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Summary

Is time travel possible?

Paulette Brown thinks so. She is a brilliant young lady who has solved what other scientists around the world could not — how to travel through time.

When she travels 250 years into the future, Paulette finds herself in a post-apocalyptic world, where the city of Seattle has been destroyed and is now under water. Panicked, she tries to return to the present, but something goes terribly wrong and she finds herself stuck in this destroyed world.

There she must learn how to survive and find people who might help her get back home — if that’s even a possibility.

©2019 Barbara J Gilbert (P)2020 Barbara J Gilbert

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Possibly the worst written novel I have ever found

Wow, within 5 minutes I knew there was something seriously wrong with this novel. I love time travel novels and chose this as I've pretty much exhausted all others but this is not a good time travel novel. While listening I was genuinely flaggergasted as to how this managed to get published. I would have given up pretty quickly but it was so bad I had to keep going to just see how bad it could get. Stilted dialogue, cardboard characters and a completely ridiculous plot I would have guessed it had been written by a 10 year old, but the complete misunderstanding about how normal life works (e.g simple stuff like getting an UBER) and I would almost guess it was written by some crappy AI program. Avoid if you are looking for a good read, there are many better about.

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Maybe a good story but not for me.

I don't really want to be too negative about this, as it has a few redeeming points. However, most of the way through this I was thinking of this review and itching to see what anyone else has written about it.
I wont write any spoilers - however, there will be some detail.

The story is rather plodding and pedestrian. Not only what seems like a lot of unnecessary detail, that at times feels like padding, but it's told at such a slow rate with meanders into areas that could easily be told in a few lines, or a paragraph.

Worse still is the voice. No offence to anyone who sounds like this but the whole lot is spoken in an American drawl, Deep South by my reckoning. Fair enough if the main character, Paulette, is from the South, but people in Seattle have the same accent.
Any male character sounds like they have a brain injury and their style of speech is if they'd been told to not use any words that may confuse someone who didn't go to school after the age of 11.

Maybe I missed something, maybe this is aimed at 11 year olds. It certainly felt like it in many places.
Here's my take on a typical sentence, read in a drawl, "Paulette like coffee in the morning, She liked hot coffee. The coffee was hot and brown and she liked it. She liked coffee more than tea. Coffee made her happy and set her on edge. She then went into the coffee shop. To buy a coffee" "hello" said the man in the coffee shop," What would you like" "I'd like a coffee" she said, She smiled when she said she'd like a coffee because she liked coffee.
Seriously, it's like that.
Paulette's partner. Gregg, is probably the worst character of all. I don't want to spoil it but when he does something not too clever, you do wonder how he had the wit or sense to do anything of any importance. He's such a side-character that if he went any more to the side, he'd fall off the edge. And you'd cheer, because he's deathly dull.

Towards the end, maybe the last half dozen chapters, there was a slight interest in the story development. It does bode well for any future books. But I seriously do wonder who edited this, they went very light on the author.
I think I've slated this enough. Give it a listen. You may like it. I doubt it though. Unless you are recovering from a head injury.

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Future apocalypse

Definitely different to what I normally listen to, and a completely new concept for an apocalyptic world. Really is worth a listen look forward to the next book

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Great start!

This was a really engrossing story. I loved the fun little Easter eggs sprinkled in. I look forward to reading more in this series . Well done.
Edited on Nov. 2, 2020 : This is my second time listening to this story, as I just got a copy of book two. I really love time travel stories. This is a really smart and interesting story about a child prodigy who grows up to continue her genius as an adult. Despite overwhelming odds, Paulette succeeds beyond her wildest dreams... and nightmares. Really fun story. The narrator did a great job.

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Great story, really engaging can't wait for more

Really enjoyed this audio book, liked the story, the characters and the performance. Looking forward to hearing how this story progresses.

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  • Todd (Toad) Vogel
  • 13-06-20

Cool story!

I love the story line. Time traveling to an apocalyptic future, although that wasn't the intent. Getting stranded in the future too! Very cool concept for the story and I very much enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to seeing where the story goes.

I wasn't crazy about the narrator at all though. She does have a good voice. When she's doing her narrator voice, it's pleasant. It's her character voices, accents, and horribly mispronounced words that I didn't care for.

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  • Ron B.
  • 24-07-21

Sophomoric Syfy drizzle

This is one of the worst time travel stories I’ve ever heard in my life. The writer was somehow able to make time travel boring. She couldn’t stick to one subject. There were chapters based on secondary characters happenings that did nothing to move the story along. The only thing worse was the narration. It’s called punctuation. You can’t just read a story as one long run on sentence. Time to look for a new line of work.

