I don't know if I can finish this book. The narrator's ability to very deliberately speak each word as if it stood on its own rather than in the flow of a sentence is maddening. Listen to a sample and see if its something you can stomach on your commute. Also when character's are being "emotional" we are treated to a particularly annoying whiny voice that has only one timbre.
Otherwise the book is decent, though I find the main character's motivation a little hyperbolic and rash without enough exploration by Asmiov as to why. It ends up feeling forced in order to push the dramatic plotline along.
We really like the book, not the reader. He was far too flat an emotionless. Just doesn't sound like the Asimov I've heard in my heard for years; almost the opposite.
I have great affection and respect for Asimov but this story shows it's 1955 date in culture more than in technology. Thousands of years on, the essential conflict is men fighting each other for power and over women. The lone woman is a temptress and in fact there is a Garden of Eden theme that is pretty heavily stressed. The concepts of time in the book are interesting, and whether changing the past or future removes free will is a central question. The narrator was awfully SLOOOW. I tried to speed up the audio but on my player that gave it an echo, so I just stuck with it.
Recent graduate New York Institute of Photography. Love SciFi and mystery.
Having read the book in high school (and I still have it), I absolutely love it and still do. It is a great story about the possibilities of time travel, both good and bad.
The relationship of the various lead characters.
Time for anything . . . or nothing
Among the best of Isaac Asimov's novels. Certainly ahead of it's time. The characters are engaging. The story is imaginative and plausible. Better than the average Sic-Fi novel, and this novel has aged very well, which cannot be said of very many Sci-Fi novels from this era.
I read this book more than thirty years ago, I was immediately engrossed again. But, if temporal paradoxes are not your thing you better stay away. The narrator grew into the story. His style of careful pronunciation annoyed me at first and throughout the book he makes mistakes with intonation. But his hateful Finge, his driven Twissel and his lovely Noies will stay with me for the next thirty years.
Asimov is at the heights of creativity, story-telling, and message. Highest possible recommendation. Much for each of us to apply to our own individual life and for all of us to consider collectively.