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The Time Being

Written by: Antonia Honeywell
Narrated by: Melody Grove
Length: 31 mins

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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.

Publisher's Summary

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
  • 12-02-15

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"
  • 17-07-15

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
  • 05-05-15

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
  • 01-05-15

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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  • Petbug
  • 19-05-20

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
  • 18-02-20

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
  • 14-05-19

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
  • 10-10-18

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
  • 30-03-18

Great Listen

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

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  • c4urjoy
  • 16-04-17

Wow

This was a great book I loved how the author really gave Lalla a great personality . I loved how the author put great action wording in the book that really made you visualize the scene. This is a greatly detailed book and really gets you wondering about what will happen next. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book . Also Meledy Grove I love your voice you really give the characters seem like they are alive and talking to me. This is a great book that I give 5 stars. 😁

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  • S. Corner
  • 03-01-16

good

A good story and made you think why do we fly green beans and roses from Africa to England!

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  • georgia van eijk
  • 20-12-15

A good taster

This was really well narrated and left me wanting to know more! I now cant wait to read the book.

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  • Imogen
  • 07-11-15

Haunting.

I would love to read a full novel by this author after reading this. I love post apocalyptic stuff.

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  • VJ
  • 20-02-15

Captivating.

This short is the prequel to a novel - so captivating I have bought the novel and am about to listen to what happens next.
A new author with fresh ideas - excellent way to get readers (listeners) hooked!

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  • Rsh
  • 06-11-15

An intriguing taster for the novel

A whet-the-appetite type of short story that made me download the book. I liked the narrator's voice that drew me into a child's point of living in a future Britain. It made me wonder what would happen next.

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  • UsefulThings
  • 16-02-15

Interesting dystopian short listen

I really enjoyed this - told from the childs point of view, there is much she (and we) don't understand about the world, what happened, and why it is the way it is.
I loved it and wish there was more. Excellent narration.

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  • dunerunner
  • 03-01-16

well told

very enjoyable listened in bed and really enjoyed the story. my first audio book and free too.cant fault that can you.

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  • Elva Smith
  • 30-12-15

great for a free book!

When you doing have much time its great to have a short story. This was my first experience at an audio book, loved it.

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  • klf
  • 29-12-15

great read. looking forward to reading the ship

Narration was almost a bit sweet for the story but the actual story was great and looking forward to reading The Ship

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  • M Basilva
  • 26-12-15

good book to read 😊😊

The book is very good I didn't like the ending its not good for younger views I am 12 and this book is kind rated for teens even though I am young I really enjoyed the book so download it because it's really good and very meaningful 👏👏

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  • 14-11-19

Enthralling

A fantastic listene from beginning to end.
Even though it was a short story, I really felt like I understood what had happened and what was happening.
I really want to hear the main story now

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  • Bonita
  • 18-02-19

Moving

For such a short peice it is beautifully written and the narrator brings through the emotion of the piece incredibly well.

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  • 26-06-16

recommended to anyone

This is a story that takes your attention full wholely.
Listen to it, it's very captivating

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  • 07-06-16

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  • 10-05-16

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  • Maggiestampa
  • 11-04-16

A short but big story through the eyes of a child.

I thoroughly loved it and would like to read more by this author. It's an interesting interpretation of the way the world could go in the future.

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  • Rebecca
  • 03-08-15

Fantastic

A terrific short story that didn't faultier at any point. Grove was great to listen to and portrayed the naivety of Honeywells's Lalla fantastically.

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  • Vicki
  • 07-07-15

Great!

I would definitely be up for more from this author and this narrator is good too.

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  • Liz
  • 07-06-15

a great listen

love the story love the narration a very thought provoking piece I would highly recommend

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  • Bec
  • 10-05-15

Intrigued

I listened to this fully aware that it is a short prequel to a full length sequel.
With this in mind, I found this book enjoyable and intriguing. I will likely read the sequel.