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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,030 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Buckley-Archer Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Gideon Trilogy Release Date: July 2006 ISBN: 9780743564250
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The year is 1763. Gideon Seymour, cutpurse and gentleman, hides from the villainous Tar Man. Suddenly the sky peels away like fabric and from the gaping hole fall two curious-looking children. Peter Schock and Kate Dyer have fallen straight from the twenty-first century, thanks to an experiment with an antigravity machine. Before Gideon and the children have a chance to gather their wits, the Tar Man takes off with the machine, and Kate and Peter’s only chance of getting home. Soon Gideon, Kate, and Peter are swept into a journey through eighteenth-century London and form a bond that, they hope, will stand strong in the face of unfathomable treachery.

Historical detail comes alive as debut author Linda Buckley-Archer weaves the eighteenth-century trials of Gideon, Kate, and Peter with the modern-day worries of their parents and the wily investigator trying to piece together the children’s disappearance. A time-travel tale, the first book of the Gideon Trilogy introduces readers to a modern genre all its own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Doyle alternates between a deep, steady announcer’s voice for the tales narration, and a tangier, livelier series of voices for the dialogue. While he may sound more secure with the former, it is the latter that gives this audiobook its verve.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Running gags culled from the time-and-culture differential and de rigueur cameos by historical figures seem contrived, but the pistol-waving encounters with highwaymen and chases through London’s underbelly will bring readers back for more.” 

    Booklist

  • “As he did in Eragon, Doyle brings a carefully detailed world to life with rich accents and varied voices.” 

    AudioFile

  • “When Peter and Kate, thrown together by chance, pop out of thin air in 1763 along with the anti-gravity machine that brought them there, they are lucky to do so in front of Gideon…well-nigh miraculous in its ease, the story compensates with nonstop action, appealing secondary characters and healthy dollops of humor.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kashish | 2/16/2014

    " The ending was a cliffhanger which left me stunned and wanting more. Some parts i felt were a bit dry, but great historical refrences. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 katie | 2/13/2014

    " I must admit that I struggled through this one; I just couldn't convince myself to care about these characters enough. By the end, I was skimming for the most part, but I forged on, and I may even read the second in the trilogy. Time machines just seem so over and out, and here all the good anachronism stuff was just either missing or flat-out lame. If kids are going to go back in time, I want them to take their iPods and their Nintendos and get some cool reactions from the ancient locals or something. But that didn't really happen. Plus I didn't really buy the detective who let the scientists get away with withholding crucial information on a missing child case. Come on. But I think the plot of the next one might be more up my alley. We'll see. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anasylvia | 2/4/2014

    " It was a nice fun reading if your interested in time travel. I liked the characters, and how the author described London in the 1700's really good. I liked, but some parts were kinda of boring to get through. I recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 2/2/2014

    " This is a pretty good book for a young teen. It made me nostalgic for Connie Willis's Doomsday Book, though the only similarities are the time traveling. I loved that book. This one was light and entertaining and forgettable. I might have liked it more if I were 12. My favorite part of the book was the first chapter of the next book, included at the end. Guess I'll be reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Hanscom | 2/1/2014

    " This turned out to be a "young adult" novel, but was great, and I will probably get the two others in the series as they are published. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens | 1/25/2014

    " First in my favorite series about time travel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johanna | 1/22/2014

    " Another charming, time traveling, children's tale I loved as a kid and still love today. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aliya | 1/18/2014

    " Wasn't interested enough to finish reading. I think I made it to page 263 or something like that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shane | 1/16/2014

    " A fun and enjoyable kids book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/2/2014

    " The time-travel element worked well in this novel, allowing for comparisons between the 18th and 21st centuries by the children, and fascinating facts about 18th-century life. Engaging characters, especially Gideon and the Tar Man. [04/09] "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 11/7/2013

    " This is a first in a series and the story is based on an accidental time travel of 2 children. It was well written and the villians are especially interesting. Interesting premise and what would happen if history is messed with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry Johanson | 8/29/2013

    " This is the same book retitled as "The Time Thief" the first in a trilogy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobi | 8/19/2013

