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.
Great book! very engrossing and I had a great time listening with my boyfriend. Every Crighton book will not only give you a great story but I end up with a greater understanding for a subject that I would never consider myself to have the ability to grasp. with love, adventure and a heap of justice served, I am more enriched.
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.
. . . 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.
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.
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.