Podcast Review #121: Borrowed Time

Title: Borrowed Time
Author: Keith Hughes
Genre: Time Travel Science Ficiton
Released: 15 July 2009 – 9 September 2009
Located: iTunesPodiobooks
Formats Available: podcast, ebook
Rating: R for violence

If you don’t follow me on Twitter, I would think by simply reading (or listening) to these reviews you would know that I’m a big Twitter junkie. I follow a great bunch of people. Creative people. Talented people. Little did I know that some of them must be shy. @edgizmo, otherwise known as Keith Hughes, has been in my stream for a while and yet I had to find out on my own that he had released a science fiction time travel story well over two years ago. If you have a work of podiofiction and you read these reviews, please make sure I am aware of it.

So, on to the review.

Synopsis: Ness Relevant is living on borrowed time. Molecular implosion, cellular degeneration, and dangerous men are but a few of the perils faced by the friendly and unassuming forensic photographer. His quiet bachelorhood is interrupted when he receives an innocent looking device in the mail from a friend and former college professor. Ness unexpectedly finds himself embroiled in events driven by his friend’s success. This device is the focal point of a struggle that could overturn the whole world should Ness or his friend’s invention fall prey to greedy men. Before his time runs out Ness must travel back to an uncomfortable past to prevent an unthinkable future. (Stolen from iTunes)

Production: Mr. Hughes did a fine job on the production of Borrowed Time. A single piece of music was to open and close each ep. There weren’t a lot of production elements in between. The audio was not quite what I would call “crisp and clear” all the way through. I am not sure what software Mr. Hughes used to produce his book, but the sound is just a bit distorted, as if the noise filter was set a bit too high allowing distortion around the edges. However, this was at a level that I did not find distracting and was easily able to forget about it during the listening of the episodes.

Grade: B

Cast: Mr. Hughes does quite a nice self read on Borrowed Time. He does a few accents and intones each character in a unique manner. Each character lives on its own merit and Mr. Hughes does an equally commendable job on the narrated passages.

Grade: A-

Story: Borrowed Time uses the premise that time travel is possible but limited and must adhere to certain principals that I had not heard in previous time travel scenarios. Our hero, Ness, must not only accept the challenging position he has been thrust into, but master time travel in order to make these principals work in his favor.

Grade: B+

Verdict: I enjoyed Borrowed Time very much. Mr. Hughes stayed away from the obvious overplayed tropes in most places and made me think about what possibilities his protagonist had to work with within the constraints he placed upon him. Any story that makes me think about the possible outcomes instead of just taking me along for the ride has done an admirable job. Mr. Hughes did exactly that with Borrowed Time.

Disclaimer: As I stated at the top of this review, I follow Mr. Hughes on Twitter (@edgizmo). He is a pleasant person to have in your stream. As I stated however, he never even Borrowed Time to me, let alone offer me anything in return for a review.

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There are 8 Comments to "Podcast Review #121: Borrowed Time"

  • jack h. says:

    Yes@ edgizmo is in my stream as well (has been for a long time) I didn’t know he had 2 podiobooks let alone 1… and published years ago at that. Something I liked that Kieth did with his story so far was the different characters doing it. Good listen over all.

  • Trick Brown says:

    I’ve gotten a new job, so alas, I don’t get to listen to as much as I used to. But Borrowed Time is one the gems I came across about six months ago.

    I definitely agree it’s worth a listen. I liked the way the story “rollercoastered” rather than forcing constant action. It worked very well for this story.

    Most importantly, I felt like all my questions were answered at the end. For time travel stories, it is not uncommon to have a thread dangling somewhere and if it bothers you enough it unravels the story. I, personally, didn’t find anything. Borrowed Time was very tight.

  • Thomas says:

    I thought you knew about Edgizmo’s work, otherwise i would have told you. Keith and I had several conversations about time travel stories. (I do not like the science or the paradoxes that are self adherent in them). I did enjoy this story very much however and he dealt with my time travel issues very well. (now, where’d I leave the PDA?)

  • Keith Hughes says:

    Thanks for the awesome review. In an attempt to reduce my “shyness” I will save you the trouble of finding my other podiobook. It is called The Guerrilla Poet. It is another science fiction work, although unrelated to Borrowed Time. You can find it here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-guerrilla-poet-a-free/id397701293?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

    Also, you might be interested to know that i am currently working on the podiobook for Stolen Time, which is the sequel to Borrowed Time. I hope to have that out soon.

  • Scott Roche says:

    I quite enjoy Keith’s stuff. I even stole your review format for the first time when I reviewed the Guerilla Poet – http://www.scottroche.com/thoughts/2011/01/10/review-the-guerrilla-poet/

  • I just added my review of Borrowed Time to Podiobooks. I somehow neglected to do so when I listened and enjoyed it earlier. Thank you Odin for reminding me about htis very good story about time travel. I compared it to my favorite book about time travel, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Now I have to go look for his other book!
    Thanks again for this review.

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