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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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    S. Corner 03/01/2016
    S. Corner 03/01/2016
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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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    georgia van eijk 20/12/2015 Member Since 2017
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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 2017
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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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    Vanessa 20/02/2015
    Vanessa 20/02/2015 Member Since 2014
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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!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rsh 06/11/2015
    Rsh 06/11/2015
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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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    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.

    5 of 6 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.

    4 of 5 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.

    4 of 5 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

    4 of 5 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 👏👏

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • 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
  • 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
  • Amanda
    IL United States
    01/05/15
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    "An interesting little story."

    It was an interesting story, obviously a teaser to introduce you to the character and setting. It was free so I won't knock it, but it wasn't bad. A nice little story to peak your interest in the dystopian future for this little girl and the new world where no food grows, life depends on computer updates and the military is feared. I would possibly be interested in listening to the next story but am not chomping at the bit to see what happens next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • c4urjoy
    16/04/17
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    "Wow"

    This was a great book I loved how the author really gave Lalla a great personality . I loved how the author put great action wording in the book that really made you visualize the scene. This is a greatly detailed book and really gets you wondering about what will happen next. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book . Also Meledy Grove I love your voice you really give the characters seem like they are alive and talking to me. This is a great book that I give 5 stars. 😁

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tammy
    04/04/17
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    "good for a short story"

    This book was very well written with great character development and had a riveting story line for a short story . I completely enjoyed listening to this book and can't wait for the next book.
    Fantastic story and I would love to buy the sequel :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kay
    20/02/17
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    "A nice little tease"

    The narration was nice and the story was enjoyable. It did make me want to hear more. I will be searching for the full novel and adding it to my wish list to await a free credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    13/02/17
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    "loved it."

    unique writing style lending the well defined characters with an equally unique voice. the voice talent read it beautifully as well. I look forward to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • bubba bill
    12/02/17
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    "Good title"

    Gradually as you get pulled into the story the feeling of hopelessness surrounds you. I have never considered what it would be like in a police state but this short story places the reader there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    10/02/17
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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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