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The Day After Never: A Time Travel Adventure Audiobook

The Day After Never: A Time Travel Adventure: In Times Like These, Book 3

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Ben Travers has gone missing, and Ben Travers needs to find him. Returning home from his harrowing adventures through time, Ben just wants a normal life with the girl he loves, but tying up the loose threads of his fragmented existence is proving more difficult than he ever suspected. Someone is attacking time travel labs - threatening the safety of the Quickly family - and Ben is getting messages from a version of himself that he thought was dead. When a strange cult of consciousness-shifting time travelers called The Eternals begins to worm its way into the past - endangering the very nature of time and space - Ben will have to solve the mystery of his own disappearance to stop them. He'll journey farther into time than he's ever been before, to protect the family and friends he has come to love, and to discover his own inevitable destiny. Join Ben and Mym in this third novel in the In Times Like These time travel adventure series.

©2016 Nathan Van Coops (P)2016 Nathan Van Coops

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  • Martin
    United States
    16/11/16
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    "Love the characters but not the story"

    I loved the first book and really liked the second one. This one felt like it dragged on and on and on. Just not as fun as the first books.

    I love the characters and will stay with the series but I just didn't like the metaphysical aspects of this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Douglas Weller
    Derbyshire UK
    12/01/17
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    "Ben Travers saves the world - with Ben's help"

    I loved the first two books - and I loved this one. First I should say that I listened to the audio version and didn't read it. Sometimes that's a bad thing, but not in this case. Narrator Neil Hellegers was brilliant and brought the book to life in a way that reading it might not. His ability to differentiate the various characters was exactly what you need in a book like this one, especially when several of the characters are versions of Ben Travers and when at times you are in the 'real' world and at other times in the Neverwhere.

    This time (sorry) we travel back to the far past and forward to what the not-too-distant end of the world when it encounters a Black Hole - unless Ben can save it. The second book ended with Ben Travers dying to save his girlfriend Mym Quickly. This one starts with "Dead Ben", calling himself "a time traveller who broke the rules". We meet him as he finds himself in the Neverwhere. Expect to spend a lot of time wandering through space and time in the strange world of the Neverwhere. Hellegers' narration does a brilliant job of conveying the otherness of the Neverwhere and excels at making it clear when you are listening to Dead Ben and conveying the otherness of the Neverwhere. While in the Neverwhere Dead Ben meets "ragged me", Benny, and travels with him to his childhood home in Oregon, to the far past and to the future, learning that the Neverwhere is made of memories and that it can be manipulated through them. We also discover that we first met Dead Ben trying to communicate during the Chronothon.

    Some of my favorite characters from earlier books play important roles in this one. I love Tucket, who we last saw helping Ben at the Academy of Temporal Sciences during the Chronothon. He plays a jester role and shows up early in the story having remembered Ben's off-the-cuff invitation to come visit him when he graduated from the academy. Tucket's in love with the late 20th/early 21st century, and boy does it show. One of his first bits of dialogue is "Do you have a landline? I read about landlines. I really love rotary phones." Cowboy Bob, Dr. Quickly, Mum of course, and a variety of other characters including another version of Ben

    We also meet some new characters, and they aren't all human. Captain Mira Jumptree is a starship pilot who is a synthetic human who isn't exactly fond of humans, until Tucket convinces her otherwise. I also loved the Henry Drexel the elevator mechanic. Not the space elevator, although that's pretty cool, but the Tempus Mobilus elevator. We only meet him for a short time but his explanation of the Neverwhere and the role of memories cleared up a lot of unexplained questions for me.

    And then there's Zurvan and his cult followers, the Eternals. Quick lecture: Zurvanism was a Zoroastrian heresy which had a deity called Zurvan, the god of infinite time and space. Our Zurvan isn't a deity but a mysterious figure leading a cult of "Eternals". And remember Jonah (the boy with the dog and the snail helmet)? We meet him again, his father (watch him, he isn't what he seems), and his brother "Jay". Dead Ben sees Jay being sacrificed by Zurvan, who uses Jay's death to communicate with his followers, saying: "The Lost Star returns as I have promised your prophets. You will bring it to me and I will grant your reward—spare you from the fate that consumes humanity. Those who would be saved should heed my words. Bring the Lost Star to the eternal fires of Yanar Dag. Restore me to my body and assure your eternal salvation.” The identity of the "Lost Star" was a big surprise.

    Some of the reviews express unhappiness with the Zurvan/Eternals part of the story, and I admit I found it hard to grasp at first. My advice is just to be a careful reader and don't ignore anything because you don't understand it. It does come together, although it does take time and I was as lost as Dead Ben for a while. And to be honest, I hope in any sequels or related books Nathan avoids any more long excursions into the Neverwhere. I really enjoy the time and space travel bits, the Neverwhere and the role of memories, not so much.

    The story is drive by several story lines. Besides of course saving the world, a major part of the story is the attempt by Dead Ben to communicate with live Ben (something live Ben sometimes fights against) and to somehow escape the Neverwhere. Then there's the struggle against Zurvan and his followers. A driving force throughout the book is Ben's love for Mym. As Dead Ben says at the beginning of the story, "I came here for one reasons, I came for her."

    Disclaimer - I was given a copy of the audiobook to review. I then bought the Kindle copy to help me with this review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cindy Scheffler
    03/12/16
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    "Loved listening to the story. "

    Loved listening to the story . The narrator really brought the story alive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robin
    MADISON, WI, United States
    01/08/17
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    "Why is there always a fist fight?"

