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A Bridge Through Time

Book 1 of The Thistle & Hive Series
Narrated by: Paul Woodson
Series: The Thistle & Hive Series, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
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Ashley Moore's life in San Francisco has hit a few snags, not the least of which involves sightings of a mystery man around every corner. Is she losing her mind or does he really exist? Her search for this grey-eyed stranger leads her to Scotland. There she meets a witch with a secret, a vindictive English knight who is bent on revenge, and she crosses a fog-shrouded bridge into the arms of a 16th century Highlander.

Cailin MacBayne is no stranger to beautiful women, but has always managed to stay one step ahead of commitment. That all comes to an end when he meets Ashley. He doesn't care where this beautiful, yet unusual lass came from, he's just happy to have found her.

Ashley cannot resist the handsome Scot and finds herself falling hopelessly in love. In the process, a secret is revealed, a battle is waged and Ashley must ultimately decide whether to return to her own time or give up her 21st century life to stay with the love she has found in the past.

©2014 Jennae Vale (P)2015 Jennae Vale

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great listen

Loved the story line. A bit unsure of male narrator at first but good overall.

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  • Julie
  • 28-08-2016

Not bad but not great...

This is the first book I've listened to by Ms Vale. The story was decent but predictable and simple. The narration is what I just couldn't get used to. He did the accents fine and did the male voices well but made the main character sound like a whiny bi***.

I'm sure the author did not intend this. I actually stopped listening to the book several times because of the narration. Between the poorly done female characters and the added drama where there shouldn't be any... It just kept bringing me out of the story and thinking ugh... This may be a decent book if it had been narrated by someone else. By then again, maybe not.

This title isn't awful, and may be worth a credit for you but if the next book in the series (which I already purchased unfortunately) doesn't improve, this will be my final read by this author and definitely by this narrator.

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  • Kathryn Fitchett
  • 28-07-2016

DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME

I have not liked any romance books narrated by a man. Men, and in particular this narrator, cannot master a decent romantic woman's voice. They all sound like childish, overly excited immature girls. I hate it. And this story was overly simple, for teenage girls not mature women. There was no emotional trauma or deep conflict to over come. I was quite bored. I could have enjoyed it better, however, if the main character's voice had been better.

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  • 🌸DARA
  • 26-08-2015

Enjoyable First Book of the Series

This is the first book I've read by Jennae Vale so I didn't know what to expect. I have to admit, when I think of a time travel romance I think of a detailed story that is seeped in history and adventure. This book, however, was a little predictable, low on history but surprisingly is still really quite enjoyable. It is a good beginning to what I hope will be a great time travel series.

This was a fun story that was set in modern day and 16th Century Scotland. The main characters, Ashley and Cailin, are both very likable, interesting and their romance was sweet and transcends time. The ending came too soon however so I am happy there will be more books to come.

If you go into this book knowing it's more of a fun time travel romance rather than a deep time travel adventure I think you will enjoy this story even more. I'm looking forward to the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-08-2016

really disappointed!

I don't even know where to begin to review this book. I had a really hard time finishing it. if it hadn't been on audible I wouldn't have wasted my time but since I was doing other things while listening I stayed with it till the end thinking it would get better but it didn't. the story itself was ok and not horrible but I thought the writing was not great and was very cheesy and made me cringe a lot. I did not like the narrator at all. I thought he was too melodramatic and the voices he tried to do for the female characters were pretty bad especially the character of Edna which ended up sounding like Robin Williams' Mrs Doubtfire character to me. I'm going to try to figure out how to return this and get my audible credit back.

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  • Cecilia
  • 01-11-2015

Not worth the credit

I'm all for sexy scotts but this one was juvenile. It had such promise but the characters are not well developed and the story too simple. Did not manage to finish it.

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  • BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN
  • 03-12-2015

Humorous & Scary When Past Meets Present

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Let’s face it. If I could time travel I would. The adventurous spirit of my inner-self thrives on the excitement of getting into a tight situation and being able to squeeze out of it. It was great fun following Ashley Moore on her escapade to Scotland and yes, beyond, to its past.

I appreciate Paul Woodson’s narration style, particularly when there’s a brogue in the mix. Jennae Vale is a new author to me, and since I love reading about Scots, the Highlands, etc. it was natural to give this book a listen.

When the present and the past bump heads, I’m always intrigued. Ashley was your typical American girl except for this dream which just wouldn’t leave her. Deciding to take a trip to Scotland (nudged by destiny’s hand and the magic of a woman who ‘sees’ more than most) she is looking for the mysterious man who won’t leave her dreams.

She finally arrives at the Thistle and Hive inn which is run by two charming people. Her life begins anew when she crosses a bridge when hiking close to the inn. She runs from creepy Teddy on one side of the bridge, she thinks is out to hurt her, only to run into someone who definitely IS, on the other side.

The author builds tension as Ashley experiences buzzing and tingling and gray-eyes becomes more insistent in her dreams, urging her to hurry. So by the time she runs over the bridge I was more than ready to experience her adventure. And what an adventure it turned out to be!

Cailin MacBayne, the hero, is a male any woman would love to have dote on her. Ashley needed such a man in her life, but not all was easy when she ran across the bridge and entered the swirling fog. Plenty of action and danger awaited Ashley. I enjoyed the humor and comradery and warmth of the Mackenzie clan. It was comical seeing Cailin's reaction to Ashley’s American speech and slang.

All in all, I enjoyed much the presentation of A Bridge Through Time. Would that the town of Glendaloch really exist bringing past and present together!

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  • 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿
  • 07-09-2015

Fabulous Author, Wonderful Book

What a wonderful surprise this book turned out to be. l love finding a new author who brings the magic of story telling to life. This is a tale of romance, time travel, legend, a little magic and a hefty dose of all things Medieval Scotland. The plot sings it's magic as it twists and winds it way through the centuries. The characters are colorful with well honed personalities. Although typical in many ways ( Hunky highlanders, headstrong lass, castles, warhorses, etc...) it is also unique in just as many ways. Other than one interruption this was one of those books that scream at you that you HAVE to finish it Now, and you verrry happily oblique.

NARRATOR: Paul Woodson is flawless. As usual he delivered a stellar performance.

CREDITWORTHY? oh yes!

HEAT FACTOR: Sizzling simmer that's tasteful and loving.

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  • Laurie Rossing
  • 30-12-2018

A Bridge Thru Time

Did not enjoy, the male narrator made it difficult to connect with the story. The story itself could be interesting, but the writing g didn't grab me.

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  • Looking young
  • 26-02-2018

Terrible narration

It was hard for me to keep listening because the narrator made the main character girl sound like flake and transvestite. It was also so slow that I have to speed up the narration which is uncommon for me since English is my third language. The story is fine, but I had to admit that the romance did not build up well. I was bored at times.

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  • Magic Wanda
  • 01-02-2018

Dinna fash!

What didn’t you like about Paul Woodson’s performance?

Every bit of dialog begins with a half-laugh, but the writing is so bad, I can see why he thinks it's a joke.

Any additional comments?

If you have the misfortune of buying this audiobook, pour yourself a whisky and drink every time somebody says, "Dinna fash."

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