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Kate Reading is a fabulous narrator. I have come across her several times and she never disappoints; certainly doesn't with Rude Awakenings. She switches seemingly without effort between that southern California accent of a 2009 modern woman (Courtney Stone) and the cultivated tones of the daughter (Jane Mansfield) of a gentleman from 1813 Regency England.
From one prospective, this book analyses the social values of modern America through the eyes of this woman from 1813. All aspects of modern life as seen through the astonished eyes of the woman who finds herself in a new body and new life are reported with breathless wonder: internet, movies, air conditioning, women with career choices and degrees!, automobiles, make-up, bathrooms with running water (hot and cold), toilets and so forth. The author, Laurie Viera Rigler, through her 1813 self makes some very interesting commentary on the status of women in this new world. She glories in the freedom of choice but points out some obvious flaws or flies in the ointment.
I enjoyed Rude Awakenings even more than Confessions and I enjoyed Confessions a great deal. To accomplish this body, identity, century switch, one has to imagine time as vast fluid entity with every instant touching every other instant; every person connected to every other person who ever was. The rules of time according to this theory are like the rules governing the World Wide Web where every web page is next to every other web page. Perhaps, sometimes, the barriers do break down and Courtney Stone finds herself in 1813 and Jane Mansfield wakes up in 2009 LA.
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I liked the first book and this one was a fun listen. This one took us to the "other side" of the first book. We got to understand what was happening during the "switch". I like the idea of time travel or time travel reversal. I enjoyed it and I would recommend to anyone who enjoys romances with sci-fi.
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