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If you’ve listened to books by Rysa Walker before, how does this one compare?
I'm sad to say I enjoyed the other two books much, much more than this one. It wasn't by any means bad. I did like it. It just...wasn't as good. There are SO many time jumps in this story, a lot of them in back and forth fashion (some of them with two Kates at a time), and lots of going over plans and lots of time travel/timeline shift technicalities that it became a little overwhelming and confusing. I kept asking myself questions (as I listened) about things that didn't make sense to me, but it felt like a chore to try and understand it all. I tried to ignore that and just enjoy the book as I have done in the past with the other two books, but this time around it wasn't as easy.
Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes, she's the best. Love her.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No. During several tension filled scenes, I was definitely glued to the car seat. But I am surprised to say that I often had to pause it for later because I would be confused or overwhelmed with action plan details and/or time jumps; it felt like my brain needed a break so I would listen to music instead.
Any additional comments?
The end of this series wasn't as satisfying as I would have liked. The final confrontation with Saul is, without giving away spoilers, not what you would expect and very anticlimactic. I guess it's a twist in the story, the way it pans out, and I suppose you could say it's a clever twist, but it just wasn't satisfying. There is also one major twist in the story that didn't jive with me, although that's just my own personal opinion. I can't really say what it is otherwise I'll spoil it for y'all, but it felt like a convenient twist in order for somebody to have their happy ending. That was one of the technicalities that I didn't quite understand how it was possible.
But overall, I still enjoyed the story and it was interesting to see Kate travel to the future for the first time. I also have to admit that I love the characters and I am glad most of them got a happy-ish ending. I even shed a few bittersweet tears at the end when Kate receives an old, photo album of a certain someone's life.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't good either. I feel like the story could have ended in the last book. This book barely added anything to the story. I found myself bored with the characters and bored with the plot. the first book was definitely the most interesting.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
It's fair to say I'm a fan of this series. Cleverly written plot and dialogue without the need to fall back on violence or action for excitement. A totally original concept in the time travel genre. Hard to predict what will happen next and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
If Rysa ever chooses to pick up the Chronos story again in the future I will be a keen reader for sure. With one series to her name Rysa Walker has risen to the top of my list of favourite fiction authors.
Would you try another book written by Rysa Walker or narrated by Kate Rudd?
Written: Yes, probably, although not in the same series as having "read" all five books (including the novellas) I'm a bit fed up of the Chronos mythos
Narrated: possibly, although I feel she narrated he earlier books better. Perhaps it was just that after a while her character voices blurred into each other. The main reason for saying no would be that I am not a big fan of any of the other series that she narrates
Was Time's Divide worth the listening time?
I have to say no, which frustrates me. I got the other four audiobooks in the series for "free" as I had borrowed the whispersync with narration enabled kindle books through kindle unlimited. This was the only book I therefore paid a credit for, making it doubly disappointing that it was the worst book in the series
Any additional comments?
Time travel really does make books confusing. I think Rysa Walker pushed very hard for every change to make logical sense, but inevitably that make it really easy to get confused. In written form one can go back and check things, but in audio form, once you're lost, you're lost.
This story didn't pike out. It was at times brutal and bloody. Didn't quite nail the ends down for me, so I couldn't give it a full five, and my brain was so bamboozled by the time travel mechanics and plot that by the end I had no idea if things were making sense or not, and just had to have faith that the author had kept it all straight in her head at least...