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Publisher's Summary

Simmie Johnson was born the son of a slave. He was also a genius. After earning a PhD in physics from Tuskegee Institute, he wrote a paper outlining a theory for time travel, including plans for a time machine - called a chronocar - which was published in a scientific journal in the early 1900s. Since the technology required to build the chronocar did not yet exist, the paper and its brilliant writer faded into obscurity.

A century later, Tony Carpenter, a young Illinois Tech student, discovers the journal article and decides to build a chronocar, so he can travel back to 1919 to meet the black scientist he hopes to emulate. Unfortunately, time is not on his side.

Dr. Johnson is living in Chicago’s Black Belt with his beautiful daughter, and Tony arrives just in time for the bloodiest race riot in the city’s history.

Can Tony use the chronocar to save his new friends, or will his attempt forever alter the future he hopes to return to?

©2015 Steve Bellinger (P)2020 Wordwooze Publishing

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  • Robert
  • 06-02-2020

Terrible Narration

This seems like a good story. I think I would have enjoyed it, maybe given it 4 stars, but the narration was truly awful and ruined the book. The narrator's different voices for different characters sounded like a child trying to impersonate people he had never heard speak before. The voice for the main character, Simmie (may be misspelled) often sounded like a stereotypical rich white person voice, similar to Thurston Howell III from Gilligan's Island. Narrator's voice for Jonnie, the Irish guy he meets on the train, sounds like a Jamaican trying to speak with an Irish accent. And the voice of the black man Simmie saves and hops the train with sounds like a man born and raised in a U.S Northern state trying, and failing, to imitate a Southern accent. It got so bad that I couldn't continue listening to the book. Absolutely terrible narration.

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  • Diane Reynolds
  • 11-04-2021

Took me two tries

This is about time travel, and covers a couple of historical periods. I found though that it started out a bit slow. I listened for awhile and couldn’t get into it. There is a very heavy and dominant theme of racial violence and discrimination. (Which I expected... but it was still shocking. ). A second go, however, got me more into the characters and I got to the heart of the story— where it really picked up and became a “page turner”. The ending was a bit moralistic but suited the story very well.

I received this book for free in exchange for a review.

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  • Susan Straley, Author, Alzheimer's Trippin' with George
  • 22-11-2020

Time traveling horrors

One of those stories where you know the hero is going to get into trouble yet again. He won’t heed your warnings! A groaner for sure.

The performance was in some ways very good, with a lovely voice performing separate and unique voices for the many characters. But often the reading was jerky and slow.

I received a complimentary copy and I am volunteering my opinion here. Thanks.

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  • Gwendolyn Simpson
  • 09-10-2020

The Chronocar

This book, “ The Chronocar,” by Steve Bellinger was well written and listening to the Audio was well narrated by Earl Sewell.
From the beginning when Dr Johnson ran for his life and attended the University kept me intrigue. I always wondered what was his next move. Brilliant when the Author brought Tony in to build the Chronocar after reading Dr Johnson’s work on the time capsule that can bring you back.
The ending was a surprise when not only Tony but another man( White man) had done the same.
I understood why they could not go back in time after Dr. Johnson explained it but I was sad that Tony had to die.
5 stars!!!
Gwendolyn Simpson

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  • Rochell D. Williams
  • 03-10-2020

Great read or listen (Audible.com)

I like to read books as if they are movies, all in one sitting. This book was captivating and held me anticipating the next move. I had to speed up the read when I got to eager to find out what was happening. Great story for a sci-fi/fantasy junkie like myself.

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  • Anthony Schmidt
  • 21-04-2020

Interesting take on time travel.

I really enjoyed this book. It's hard to say exactly what I liked without having a spoiler filled review, so I won't. What I will say is that the characters are well fleshed out and the story is compelling. My only complaint about this, and it is a very minor one, is that the narrator pronounces the s at the end of Illinois. As an Illinois native, this drives me crazy. Other than that, the narrator did a phenomenal job.

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  • Deedra
  • 17-04-2020

The Chronocar

This was a good story.I was hoping for a fun time travel book,this was not one.A young black man in 2015 finds plans a scientist laid out decades earlier for a time machine.He rebuilds it to locate the man and alters time WAY too many times.Surprise ending. Earl Sewell was a mostly good narrator.His Irish and Scottish were a bit over the top,but it made me laugh. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Steve B
  • 10-03-2020

Imaginative reading!

Captured the characters wonderfully. Brought the story to life. I felt like I was there

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  • Chicago Paige
  • 24-02-2020

Story Excellent! Narration not so much.

I loved the story. The narrator reads as if there is a comma behind every word in the descriptive sections. The dialogue flows well. Mispronunciation of Illinois is unacceptable. There is no "noise" in Illinois.

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  • 04-11-2021

very good read

very good read
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  • Janalyn
  • 09-08-2020

It’s time travel and it’s awesome!

I was so excited to read this book When I bought it and when I started reading it it seemed like the book produced time travel as well because before I knew it it was over. This book is so good I highly recommend it if you love time travel you’re going to love this but he literally drops in on his Grandpa and his aunt kind of sort of takes a liking to him. Steve Ballinger has a knack for drawing you in and not letting go until the story is over. I love his books and cannot get enough of them. I highly recommend this one. I have yet to get any book by Steve Allender less than five stars and this one is no exception. The narrator did a great job and only added to the greatness of the book. Do you self a favor and get chronic or a time travel story not to mention there’s a few laughs in there as well I love Steve Ballinger books.

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