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 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.
. . . but I was so glad when it was over.
I was really looking forward to this book. I've never read or listened to anything by Crichton before, though I'm fully aware of his work and popularity. And I love everything about France especially its rich history.
But I was truly disappointed with the story and, frankly, frustrated by several aspects of this novel. The biggest problem I had were the countless narrow escapes, one after another. Crichton has his characters face death defying situations, of which - and of course - they all survive, with barely a chance to gather their wits about them before they have to face the next challenge. It all becomes so ho-hum that even if it looks like someone's not going to make it, you just can't gather up enough tension to care. No wonder this became such a hugely popular computer game. It reads like one which makes the book very predictable and, for me, very exhausting.
To it's credit, the history is well-researched and the discussion about quantum physics is somewhat mind boggling. But, for the record, I won't be doing Crichton again anytime soon.
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.
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.
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.