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With Syncing Forward, W. Lawrence delivers the kind of story that sucks you in deep from the very beginning and holds you there until the very end (sort of like "freezing" you in time). Main character Martin James gives us a first person look at his experience. He introduces himself as an adult professional in a rather immediate future (2019, I think) , which only adds credibility to this very plausible—or at least believable—tale. The yarn weaves through complicated work and family scenarios, both of which add layers of pure adrenaline, food for thought, a bit of action and, for me, a little wishful thinking (think “Youth Freeze Sans Injections”). The story does a terrific job of spelling out the toils and tough tradeoffs “time-freeze” presents for Martin, his family, his employer, and the Government. I particularly enjoyed the realistic reaction of Martin’s wife and the relationship between his daughters. Syncing Forward is as enriching (corporate internal investigation procedural; pharmaceutical supply chain; technology; prescription drugs; etc.), as it is entertaining.
Narrator Will Damron nailed this performance (I had to do a double take on his name!). His pitch, pace, and perfection in distinctly depicting Syncing Forward personalities are all winners. I will search for more of his work sure.
Definitely two thumbs up for this one!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
What can I say? This book was extremely well-written, thought-provoking, and RELENTLESSLY depressing. I can hardly fault the author for weaving a tale that so effectively tugged at the heart strings, but had I realized the emotional weight of this book before purchasing, I would've passed on it. That being said, if you enjoy (or can get past) a heavy sprinkling of gloom in your reading, everything else about the book is fantastic! A terrifying and absolutely plausible glimpse into our near future.
26 of 28 people found this review helpful
I was interested in the ideas and characters in this book but found that I was worn down by the constant barrage of bad news and misfortune for the characters. There was never any hope or redemption. Hard to listen to.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What did you like most about Syncing Forward?
The originality of the story.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The protagonist's eldest daughter. She is a very believable yet complex character.
What does Will Damron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I don't usually like narration that has a slow tempo but Damron's slowish style was never sluggish. It seemed perfectly paced and in a strange way was a perfect match for the fast paced environment of the book. He did an excellent job and though I have a few favourite narrators on Audible I really don't think anyone would have done a better job. Damion was a perfect choice for this book.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Definitely. I actually listened to it in 2 sittings.
Any additional comments?
I may be wrong but after reading and listening to many hundreds of books (probably closer to thousands) over the years I've never came across one quite like this. It retains its originality throughout while still using the tried-and-tested formulas for character building, interpersonal relationships and drama that you'd expect from a good book. The book was brilliantly written and excellently narrated. It has made me want to hear more from both the author and the narrator. Well done Audible for bringing this book to your listeners.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful