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The Syndicate

Timewaves, Book 1
Narrated by: Andrea Harbin
Series: Timewaves, Book 1
Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
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Summary

In a future where time travel has been outlawed, a black market exists for anyone with the money, connections, and nerve to request items from days past. As a Runner for one of the underground syndicates that now controls the timewaves, Stassi 2446-89 has seen it all: the fall of Rome, the rise of Hitler, the end of democracy, the establishment of time tourism, and the devastating consequences of it. Her job is to seamlessly slip through the past, in search of items of value to the syndicate's clientele.

Stassi's next assignment takes her to Paris in the 1920s in search of a lost manuscript by one of the 20th century's greatest writers. She and her partner, Gaige, are swept up in the City of Light during the height of fashion and culture - as alluring a locale as they've ever visited. But a seedier side of life lurks beneath the glamorous facade, and the pair quickly learns this run is more dangerous than any of their previous missions.

Because history isn't playing out as it should be - a first for the syndicate. When the stakes are raised and it becomes a matter of life or death, Stassi and Gaige must ultimately decide how far they're willing to go to ensure the future as they know it.

©2016- Sophie Davis Books (P)2017 Sophie Davis

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Stilted Narrator

It may be ok for some but the narrator didn’t seem very fluid. It felt like listening to a lecture on something you’re not interested in. Because of this I couldn’t really appreciate the story. Sorry if this causes any offence.

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  • incomer
  • Huddersfield, UK
  • 09-11-19

Worth the listen

Poor narration but great story. You get used to the narration after a while so not as annoying. I am excited to listen to the other books.

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  • Helen
  • Paignton Devon
  • 21-07-19

good book

In a future where time travel has been outlawed,
enjoyed the story line but the narrater not so much sorry Sophie Davis love you books

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  • TinkerMel
  • 29-03-17

Great story, bad editing.

This an amazing story. long but good. The writter is excellent at describing places, things, places, clothing and of course Paris. At some points she can actually get a little too winded. It could of been shaved off a bit.
The story line was very good. It something I've never heard before. It definitely keeps you interested. With lots of twists and turns. I actually jumped online to grab the second book and noticed it has not yet been released.
You can read this book all the way through. it doesn't have any cliffhangers or anything like that, but man I couldn't wait to hear the second book.
I do however wish that the narrator works on her Reading a bit and doing other voices better. The two main characters voices are great but some of the other ones need some work. Also there's a lot of volume going up and down and a bit of repeating.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Shelly Kang
  • 18-01-17

Good story, worst narration ever!

The book itself is pretty good - the time travel element isn't really the key to the plot - it's more of a mystery/period piece/thriller - but I can see how the time travel element will work well with the longer story arc of the series.
The problem is a narrator with robotic intonation, putting emphasis on all the wrong words, reading deadpan and mispronouncing many words - not just the foreign language ones but also many English ones. Production quality is also low, with several examples of poor sound editing when the narrator stumbled and repeated phrases, plus pauses between chapters that varied between what one would normally expect in an audiobook and long enough to make me check my phone to make sure it hadn't stopped.
I have listened to thousands of audiobooks, and normally don't leave reviews, but this one was irritating enough to get me motivated. I really want to listen to the next book in this series....but only with a different narrator and a real production company!

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  • S. Matthyssen
  • 12-08-19

Nix the Narrator

The Narrator of this book! Just no. Every 10 minutes she is pronouncing words wrong, she speaks in a very slow, odd tone overly trying to enunciate and ending each sentence lowering her tone. “Heruclean” vs “Herculean”. “Insigna” vs “Insignia”, etc. Gah it’s so painful. The story itself has potential but I just can’t get past the narration - 20 hours of it.

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  • Cleocutie
  • 01-08-19

Good book

Good time travel story with an interesting plot and well written, characters. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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  • Frank
  • 31-07-19

Worst reader ever

I could not finish the book. It was like it was being read by a robot. Unbelievably bad reader. Will return the book next. Sounds like it may have been a good story, but I’ll never know.

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  • Shanna Tidwell
  • 26-06-18

Loved it!

