We already know that books can transport us to other worlds. Through stories we can live characters’ lives, experience time and places outside our own, and safely solve problems from the comfort of our homes. Listening to audiobooks can add another dimension to the story as performers give human voice to characters and add momentum to the plot. Now add time travel, and we’re really taking things to unheard dimensions with this week’s Friday Reads!
Imagine traveling back in time to change history. Well, thirty-five year old English teacher Jake Epping has just that power when his friend, Al, reveals that the storeroom of his diner is a portal back to 1958. Al enlists Jake to join him in an attempt to prevent John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and Jake enters a world of Elvis, American cars, and sock hops. Encountering some notable individuals like social outcast Lee Harvey Oswald and the woman that would become the love of his life, Sadie Dunhill, King constructs a suspenseful story chalk-full of memorable characters. Reader Craig Wasson definitely adds dimensions to this alternative history thriller.
We may often find ourselves prisoners of time, but librarian Henry DeTamble has a much more serious and strange sentence- time places him in either the past or present with no regard to his current situation. Centering on his wife Clare’s life, Henry sporadically drops in and out of her world, and while she ages chronologically, Henry’s growth is constantly out of sync, building a love story unlike any other. Rich and complex, The Time Traveler’s Wife explores themes of fate, love, marriage, and growth in detail with well-rounded characters. Niffenegger’s story is sure to captive listeners while readers Hope and Lefkow bring the story to life!
Mending her heart after a broken engagement with a bottle of Absolut and Jane Austen books, Courtney Stone wakes up a new person- literally! Instead of waking up in sunny Los Angeles, Courtney finds herself in Regency England in a spinster’s borrowed body. Having read all Austen’s novels multiple times, Courtney is able to navigate her way in this is bizarre world, but will she find her way back to contemporary times? Does she even want to? Read by Orlagh Cassidy, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict provides an out-of-body experience that will leave you laughing out loud.