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Departure

Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Scott Aiello
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
4 out of 5 stars (119 ratings)
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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, February 2015 - If you know me, you know I was obsessed with the TV show Lost. I'm talking "hours of theorizing on a whiteboard after each episode" obsessed. So when I heard that A.G. Riddle's new book Departure was drawing comparisons to my favorite show, I knew I had to listen. I was pleased to find that while there are some obvious similarities - a plane crash, a mystery, characters who are not what they seem, etc. - the similarities stop there, and Riddle's story quickly takes on its own identity with a unique, tantalizing mystery and plenty of action. Nicola Barber and Scott Aiello are an amazing cast for this book, which shifts perspectives between a male and female lead. Fast-paced, intriguing, and smart, I encourage all my fellow Lost-ies to check this out. —Sam, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind.

Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they've crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?

Five passengers seem to hold clues about what's really going on: writer Harper Lane, venture capitalist Nick Stone, German genetic researcher Sabrina Schröder, computer scientist Yul Tan, and Grayson Shaw - the son of a billionaire philanthropist.

As more facts about the crash emerge, it becomes clear that some in this group know more than they're letting on - answers that will lead Harper and Nick to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy involving their own lives. As they begin to piece together the truth, they discover they have the power to change the future and the past - to save our world...or end it.

To read an epilogue to Departure and access other bonus material, go to agriddle.com/departure/extras

©2014 A.G. Riddle (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Well-constructed and tightly-wound as a fine Swiss watch, Departure has non-stop action, an engaging plot and, of course, wheels within wheels." (Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series)

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  • Jas P
  • Adelaide
  • 29-06-2015

Brilliant Narration, Intriguing Story, Poor End

The premise for this book is sound, and started exceptionally well, with great writing, fantastic characters and an intriguing story that left you captivated.
Right until the end. The ending, (and it must be noted that this is only my opinion) let the book down. I am not going to discuss it, no Spoilers here.
Overall all, the story holds up very well. Riddle does a masterful job with his characters, his two main characters, Nick and Harper are superbly written and the Narration of these two characters in the Audiobook is one of the standouts overall.
Barber and Aiello do a masterful job with all the story telling and character portrayal, but for the two main characters, they go the extra mile, giving an extra depth to the story.
For me, I think that the Audiobook is probably better than the written version due to the Narrators brilliant telling of the story - if you are going to read this story, do yourself and a favour and go the Audiobook version instead.
Overall this story is worth the effort, the ending, although disappointing for me, does not take enough away to warrant not listening to the entire story.
As suggested in the synopsis, this is the story of Harper and Nick, how they survive a terrible plane crash, and the incredible story that unfolds as a result. They are not only in a different world, but there is a conspiracy surrounding them that has to be read/listened to, to be believed, and it is a really great story.
Again, the Narration is one of the true standouts for this Audiobook though.

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Interesting twist on a time travel story.

The characters were well developed and plenty of back story so you felt invested in there lives. Ended well. And that is important to me.

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great ending

it starts strong. has a couple of stumbles but ends strongs and has great narration. all in all a great read

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  • Ben
  • 16-08-2018

Wow

Such a ride this is a fantastic I hope he rights a follow up to continue this adventure.

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couldn't put it down

Love the thrilling way this tale unravels thank you for an enjoyable story. I await more

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Good storyline BUT

The actual writing is not good, needs a good editor . ( like other books by this author) but the overall storyline is VERY good

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  • Cherie
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 09-05-2015

Meddlesome!

Struggling to finish this one! Tends to become somewhat muddled and uninteresting towards the end.

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  • Cheri
  • 01-09-2015

A Great Sci-Fi Story With Lots of Twists and Turns

Departure was a very intriguing story with a mysterious plot that had lots of twist and turns and had me on edge and guessing throughout the story. I was unable to stop listening to the story well into the wee hours of the night.

This story was also thought provoking on the chaos that would follow a plan crash if there was no leader or resources to depend on.

My credit was well spent on this story!

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  • Matthew
  • 24-02-2015

The start of a new series I suspect..

What did you like best about Departure? What did you like least?

Creative and thought provoking was what I liked best, esp. given the way it started and then twisted at the conclusion. It started rather predictably, but certainly didn't end that way.

What I didn't enjoy? Sometimes abit disjointed in the continuity, and the editing wasn't ideal.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Candidly, not much. Riddle is a fine writer, and pulled this one off with style and grace.

Which character – as performed by Nicola Barber and Scott Aiello – was your favorite?

The female Swiss doctor was quite the piece of work.

Was Departure worth the listening time?

Definitely.

