Narrator: Meredith Mitchell
Series: All Our Yesterdays,
Published by Tantor Audio on 03 September 2013
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Assassins, Contemporary Romance, Death & Dying, Dystopian, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Health & Daily Living, Love & Romance, Mystery & Detective, Sci-Fi, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Suspense, Time Travel, Young Adult
Length: 9 hours 25 minutes
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Place(s) Traveled to: Washington, DC // Oakton, Pennsylvania // Greenwich, Connecticut (Present + 4 years in future)
First Line(s): I stare at the drain in the center of the floor.
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill is a book that I had heard a lot about from a friend. Its a book that deals with time travel and paradoxes and seemed like it would be right up my alley. However, for me, this was one in which the premise was far better than the actual execution of the story line. Part of this I think came from my dislike of the narrator, both of the story and the actual audiobook, Meredith Mitchell. All Our Yesterdays is told in two voices, Em and Marina and while I enjoyed Em’s point of view most of the time Marina just annoyed me. She was young and naive and blind to the truth around her not to mention that she was obsessed with her friend and neighbor James, a boy who was unworthy of such affection. James was selfish and would use Marina’s affections to suit his purposes as he pushed forward with his own obsession, his scientific work. But not all the characters were bad, I really did enjoy Finn and wish that part of the book was told from his POV though I understand why Terrill chose the voices that she did.
The concept of All Our Yesterdays was a good one, a time machine has been built and the use of it became less altruistic than intended which leaves the world in a not so great spot despite its short time in existence. I can get behind the concept of time travel as being real but the results of this just seemed a bit implausible at times. I also thought that the mystery of All Our Yesterdays was a bit unnecessary as it just bogged down the story with cryptic remarks and a few red herrings. For me, there wasn’t a whole lot of guessing to be done and I had the bulk of the book figured out fairly quickly. While figuring out a story doesn’t always kill my enjoyment of it this one had the added factors of an annoying narrator. I really can’t put my finger on why Mitchell’s narration bugged me as much as it did but it made All Our Yesterdays a more difficult novel to get into than it should have. Mitchell’s English accent, used for Tamsin, was cringe worth and it was difficult to suss out the scene transitions in the story. As a result I often had to rewind and relisten to many parts of the story. This left me wishing that I had read this one in print form and wondering if I would have enjoyed it more if I had.
All Our Yesterdays was a book that could have been shorter than it was as there were so many missed opportunities. Of course without the angst and the pontificating and the failed attempts to do that one thing then there wouldn’t have been much of a story but all that wasted time just annoyed me and resulted in a few eye rolls. It also grated on my nerves when Em would do things in the past and then be baffled why future versions of people knew about them. She is affecting change and as such leaving new memories in the people she meets, this results in a new future, and as such very few surprises because for some events have already happened even if they are new to her.
The ending of All Our Yesterdays was interesting and does make me curious on where things might go in the sequel but part of me wishes that this had been a stand alone novel. I just fear that there isn’t enough of a story to tell in another book but will reserve my judgement until I see the synopsis of book 2. I will also most likely read the sequel but am fairly certain that I will not listen to the audio of it. At this point in time I am uncertain if I will listen to another book that Mitchell narrates. What I do hope for in the sequel is more from Finn as he was my favorite character. I liked who Em was with him and I liked the humor that he brought to the story. Finn my heart ache and he’s the main reason why I stuck with this one until the end. As long as there is Finn in the sequel then I will read it and getting to “meet” Finn is reason enough for you to give All Our Yesterdays a shot.