    Why is it that regardless of the level of magic/technology/time travel, the conflict always ends up in a fist fight? While I liked that this book continued threads form the first two books, I found the whole section in the Neverwhere ( or was it Neverwhen?) dull and I wasn't interested in the explanation of it. I did like the vision of the future, and there were a few interesting characters. But three of these books are enough for me. The narrator continued to do a good job, especially when there were versions of the same character who had to sound different.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michael P. Reed
    southern calif
    20/04/17
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    "Great book, not (for me) a good media"

    Read the first two in the series; very impressed! Love the fresh new perspective and ideas, and well presented. Could not get any copy of this third book except audible. I read at 3000+ words per minute, and usually finish a book in around 4 hours. The info "download" from this audible is about a quarter that fast at 19+ hours, so for me, the story was hard to follow and keep my attention. The story itself though, was great! Nathan has come up with a fresh, new concept that I haven't already read a dozen times, and presented it in an action filled, entertaining, absorbing series of books. I loved the whole trilogy - well done Nathan; keep them coming! These will appeal equally to readers of science fiction and fantasy, and to mature readers as well as juveniles.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne M.
    12/03/17
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    "Great Series"

    Loved the series. I hope there is more to come. Nathan has great imagination and his writing keeps you riveted to the end of each book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon customer
    San Luis Obispo, CA United States
    04/03/17
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    "what do I do now??"

    I got the first one of these books as a free Amazon offer and then ended up paying for the other two in the series and read and listened to them all. I am just through with the last one.... this one. the books were all exceptionally well written and the audio version was wonderful with an excellent reader. now that I am done with these three books I'm just not sure what to do with myself. I enjoyed them so much more than I thought I was going to win the first one started out. I was not only pulled in but got completely hooked. I do hope that this author decides to write more in this series! I encourage you to pay for these books and listen to them you will have some wonderful escapist reading time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Audiobookworm
    01/12/16
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    "Gripping Narration From Hellegers"

    4.5★ Audiobook⎮”Ben Travers has gone missing, and Ben Travers needs to find him.” That has to be one of the most intriguing taglines I’ve ever heard. To someone who has never been introduced to this series, it probably seems pretty bizarre. But having been previously exposed to Van Coops’ unique version of time travel, it seems par for the course.

    The Day After Never was definitely the most science fiction-y of the In Times Like These trilogy. Most of this installment takes place in the far distant future, in direct contrast with the first installment, which was largely set the 1980s. Even so, there were passing references and parallels between the two. The second installment, The Chronothon, spent time in various historical settings and briefly visited the distant future, but nothing like this.

    Van Coops’ idea of the future wasn’t as apocalyptic as that of some time travel stories. His descriptions of the future actually reflected some of today’s ideas, like all major roads having designated roads for animal crossing. In today’s mainstream society, that may seem like an unlikely concept, but Van Coops’ imagined society considered it a common necessity. I think the reason that particular idea stood out to me was because of its realistic nature. In contrast to some of the more far-fetched aspects of this “future” (robots, synthetic humans, etc.), this was a concept I could actually wrap my head around. It made the future seem not so far away. It was relatable. That’s what I look for in good science fiction.

    There were also a few surprise appearances by characters from previous installments. Mym was there, although I do think she’s a character that deserved more exploration. Cowboy Bob made a delightful appearance and Dr. Quickly was as entertaining as ever. I’ve never mentioned this in previous reviews, but the way Van Coops opens every chapter with a short excerpt from Dr. Quickly’s journals is worth noting. Especially in this installment, the excerpts provided a bit of comic relief to lighten some of the more intense moments. The Day After Never certainly had a darker tone than either of its predecessors. The series became increasingly “heavier” with each installment, so the continuity of the journal excerpts marking each chapter helped tie all three installments together and provided lighter notes.

    The installments in the trilogy had a separate internal plot that was usually begun and resolved within each respective book. There was also a vaguely overarching storyline, mostly surrounding the characters, that spanned the entirety of the trilogy. I wish that there had been a stronger sense of continuity between the installments, which would have helped better develop the fictional “world”, but I appreciate that Mr. Van Coops took a different approach to the series. Certain elements of The Day After Never reminded me of Rysa Walker’s series The Chronos Files, although this series seems to be geared towards a more mature audience. However, I can recall in it that would be inappropriate for a younger audience.

    Narration review: Neil Hellegers’ narration is perfectly suited for science fiction. I’ve mentioned his action-oriented pacing in a previous review and how his voice holds a sense of urgency that never lets my attention wander. While listening to this installment, I realized that Hellegers’ crisp, clipped articulation lends itself very well to a science fiction reading. His characterization of Dr. Quickly also stands out poignantly in my mind. I can’t recall any physical description of Dr. Quickly, though I’m sure there was one given in the first installment, but Neil Hellegers’ distinct vocalization of the character paints a mental image as good as any written descriptors. Each of these installments were quite hefty in length, but Hellegers’ narration made the time fly by. Although this series has come to an end, I hope to be able to hear much more from Mr. Hellegers. Few narrators can hold my attention the way he can. ♣︎

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • thomas reszke
    07/08/17
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    "Covers all the time paradoxes!"
    What did you love best about The Day After Never: A Time Travel Adventure?

    I have read hundreds of books about time from philosophers to scientists to sci-fi and Van Coops covers a lot of ground in all the genres and aspects of the paradoxes, love of humanity, and the bits of humor all mixed in.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ben was my favorite character because he is always the underdog turning into the hero.


    What does Neil Hellegers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great, precise, and punches it hard when the action gets going.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. I couldn't wait to get in my 40 min commute to work to listen to story. It was riveting.


    Any additional comments?

    The book could be make into one of the best movies of all time! Pass it on!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Long Beach, CA United States
    22/07/17
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    "Disappointed"

    This is my third book I've listened to in the series and I was sorely disappointed. Should have stopped at the last book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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