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Back Again

By: Susan May
Narrated by: Anne Johnstonbrown
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
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Summary

Between life and death lies fate and one hell of a fight

Since childhood, Dawn has "lost time." She awakens in strange places, far away from her last memory, confused by the recall of events that cannot be true. Back then, her parents dragged her to counsellors, insisted on medication and wrapped her in cotton balls. Now, all grown up and a single mom, all she wants is to be the best parent she can to her son, while the fear of enduring a sudden “lost time” episode looms over her daily life. 

On this afternoon, only 50 yards from where Dawn has just dropped her son for his weekly guitar lesson, an event is playing out involving a troubled young woman. 

Kylie is having a bad day. She’s had it with her dead-end cashier job which has bored her witless from the start. Her boss is on her back every second of every minute, the moron ex-boyfriend hasn’t stopped harassing her all week and at this single moment she hates the entire world. As she drives from the supermarket lot her phone buzzes, and as usual she picks up. “Don’t drive and text”, everyone says, but that’s never been a problem for her because she’s careful. 

Except this afternoon, when karma intervenes and Dawn’s and her life collide in the most horrific of accidents. 

When the worst tragedy a mother can face occurs, Dawn is devastated and broken, and she doesn’t know how she’ll survive. That is, until 10 days later when she discovers, somehow, she’s been given an incredible gift. Her "lost time" has taken her back again to the morning of the accident. Now saving her son is within her power but there’s a twist she hadn’t figured. She can’t change or do anything differently because she’s become merely a passenger in her own body. 

Only one thing might save her son, but for that she’ll need to discover a simple truth before time runs out. For between life and death lies fate and one hell of a fight. 

Narrated by Anne Johnston Brown, winner of the 2012 Audible Female Voice Award.   

©2014 Susan May (P)2016 Susan May

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Thrilling, emotional listen by superb combination

Dawn's tragic history is brought to her present with the loss of her son in a tragic accident - can 10 seconds really make a difference?

Anne Johnstonebrown is an award winning narrator and proved why once again, in this thrilling tale. Perhaps a little emotional for the genre, I was however caught up in the ride and the story progressed steadily to an unexpected conclusion.

Worth the credit for anyone looking for an exciting thriller.

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  • Neesie315
  • 11-07-18

What would do to save someone you love?

The main character, Dawn, has experienced what the Doctors call "Fugues" all her life. Dawn prefers calling them "slips". Something happens and she loses hours or days of her memory. The most noteworthy slip occurred when Dawn was a young girl and her sister died. However, in reality (or not), Anna didn't die and Dawn was missing for a week. But, Dawn is certain that Anna died and she did something to change time.

Fast forward to Dawn as a single mother. A parent's worst nightmare happens and a tragic accident occurs. Can Dawn somehow change the outcome with her ability? Or, will she just have to relive that horrific day over and over and over again?

I think that everybody has had things happen in their lives that make them say, "If only". If only this, then that. Would we choose to go back in time to change things if we could? Should we? This book had some great moments and some very, very disturbing moments. The author does a wonderful job and you really feel Dawn's anguish throughout the book as she tries to change things. Her descriptions of the "villain", Kylee, was great and I could really picture her in my mind, with her attitude and feeling of entitlement. But, is she really a monster or can she be redeemed?

My only complaint with the book is the middle when Dawn relives that fateful day over and over again. After about 3 chapters, I found myself just wanting to move on. The descriptions of the minutiae involved in trying to change the past got tedious after a while. After several excruciating chapters of this, the ending seemed a little rushed IMHO.

The narrator did a great job and added a lot to the book. I love Susan May's books and her vivid imagination. I also love the Twilight Zone-type story. There is anger, sadness, and finally forgiveness/redemption in this book. All told, a good book to read and maybe learn a little about yourself at the same time as you think about what you would do in Dawn's situation.

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  • Clau
  • 12-11-19

It's Susan May, need I say that it's fabulous?

Yes, this is, yet again, another great book by Susan May. The premise is not new (going back in time to prevent a tragedy) but she manages to give it a new twist in the way that it's developed, and she accomplishes to get us interested through wonderfully written characters.

It's easy to sympathise with Dawn and her anguish, her desperation. And yes, the emotional impact of the story makes it hard to read for moments, particularly if you're a mother yourself. Dawn's struggle between hope and agony is terrible to witness but oh, so compelling, and you'll find yourself so immersed in the story that won't note the way you're hurrying to the end.

And I loved the final twist, the way in which Dawn, through what seems like endless, hopeless repetition, finally understands not only her pain, but Kylie's too. I won't say more, because I don't want to spoil the story, but it's wonderful.

A truly great read, the kind Ms May usually delivers.

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  • Angelic fiegener
  • 17-08-19

WOW WOW WOW

best one so far...cannot wait to listen to another..YOUR AMAZING. YOU ARE THE BEST EVER..

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  • ginger1568
  • 12-08-19

Excellent Story

This was a rollar coaster of a ride!!

i couldn't even imagine what it wouldbe like to relive the worse day of your life over and over again!!

Another good story by Susan May. Everyone should be listening to or reading her books!!

Loved the ending!

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  • M. McAvoy
  • 12-08-19

If only<br />

great book! A great reminder of the gift of life, and children. In real life there are no do overs, only moving on and learning from past mistakes.

The narration was hard to listen to at times. The characters voices were overdone. 13 and 15 year old girls sounded like they were 5 and there were some very nasally voices as well.

All together though, I would recommend as I truly enjoyed the story.

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  • Janelle Schafer
  • 05-08-19

Roller coaster of Sci Fi mystery

This was a good book, I liked it. However, so many times I was listening to this, I, Myself wondered if I had dejavú. ( didn’t I already read this part?)

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  • terri
  • 05-08-19

Wonderful story

This book kept me on the edge of my seat. Hoping it would end the way I wanted it to and it did! Susan May has a great talent for writing stories that keep you wanting more.

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  • Deb B
  • 31-07-19

A Mother’s Nightmare

This story took so many twists and turns. Is this a supernatural event? Is this a medical issue that is making headlines? Susan May does an incredible job of taking her stories and weaving them through the imagination. Who IS Jett? I had so many thoughts and guesses—and in the end all my theories were wrong. But the one theme prevailed—a mother’s love for her child knows no bounds. She will do ANYTHING to save her child. I recommend this book. Great story, great narration. I look forward to Susan’s next book.

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  • Janet
  • 17-07-19

Just Wow!!

Susan May....I really loved this book!! I wish it hadn't ended! you know how it is when you want a story to continue to see these rich characters have more interaction...To see what happens to them as their lives intertwine...!! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to listen to it! I look forward to reading more from you! Janet

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  • Kandice C.
  • 14-07-19

Very good

I found Back Again to be a very good listen. It has a lot of suspense and feeling in it. The narrator does a great job of reading the book and puts just the right feeling to it.

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