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The Paths Between Worlds

Narrated by: Kate Reading
Series: This Alien Earth, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Welcome children of Earth, do not be afraid.

After a devastating car crash leaves her addicted to pain pills and her best friend dead, Meredith Gale has finally been pushed beyond her breaking point. Now, ending her life seems like the only way out, and that choice has left her dangling by her fingertips from a bridge high above the freezing water of the San Francisco Bay. But someone, or something, has other plans for Meredith. As her fingers slip from the cold steel of the bridge, a disembodied voice asks her a simple question: “Candidate 13: Do you wish to be saved?” 

Realizing her mistake too late, Meredith screams “Yes!” and instantly finds herself transported to a mysterious island, alongside hundreds of other Candidates like her, each pulled from human history with seemingly little in common. But when Meredith stumbles across a cryptic message meant only for her, she uncovers an even bigger mystery - a mystery that places the fate of humanity’s future firmly in her hands.

With the help of her new companions, Meredith sets out on an impossible journey to find the one person who can solve the riddle of why they were brought to this strange, alien Earth...assuming they can survive the dangers that lurk within this new world and the dark forces massing against them.

Check out the first audiobook in the This Alien Earth Series, a futuristic adventure perfect for fans of Jeremy Robinson, Stephen King, and Lost.

©2019 Aethon Books (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A stunning sci-fi gem. The Path Between Worlds delivers a mind bending, exquisitely crafted start to a saga unlike anything you've read before." (Steven Konkoly, USA Today best-selling author of the Perseid Collapse series)

"Fresh, original and highly imaginative. I loved it." (RR Haywood, Washington Post best-selling author of Extracted)

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Story is ok, narration below avarage

The story dragged out a bit towards the end. I disliked the narrators performance, but the story was intriguing enough for me to want to listen till the end.

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  • Willis Burns
  • 20-03-2019

HOLY WOW!!

I didn’t have much experience with Jones before this but... HOLY WOW. What an experience. Kate Reading brings Meredith Gale to life. Felt like I was really there. And Paul Antony Jones weaved this crazy mystery with deep characters and creative tones. This book is top of 2019 so far!

28 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew
  • 01-04-2019

One of the best write/reader debuts in a long time

Be prepared for an amazing journey. I want to insist each of my followers listen to this offering, and recommend it to others. An amazing debut, and a remarkable story and performance. If you want to go on a wonderful journey, an original idea and great performances. Please grab this offering and do so!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • G. Amundsen
  • 11-04-2019

Half of a good book

This felt like the first half of an excellent book. However, none of the plot points are really resolved at the end of this story, and it felt like a forced ending rather than a natural one.
Overall, enjoyed this book. Meredith is a well rounded character who makes drug addiction a sympathetic trait. Albert is adorable, and Cho is intriguing. Looking forward to seeing how this series progresses. I’d recommend trying it- the plot premise is fascinating and has a lot of potential.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Felicia S.
  • 21-03-2019

I couldn't put it down!

If you have an open mind, and a great imagination, this book is for you. It's different than what I normally read, so I was a little wary. But, my doubt was gone within the first hour. The Narrator is amazing. Great Job, and I need book 2 and 3, and so forth.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Peter
  • 16-04-2019

A whole lot of fun!

Compelling. Utterly compelling. This audiobook managed to suck me in and keep my attention throughout. In fact, the story had me so engrossed that I was completely willing to overlook some quibbles that would usually knock a couple of stars off my rating!

In The Paths Between Worlds we follow Meredith, whose attempt at suicide is circumvented by an unknown entity who asks her at the last moment if she wishes to be saved. Realizing her nearly fatal error, Meredith accepts the offer and finds herself instantly transported to a very strange world.

Before long, it becomes clear that Meredith is not the only person who was transported, and hundreds of people now find themselves struggling to survive on a mysterious island. Meredith finds herself a solid group of people she trusts, and together they work to find answers about where they are, who brought them there, and why on earth they were all saved.

So, the story is really intriguing, and I was completely invested in finding out what the heck was going on. I also really liked a lot of the characters that were introduced in this volume. But there were a few small things that nagged at me throughout:


**The narrator, Kate Reading took a long time to grow on me. Once I was used to her inflections, I enjoyed the story a lot more.

**Although the premise of this book is super-interesting, there's not really a lot new going on in the story itself. If you've read any books with "special chosen ones" who end up in a strange environment and have to wage battle now and then while figuring out what the heck is going on, then you already kind of know this story.

**The biggest problem I had, though, was that there was a fair bit of telling instead of showing going on. This was somewhat disguised as one character explaining things to another, but at times it got to be a bit much.


I think this would be a great story for someone wanting to dip their toes into sci-fi land without being overwhelmed. The explaining that was, at times, tedious for me would likely be helpful to those readers. In fact, I think this book would have struck a better note for me if it had properly been written to be YA. It would only have taken a few minor changes to the main character for the story to be fully in YA-land, and I almost wonder if it was originally designed to be a YA story.

My final verdict is that even though there were some aspects that could have been improved, this was a lot of fun! I'm absolutely looking forward to the next installment in this story.

Thanks so much to Aethon Books for providing me with a copy of this audiobook.

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  • Jessica Snyder
  • 05-05-2019

Entertaining

I typically tend to listen to romance novels, so i was a bit nervous to purchase this book. Im glad i did, what a great new world. I look forward to the next book in the series. I hope i don't have to wait a full year.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-04-2019

Sometimes the end is only the beginning.

Sometimes the end is only the beginning...at least that is the case for some, like for Meredith Gale who moments before death is offered a second chance at life. No information is offered, it's merely a yes or no question, do you want to live? After saying yes Meredith begins a unique and wild ride. Without giving anything away, let me just say that The Path Between Worlds is probably one of the most unique/original books I've listened to in quite a while, and as the product description says, I definitely got a "Lost" vibe from this story. Kate Reading does a fantastic job with the narration.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ree
  • 28-04-2019

great premise

An interesting premise and a fascinating world, this series has a lot of potential. I like all of the characters except for the heroine/viewpoint character Meredith. I found her uninteresting, annoying, and even unlikable at times. Her friend Cho is fantastic, and I like Peter and Silas and the world enough to want to know what happens, but I don't know if I can handle another journey with Meredith, looking through her eyes, so I doubt I'll read another one. Kate Reading's performance didn't help in that regard for me at least--she's pretty terrific with all the characters but the way she captured the main character only added to my dislike of the heroine. However, characters strike readers in many different ways, so I'm sure there are plenty of people who won't mind Meredith, and for that reason I'm leaving the rating at 4 stars.

**I received this complimentary copy of the book and have voluntarily left my review.

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  • Tiasdolls
  • 16-04-2019

Excellent Start to a Fantastical Adventure

This is the first book I've had the pleasure of reviewing by author Paul Antony Jones. I actually picked it up because my husband enjoys science fiction/fantasy and time travel. This book seemed to check all the boxes for when we take our next weekend getaway.

Well, I couldn't wait until the next getaway, so I thought I'd start to listen...a little. That was 4 days ago. I didn't want to put it down! Just as the summary states, Meredith Gale finds herself transported after saying 'yes' to the voice. She meets others who were faced with the same question and together begin an amazing journey. I hesitate to even mention other names or character descriptions of this new band of fellow travelers without spoiling something. I don't want to say too much more in fear of giving something away, but I promise you won't be disappointed...unless you're hoping to hop right into to book two and three (which have yet to be released sometime in 2019).

This story is ready by one of my favorite narrators, Kate Reading. Her narration transports you away to the world of 'Avalon' and it's cast of memorable characters. A great pairing of author and narrator.

Mature Content: no sex. There is mild language and some fighting scenes (no-gore IMHO). The fighting scenes are not the focus

Meanwhile, I'm off to check out the author's EXTINCTION series. Wahoo!

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author. I was not required to leave any feedback. My opinions are my own. Thank you.

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  • Tom
  • 27-04-2019

Well worth a credit

There were points where I thought this was a self help book, then that went away and I just purely enjoyed this book. Ms Reading does a great job and while I was painting bar stools I actually sat down when the words "Sit down and shut up!" I needed a break anyway.
As all the good ones go, I did not like the end of book one as it ended too soon. 11 hours and 29 minutes can fly by.

Thank you Mr. Jones for this book and I look forward to the rest of them.

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  • J. Wexler
  • 15-04-2019

This book is a rewrite of the classic Riverworld

After the first hour, I thought the general premise was oddly familiar. Basically, it is Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld, with new names and minor changes.

Another reviewer noted this online, calling it Riverworld for the new generation.

The performance was quite good, but the fact that it was so closely scripted like Riverworld, that it stuck in my throat. I have returned the book uncompleted.

Humans transplanted to another world by aliens, they interact with other humans in a struggle between good and evil, with the inclusion of various historical characters. In Riverworld the good guy was Mark Twain, here Wild Bill Hickock.

I am sorry to rank on this book. I was waiting for the bad guys to appear, assembled around some historical Baddie, and lo and behold, the SS shows up. I could not go any further.



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  • Jean Genie
  • 21-03-2019

Wow, this book is a lot of fun to listen to!

Normally, I listen to audiobooks with one ear (usually as more of a distraction as I work). But this book tore my attention away from my PC and held it firm.

I wasn’t too sure about the narrators voice as Meredith as I listened to the first 5 minutes of the book. Their tone felt a little too droll. But as I kept listening (and the Meredith character became fleshed out), I actually now think the tone fits her personality perfectly.

I have only listened to the first 3.5 hours so far (all in one sitting) of this mega-eleven plus hours long book. But I just had to leave a review right away!

If you want to read a sci-fi book that takes you down a crazy rabbit hole of twists and turns, Get This Book!

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  • Kolif
  • 24-04-2019

Lord-of-ring-esque time travel sci-fi story

I feel the author is particularly good at writing certain scenarios and less than great while describing others. Slow and somewhat unconvincing start but the story picks up significantly from chapter 4. This is like Man In High Castle meets Lord of the Rings.

The narrator sounds like she is in her 50s. The protagonist is in her 20s. I feel someone with similar age would portray more convincily her character.

I will pick up second book when it comes out.

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  • JJC
  • 15-04-2019

Interesting if a little frustrating

I appreciate the commercial drivers behind an author wishing to create a series that readers/listeners buy into for multiple titles but this title ended in such an abrupt manner that I found myself checking to see if I'd failed to download the last part, which I appreciate is silly as things don't work like that. For me, it took a challengingly long time for this story to get going, but I persisted, and then the pace accelerated and it became more interesting, and then it suddenly stopped. I found the first few chapters a bit of a grind through the very long struggle to survive, before some more interesting elements started to be added to improve matters. This is Sci-Fi, so we're not necessarily looking for plot logic but some of the character introductions and stereotypes and aspects such as, for example, the translational voodoo and the quick availability of, shall we say, water-borne transport, push plot credibility/acceptance to the limit, but that's sort of OK in this context. So will I buy into part 2 when it appears? Maybe, but the test will be whether the story has stuck in my mind when I come to consider the new download in a few months or whenever it becomes available.

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  • Smith
  • 31-03-2019

An average listen ..

I couldn't seem to visualise the characters as the descriptions were somewhat lacking. One dimensional characters in my opinion. Story started good but didn't reach a satisfactory conclusion. I hope the second book offers far more descriptive characterisation and maybe a plot twist and reaches some important high points along the way The premise of this book is good however it underwhelmed me.

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  • Tony Bough
  • 24-03-2019

Incredibly fast-paced & filled with suspense

I’m incredibly impressed with how the plot of this book is developed. Excellent writing, with very good descriptions of the setting/world, really clever dialog, and observations about humanity that remind me of the wit of the really great authors and entertainers.

I love books that make me reflect on morality/ethics and this does that.

I also found the characters engaging and well developed. The pace is great and maintains throughout the book. I loved the idea on reading the synopsis of the book which is that different people from different times in history are thrown together. That’s a cool idea and makes for a great story!

It evoked excitement and sadness in me and I think that in itself shows it was a great book.

It wraps up nicely in that I didn’t feel that I had to wait for the next book but it also made we want to read the story in what I hope to see as the next book. Which is also important to me as I hate it when books only seem to set themselves up for the next without giving me an ending.

I enjoyed it from start to finish.

The narration is great for the style of the book and the characters are brought to life by the narrator.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-06-2019

Sci fi greatness

This is a very well written and so easily absorbed favourite. Can't wait for next.

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  • Damage Magnet
  • 15-05-2019

Story barely started

This is a good story well written and we stay with a character who is puzzled and confused about what is happening to her.

By the end she has exactly no further idea. Sometimes it’s good to be confused along with the rest of the people in the story but in this case it did not work for me.
Will stick with it to find out though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-2019

really good

very good original book.
really enjoyed it but can't wait tell next installment.
narration was absolutely excellent.

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  • MR T FULLER
  • 08-04-2019

Awesome!

Gripping story and the narrator is brilliant, listened to many books narrated by Kate and this was also brilliant.