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An Altered Course by R.A. Carter-Squire
Narrator: John C. Snipes
Published by Lavish Publishing, LLC on 08-27-18
Genres: Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Time Travel
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
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When a friend is in trouble, no barrier is too great; not even decades.
Driven to unravel his best friend’s disappearance, Michael Eldridge is on the verge of a discovery that will enable him to finally solve the mystery; time travel. He has worked out the equation, and is testing his theory, ready to leap into the past to find the missing link.
While in the process of ensuring a safe and successful trip, Michael’s life explodes around him. A competing company will stop at nothing to get their hands on his technology, and his father’s health is deteriorating rapidly. When the woman of his dreams suddenly announces she’s interested in a relationship, he realizes this could be the worst timing ever; things are coming to a head faster than he can cope with them.
Will he find the truth, get the girl, and save his father, or will he be swept away on An Altered Course….
Michael Eldrige is a renowned scientist with an obsession with time-travel. One of his main goals in life is traveling to the past, when at 7 years old, his friend Joe disappeared.
The premises of this story were interesting, and the intrigue wanting to know what happened to Joe kept me interested until the end, but there were many moments in the book that made me roll my eyes. The characters are simple drafts without personality, and the secondary characters blend into each other. There is just one female character, which is both secretary and lover to Michael. The only things she does are being insatiable in bed, being a good cook, worry about Michael, and complaining about the risk of the experiment. I hate when writers nowadays create uninteresting female characters, c’mon, life has changed a lot since the ’50s. There is also a sudden friendship born from a Deux ex Machina event that was not believable at all. The story in itself was okay, and there were plenty of twists and turns that got me entertained, but many of the events and character’s reactions and dialogs were unrealistic. There was also a lot of information delivered as monologues by Michael, which didn’t seem the most elegant way of doing this. I think I also have troubles when main characters are stinking rich, smart, and successful, to the point that they don’t seem to be real people anymore.
John C. Snipes did a good job in differentiating characters with voices and styles, but I had issues with his reading rhythm, introducing some pauses where they should not have been any. The audio production could have been better too. There were noticeable audio edits, changes in volume, audible breathing, and mouth noises. I found those distracting, even though I got used to them after a while.
It was an okay book, interesting if you are into time travel and are not too demanding about plot twists and character development.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
My name is Elena. Since I was a little child I loved science fiction and fantasy, and I can’t resist to a good novel. In 2015, while wait I started to listen to audiobooks and I discovered the pleasure in being able to read while doing my daily tasks, so there’s always an audiobook playing on my phone. If you see me with my Bluetooth headphones on, please be gentle, I get easily startled.
I live with my boyfriend, which I met during my six-years stay in Belgium, three cockatiels, eight lovebirds, and a Gouldian finch in Madrid, Spain; and I like to spend my free time knitting and sewing while listening to audiobooks.