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The Time Being

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The Time Being is written by Antonia Honeywell and is the short story prequel to the full length audiobook The Ship, narrated by actress Melody Grove. This is a beautifully written and intricately constructed story entwined with suspense. Futuristic London is a dangerous and uninviting place. Young Lalla, like all children, is focused only on survival. When the government offers the people a chance for a real future, Lalla is suspicious. Will she risk everything for the promise of protection? What secrets do the government have lying inside Regent’s Park? Available now from Audible.

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At 11 Lalla should be enjoying her childhood in London. But this is not London as we know it. In a collapsed society, Lalla struggles to imagine her future. When a government announcement invites her to enjoy a new life in Regent’s Park, Lalla sees a glimmer of hope. But what is she willing to risk?

The Time Being is the short-story prequel to The Ship by Antonia Honeywell, if you enjoyed this, you’ll love the full-length novel sequel.

©2014 Antonia Honeywell (P)2014 W.F. Howes Ltd

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  • Jennifer
  • 12/02/2015

I want more from this author!

This story is interesting. How often is that actually true? The characters, the setting, the descriptions, all interesting. I was motivated to go find Honeywell's blog where, as I hoped, she said her (first) book will be released soon. I will absolutely be giving it a try.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 17/07/2015

Short and Free

This seemed to me to have the feel of a YA girl story. I did not hate it or love it. It did not encourage me to buy the full length novel. If you are interested it is free and it is short.

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  • Tracet
  • 05/05/2015

Good narration, meh story

A short story free from Audible, consisting mainly of an 11-year-old girl in a dystopian London who decides she knows better than her parents and subsequently putting all of them in great danger. I loathed the girl, Lalla – I’m not a huge fan of children, and this is a great example of why: “I want to go.” “No.” “But I want to go!” “No.” “But I want to go!” “No.” Repeat ad infinitum. I once worked for CVS, with its bank of candy bars in front of the registers, and will always remember one father and very young daughter who came in. “Daddy, I want a candy bar.” “No, honey.” “I want a candy bar.” “No.” “But I want one!” “I said no.” “Daddy, I want a candy bar!” “No.” “DADDY, I WANT A CANDY BAR!” “Fine. Which one?” I wanted to punch him in the nose. So I’m well aware that it’s the parents who are at fault in something like this – the CVS dad caved, and the parents in the story didn’t bother to tell Lalla what was obvious to a listener (“The films aren’t real, you’ll be shot, we’ll be shot, stop asking”). But I still despised the girl.

The story might be meaningful to someone who has read the book it prequels; for me it broke no new ground and provided no enjoyment to counter my irritation with the main character. The narration by Melody Grove was quite good – I will keep an eye out for her in the future – but otherwise I’m glad this was free. And brief.

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  • Amanda
  • 01/05/2015

An interesting little story.

It was an interesting story, obviously a teaser to introduce you to the character and setting. It was free so I won't knock it, but it wasn't bad. A nice little story to peak your interest in the dystopian future for this little girl and the new world where no food grows, life depends on computer updates and the military is feared. I would possibly be interested in listening to the next story but am not chomping at the bit to see what happens next.

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  • 13/08/2020

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  • Petbug
  • 19/05/2020

Too hopeless

I didn’t care for this story. It was certainly a short story but it never explained why times were so bad. I typically enjoy dystopian stories but generally I find I can learn something from them and they have some kernel of hope. This one was lacking those critical pieces.

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  • RoamingGypsy
  • 18/02/2020

Wonderful

This is such a thought provoking and ponderous tale. It leaves the imagination room to soar and wonder and decide.
I've had this short book sitting in my library for over a year and decided today was the perfect day for it.
I cant believe how much such a short tale has affected me. Its beautifully dark and rich in just the right ways.
Dont over look this one.

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  • Ali Seelinger
  • 14/05/2019

glad I got this one

this was a really great listen and I thoroughly enjoyed every word. definitely would recommend

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  • Joetta Gonzalez
  • 10/10/2018

simple but thought provoking

I could listen to that narrator reading the phonebook. lovely voice. soothing. story was beautifully written.

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  • Daniel Pope
  • 30/03/2018

Great Listen

It was a great listen. Check it out. Story was solid and narration was very enjoyable.

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  • Temerity
  • 17/08/2016

Undurchsichtige Dystopie

Inhaltlich nicht überzeugende, wirre Mischung aus 1984 und der nahen Zukunft. Zwar ohne Überwachungssystem, aber dafür mit Massenmord?!

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 19/05/2016

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  • Roobie DE 1
  • 19/04/2016

beautiful short story by Antonia honeywell

This story had a beautiful emotion and narrator conveyed in beautiful manner. Thanks to author and narrator for this beautiful short stories

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 18/02/2016

The Time being

This book is absolutely awesome. Especially the way it is narrated is superb. People who ever listens this book with feel that this book is special

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  • BikerJoe
  • 26/01/2016

Hungergames reloaded

The short excerpt does not really give you enough information to judge the book. Somehow the setting reminds you of the "hunger games" and it has to be seen, how much originality Antonia Honeywell can bring forward.

The storytelling itself sounds promising

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  • Kerstin
  • 16/11/2015

Very intense

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*twenty different words are needed so I type stupidly just to commit this.