites where he is "synced" back to regular time, but for the most part he "syncs" forward and experiences his wife leaving him, his daughters growing up, his grandchildren growing up, one daughter killed, while another dies of a horrible disease, his mother, brother, and eventually his former wife dying, all in the span of less than two weeks in his time frame. All the while, he glimpses a world through fleeting headlines that continues to evolve away from anything he is familiar with. Constantly in the background is the unanswered reason behind his condition with no cure in sight.

    The sci-fi elements comprise some brief pharmacology and the inevitable progression of ever more sophisticated electronics in the 21st century, along with eventual human genetic engineering to create a new species beyond homo sapiens in the 22nd century. At its heart, this is tale of time, how we perceive it, flow with it, and the people and actions that give meaning and reasons for "going with the flow." Both psychologically terrifying and poignantly tender, the tale invokes introspection into how time is felt and used. In the end, he is a man who has survived longer than any other human, but with few if any fond or pleasant memories due to insufficient "time" to heal his wounds.

    The narration is excellent with a more than adequate range of voices for both genders. Especially in sections where there is reversion to "syncing" forward and his inevitable slowdown, the surrounding characters are perceived as speeding up; the vocal rendition provides a qualitative sense of the victim's perceptions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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