• The Observer Effect

  • The Joseph Bridgeman Series, Book 3
  • By: Nick Jones
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (967 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Time calls the shots.

Unwitting time traveler Joseph Bridgeman is adjusting to life in the present and wondering if his traveling days are behind him. But when he’s contacted by the Continuum, an organized group of time travelers based in the future, he learns his career is just getting started.

The Continuum needs Joe’s help. One of their operatives is missing, last seen in 19th-century Paris, and they believe Joe’s ability to see the past might be the only way to find him. Teamed up with Gabrielle Green, an acerbic, wisecracking traveler, Joe heads back to 1873 on his most dangerous mission yet, one that will take him deep inside a burning opera house.

But how will Joe succeed when his new companion clearly hates his guts, the missing traveler disappears the second anyone sets eyes on him, and a familiar foe threatens to trap them in the past for good? With help on hand from his best friend, Vinny, and mysterious clues hidden in his sister Amy’s paintings, Joe must hone his gift, develop new skills, and figure out a way to complete his mission before the blazing inferno comes crashing down around them all.

©2022 Nick Jones (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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  • EJ
  • 03-20-22

Love this entire series!

I absolutely love this entire series. Everything about it…the storyline, the details, the narrator, the history, the humor…it all ties in so beautifully together. I hate having to wait for the next book in the series (and hopefully there will be many more). There’s something so fragile and delicate about Joe’s vulnerability that makes him a complete hero. This is, by far, my favorite series about time travel, and I have read my fair share. Note to the author: please, please, PLEASE put out many more like this. I can’t get enough. I’m a librarian and will make sure this gets onto our shelves.

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Great installment into the series

While I believe this book could stand alone, I highly recommend the book(s) preceding it first. I would have missed a lot of the context and backstory if I had not done so.

A very enjoyable book from start to finish. Narration was great.

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Excellent

It took some"time" but I'm hooked. While listening I had moments where I thought of my family and how I am going about certain things and unexpectedly, had an epiphany, which could change my future.

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Such a wonderful adventure!

First I have to say I absolutely love Ray Porter. He gives such an amazing read. It doesn’t feel like he is reading. It feels like Joe is actually telling you his story. I love it!

I also love the adventure. The time travel and the description of Paris. It’s su much fun. Looking forward for what I hope is more from the series.

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This was such a great book. My favorite of the series so far, though it's close for all 3. Imaginative and very well performed!

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Amazing Series and Amazing book.

Nick Jones is very quickly becoming one of my favorite Authors. This series combined with one of my favorite narrators Ray Porter are among my favorite in recent memory. The story of Joseph Bridgman is an amazing roller coaster of emotions. Time travel stories are difficult to pull off due to creating plot holes etc… but Nick Jones pulls it off with believability and explains it to you through the main character as he learns. I can’t wait for the next book in the series and already have it preordered.

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Great story, narrated superbly. I want more.

This stunning story uses a real world event to support a rich tapestry of pure fantasy in which the reader experiences everything that Nick Jones has created. Somehow Ray Porter takes it even further and helps the listener experience it all in 3D. Initially, one could be forgiven for imagining the American accent would only hamper the enjoyment, but frankly his ability to create character voices and hold them (all inaccuracies forgiven) is astonishing. I want more now.

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Claude the cat

so did I miss the rescue or is it up in the air what happened to Claude?

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A capturing series

The Joseph Bridgeman series has now become one of my absolute favorite book series! The characters written in the book are all wonderfully enjoyable and each book brings a new thrilling adventure. I am not much of a “reader” but find this series capturing and very entertaining! I finished listening to this third book in two days and can’t wait for the next book to arrive!!

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Loved it.

Another great adventure. All the pieces are falling together. Not sure where it’s going to land but I definitely am very anxious for the next book!

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  • Rosemary White
  • 04-06-22

I still don't understand why...

...an American narrator was chosen. Ray Porter is a wonderful voice actor. But seriously, why? There are also excellent British narrators too, and this is a quintessentially English book. It demands an English narrator. Ray Porter does not do British accents, His Welsh is truly terrible, most English sound like variations of Cockney, just awful. Having said that, this is another brilliant book and I did thoroughly enjoy it, inwardly wincing as each new character was given a dreadful accent. And yet I look forward to more from Nick Jones... as soon as you like, Nick!

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  • Chris
  • 04-05-22

Really enjoyed this sequel

Still not happy with the American narrator saying words weirdly but the actual story is great.

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  • nicola kaye
  • 08-05-22

fantastic 👌

These books are fantastic ,
I have already pre ordered book 4 , and I'm looking forward to October on its release.

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  • Ms S. J. Casey
  • 08-01-22

Loved it. Book 4 pre-ordered

Great - all characters nicely presented and ready for their stories to develop further. This is a great series, it has got me through more car journeys and housework than I care to mention! Very much enjoying the rhythm though, and cunningly hidden clues that point at an ending you think you can predict but...

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  • elaine4queen
  • 08-01-22

Time Travel Fun and Games

For the first time in the series the narrator's American accent doesn't matter. As others have said reviewing the first two books not only does his accent make zero sense for someone who's supposed to be from Cheltenham, but his attempts at English accents for the other characters were intrusive in books 1&2.
If you like a time travel yarn and can get past the accents in the first two books this is a cracking series. I got the first two free and would never have got to this one if I'd have paid for them.

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  • Cliff
  • 07-18-22

This series gets better and better.....

Another great yarn by Nick Jones. I was a little critical of the sub-plot (1960s London) in his last book but no such criticism this time. This sub-plot (1870s Paris) is every bit as exciting and intricate as the main, time travel, storyline. I love how the characters are weaving and developing their way through each book and it's making me hungry for book 4.

I still can't get over Ray Porters portrayal of Joseph with an American accent but aside from that I'm totally tuned into the rest of the characters' voices, especially Vinny !

Highly recommended, hurry up with the next volume Nick !

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  • L R Clive
  • 07-17-22

Fabtastic story.... Write faster 👍

These stories need to be a TV series.... write lots more as soon as you can!

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  • butler-Whittakers
  • 07-05-22

I loved it

Just wonderful. I cannot wait to put the next one on pre-order! I am loving these stories!!!

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  • elh
  • 05-22-22

Fantastic books.

I have throughly enjoyed these books & apart from grappling with why he was talking in an American accent when talking in the first person, which was a little weird especially since all the other accents were fantastic (so he can obviously carry a British accent) I found myself totally absorbed into the story. Will be hunting out more books by both the author and actor.

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  • Ged McAllister
  • 05-17-22

Very enjoyable listen.

A very good story with interesting characters and well read. Looking forward to more in the series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-25-22

Thank you for your talent.

If you had suggested that I read/enjoy a tale of time jumping adventurers I would not have believed you. However, I am waiting for the forth book. Nick I hope you are working on book five. Well done.

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  • JESSICA BRYANT
  • 08-06-22

Great story, beautifully narrated.

I'm just angry that I'll have to wait months for the next book. Ray Porter read this story beautifully.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-16-22

good

grate story have really enjoyed the series. cant wait for more to come.
good narration. was really nice to listen too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-26-22

Very good read

Very good follow up to previous books, loved it and love seeing where Joe goes. Can't wait for the next one

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  • Kimberley
  • 04-20-22

Loved it

Always great reads , cant wait for the next one , the series is brilliant and love the narration as well

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  • AdrianP
  • 04-08-22

Excellent!

A mesmerising whirlwind! Thoroughly enjoyable with solid character development and storyline continuity. Perfect narration as always. But……what does Vinnie’s future hold????

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  • Tyrone Hunter
  • 04-05-22

Thanks Nick for a really enjoyable immersive story

Love the relatable characters and the depth of story line, see you at Vinnie’s for a vindaloo :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-30-22

Couldn't put down!

Great story and the narration is honestly FANTASTIC! Have read all 3 books and loved them all

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-22-22

Worth the wait.

While not a genre I usually go for, the Joseph Bridgeman books have been a delight to listen to. It has been easy to get lost in each successive story and somehow imagine the possibilities of time travel.
Narration throughout was good...although it would be good to have a female voice in there as well.
This is well crafted and I admire the imagination of the author to come up with the very idea of the Continum and its purpose.
I'm hoping there will be another in the series.