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A Gift of Time

Written by: Jerry Merritt
Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (163 ratings)

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When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self, knowing everything he'd known at 80 and gives him access to advanced equations of space and time.

But living life over knowing the future isn't as easy as Cager has anticipated. His every action alters the future he remembers until much of what he remembers never happened at all. And those changes work against him at every turn, preventing him correcting the most serious mistake of his life. Now he must use his advanced mathematical ability to build his own time machine to go back and try again. But he needs a fortune even to begin.

Then he receives help from a strange young woman with no history. While perfecting time travel, Cager and his new partner overcome enormous problems, even being hunted by dinosaurs in the Cretaceous. After that, though, things get really bizarre.

©2016 Jerry Merritt (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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It's been a long time since I have expressed an opinion on a novel here. However, having just finished " A Gift Of Time", I have to say this is perhaps the best novel I have read/listened to in many years. Kudos to the author for a thoroughly thought-out and fascinating time travel story and thanks to Christopher Lane for such a fantastic job of bringing the novel to life. This was a product of pure pleasure. If I could up the star rating I would in a second.

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a whimsical time travel story

I struggled to describe how I felt about this book. I love sci-fi that makes sense, even in the rules of its own fiction. this story was really well thought out in parts , but in other parts it was silly and fanciful. in some parts it was tender and intelligent and motivated. but other parts were weak and felt contrived, particularly some of the antagonists. some of it was brilliant and original.

overall , I thought it was a good ride, and even though there were some scenes that I found hard to swallow, I don't regret giving this book a chance.

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I wish I could give Christopher Lane 10 stars

This book was everything you want a book to be. First, Christopher Lane did an outstanding job of narrating - he is my new favourite. He gave such distinction to each character you completely forgot it was all one person's voice. His voicing of Aunt Seeley was so rich and full of life that my heart swelled whenever she spoke. The story itself is beautiful...it's long, and there was a brief period after he goes back and relives the past where I wondered where it was all going, but soon I was plunged deep back into the story. The characters are so compelling. I could not stop listening, it was so captivating. The ending was beautiful and poignant. I cannot recommend this book enough.

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Time Travel Done Right

I took a chance on A Gift of Time. I had not read anything by Jerry Merritt but I'm a big fan of time travel stories. And oh my god, I loved it! Great story, great characters and perfectly paced. Christopher Lane's narration is wonderful. I can't recommend it enough!

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Best book in ages

This is the best book I have listened to in ages. Well written and great performance.

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Summary is a bit misleading

Really enjoyed this book in most respects but if you are buying it as a light hearted sci-fi romp, it’s a bit more than that. Several visceral, ugly encounters with child molesters and some cold blooded killings by messed up kids darken the book considerably in parts

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Really makes you think

You’ve never read any story like this before. So interesting a premise, and it’s characters totally engross you. Definitely one I didn’t want to end. Parts of this book really made me think about life, and have stayed with me. So good.

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Not the greatest

This novel was pretty slow moving ... would not recommend it.... the story line was kind of interesting but it moved pretty slow

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almost could of been my favorite

The book had the potential to be the best book I've listened to, but becomes a bit average 2/3rds through. The audio is top notch. He's probably the best or one of the bests voice actor on here.

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I liked it...

It was a good story, but the ending seemed kind of rushed. there was nothing wrong with the narrator, though I wouldn't have picked him for this particular story. Overall, a solid 4. I will look for more from the author.

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  • J. OBrennan
  • 2017-12-29

Smart and original

I've only just finished A Gift of Time, and I'm still sorting through my feelings about the ending. I'm positive, though, that the overall book is one of the most enjoyable things I've read (or listened to) for a very long time. The story is compelling and original, the science is fun, the characters are believable and endearing. I confess that it took me a chapter or two to appreciate the narration, but in the end I found the cadence and tone of Christopher Lane's voice -- with it's many excellent characterizations -- to be the perfect fit for Jerry Merritt's beautiful exploration of time, space, humanity, love and redemption. I just wish there were other works by this author on Audible.

