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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:
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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.” 


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


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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