I love Michael Crichton's writing. I've read several of his books in between semesters of teaching, when I actually have a little free time. I listen to audio books during the rest of the school year :) This story was classically well-written, as all Michael Crichton I've read so far. The narrator was so horrible though, I found myself correcting him regularly. Much of his intonation and expression was inaccurate. He would stretch out words that should have been said quickly and with certainty and made several characters sound like "vally girls" with this weird attitude he used to read the dialogue. I feel that the narrator did a major injustice to the writing. Getting past the poor performance, I felt the story itself was an exciting thriller that is standard for a Michael Crichton novel.
The narrator!!! His use of whispered deep voice for the character, Gordon, made it truly annoying and frustrating to listen to. I alternated between quickly dropping the volume and then cranking it up when the character is done talking.
No - he is the reason I almost returned this book.
I really enjoyed the plot and storyline.
Boring, pointless story. Annoying characters. Should have returned this one. The first four hours and the entire middle kept threatening to put me to sleep while I was driving.
I'm a techie and also love adventure and science fiction -- especially around time travel but I was so bored. Maybe someone who is really interested in the minutiae of mid-evil France and I do mean the details.
Not sure -- this is my first and I would probably give him one more try.
He certainly is not my favorite performer but my dislike for the book can't be placed on his shoulders in this case.
Wow, a lot of them. I love some detail but Michael went in to way too much detail. I got to the point where I was thinking of other things while listening to the book and in other books I'd always rewind if that happened -- but in this case I just started letting it play anyway.
I'm so annoyed with the characters not being able to do ANYTHING without soldiers charging them, getting lost in the dark, falling through ceilings, falling down a cliff, etc. etc. etc.
It could have been soooo much better! Where is the immersion into the rich world of the 14th century? I wanted it to fill my imagination, not stretch it. I had to do all the work. It could have been written in any date/time because it's just one big fight scene under another. The main characters are not fleshed out, the secondary characters are weak and shallow.
Nothing really stands out because each chapter is so much like the one ahead of it.
FInd another book.
Reads more like a first novel from an aspiring author - not like it should from a giant like Chrichton. There are many more better time travel books out there.
This book was not up to Chrichton's level of storytelling. I have enjoyed most of his other books but was really disappointed by this one.
I'm done with Chrichton for a while
the voice of one of the characters was so irritating that I was embarrassed to listen to this with anyone else in the car.
Supernatural Fan. Lifelong audiophile.
The book was enjoyable as it involved time travel, technology and history. It was a little long for my tastes, but the author is clearly a long time writer with the talent to be able to weave the story for 15+ hours! Every "time travel" story that is written allows the writer to come up with their 'take' on how the space time continuum could be explained and this writer had some great *new* ideas. This book would be a good addition to your library if you are a fan of 'time travel' books. Returning? Nope. Felt this one was worth my time and 1 credit.
Yes! Loved Airframe and other books by Crichton.
Yes. I like Crichton's writing style.
Audio engineering. Voice would go almost to silent and then get extremely loud. Also the reader was at times apathetic in his reading.
I agree with some of the other reviews, this is a riveting read - perfect for long car rides and to make the time go by quickly. The characters are somewhat flat, but who cares - this is Michael Crichton not exactly known for his writing. The narrator however, was terrible - I hated the half whisper for Gordon who was hard to understand. Merrick's accent was confusing and became more and more annoying. Good narration can bring you into the storyline (hello Roy Dotrice) however poor narration can just as easily pull you out of a story and make it harder to enjoy.
Definitely. I love the concept of a bunch of college kids going back to medieval europe and trying to fit in. This is a great action/adventure/time travel story that is fast-plotted and somewhat unpredictable. The technology concept is cool too.