    " Re-read this one so I could continue in the series. I was glad I read it again. Looking forward to the next two in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trent | 8/17/2013

    " Historical fiction masquerading as fantasy. It was ok, but I didn't love it. I won't be reading the next one. I will say this, though--it's a great tale of friendship. I did like that. By the way, this was renamed. It's called The Time Travelers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nan | 7/28/2013

    " Okay. It's a kids' book. My disbelief was never quite suspended. The ending was expected. (Can't get everyone back in the right time and place when we have sequels planned, can we?) There are some memorable characters here. I liked the parson and Molly. Kate and Peter could be a little irritating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ivan Matkovic | 7/24/2013

    " Awesome book with a remarkable descriptions of a past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 7/1/2013

    " I'm loving this book. A lot of fun and has a fast pace. I'm really enjoying the teen reads,they're simple and fun. Well rounded characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryo | 5/13/2013

    " The book didn't grab me enough to want to read the next, but it was an okay story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 3/22/2013

    " This is a great young adult book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/13/2012

    " Started it, but never finished it. Just couldn't get interested. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alainah | 11/12/2012

    " I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH i read this book 6 times for extra effect but i think kate and peter should have at least remembered what they had been through together "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rendy | 11/5/2012

    " While the book offer nothing really new in time travel story premises, this book manage to present a solid story, believable character and detailed setting. the pace of the story is a bit slow for me though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 9/27/2012

    " I'm to the point that I'm dreading reading this book. It's not that it's bad. I just feel like I've read this same story a thousand times, plus it's slow and boring. I think it's time to return this to the library. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gem | 6/10/2012

    " ok story. interested to see where it goes "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Em | 3/13/2012

    " This was actually very good. I just picked it up off the shelf and really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 12/14/2011

    " We're going to go ahead a call this a bust as a read-aloud. We started it two different times and never finished it. Oh, well. I still loved it, even if the kids didn't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 8/28/2011

    " The kids and I couldn't wait to get back in the car to listen to the audio version of this. It's the first in a trilogy. We hope the end won't disappoint, but so far this is a great trilogy. Go check it out of your library. Really. Now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah N. | 5/14/2011

    " Very good but I wish I would have started the 2nd one right after this to keep the flow going "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 5/1/2011

    " This whole series was great. It is meant for kids so there is nothing objectionable in it. It was very entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kira | 3/1/2011

    " This book is the best of all three!:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 2/7/2011

    " This book is the last in a trilogy that I've enjoyed more than any other youth fantasy I've read recently. It's well-written and the characters are fully developed. I'd recommend it to any good reader who likes adventure stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/10/2011

    " The final book in the trilogy was not a surprise ending, but it was artfully complicated. While reading the last chapters, one is led down the garden path of believing the end is obvious and the characters parts are written to carry on this ruse. Only afterward do you learn the real ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 12/12/2010

    " I enjoyed the ride until the ending. It was somewhat abrupt and Twilight Zonish, not disappointing, just not what I expected. A good trilogy nevertheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cliff | 10/16/2010

    " Ultimately, the series as a whole was fun to read. But sadly, my hopes for a non-cliche ending were shattered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami | 10/15/2010

    " A nice conclusion to the trilogy, although it did feel she ended it quickly. I felt as though I needed a little more closure on a few things. Time travel books really make you think and ask yourself many questions about the past. Would we change it and if so, how different would things be? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 10/10/2010

    " I really liked this series, but hated the ending. So, everything that happened in all three books never happened? Lame. "

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About the Author
Author Linda Buckley-ArcherLinda Buckley-Archer is the author of the critically acclaimed Gideon trilogy. Originally trained as a linguist, she is now a full-time novelist and scriptwriter. She has written a television drama for the BBC and several radio dramas, as well as various journalistic pieces for papers like the Independent. The Gideon Trilogy was inspired by the criminal underworld of eighteenth-century London.
About the Narrator

Gerard Doyle was born of Irish parents and raised in Hertfordshire, England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator of audiobooks, he has been awarded eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2006 won the prestigious Audie Award for his reading of Blackstone’s recording of The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty. He lives with his wife and two children in Sag Harbor, New York.