At 11 Lalla should be enjoying her childhood in London. But this is not London as we know it. In a collapsed society, Lalla struggles to imagine her future. When a government announcement invites her to enjoy a new life in Regent’s Park, Lalla sees a glimmer of hope. But what is she willing to risk?
The Time Being is the short-story prequel to The Ship by Antonia Honeywell, if you enjoyed this, you’ll love the full-length novel sequel.
©2014 Antonia Honeywell (P)2014 W.F. Howes Ltd
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I thoroughly loved it and would like to read more by this author. It's an interesting interpretation of the way the world could go in the future.
"I want more from this author!"
This story is interesting. How often is that actually true? The characters, the setting, the descriptions, all interesting. I was motivated to go find Honeywell's blog where, as I hoped, she said her (first) book will be released soon. I will absolutely be giving it a try.
"Short and Free"
This seemed to me to have the feel of a YA girl story. I did not hate it or love it. It did not encourage me to buy the full length novel. If you are interested it is free and it is short.
"Good narration, meh story"
A short story free from Audible, consisting mainly of an 11-year-old girl in a dystopian London who decides she knows better than her parents and subsequently putting all of them in great danger. I loathed the girl, Lalla – I’m not a huge fan of children, and this is a great example of why: “I want to go.” “No.” “But I want to go!” “No.” “But I want to go!” “No.” Repeat ad infinitum. I once worked for CVS, with its bank of candy bars in front of the registers, and will always remember one father and very young daughter who came in. “Daddy, I want a candy bar.” “No, honey.” “I want a candy bar.” “No.” “But I want one!” “I said no.” “Daddy, I want a candy bar!” “No.” “DADDY, I WANT A CANDY BAR!” “Fine. Which one?” I wanted to punch him in the nose. So I’m well aware that it’s the parents who are at fault in something like this – the CVS dad caved, and the parents in the story didn’t bother to tell Lalla what was obvious to a listener (“The films aren’t real, you’ll be shot, we’ll be shot, stop asking”). But I still despised the girl.
The story might be meaningful to someone who has read the book it prequels; for me it broke no new ground and provided no enjoyment to counter my irritation with the main character. The narration by Melody Grove was quite good – I will keep an eye out for her in the future – but otherwise I’m glad this was free. And brief.
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"An intriguing introduction"
In a world after destruction, the family unit tries to survive. Teenagers are very much the same as throughout time.
The young girl who is between ages, still young enough to enjoy stores but dreaming of being older and more independent
Lovely soothing voice, appropriate for the young girl character we hear from most
The young girl, for her dreams and sense of wonder
Her mother is also a strong character
Hate that it won't delete. Only on my tablet by accident. Didn't care for it.
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"What Science Fiction Does Well"
The story drew me in from its beginning to its conclusion. It marched inevitably to the only possible conclusion. As all really great Science Fiction does, it made me think and apply it to present reality.
When the protagonist's mother realized the extent of the reality from which she had been shielding her child.
Her use of her voice to give me a picture of the world as the child protagonist perceived it.
For me, who is not prone to emotions, it appealed the reasoning part of my brain; however to one more emotional, it would bring tears.
"Interesting dystopian short listen"
I really enjoyed this - told from the childs point of view, there is much she (and we) don't understand about the world, what happened, and why it is the way it is.
I loved it and wish there was more. Excellent narration.
very enjoyable listened in bed and really enjoyed the story. my first audio book and free too.cant fault that can you.
A good story and made you think why do we fly green beans and roses from Africa to England!
"great for a free book!"
When you doing have much time its great to have a short story. This was my first experience at an audio book, loved it.
"great read. looking forward to reading the ship"
Narration was almost a bit sweet for the story but the actual story was great and looking forward to reading The Ship
"good book to read 😊😊"
The book is very good I didn't like the ending its not good for younger views I am 12 and this book is kind rated for teens even though I am young I really enjoyed the book so download it because it's really good and very meaningful 👏👏
"A good taster"
This was really well narrated and left me wanting to know more! I now cant wait to read the book.
I would love to read a full novel by this author after reading this. I love post apocalyptic stuff.
This short is the prequel to a novel - so captivating I have bought the novel and am about to listen to what happens next.
A new author with fresh ideas - excellent way to get readers (listeners) hooked!
"An intriguing taster for the novel"
A whet-the-appetite type of short story that made me download the book. I liked the narrator's voice that drew me into a child's point of living in a future Britain. It made me wonder what would happen next.
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