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Publisher's Summary

Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragedy has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn't even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time.

Etta wakes, confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst a fierce sea battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies - the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have ensnared her in their web.

Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them, and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light - threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home...forever.

©2016 Alexandra Bracken (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

What listeners say about Passenger, Book 1

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love the writer, but performance is a zoonzer

i am a truck driver and its important for me to stay awake through the night.
i have loved every book this writer has written, but the narrator puts me to sleep with the monotones and barely any voice changing. I couldn't even finish the book. even through the trilling parts of the story. I wanted to throw my phone out the window. which sucks because I'm sure this is a good book. I just can't get through it.

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Mixed feelings

This story has an excellent premise, and I enjoyed the world building a lot. The romance was overdone, however, and really isn't believable. I felt like it was just shoehorned in there, which made the passages dealing with it rather silly.

The narrator needs to check for the correct pronunciation of a number of words. A few words were even mispronounced in a variety of ways!

Don't think I'll move on to book two.

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Romance novel not sci-fi

My scoring of this book is from the perspective of someone looking for a sci-fi novel. This is purely a romance novel. If you want to read the romance genre this might be a fine book for you. If your looking for sci-fi keep looking.

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Confusing and boring.

I did not get attached to or care for these characters at all and the way the story was writen was confusing and there was a lot that did not make sense. It was boring and drawn out.

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Boring

I don't think I can finish this slog of a book. I rated the story highly because it does sound clever and inventive. But the telling of the story is dull and slow. My mind could not stay focused enough to enjoy anything about this book. I couldn't feel anything for the characters, even when shocking things happened. Maybe this one is better read than listened to.

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Good story, hard to listen to...

I actually really liked this book. The overall plot was clever, fast paced, and for a teenage cast, the characters were tolerable. However, I am thoroughly convinced that I would have enjoyed it much more if I would have read it on my own.

I apologize to anyone that enjoys this narrator, but I constantly felt like I was listening to a movie trailer voice-over audition the whole time. The awkward whisper-yell for the whole novel was very hard to listen too.

If you prefer a narrator that does not add any personality to her characters, then she is the way to go. This is a very no-nonsense narrator.

For those who prefer animated characters, I would recommend reading this one.

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it was okay....

What disappointed you about Passenger, Book 1?

I didn't like the constant inner monologue that just kept repeating it self over and over. I understand that the characters are from opposite times, and that they both have there reasons for repeating the same junk over and over... but at the end the decision didn't seem so hard. I was surprised at Nick, just giving up on everything. I didn't think the characters really liked each other that much, it wasn't convincing enough.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Dorthy must die? I have been curious about it.

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

No, but i liked her a lot!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I did like the puzzle solving, tho it all seemed very easy, but i did like how thing unfold. I also didn't guess the cool ending... but it was very convenient. Idk, i hope the next book is better.

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not very captivating

I don't think I got even halfway through this book. weak characters, flimsy plot, and too many flaws or convenience's with the time travel aspect. very poorly put together over all.

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Underwhelming

If this were my first Alexandra Bracken book I would probably not pick up anything else she's written, which is a shame. The Darkest Minds trilogy she previously released is prime YA science fiction and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys that genre. Bracken is a talented writer who handles characters, plot, and prose like a veteran. I'm left wondering if this book was her first venture, then.

The plot is technically engaging. Despite my boredom I kept listening, which is due in part to Saskia Maarleveld's efforts I guess. I wanted to know what would happen at the end. When it was over, however, I felt no motivation to seek out the next book. Neither main character had the depth or layers that I've come to expect from Bracken and it seemed like their main purpose was to have a tragic love story. Hard to get invested in a tragic love story if you don't care about the characters in the first place.

Objectively, this book should have been better than it was. There's time travel, warring families, a hunt for a potentially devastating artifact, etc. Bracken also demonstrates her deft understanding of racial and gender politics without dropping anvils. All the elements for a compelling narrative are there. Sadly, Passenger is far less than the sum of its parts.

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Love the author, but this was disappointing

Any additional comments?

It pains me to write this because the author's other series, The Darkest Minds, is one of my absolute favorites. That being said, this book was a struggle to get through. The character development was greatly lacking. The main character has her world torn apart and she just accepts it in the blink of an eye. No adjustment period needed.

The romance aspect was not terribly believable either. It progresses far too quickly to be genuinely invested in their story.

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