I would not recommend this book to a friend. Asimov has other great books to recommend. This one has an interesting world, but the characters are jarringly outdated. There is a lot to delve into with time travel, and when the story is focused on that it is interesting. When the focus is on the personal story of the characters however, it lost me. There is a twist at the end, but for me it didn't make up for the sludge to get there. The one lady in the book is such a nothing character it really took me out of the story, and the love story is just unbearably thin, it would be better if it was left out entirely.
Asimov is so damb good at creating both a scientific basis for his stories but also grabbing your emotional heart strings along the way.
I always love his works.
This is one of those books you hear people rave about. On the "have to read" sci-fi list. Well, at least I can say I made it through it.
Seriously, for me this book was like trying to walk through knee deep wet cement. I actually stopped about a third of the way into the book and listened to an entirely different book, then came back to this. I almost asked for a refund. I had a terrible time keeping my attention on the book; mind mind kept wandering off to mundane daily task thoughts.
Oddly enough, the last 3-4 chapters things got a lot better and I was pretty pleased with the ending.
Isaac Asimov truly is THE science fiction writer; he is its apotheosis. I highly recommend this book to all. What I love about SciFi is that it can address the moral issues of a society in both an intellectual and entertaining fashion. You definitely won't lose interest in this audiobook. I will admit however, that the first 5-10 minutes did seem slow and monotonous but after that you will most certainly be engulfed in the story waiting for the next time you can listen to the next piece of it. I say this as I usually listen to audiobooks while driving. But after my two and one half our drive listening to it this past weekend I just had to keep listening to it. Enjoy!