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Summary

Doesn't anyone feel she's worth their time? Routinely ignored by her single mother, high school senior Lindsey Hamilton hides her loneliness behind a mask of flirtatious self-confidence that has many boys wrapped around her finger. However, during community service required for graduation, she meets a shy guy with a haunted past who barely gives her the time of day. Why doesn't he like her? Then the father she thought had abandoned her before birth wants to meet, and she discovers everything she believed about him is a lie. How will Lindsey learn to trust so she can realize that she has been loved all along?

©2014 Laura Jackson (P)2017 Laura Jackson

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Good for Young Christian Fiction Readers

Thank you to Giselle Lumas for providing me with a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

Worth the Time is a coming of age story that follows Lindsey, a young girl trying to find herself as she changes from a teen to an adult. Lindsey is a lonely girl who has never met her father and isn't particularly close with her mother. When sent to a shelter for her community service, Lindsey meets Sutton and finds out that her life isn't actually so tough.

The Good Stuff
I really liked the balance between Lindsey's story of meeting her father and slowly building a relationship with Sutton. The backstory of Lindsay's father was really interesting and he was really likable.

The narrator, Giselle was very right for this story, she had a very calming voice and kept the dialogue flowing very well, even at points when it seemed to be a little forced and badly written.

Sutton was a really likable character. I'm so used to reading the shy girl falls for the popular boy but not so much the other way around. It was really interesting to read.

Not My Cup of Tea
As mentioned above, some of the dialogue didn't really seem to flow, the narrator did a great job of making it work but I think had I been reading it I may have given up because it just didn't seem natural.

When I read the write up for this story I wasn't aware that it was a Christian fiction.
I don't really mind a character having a religion - whether it's Christian, Jewish, Muslim...it adds to the character. This one, however, really went to town with teachings. After about halfway I was getting sick of hearing the word Jesus, Preacher and God. It was more or less the word out of every character's mouth.
This story would be perfect for someone who is a lot more interested in the Christian religion but for me, it did get very long and very annoying.

Overall Rating
The story that followed Lindsey was quite nice and well split between meeting her dad and learning more about Sutton. However, I did get very tired of the Christian talk and probably wouldn't have gotten so frustrated with the book had I known that it was very Christian themed. It would definitely be well suited as Young Adult Christian fiction, but it's just not for me.

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  • ldybkpr
  • 31-05-18

A teen story everyone should read

The story has religious undertones. Lindsey is an in secure girl who is graduating. She has all the boys wrapped around her little finger except the one she meets during her community service which is a requirement for graduation. Lindsey find that life if more complicated than she first thought. Her mother had not only been ignoring her but also lying to her about her father. The story is a likable story. Very thought provoking. Enjoyed to very much.

The narration of the book was very good. She brought the characters to life

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

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  • Layla
  • 15-05-18

Clean read.

I have not read book one but I did not feel that I was missing anything.
This book is an interesting read in that it is about family and the drama that comes with it.

The narrator I thought was OK, she voiced the characters but I felt the male voices sounded strange.

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  • jstep
  • 09-07-18

Religious undertones that I hadn't been expecting.

Worth the Time, Waltham Academy, Book 2, by Laura Jackson wasn't quite what I had expected. The overall premise of the book is good and man, did I feel sorry for poor Lindsey! This book had some religious undertones, which didn't bother me, but I just hadn't been expecting them. So if you don't care for books with a bit of a religious undertone, then I would recommend staying away from this one. That being said, it's a decent YA story dealing with some the battles of growing up and dealing with jerks at school, peer pressure, etc. as well as some more major issues such as finding out that everything you though about an absent parent may just be completely false. I would recommend this book for more of an older YA crowd, as there are some more serious issues and sex is a topic periodically.

Giselle Lumas' narration wasn't bad, per se, but it wasn't great either. She handled the narration well enough but I found that I was unable to really get into the story as much, as there wasn't as much emotion in the narration to bring the characters to life as I've come to expect from many of the Audible books that I listen to. In addition, the audio recording was hollow sounding and somewhat distracting. It wasn't as hollow sounding as some narrations that I've listened to, but it was definitely there. A good, quality recording and a bit better editing (there were a few spots where there were other technical issues with the recording) would have made a star's worth of difference in my rating. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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  • Claire
  • 12-05-18

Not what I normally read

I'm not religious so I normally stay clear of books with a strong religious themes. The blurb on this one was intriguing so I decided to give it a go. I was right about the strong religious themes but I enjoyed the book anyway.

The writing is very well done and the story has a great flow to it. There's lots going on and strong themes of forgiveness and moving on. The characters are well developed and their interactions are a times funny, touching, sad and more.

Lindsey is not very likeable for parts of the book but her story is also touching and she does a lot of growing throughout the book, I was quite attached to her by the end.

All in all I enjoyed listing to this book. The narration is well done, the character voices are clear and distinct and the delivery is smooth and well paced.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 27-04-18

incredibly mature

book was fantastic so Illuminating so much things that you wouldn't think about in life were a fact in this book I loved every second of this book this teenager girl is one of the strongest character out there
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Stephanie
  • 25-04-18

Refreshing outlook on life.

This book was given to me for free on my request, I am providing this voluntary review. This story gave me a refreshing outlook on life. Lindsay is a young girl who has had some difficulties in her life come up. Along the way she meets new people who have excepted god into their lives. It makes her think if god could really be there for her as well. I am not a religious person. So this book really gave me food for thought. I was not turned off by the religious undertone. There is much more storyline than religion. I am not a spoiler. I would recommend this to any young adult or adult. The narration is great as well.

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  • Athena
  • 05-06-17

Strong and independent

Where does Worth the Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've read over 2000 audiobooks. Its high up there but not sure

What was one of the most memorable moments of Worth the Time?

I like the volunteering hours, but I also found the empty house to be moving in its own way.

Have you listened to any of Giselle Lumas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I don't think I have. But I enjoyed this

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

I think the empty house is understated but really was upsetting to me. I also found her trying to keep others out was a bit sad.

Any additional comments?

This is worth the read, and really made me think.
I was given this free copy, in return for my unbiased review

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  • Daman
  • 15-05-17

Good Inspirational Story

Would you consider the audio edition of Worth the Time to be better than the print version?

Yes, the narration was perfect and the listen was pleasant.

Any additional comments?

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

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  • Amazon CustomerBeliever
  • 27-04-17

Fine Story

A teenager who is coming of age learns that community service can generate more than just an opportunity to graduate but an opportunity to learn what real life is. She uses flirtation to cover her insecurities until she runs across a boy who does not succumb to her flirts but does do something even better. The narrator made the story come to life and kept me listening. I am not a fan of YA novels but this one was fine. I got this book via audiobook boom.

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  • Joseph Mahoney
  • 13-04-17

Worth a Listen a Great Story for Teens.

I really really enjoyed this story and feel just horrible about not being able to give 5 stars in all the overall and performance categories. The story is very good and does reflect on issues faced by high school kids today. I found the fact that the main character struggled with her faith interesting and enjoyable. The pressures she faces with her mother and her mothers secrets is really thought provoking and fun. This is great story and I really recommend it and plan on going back and hearing the first in the series based on how much I have enjoyed this audiobook.

The narrator Ms. Lumas does a good good with the dialogue and giving each character life of their own but the performance just has a few technical issues. I noted 6 different places where the story or dialogue looped for 5 or 10 seconds. It is not major but pulls you out of the story. The recording quality has a hollow tone with a mild echo that you can get used to but is is more pronounced in places of the story.

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom.