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The Time Travel Trailer

Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
Series: Time Travel Trailer, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
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A 1937 vintage camper trailer half hidden in weeds catches Lynne McBriar's eye when she is visiting an elderly friend, Ben. Ben eagerly sells it to her and she just as eagerly embarks on a restoration. But after each remodel, sleeping in the trailer lands Lynne and her daughter Dinah in a previous decade - exciting, yet frightening. Glimpses of their home town and ancestors 50 or 60 years earlier is exciting and also offers some clues to the mystery of Ben's lost love. But when Dinah makes a trip on her own, separating herself from her mother by decades, Lynne has never known such fear. It is a trip that may upset the future if Lynne and her estranged husband can't team up to bring their daughter back.

©2014 Karen Musser Nortman (P)2016 Karen Musser Nortman

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 26-03-2018

Who'd have preferred a trailer over a Police Box?

I am a complete sucker for time travel books. I really prefer original ideas, but a standard time machine will do in a pinch. I have to say that I really liked the idea of a trailer being used. It does fit in, doesn't stand out, and can be used for housing while you are away. Much better than Bill and Ted's phone booth (sorry, nothing beats a TARDIS, though).

What I really enjoyed was the mother/daughter team figuring out how to get back home, and the fact that the visited more than one era. Most time travel stories focus on one time zone. You go back to a specific period, or you bounce between one past time zone and the present. Here, Nortman takes us on a TRIP. Just like you are supposed to do with trailers. Trailers are meant to move, and so we see several different decades as the duo zips through time like a pair of runaway clock hands.

I must say that Nortman absolutely nails the vocab and slang for each era she send the family off to, the jargon is natural and realistic, and it flows. She also describes the clothing to a tee as well as attitudes and concerns. If you think we a re paranoid now, her trip to the 50's will make you glad you don't have to look over your shoulder at every turn or suspect your neighbor of being a commie.

Gilbert is serene as the narrator of this tale. I attribute a lot of the success of the flawless use of dialogue and slang to her nimble narration. It was a real pleasure to listen to her take on this trip, and my only regret is that I had not heard of her before this. She is a very talanted narrator. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

This is a book for all ages, my kids will love listening to this on our next CAMPING trip! Seriously, if you have any love for time travel stories you will enjoy this book.

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  • Jeffrey G. Davenport
  • 03-08-2016

whimsical

good overall but more of a kids book.
narrator was very good. I enjoyed it
and would recommend it to 8 to 13 yr olds

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  • Melisa
  • 13-06-2016

More cozy than Sci-Fi & slightly boring

I've read a lot of sci-fi and quite a few time travel books so I suppose I had expectations that this would be similar. It wasn't. It had more the feel of a cozy mystery, although there wasn't much mystery, either. You don't travel back to witness any important historical events, no one is trying to manipulate time for their own purposes and there is no alternate timeline. Not much excitement to be had, really. It wasn't bad and I didn't dislike it, but it did fall short of what I'd hoped. I would like the author to have spent more time on the whole "why" of this trailer traveling through time, which I think would have been more interesting than the main mother/daughter story. I finished the story mainly to find out why. Instead, it was simply explained away in a sentence or two at the very end. That was disappointing. The narrator was good, though.

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com."

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  • Jan
  • 22-05-2016

Learning by doing?

I was impressed with the historical research that went into this book. There was plenty of suspense in all time frames, and any lingering questions were r/t the backstory. Publisher's blurb will give you clues, and I won't insult the author with spoilers. It is a book that grabs your attention and brings you back whenever you have a few minutes to stick your nose in it. No gratuitous erotica. I, too, want to get the next installment.
I got the audio version, and supersnark Valerie gave a great performance!

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  • Reg
  • 13-04-2018

Promising

This was a fun listen. It took some time to get rolling and there was a lot of repeat scenario's along the way, but it sets the stage for an interesting series. Lynne figures out pretty quickly what the trailer does and what makes it work. Dinah accepts it fairly easily and has a teenager's sense of adventure about it. Lynne's husband has a harder time...until it's proven to him. I love that Lynne is a natural helper and also has enough curiosity to figure things out and understand just how to help the elderly friend who sold her the trailer.

The time periods selected were fascinating as well because they highlighted the times well. The cold war and fear of communism in the early 60's, the pride and fear of what the neighbors will think in the 30's. The approach that had to be taken to extract themselves from each period differed by the fears that motivated people at the time.

I enjoyed listening to Valerie Gilbert's narration. She performed both male and female voices well and kept the story moving seamlessly.

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Kimberly Smith
  • 21-03-2018

Great time travel story for the whole family

I love time travel stories and this one did not disappoint. It grabbed my attention from the very beginning and kept me coming back to find out when and where would be next! The narration is fantastic! This is the first time I’ve listened to a book narrated by Valerie Gilbert and she is now on my list of favorite narrators. I look forward to listening to more of her work. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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  • TerryS
  • 27-07-2017

An entertaining time-travel adventure!

I adore time-travel stories. This one is unique in that the travel machine is a 1930's trailer known as a covered wagon. The protagonist buys the trailer to try to bond with her 14-year-old dat who is age-appropriately cranky, plus suffering from the recent separation of her parents. Great adventures ensue! History comes alive in the 1960's, 50's, and 30's. I enjoyed it greatly.

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  • seelk
  • 01-11-2016

enjoyable YA story

I quite enjoyed this audiobook narrated by my one of my faves, Ms. Gilbert, and the reason I picked it up. Mystery, suspense, adventure makes this a fun YA story that could be enjoyed at any age. I had to laugh at some quips Lynne made about raising a teenager, I have one too. Going back to different eras was exciting and suspenseful. Looking forward to the next one in the series.

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  • Mimi
  • 30-09-2016

Enjoyable Book

Would you consider the audio edition of The Time Travel Trailer to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print version, but I am enjoying the audio version

Have you listened to any of Valerie Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I'm not sure. I think she does a good job capturing the essence of the female lead. I have never cared for the "gruff" male voice when women are reading stories. Kinda makes me feel like the adults are having flings with teenage boys. Bit if a creep factor. But I get the purpose.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

They got a get away they would never have expected

Any additional comments?

Tends to drag a bit in the middle with regard to Dinah's story line, but not enough to make me want to hit that 30 second skip button.

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  • Keppy
  • 06-09-2016

Love time travel

I am a sucker for time travel books, so I especially loved this one. Lynne McBriar acquires a 1937 vintage camper trailer from an elderly neighbor she has befriended. When she takes the trailer out for an overnight something unexpected happens – she wakes up to a day in the 1960s! She chalks this up to some weird dream or imagination until it happens again after she has begun renovation on the trailer and ends up in an even earlier decade.

The plot is simple and the book is an amazingly quick read (or listen, as I listened to the audiobook). Lynne and her daughter uncover some clues about the elderly neighbor along the way, and help to solve a little mystery regarding him.

This isn’t great literature, and it honestly isn’t even particularly original, but that doesn’t even matter to me because I really loved it, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel!!

Highly recommended for anyone who wants a simple beach read, or just loves time travel books like I do!

The narrator, Valerie Gilbert does a fantastic job with this audiobook, too.

I received this audiobook from Audiobookboom in exchange for an honest review.

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