Any additional comments?

I certainly hope this is the beginning of a series ( it has the feel, and I think it is already actually). As previously noted, a fine performance of an original idea. Worth the time and the credit!

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 01-04-2015

Amazing!

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This was nothing like I expected! To tell the truth, I didn't know what to expect when I started it but what I got was an amazing experience.

I'm not going to get into the plot in case I inadvertently spoil something so I'll just get right into what I thought.

Harper is such an amazing Heroine. I loved that she was a writer!! Flight 305 is her first time in first class, which is where she meets Nick. I loved her voice and her thoughts. Despite being terrified when the crash happens, she still does whats needed with no hesitation. I loved her strength and her inherent niceness.

Nick was so mysterious at the start. We didn't get a sense of what he did for a living and I thought he was maybe military. He was so strong, brave and dependable the whole way through the story. I really liked his character and was thrilled to see him show his feelings for Harper!

Plot wise I found it to be so captivating and intriguing. The plane crashes and no one comes to the passengers rescue, which is weird, add in a barren place with very little life, a rebuilt Stone Henge and a London that's abandoned and you have the makings of a phenomenal book, and it was! I started reading (well listening) and I couldn't stop. There is so many twists and turns that you will be turning the pages as fast as you can to see what happens.

Anyway, I absolutely loved everything about this book. Both the plot and the characters were well written and developed. From it's intrinsic and intriguing plot to it's wonderfully written story, Departure is a must read. If this book is any indication of his work, then I can not wait to read more by him. Amazing.

I listened to the audio and it was fantastic. Both narrators did a brilliant job with the story. They gave it their all and it showed. They drew me into the story and made me a part of it. As I was listening to it, it played out like a movie in my head and I loved it. Highly recommend.

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  • D. A. Gordon
  • 22-04-2015

Couldn't stay with it

I have tried to listen to this several times, but just can't stay with the book. It's hard to follow. Scott, the male narrator does a good job in narration, but Nicola reads like she's whispering. I have to crank up the volume to make out what she's saying.

The situation at the beginning of the story was interesting, because it seemed like a good way to start a book, however I didn't find the rest of the story interesting enough to finish it.

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  • Jan
  • 22-02-2015

To Believe or Not To Believe, That's The Question

A.G. Riddle's new novel "Departure" is written in multiple genres, which isn't easy for any author to pull off sucessfully. The original storyline is the novel's strength, and the carrying out of that storlyline is it's weakness.

This futuristic sci-fi grabs the listener's attention right out of the gate with a plane crash. We are introduced to the surviving passengers, and are suddenly engulfed in a mystery, adventure, suspense, and a budding romance. Sci-fi via time travel is quickly added to the mix.

Many characters and events are introduced very early in the novel with limited detail, which resulted in a lack of character development and difficulties with suspension of belief. Usually, the inability to suspend belief in a sci-fi novel is like drawing the death card. I was able to get past this, but not without it effecting my overall opinion of the novel.

Most of the characters who are not essential to the story are weeded out by the ending of the first half of the novel. The second half, while less suspenseful, is well devoleoped... allowing the reader to focus on time travel within a post-apocolyptic world, and the mystery of how the world got that way.

Overall, "Departure' is written with an original storyline, and although not Riddle's best, it is still above average. Both narrators are very good and character consistant. It was a good listen, but I wouldn't be interested in experiencing it a second time.

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  • Dorothy
  • 20-02-2015

Enjoyed

First time reading this authors work. I enjoyed the book a lot, different structure far as narration goes, but was a good read.

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  • Stephen
  • 19-02-2015

A satisfyingly woven story.

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Telling the story from two alternating points of view worked well. Competent narration certainly added to the atmosphere of the story. The various "strands" of the story came together in an interesting way so that most of the questions raised in the story are answered in a satisfying manner. Thanks A.G. I enjoyed this a lot.

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  • G. Horn
  • 18-02-2015

A different and new kind of story and enjoyed it.

it was very interesting to say the least, Dead on target for Riddle. The story covered all of the bases and is put together well but not necessarily in an original type of order with regards to a futuristic almost positive doomsday book. if that makes sense....haha read it....I have over 300 audible titles and this is worth reading.

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  • E
  • 22-02-2015

kept me wanting more

great book!!! a bit long but loved the story. interesting twist. would deff recommend!!! pleasure

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  • Max
  • 23-04-2015

Dumb and dumber

Terrible storyline with one dimensional over stereotyped characters. I thought I'd get eventually be drawn in but no such luck, just glad when it ended. Sound editing not well done. Male voice is booming while female is a barely audible whisper.

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