Good story, switching between the present and the past. I enjoyed the peek into the way we lived 700 years ago, and the details of the time. Time travel would really be marvelous, and the author does an excellent job of describing this concept.
Retired nightclub performer/computer technician, I now teach hula and ukulele to seniors, and record Hawaiian music for my halau!
Loved this book. Crichton does such a great job at explaining quantum theory. I was on the internet for hours trying to find out if he was really telling the truth. What an idea! I listen to Audible while sewing and I HATE to sew. Let me tell you, the time flew by spending it in 14th century France and I got a LOT of sewing done.
Okay, so Michael is no Charles Dickens, but he is damn entertaining. If you want escape, he's the guy for you. I saw the movie the day it was released. It was a fast track of the book, following it more or less loosely. But it was just as enjoyable; maybe a little more so, because I knew something of the characters' backgrounds. Now when I listen to the book again, I can put faces and places in my mind's eye and have a great time all over again.
This book was well written, well read; both narrator and author did and excellent job. While listening to this book I found myself sitting in the car after I got home from work or wherever and taken in by the story I was completely content. Maybe it was long but, if you read it yourself it will take you just as long. Also on that note I think that that time actually deepens our sympathy for the characters. I learned a lot. It was exciting. It was easy to follow. I felt like I went on a trip with a few friends. All in all I would say lend an ear. Bravo.
Michael Crighton's latest is a spellbinding combination of quantum theory and medieval history. It's a good thing the subject matter is so compelling, because the writing stinks. Obviously written under extreme time constraints ("Where's the manuscript, Crighton - the contract says you were supposed to have it here by last Friday!"), the book could easily have taken 6 disks rather than 12 to record. When an author resorts to his female protagonist breathing "My hero!" to her rescuer, you know he didn't have time to think about what he was doing. The science doesn't hold water - it would take the entire electricity production of the Western world since the first generating station was built to run even one of the time machines. But if you can suspend disbelief and your critical faculties long enough (15 hrs., to be precise) you'll enjoy this thumping good tale. Perfect for a long, long drive.
This was a great story that I did not want to end. Crichton has an interesting explanation on how his time machine works. I don't know if I'd believe it but the theory isn't too far-out to enjoy the fiction.
Also, If you have kids keep in mind that Crichton always seems to have a character that swears when it is common to swear. Usually the swearing fits the character such as a disgruntled CEO or the characters will be in a swear worthy situation. So, the swearing fits well so as not to ruin the story.
I'm a technology junkie, but even other non-techie audible listeners whom I am acquainted; say this is one of the best novels they've heard. The narrator, John Bedford Lloyd did a great job of defining the voices of the characters in medieval time.
Timeline was a really cool combination of a sci fi thriller and a historical fiction novel. It combined Quantum Physics, Time travel, and Medieval Life very well. Though many of the plot twists were expected, Crichton is very good at keeping you interested in the story. The Characterization was not the best I have read. The only person that really changes in the story was Chris, who starts out as a Sissy and ends up Not-As-Sissyish. The other Characters are pretty flat. I think the most distasteful aspect of the book was the language. Though it was relegated to only a few characters, for those few characters it is fairly pervasive. Overall a good, at times education, and very entertaining listen.
More than half way through this and find it a rollicking good trip. I visualize the settings and characters and get totally immersed as I plod away on the treadmill. I only allow myself to listen when working out and I have doubled my time on occasion because I "can't put the book down". I might get skinny reading books this good!
While this book is definitely meant to be a page turner, it's not a mindless one. The theories that Crichton uses as his premise are fascinating in themselves, and although (as he says in the epilogue) we're still a long way from actually applying them, the plot is close enough to what "might someday be" to make it exciting. The characters are fairly well developed, and the suspense is well-played. I listened to the book in the car on the way to work, and I got so wrapped up in it that I missed my exit on a couple of occasions. This one should definitely be on everyone's list.