Really Sophie? Really? You are going to leave us hanging like a Walking Dead season finale or any other shows cliffhanger season finale....... and book two isn’t out on audio yet! I may have to find time to stop & read. Problem is thats pretty difficult to do when I work 2 jobs!
This is one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. Think I’ve read around 45 so far and it’s just June.
Stassi, Charles, Gaige & Molly all have my brain & heart. When will book 2 be here? I have so many questions that I assume I know the answer to but maybe I’ll be surprised. I need to know about the pocket watch, the necklace & the cuff links! I’m pretty sure the necklace is the reason Stassi doesn’t get time sickness. I can’t say more without ruining something for future readers. She & Charles need to find their origins. Please don’t let them be related!
I hope Stassi gets to meet up with the Hemingway’s again.
Andrea Harbin did an excellent job with narration.
I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the publisher/author but voluntarily give my honest review.

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  • Deedra
  • 16-06-17

The Syndicate

This is a very good story with a few issues.First,the narrator is terrible with a touch of brilliance every so often.Andrea Harbin makes the 20 hours seem even longer.There should be a bit of back story as to why time travel is banned.Maybe cut a few hours of the silences and brooding and it would be better.That being said,I would like to read the next book in this series, should there be one.I was provided this book free by the author, narrator or publisher.

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  • C. Bussema
  • 21-05-17

Awful narration

I turned it off after less than seven minutes of the narrator's sing sing voice that went up and down on random phrases in the middle of every sentence. the little bit of the story I caught sounded interesting, but I can't really say.

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  • Ashley
  • 18-05-17

A compeling story that can be enthralling.

It has been so hard for me to write a review for this book due to the mixed feelings I have towards many aspects of the book. The story is extremely long and the only way I finished it was because it was read to me. That being said, it was extremely hard to listen to at times due to the narrators voices that just seemed odd at times. If you enjoy extremely scattered plots with lots of odd things thrown in this is a book to listen to. What could of made it better was focusing in on key points and not having as many tangents. What caught my attention with this story was that its a time traveling book and finding artifacts and looking into her missing past. I could of done with less serial killer nonsense.


I received a copy of this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Lori
  • 05-05-17

Really good story - Audio quality needs work

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An interesting, entertaining and enjoyable time travel murder mystery thriller. Unfortunately the audio errors take away from the overall enjoyment. It's hard to be completely pulled into a story when the audio quality/errors keep pulling you out.

The story itself is well written, creative, visually descriptive and very detailed. The possibilities for interesting new adventures are endless with the time travel aspect in the series. I really enjoyed the fact that this story stuck to one time period instead of skipping around.

While the story is full of mystery and intrigue with a bit of romance, the suspense builds very slowly as the story unfolds. The story does keep you guessing with plenty of twists. There are several different story-lines going on at the same time which should keep the story constantly moving forward but there were times especially in the beginning it felt like the story wasn't moving at all.

Great cast of well rounded and interesting characters. Gaige and Stassi are friends who act like brother and sister. Loved the humor, banter and true friendship between them. Really like that they are not love interests for each other. They are true platonic friends who trust and look out for each other on or off a mission. That could possibly change in the future but I hope not.

The Syndicate is a black market business specializing in retrieving any item from any time period. As long as someone can afford the price the syndicate will retrieve an item from it's last know whereabouts. Their job is to achieve their objective, retrieve the item and not affect the timeline in anyway. It can be a very dangerous job. Especially when things don't always go as planned. Gage and Stassi's latest mission isn't turning out as planned. Caught up in the middle of a murder investigation. Gage becomes the prime suspect. How far are they willing to go to finish their mission and insure the current timeline remains intact.

Andrea Harbin does the narration for this story. This is the first time I have heard her narrate a book. While there are several issues I will address below, her narration overall was very enjoyable. She has a pleasant voice. Easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Some really good character voices. There are times she needs to put a little more "life" into her narration. The way she narrates is very "soothing" which limits the amount of time you want to spend listening in one sitting. With just a few changes she could be a really great narrator. I would listen to her narrate other audiobooks.

Issues - The quality of the audio is inconsistent and changes throughout the story. There are many times it sounds "hollow". The introduction of each new chapter is at a different volume level. Some of the errors in the audio quality I was able to write down at the time were static in background of Chapter 7. Chapter 19 at little over 7 minutes in something is missing (a line)? in the narration the conversation changes abruptly. Chapter 20 repeated line close to the end. Chapter 23 repeated line. Several more times throughout the book words were repeated I couldn't always write them down.

Before an audio is released it should be checked. It is a huge disappointment when there are this many errors in a book. I would return the book based on this many errors.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.