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What made the experience of listening to Mercer Street the most enjoyable?
When my kids were young they enjoyed "The Magic Treehouse" series. Mercer Street reminded me of those books, as in many ways, it is a grown-up version with the same premise. A small group - in this case, a mother, adult-daughter, and grandmother -- take advantage of an offer to travel back in time, have interesting adventures, and return to the present wiser and more ready to deal with their present lives. Mercer Street is a street in Princeton, NJ, where the grandmother had lived as a baby, so the trio chose to visit that area in 1938. I thoroughly enjoyed the immersion into those calm, oblivious days before the U.S. was even fully aware of what was happening in Europe, and it was interesting to see the women try to come to grips with their new acquaintances' lack of knowledge given their own understanding of the impending upheavals. Each of the women forges relationships with people in the past, knowing both the real-life dangers to come and the possible danger of altering the time-line. How they manage those relationships: the grandmother with her own family, the mother with a scholar and scientist whose work will be critical to the upcoming war effort, and the daughter with a young German who has grown up in the U.S., provide the intrigue and passion to a good historical read. But the intrigue and passion are not of the "keep you up all night reading/listening" variety. It is a good story, and I'm glad I experienced it. I received a copy of the audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review, and I'm glad I got a chance to listen to it. Anyone who enjoys good historical fiction would enjoy Mercer Street.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This was kind of 'Time Travel lite'.A mother,daughter and grandmother go back to an earlier time 'just to visit'.There is to be no meddeling w/time.Of course they can't resist and we never get to know how their doing this affects the long run.It is fun to think about the concept.I found either the writing or narration a bit weird.Chaz Allen has a pleasant,sing song voice that seems too pleasant even when trouble is afoot.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
What did you like most about Mercer Street?
A very intriguing story about time travelling, they spend a few months before the outbreak of World War 2, they meet Eleanor Roosevelt, Einstein and many other important people.
What other book might you compare Mercer Street to, and why?
Journey to centre of the earth.
What about Chaz Allen’s performance did you like?
Very pleasant, easy on ear.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes, it showed how strong the 3 generations of women were ... The idea of meeting yourself as a baby was very intriguing. Looking forward to hearing another tale.
Any additional comments?
Trying hard to find a fault, only one, it would be easier to hear if the author did not answer every question asked by a character with things like "I do" " I might" etc., the listener can fill in those spaces. I loved this book, it was long and good value, although personally “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”