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Summary

Toby Grant spends his days working for a digital marketing agency and his nights stressing about how unfair life is for his generation. With a 30th birthday only months away and his finances approaching meltdown, it’s fair to say Toby isn’t a happy millennial. His parents’ generation had it so much easier...or did they?

After a series of rather unfortunate events, Toby is offered an opportunity to discover exactly what life was like for his parents’ generation, courtesy of a journey back in time to 1969.

However, life in pre-decimal Britain isn’t quite as simple as Toby envisaged. And neither, as it transpires, is time travel.

©2019 Keith A. Pearson (P)2019 W. H. Howes Ltd

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Great story but :

This is a great story much like the other books from the same author but it is let down by awful narration. Cannot understand for the life of me why there is long pauses between sentences

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Very pleased to have stumbled on this by accident



I stumbled on this book by accident, and am very pleased I did! Time travel isn't my genre but this book is a delight. A 29 year old man from 2019 travels back to the late 1960s with often hilarious but also some very moving consequences.

I loved all the little details of 1960s life, some if which I remembered well even though I was just a child back then. The characters are mostly likeable and credible and after a sliwjshbeginni g the plot moves at a good pace. I enjoyed this so much that my next listen will be The '86 Fix by the same author.

A word about the narration by Mike Paul, whose voice was just right for the book. However there were some strange long pauses for no apparent reason which disrupted the flow a little.

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Slow

Had to abandon 6 chapters in. The story is slow and this is made worse by the slow reading style of the narrator who has a pregnant pause about every 2 sentences.
I wish I could get a refund.

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Terrible at accents.

I enjoyed the story. But there was lots of weird gaps of silence within the recording. And the fella reading it was terrible at accents.

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Good story but what’s with all the pauses?

I enjoyed the story, but the narration surely needs some more editing to cut out all the unnecessary pauses! In the middle of what is meant to be conversations between the characters, there are huge pauses that totally ruin the flow. It’s a shame as the story is pretty entertaining.

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Great Book - Narration takes some getting used to

I absolutely loved this book. Really good story and I liked the link to the other books by Keith Pearson (completely independent story though). Bit of time travel like in 86 fix but nothing too complex. The narration was strange because, the narrator's voice was very good and believable for the character, but there were long pauses between sentences which was really distracting. I felt it got better towards the end (or I got used to it) because I stopped noticing. Shame because it's a fab book.

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Brilliant story

Too many long pauses by narrator. Otherwise a great story, can't wait for the sequel

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Worth finishing, but a bit pondorous

The beginning scenario that put our ‘hero’ in a situation to meet the person with the time-travel device was laboured and very unlikely. Then, why would he try to go back in time and then be so unbelieving when he arrived, and for so long. One view of the date should have been enough, not some stupid idea that the whole world were in on a silly prank.

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Great Story

The reader was very good but his narration was slightly marred by the significant pauses between some sentences. Other than that I highly recommended

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An enjoyable listen

Overall I enjoyed this book but....i was 15 in 1969 and some of research was just wide of the mark. No one spent 'crowns'; only half crowns. Crowns were only minted commemoratively for collecting occasionally Women did wear trousers informally but we called them slacks and young women (including me) also wore trousers quite a lot socially or in very cold weather. Apart from a few anachronistic linguistic slip ups it was pretty good though. I look forward to the next one!

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  • 21-06-22

A lot of pauses in the narration

I liked the story and the narrator very much, but the production of the narration leaves a lot to be desired . Too many pregnant pauses…

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  • ronnito
  • 15-10-21

Absolutely Wonderful & Engaging

WOW... Not sure how I fell upon this book, but it was absolutely fantastic. Just... WOW.
There is so much to unpack, for which my lack of attempt at explaining does better to express the depth found in this awesome book - too hard - reason why you should listen to it instead.

The time travel aspect is not the HC scifi type, so don't let this put you off.

I get the comment about the narrator pausing... or the result of the audio edit. It was weird and hard to ignore, but oddly, in the end I think it added to the overall experience. If it was a mistake, then some ingrained bias I hold made me want it to be purposeful, a tool used to add another dimension of texture - but I'm guessing the book was so good that I figured out how to trick myself into believing this.

I will absolutely share this book as a gift with friends and family. To good not to!

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  • Maria
  • 21-01-20

This was a super fun story!

I love time travel novels, and this one didn't disappoint. Actually, it was pretty perfect. There was just enough detail to make it seem realistic, but not so much detail that it read like an academic paper. Toby was really likable as a character, and I rooted for him the whole book. I listened to this one nearly straight through, and look forward to more from this author. The narrator did a great job, too. Again, the perfect balance. British enough that it was fun and authentic, but not so overly British that I couldn't understand his accent. The only glaring flaw in the book was the odd pausing in the narration. It got better as the book went on, but it was pretty bad in the beginning. Some pauses as long as 5 seconds in between paragraphs or changes in dialog. By the end, I barely noticed it (either that or I got used to it?). Anyway, 5 stars for this recommendation. Well done!

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  • Lareau Family
  • 10-01-20

highly recommended

one of the few books I had to finish non stop and then cried when it ended. heartily recommended. entertaining and insightful.