Tempest : Tempest

  • by Julie Cross
  • Narrated by Matthew Brown
  • Series: Tempest
  • 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Julie Cross' Tempest, the year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy: he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies - nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors - it’s just harmless fun. That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot.
In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future. Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities. But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.
Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

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Sorry, I was not impressed.

I'm sorry to say this story is quite far from the best writing I have read. This book did not have that "wow" factor for me, and I did not find many of the scenes or most of the dialogue compelling. In fact most of the dialogue was overly-simplistic and stilted. I found the narrative distracting at some points when all of the sudden some random fact is mentioned that the (reader) is just supposed to accept as truth when it's not integral to the story and is just inserted like a random detail. The whole premise of time-travelers, conspiracy, government agencies, rougue groups, and scientific experimentation in labs was just not well-formed and fleshed-out. I did not find it convincing. The book finally engaged me a lot more only as I reached the two-thirds or more point in the story. I stuck with it because I had paid for it and also because I don't feel right about reviewing anything I don't finish. I was rewarded with the last one-fourth of the story all of the sudden being a lot more interesting. We finally got to two scenes in particular that grabbed me and engaged my feelings.
The audio production was sorely lacking. The narrator's normal voice was fine to listen to, but the voices he did for some of the characters were completely annoying. The MC's best friend and science-geek is made to sound like he has a septum problem or very heavy sinus congestion (bad cold), and a supposedly highly-educated and highly-esteemed scientist-doctor is voiced to sound as if he's a simple-minded ghoul that belongs in one of my other favorite series. I cannot imagine how anyone thought that was a good production choice. Wrong!
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- Arwen "I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)"

Grandma of two teens

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, fast moving


What other book might you compare Tempest to and why?

Robin Cook. His books usually have lots of surprises (twist & turns)


Have you listened to any of Matthew Brown’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but I do listen to lots of audio books and he did a great job


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I could not stop listening to it. It made me laugh when Jackson had to clean up the bathroom at the gym which overflowed.
There were several scenes that made me cry but the most powerful one was when Holly read the card Jackson had written to Courtney(his sister) who died with his feelings about her but he never actually gave it to her.
I don't want to spoil it but the ending was sad to me too.


Any additional comments?

You will not want to stop listening once you get started. Great debut book for this author. Sad that I have to wait until next year for the sequel.

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- Kathleen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-23-2012
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio