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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I love to read, but it puts me to sleep when I'm still. Audible books gives me the opportunity to still hear books while working. Thanks.
I WILL listen again because of story line AND the narrator/reader. It ranks in the top 3 of my: I HAVE & WILL listen again.
Again...good story line (I didn't think I could be interested in this topics), and excellent narrator/reader.
The "Karma" of the business man who ended up being "sent back" himself.
In my opinion...an audiobook can REALLY bring a novel to life with a GREAT reader.
I read this book when it first was published. it was a great read, i did not enjoy the audible version. It seemed so contrived, the pacing was off, sometimes our own mental versions of the sounds sights and experiances of the charactors are far better than what the audio director decrees.