Monday, June 24, 2019

Jukebox Joyride: A Time Traveling Adventure, by Jacob Stein (author, narrator), Jason Rabinowitz (author, narrator), The Pop Ups (auhor), Cara Samantha (narrator), Susan Bennett (narrator), Noel MacNeal (narrator), Carly Ciarrocchi (narrator)

Audible Studios, June 2019

George and his twin sister Jules are "practically twelve," really into music. They're active in Stage Band at school, and have their own after-school garage band.

And they really miss their Uncle Bob.

Uncle Bob is an ethnomusicologist, or was, beofre he abruptly disappeared during the filming of a reality show, Pawn Wars, where he'd just won a strange old music box. And in this case, "disappeared" means just that, with cameras rolling, in a great flash of light, with no damage to anything that had been around him.

Then one day the owner of their favorite music shop tells them he has a package for them, from their Uncle Bob. It turns out to be the music box.

They fiddle with it, get it playing a tune, and suddenly they're in New Orleans for the birth of jazz. They meet someone who met Uncle Bob, and had told him to look out for the twins, but that was a while ago, and Bob has moved on.

Soon the twins are bopping back and forth between their present, where they still have to prepare for the next history test, and various important musical moments in history, where Bob has been recently, but they can't seem to catch up with him. And both in the past and the present, they're finding increasingly alarming evidence that something went horribly wrong in the past. Bob is trying to fix it, and he needs the twins' help. Messing around with your own past is not something you should do yourself!

This is a rollicking, fun adventure. There are plot holes you could drive a Mack truck through, and I didn't care. The ride is too much fun!

Recommended. Enjoy.

I received this audiobook via Audible's Audible Originals program, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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