I really enjoyed this audiobook. I listen while walking and it made me walk farther because I didn't want to stop listening. Some of the language was harsh and the brutality was MORE harsh, but it brought Mideaval Times to life.I could smell, see, hear and taste the world the modern scientists were transported to.
I read this book in paperform and I loved it, in audio form it was just as good, EXCEPT , the reader was not my favorite. I hate to be critical, he made no reading errors, but he was very monotone in a lot of parts and his selected voice for one of the main charactors sounded like a bad impression of Arnold..but as far as the story itself, it's a real good one. It's worth a read if you like time travel / scifi/ and sword fights......all of which I love
It was a decent listen, However the ending was anti-climactic and a bit disappointing. I was expecting to find the real motive to be more sinister than it was.
This was one of the most boring books I've listened to since joining Audible over six months ago. The only reason I forced myself to finish it is because I paid for it. It must have taken several weeks off and on for me to listen to the entire thing. One of the major problems, besides the tedious storyline, was the truly horrible narration.
The accents slipped in and out, making it difficult to keep track of the characters. That also illustrates the point that the characters were so uninteresting and so non-distinctive, that one simply doesn't care about any of them. Merrick, who was supposed to be Dutch, sounds like a bad imitation of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The story is a snooze.
I enjoyed the story -- fast-moving, entertaining, perhaps a bit far-fetched but, well ... it *is* sci fi. The performance was disappointing, though: the reader uses accents and modulations in tone volume to represent the different characters, and I found this (cheesey) device to be distracting, and often made it difficult to hear/understand. Plan to listen in a quiet place, not (for example) a noisy gym, and try to listen past the performance, it really is a fun book.
Connie Willis wrote a far better book on the same subject a few years earlier, and it's remarkable that it hasn't made more of a splash outside of the Sci-Fi genre, where it won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Creighton's stories always have a great idea at their base, but the writing is fairly standard and the story rarely turns out to be as interesting as the description on the dust jacket.
Because I am certainly in two minds about this book. On the one hand, I loved the "realized history" of life in the 14th century. Crichton obviously did his homework on this one. His opinion (woven throughout the tale, and stated explicitly in the epilogue) that modern man's arrogant assumption of progressive superiority over preceding generations does not stand up to historical fact is right on.
On the other hand, the book--as a work of fiction--fell far short of my expectations. Many other reviewers noted the predictable, repetitive plot turns, immature character development, and a story premise that just lacked compelling interest. It really did read like a treatment for a screenplay; one with lots and lots of extra scenes that could be dropped or rearranged to fit the director's needs.
But to try to make this review constructive, I will take a stab at predicting whether you'll like the book: If you're a history buff who enjoys a well-researched historical novel, and who also likes a swashbuckling, "Perils of Pauline" adventure story, this book is for you. If you're looking for a more nuanced science fiction mind-bender in the style of Bradbury or Heinlein, you will be disappointed.
It was a good story, but also an interesting application of interesting scientific theories. The author did his homework. It's obvious that such a story is unrealistic, but this is fiction, after all, so it's okay. It is not five stars because I think that the author lacks the ability to paint a detailed picture in my head. There were some imagery that I would have liked the author to explain better. This book is a good use of a book balance credit!
This is one of my favorite audiobooks ever!
The reader does a great job with the various characters and I enjoyed his voice very much. The dual plot, with events happening both in the present and the past hooked me right away. As usual, Crichton explains his scientific background material in an easy-to-understand fashion.
The characters are well-developed and interesting. This was a page-turner when I read it in print (more than once) and the audiobook kept me hooked (and I walked much farther and put in many more hours at the gym) while I was listening (again, more than once).
The movie was such a disappointment. It didn't do justice to the story and, in fact, changed the story immensely. This is a must-read for anyone who enjoys history, anyone who enjoys action, and anyone who enjoys science-fiction.
It was a great read; The reader performed the multiple characters excellently, and the plot, though a bit predictable, kept interest very well. Will be interesting to see what Hollywood does with the story, but can't wait to see the imagery brought to life.