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  • David C Taylor
  • 24-04-21

Very good time travel story

What happens when you meld time travel, an apocalypse, and some likeable characters into a story that doesn’t fit neatly into a specific niche like YA or cozy or SCIFI, you get the future apocalypse series. As I initially listened to beginnings, I wasn’t too sure about this story, but the longer I listened I noticed I was being drawn deeper into the story and the characters, not to mention trying to anticipate what was coming next. I’m glad to say my predictions rarely were right. Based on my experience with this very entertaining story, listening to the second episode in the series was a given. Krista Nicely did an excellent job of bring Barbara Gilbert’s story to life.

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  • J. R. Bonds
  • 19-04-21

Beginnings

Paulette is a miracle. Born gifted and a genius she excels and begins a journey to help others and herself. Believing she can create a time machine she sets her sites on completing her life’s dream. No one can deter this young woman from fulfilling her desires.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-03-21

Dissatisfied

Poor narration
Decent story but it just ends
Has no closure
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  • Angela R.
  • 10-03-21

Hard to start

I’m had a hard time getting into it. 😞 I had to restarted it three times before I could get all the way through it. I am not sure if it was the narrator or the inflection. Once I was able to get into the book I was surprised. I really liked the concept of time traveling. Overall the book was written well, I enjoyed the story and the plot twists. If you can get through the narration I highly recommend the book.

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  • Shanna Tidwell
  • 04-11-20

Love it!

Paulette is the smartest human alive.... she is destined to do everything she dreams of and she does just that. Her brain may even be a little to perfect as she never makes mistakes. Unless you take in to consideration she is blind to Greg also being in love with her. Maybe she is too smart for her own good!
Love her southern accent. I know that accent can make people think you aren’t smart. I have one too. She is strong, capable and ready to take on anything. You can’t help but fall in love with her.
If you love time travel and/or apocalyptic worlds you will love this too.
Narration by Yasmine M was excellent.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Linda crowder
  • 12-08-20

great book

interesting concepts on how things happen. looking forward to listening to book two. can't wait

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  • Leah Brock
  • 20-07-20

Great Premise; Not So Great Execution

Post-apocalyptic fiction is high on my favorite genre list. I look for authors who use a different tack to tell their story. 'Future Apocalypse: Beginnings' certainly fits that bill. Because of the unique setting, I requested a free review copy of this audiobook, and am now leaving this voluntary review.

in this first book of the 'Future Apocalypse' series, Paulette, a brilliant engineer, dreams of building a machine that will allow her to travel through time. I was excited to listen to this book. Unfortunately, i had some problems with it.

I'm not entirely sure the book is meant to be YA, but the dialogue and plot makes me think it is. Actually, there were moments I thought the plot was simplified to middle reader level. The plot is full of implausibilities and unanswered questions. Most of the science in the book is given a hand-wave. I almost feel like the author wants the reader to think it's magic without specifying that there is a magical element to the time travel.

Dialogue was also simplistic and stilted. There's a lot of internal monologuing among most of the characters. This is a pet peeve of mine. It's a tell-not-show tactic when the author should be employing a show-don't-tell method to their storytelling. The author should be able to show the reader what a character is thinking by their actions and/or conversations with other characters. I especially dislike this technique when it requires a POV shift within a scene.

The pacing of the plot is all wrong. Some things that are important get glossed over (the making and working of the time machine) and other plot points are belabored and over-detailed (the robotic prosthetics business).

Characterizations are not consistent. Paulette is supposed to be super-intelligent and want to help people but there are multiple scenes that contradict these qualities. In fact, I don't think Paulette is very smart or kind but she goes around telling everyone that she is.

The entire future segment of the book has so many plot holes that it becomes unbelievable. Since this is the part that interested me to begin with, I'm even more disappointed by this section of the book.

Another pet peeve: cliffhanger.

Narration by Yasmine M is much too fast. I normally listen at 1.0x speed and found this book to be very rushed at that speed. There are no pauses between scene breaks, giving me a feeling of being pushed beyond a comfortable listening pace. I tried 0.8x speed and found it to be too slow. She has a monotone cadence that is accentuated when voicing male characters.

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  • KenKoester
  • 16-07-20

Solid first offering

Had never heard of the author or narrator so this was interesting.

I enjoyed the story and concept quite a bit. The language at times seemed very formal butvitvmade everything easy to understand