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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It was a real chore to get through this book. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

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- Lisa Harris

A Fun Way to Get Lost in the '50s!

It's a rainy June day in 2017 as Mary Beth looks out a window in a house where she, her sister, and parents are staying briefly in southern California. Did someone drug her coffee? Or is there really suddenly a guy dressed like something from "American Graffiti" in the yard?

Mark Ryan has his own set of problems. He has found an old letter in a desk that details a way to time travel from 1959 to 2017, and with the letter were included the tools to make that happen. He decides to test the efficacy of the strange crystals that were with the letter, and soon he finds himself in front of his house, but clearly it's a different time, since the woman staring at him in the window is no one he knows and someone he very much would like to know.

Soon Mary Beth, Mark, her sister and his brother are involved in a fun-filled foursome that takes the young women back to 1959, giving them the full experience of high-school life in '50s-era southern California. There's plenty of conflict here, too, as Mary Beth determines to help the group earn some '50s spending money by bringing a history book back in time with her so she can bet on sporting events and other things if necessary. Naturally, the bookie who has to pay out to her when her bet is successful despite nearly astronomical odds isn't happy, and soon his goons are out to get the four.

This was an ok book; I found the dialogue stilted, forced, and artificial in lots of places; it just didn't sound like what you would think a 2017 teenager or even a woman in her early 20s would sound like. I thought the narration was rather disappointing in many respects. Mary Beth is from Alabama, and the narrator slipped in and out of a not-so-great southern accent, forgetting to do it at times, remembering it at others. It's not a deal breaker, but it could have been somewhat better narrated.

The bottom line is the story is great fun, and the author is clearly talented and capable of moving you through the book and keeping you engaged to the back cover.
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- Nolan

Book Details

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