Narrator: Erin deWard, Noah Michael Levine
Series: Between Two Evils #2
Published by Self Published / Indie on 28 July 2017
Length: 5 hours 5 minutes
Genres: Science Fiction
Source: Author, Submitted
If someone took everything you live for, how far would you go to get it back? When a faulty time machine deposits Diego at the top of a pine tree, he knows he's in the wrong place - but has no idea he's in the wrong time. Naked and shivering in the chilly mountain air, he attempts to climb down, but slips, whacks his head, and falls into oblivion. He wakes up inside a darkened room, crippled and disheartened, and must come to grips with the realization that he is marooned in a bleak alternate future. In this universe, what remains of the human race is trapped inside a handful of aging biodomes. With his mission failed, his world destroyed, and the one woman he loves dead, he can find no reason to go on living. But Lani, the emotionally scarred doctor who finds him, refuses to let him give up, and as Diego heals, their relationship becomes complicated. He struggles to let go of the past, but is unable to get Isabel out of his head or his heart. Just when it seems he may be able to find some measure of happiness in a world teetering on the edge of extinction, another note arrives from the future: Isabel is alive - but not for long.
©2016 D. L. Orton (P)2017 D. L. Orton
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This is the second book in the “Between Two Evils” series, which consists of three books so far. “Crossing In Time” should ideally be read prior to this one.
Having listened to the first book two years ago, I was a tad worried whether it would be difficult to get back into the story. The story line in book 1 was very complex with several perspectives and different time periods. Here, we have a linear story line and basically just Diego’s story. It was no problem at all to get back into it. However, I was expecting to find out more about Isabel. The love story between Diego and Isabel was a major part of book 1. Instead, there are two other perspectives introduced: 17-year-old Shannon’s and her mother’s, Lani. Lani is the doctor treating Diego after he mistakenly arrives some 20 years in the future in an alternate reality.
The story line is easy to follow. Even though I am not a big fan of science fiction / dystopian / time travel stories, I really enjoy this series because D.L. Orton has a genuine talent for creating interesting, likeable, multi-layered characters and all the relationship aspects are so well done and believable. This installment is a lot less steamy than the first book was. There is also less action. Nevertheless, I truly enjoyed it. It is very well written and filled with some nice little bits of humor. While I’m still dying to find out about Diego and Isabel, I am now also fully invested in what happens to Shannon.
My main complaint would be that the end just came out of nowhere. The story moves along quite slowly initially and then becomes pretty intense and really emotional towards the end. I was actually really shocked when the audio stopped and had to check I wasn’t missing anything. If I had checked that book 2 was only half the length of book 1 maybe I wouldn’t have been so taken by surprise.
So, by the end of this book, there are still lots of questions unanswered, but I am looking forward to the next installment, which – fortunately – is already available on audio.
The narration is once again done by Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard. They won an Audie Award in 2016 and are my favorite duo of narrators. Their performances are simply outstanding. They work together so well. Erin deWard’s portrayal of young Shannon is brilliant. Noah Michael Levine’s accents are excellent. This would be worth listening to just for the narration.
There were no issues with the quality of the production.
I would highly recommend this series to anybody who enjoys time travel adventures and/or dystopian stories and who is not put off by some romance / relationship issues and enjoys a bit of humor / banter.
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