• by A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by Nicola Barber, Scott Aiello
  • 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind.
Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they've crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?
Five passengers seem to hold clues about what's really going on: writer Harper Lane, venture capitalist Nick Stone, German genetic researcher Sabrina Schröder, computer scientist Yul Tan, and Grayson Shaw - the son of a billionaire philanthropist.
As more facts about the crash emerge, it becomes clear that some in this group know more than they're letting on - answers that will lead Harper and Nick to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy involving their own lives. As they begin to piece together the truth, they discover they have the power to change the future and the past - to save our world...or end it.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, February 2015 - If you know me, you know I was obsessed with the TV show Lost. I'm talking "hours of theorizing on a whiteboard after each episode" obsessed. So when I heard that A.G. Riddle's new book Departure was drawing comparisons to my favorite show, I knew I had to listen. I was pleased to find that while there are some obvious similarities - a plane crash, a mystery, characters who are not what they seem, etc. - the similarities stop there, and Riddle's story quickly takes on its own identity with a unique, tantalizing mystery and plenty of action. Nicola Barber and Scott Aiello are an amazing cast for this book, which shifts perspectives between a male and female lead. Fast-paced, intriguing, and smart, I encourage all my fellow Lost-ies to check this out. —Sam, Audible Editor


What the Critics Say

"Well-constructed and tightly-wound as a fine Swiss watch, Departure has non-stop action, an engaging plot and, of course, wheels within wheels." (Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series)


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Customer Reviews

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The first couple of hours I was very intrigued. There is a plane crash and a rescue by the survivors. This part of the book is well written and I felt like I was there with them. I appreciated, Nick who took charge. One never knows what will happen in an emergency and it is nice to have someone calmly take charge.

In the third hour there is a character named Bob, who I kinda liked and kinda didn't. I mention him cause he has one of those pet peeves I hate. He likes to announce problems. He likes to speak in acronyms or say things he knows no one else will understand and than have a pregnant pause, begging you to ask questions. I know a lot of people who do this, including my wife.

I have never read a book that went down hill so fast. The whole book moves along in spurts and sputters. It starts with this group of characters who run away from futuristic people and hide in a farm building. The farm building is the only building for miles. They sleep there and gather supplies. You tell me, if you are looking for a group of people in a rural area and there is only one building around, wouldn't you check that building first? By now Nick is starting to get on my nerves. Nick is young and a self-made millionaire. He is handsome, in good shape, smart, says all the right things at the right time, people do as he says without question, the skinny good looking blonde has a crush on him, but deep down he feels unfulfilled. Excuse me, as I go throw up. It doesn't end there. The skinny good looking blonde, has trouble making decisions that might benefit herself, but does not hesitate, to make decisions that benefit others.

The story really goes astray from here. The last three hours, Riddle works on his romance skills and it just gets painful to listen to. This reads like a debut novel, pass on this. Narrator is good.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

A Great Sci-Fi Story With Lots of Twists and Turns

Departure was a very intriguing story with a mysterious plot that had lots of twist and turns and had me on edge and guessing throughout the story. I was unable to stop listening to the story well into the wee hours of the night.

This story was also thought provoking on the chaos that would follow a plan crash if there was no leader or resources to depend on.

My credit was well spent on this story!
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- Cheri

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-17-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios