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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

What the Critics Say

  • Winner: 2016 Voice Arts Award for Audiobook Narration - Fiction, Best Narrator

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    Joe Birmingham, United Kingdom 03/06/2016
    Joe Birmingham, United Kingdom 03/06/2016 Member Since 2017
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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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    Michael 27/04/2017
    Michael 27/04/2017 Member Since 2015

    Avid reader and listener of books. I listen to at least 6 books per month and read at least 1.

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    "Refreshingly Original"
    What did you like most about Syncing Forward?

    The originality of the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The protagonist's eldest daughter. She is a very believable yet complex character.


    What does Will Damron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I don't usually like narration that has a slow tempo but Damron's slowish style was never sluggish. It seemed perfectly paced and in a strange way was a perfect match for the fast paced environment of the book. He did an excellent job and though I have a few favourite narrators on Audible I really don't think anyone would have done a better job. Damion was a perfect choice for this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely. I actually listened to it in 2 sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    I may be wrong but after reading and listening to many hundreds of books (probably closer to thousands) over the years I've never came across one quite like this. It retains its originality throughout while still using the tried-and-tested formulas for character building, interpersonal relationships and drama that you'd expect from a good book. The book was brilliantly written and excellently narrated. It has made me want to hear more from both the author and the narrator. Well done Audible for bringing this book to your listeners.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Elizabeth 30/05/2016 Member Since 2014

    Always got a book on the go - Love most sci-fi genres, a psychological thriller or apocyliptic tale; or just great fictional writing...

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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.

    2 of 2 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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    m j ives 06/03/2017
    m j ives 06/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Depressing"

    The story is very clever and I loved parts of the descriptions of the future and his travel through time but it was a very depressing read, it was 70% death 20% excitement and 10% positive. Was a bit of a struggle and a bit disappointing at the end!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Darlington, United Kingdom 09/01/2017
    Matthew Darlington, United Kingdom 09/01/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent - hope W Lawrence writes more!"
    Where does Syncing Forward rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to many audiobooks and this has to be one of my favourites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author sympathetically deals with the issues faced by the central character and really brings him to life. I also thought the descriptions of the changing world were excellent - technology, economics, politics.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The entire book! I was sad when it finished.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would not have listened in one sitting even if I could as after each few chapters I listened to I enjoyed letting them sink in and fire the imagination.


    Any additional comments?

    I love historical novels and historical facts. Also enjoy Stephen King. Have so much wanted to enjoy sci-fi and this single book has whetted my appetite for the genre as no other book has.

    1 of 1 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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    Trent N. 06/07/2017
    Trent N. 06/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Religion and daddy issues"

    Religion in sci-fi - easy turn off. Add the soppy daddy story and it had me wanting to turn it off constantly. Narrator did a decent job, only saving grace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    makersnameplate Gloucestershire, UK 07/06/2017
    makersnameplate Gloucestershire, UK 07/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Much potential, but ultimately disappointing"

    First of all, this book has a great concept, and that's what drew me in in the first place. However, it left me very disappointed.

    The middle part of the story is repetitive and dull, and the characters are annoying and irrational - especially the main character, Martin James, who comes across as whiny and arrogant, and very hard to have any sympathy for, despite what he's going through - and the narrative is like wading through treacle at times.

    The future world politics and technological advancements are interesting enough, but they couldn't save the book. Not nearly enough was done with what I still feel is a great concept.

    I would not recommend.

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    Ruddy good student 25/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "An incredible, moving and very human sci-fi tale"
    What made the experience of listening to Syncing Forward the most enjoyable?

    Without a doubt, it was Will Damron's narration! He demonstrated a very impressive range and variety of speakers, making every character, even background ones, feel like an individual. He even speaks some Spanish!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Syncing Forward?

    I won't talk about memorable moments, as I will venture into spoiler town! What I will say is that this book will remain memorable for because of it's commitment to the path it was leading you down. Far too often in fiction do we, as a reader, get taken down a very dark and distressing story line, only for it to cop out. I never felt that Syncing Forward copped out.


    What about Will Damron’s performance did you like?

    Everything! Simply one of the best narrators I have listened to. I have head some reports that his normal speaking voice is a little dull and monotonous, but I never felt this way listening to him. Would absolutely listen to another performance of Damron's in an instant.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely not. Aside from the fact that it is in excess of 16 hours, it is also unrelenting with the barrage of bad news. You will be hard pressed to swallow the various depressing things that dominate the story all at once!


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that really let this down from being a 5/5 was that there were one or two plot devices that I felt were ill explained. I don't much care for loose ends and it is a shame that this book did leave a couple laying around. Some may also say that some plot points are predictable or easily foreseeable, but, again, for me, it was only after something had been revealed that it became obvious that this is where the narrative had been taken me the entire time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    23 of 25 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!<br/>This is such an original offering that admittedly starts slowly but builds towards a powerful conclusion, with many concepts exposed throughout.<br/><br/>Absolutely worth the credit and highly recommended.

    13 of 14 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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • espanolish
    United States
    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!

    5 of 5 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 5 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
  • Andrew
    31/08/16
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    "Ironically, a complete waste of time."

    I'm very conflicted about this book. On the one hand, I think the set up and idea behind it is very strong. A man watches his family and life disappear when injected with a drug that makes him perceive time much faster than it is. Ironically, this is one of the slowest books I've ever listened to; it goes almost nowhere with its original concept, and ends just as the story begins to get interesting. Repetitive, religious without any actual moral exemplified by that religion, and frustratingly short sighted, with twists telegraphed from miles away and characters as paper thin as the narrative. There are some good, powerful moments, but overall I was incredibly let down by this novel, which seems to spend most of its 59 chapters spinning its wheels.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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