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Here and Now and Then

A Novel
By: Mike Chen
Narrated by: Cary Hite
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Summary

To save his daughter, he’ll go anywhere - and any-when....

Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in IT, trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career...as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142. 

Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affecting his time-traveler’s brain. Until one afternoon, his “rescue” team arrives - 18 years too late. 

Their mission: return Kin to 2142, where he’s only been gone weeks, not years, and where another family is waiting for him. A family he can’t remember. 

Torn between two lives, Kin is desperate for a way to stay connected to both. But when his best efforts threaten to destroy the agency and even history itself, his daughter’s very existence is at risk. It’ll take one final trip across time to save Miranda - even if it means breaking all the rules of time travel in the process. 

A uniquely emotional genre-bending debut, Here and Now and Then captures the perfect balance of heart, playfulness, and imagination, offering an intimate glimpse into the crevices of a father’s heart and its capacity to stretch across both space and time to protect the people that mean the most.

©2019 Mike Chen (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Terrible English accent

Good story and the reader is very good ... except at English accents. I would get more of Mike Chen’s work.

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Beautiful and Perfect Story

I listened to this on Audible and Holy Wow! What a beautiful and emotional story.

The narration by Cary Hite is silky smooth and adds so much depth to the already perfect words of the story.

It's one of those stories which causes you to reflect so much on the characters and the events which have played out.

I love it, so much.

Thank you, Mike :)

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  • Isaac
  • 31-07-19

Slow, generic start with a ho-hum reading

Hard to sit through the intro chapters of standard butterfly-effect time traveler trope. But the characters are engaging. Until they're not.

The performance is sub-par with awkward pauses and occasional useless staccato cadence. A practice reading or two before the recording would have helped. Or maybe Cary Hite is actually a robot?

Couldn't finish it.

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  • Dante McFiddleFaddle
  • 24-07-19

Loved it!

What a beautiful story. Well written, great adventure. My only critique is that I have to wait a year for any more of Mr. Chen’s work!

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  • SDKaizen
  • 24-07-19

Hard to get through

i was looking forward to a good fiction to "get lost in" for a few days. this definitely did not fit the bill. had to re-listen to several chapters over and over. the names of the characters did not "fit" and were constantly confusing. constant references to Dr. Who? exactly....

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  • Ronald Horne
  • 23-07-19

Compelling story. Well Done. Great Listen.

Although I normally listen to bios, history and science I ventured into fiction with a particular fondness for time travel sci-fi. I was not disappointed. This story pulls you along with intriguing characters, excellent plot and relatively plausible science. I found it very enjoyable and would highly recommend Mike Chen's book if you like this genre.

I would add that the narrator has a great voice but as some others have criticized, his deep voice does not deliver credibility for relating to women characters. I would not mention this except narrators like Roberto Scarlato move between multiple female and male characters seamlessly and convincingly. Cary Hite isn't bad. he has a great radio voice but it was a minor distraction when he moved to the female voice.

However, I highly recommend this book. It delivers surprisingly plot twists and compelling characters and story. Check it out!

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  • BonSue
  • 15-07-19

Excellent

I enjoyed this time travel adventure, which is quite different from most books in the genre. This one involves people caught between two lives lives a century apart that seemed impossible to merge, yet the author did just that. The story had interesting and complex characters and an extremely satisfying conclusion. What more can you ask?

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  • Bookwalker
  • 18-06-19

Loving Dad

This book has a mix of sci-fi, romance, and adventure, so, suitable for a wide audience. I didn't care for the narrator so much because, with his deep voice, when he voiced women they sounded whiney and weak. Would have been better with two narrators.

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  • Kamal Patel
  • 08-02-19

Every sci fi loving parent should read this!

Every sci fi loving parent should read this! It gave me the feels big time!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-02-19

Mindblowing book

So this was my first audio book, and I started off just listening to it in my car. Then the car and my room, and everywhere I went. I loved it so much, for many reasons. The voice reading the book is an actual person who reads it so clearly which surprised me! The plot and the climax of the book was amazing, and overall just a unique fiction story that needs to be read by any Sci-Fi lover!

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  • Dea Poirier
  • 02-02-19

Absolutely amazing debut

I cannot tell you how angry I was to have to pause this audiobook when I finished my commute. It's beautifully written, gripping, and emotional. I could not wait to find out how everything was going to unfold.

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  • Jordan Salisbury
  • 08-04-19

fun story

This book is fun. I enjoyed the time travel aspects and the era comparisons. The reason it's not rated higher is because of a couple things. Some of the character development is too quick and unrealistic. Also, the plot feels contrived at times. Overall, I enjoyed the book though.

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