Class of '59 : American Journey

  • by John A. Heldt
  • Narrated by Patrice Gambardella
  • Series: American Journey
  • 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Mary Beth McIntire settles into a vacation house on June 2, 2017, she anticipates a quiet morning with coffee. Then she hears a noise, peers out a window, and spots a man in 1950s attire standing in the backyard. She panics when the trespasser sees her and enters the house though a door to the basement. She questions her sanity when she cannot find him.
In the same house on March 21, 1959, Mark Ryan finds a letter. Written by the mansion's original owner in 1900, the letter describes a basement chamber, mysterious crystals, and a formula for time travel. Driven by curiosity, Mark tests the formula twice. On his second trip to 2017, he encounters a beautiful stranger. He meets the woman in the window.
Within hours, Mary Beth and Mark share their secret with her sister and his brother and begin a journey that takes them from the present day to the age of sock hops, drive-ins, and jukeboxes. In Class of '59, the fourth book in the American Journey series, four young adults find love, danger, and adventure as they navigate the corridors of time and experience Southern California in its storied prime.

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Love Time Travel Books

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

I've listened to many of John A Heldt's books,but this it the first narrated by Patrice Gambardella. Overall, the story was good and the performance was not the best I've heard, but I was still able to listen to it.

For the girls to go back to 1959 and be in Los Angeles, you got to hear about the movie stars who are no longer with us and how innocent that time was compared to 2017.

Sometimes, I'm quite surprised about how accepting time travel is with these characters, not just Joh Heldt's books, but overall, it makes me chuckle.

I did enjoy the story and look forward to more.
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Changing Times

I really enjoyed this time travel tale. It was mysterious and loving while keeping my attention. I know myself, I have definitely had that time that I wish I could go back, or better yet forward to see what the future holds. The characters in this story had that chance. 2017 is quite different from 1959 and the author does a great job showing this because there were no cell phones or internet. However, what the author does quite well is show us how these times can also be somewhat the same. Young love has always been there. A mysterious note and a choice to follow the instructions... are you hooked yet? Definitely give this one a try, I was hesitant but it will either be a trip back in time for some, or a history lesson of what life was like. The performance was done well and helped bring the author's words to life. This was my first performance by this narrator and I would definitely try another title performed by her. Her tone was good and helped give the scene just a little something. This story made me curious to what my life would have looked like in 1959. I was provided a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review via Audiobook Boom. This in no way affected my opinionof this audiobook.
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- Ryan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-07-2017
  • Publisher: John A. Heldt