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  • Randolph
  • 2018-01-13

One of the BEST stories ever!!!!

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

The story line held me from the start to the finish and I was sad to have the book end. Well written, well thought out, the plot twists and turns were excellent and I did not see them coming. Just a wonderful book. This is the first review I have written on this site which speaks to how much I enjoyed this book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved them all!

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

His reading was very well done.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When people of earth were given a chance to leave. The line about people who give more than they take vs people who take more than they give. Fits in today I think.

Any additional comments?

Well done!!!!

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  • The Zombie Specialist
  • 2017-12-07

The Gift of Time is a Gift!

I have struck gold with my last two audio books based around time travel. First there was ‘Fata Morgana’ and now there is ‘A Gift of Time’. Everything I said about Fata Morgana holds true with this one. The value for money just in terms of dollar per hour listening is excellent (over 11 hours long). The narration is excellent. I sped the narration up to 1.25x speed simply because I was so eager to listen to the story. However, what provides the greatest value is simply the story line! It is total amazballs as we aussies would say!

The blurb does a good job at summarising a story which has more twist and turns than a cheap garden hose. I found myself constantly being surprised the development in the story. I liked how the author took some time to explain some of the problems with time travel… problems which other authors tend to ignore. Everything in the story just adds to the great character development. Not only was the character development great but Jerry Merritt just seemed to know how much tension I can handle in a story.

I enjoyed this one immensely and I will be keeping an eye out for any other titles from the author.

This fast fat man is giving this one the full works – Two thumbs up with a very big and long Fonzie ‘heeeeeeey’ with a smile that says ‘I am like a monkey with a new banana!’

PS. I should mention that normal services will return shortly… I will return to reviewing zombie genre very soon.

PPS. Some people have tracked me on the good old inter webs and asked if I receive free copies of the titles I review, or if I get paid for reviews. I can say beyond any shadow of doubt, the answer is no I have not. Some authors have offered, but I have said no.

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  • J. A. Stewart
  • 2017-11-26

Wonderful

Excellent book. I got it as an audiobook so I could listen to it during my 75 mile drive to work. I made the mistake of starting it at home and finishing it in a day.

The narrator was good too. I like the way the narrator voiced Ell, abut like a female Hal.

Lots of interesting turns, a story of redemption, clever situations, and humorous observations.

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  • Matthew
  • 2017-12-22

Magnificent!

One of the best ever, not just year! An EPIC, sprawling, complex, fascinating and powerful piece, brilliantly brought to life by Christopher Lane in his best performance to date.
I can't say enough about this offering.
It touches all your senses, it touches all of life and is truly a work that defies definition.

Get it and I KNOW you will enjoy it. Most highly recommended book of the year so far.

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  • Big Daddy
  • 2017-12-12

Time Travel for those who don't like Time Travel

This story is just amazing.
I found myself questioning the main characters motives.
I thought he was a heartless jerk at times.
He's not.
Thought provoking.
Great Ending!
I don't care for time travel stories, but I took a chance on this one.
I'm very glad I did. I highly recommend this story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-12-01

Just Lovely....

While not a literary scholar, this is perhaps one of the top 5 Sci-fi and in particular time travel books ever. I am so glad I got this on audible as the narration is just spectacular. If you like time travel, then I urge you to get this book. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Paul levy
  • 2017-11-29

Six Stars

If audible allowed 3 books per year to have 6 Stars this would be one of my choices. Also the narrator knocked it out of the park.

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  • Greg
  • 2018-01-31

What a great time!

With what little science background that I have, I was impressed on how much the author attempted to bring a science background to the story. It was sometimes way over my head but it made sense and didn't effect the story line. It was a fun story to listen to and the narration was great!

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  • LU
  • 2017-12-01

Outstanding!!!!

The very best time syfy story I've ever listened to! My only complaint is "I want MORE !!" like this one!!

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