I really like wonderfully technical science fiction, BUT I LOVE science fiction that uses the science and human nature to point out the joys of being human, AND the natural flaws in human societies (and worst of all, the bureaucratic mentality).
This story exhibits a human bureaucracy that has built up over centuries of "physio-time" with its high-minded and honorable purpose intact, at least as a facade they hold up for the benefit of other "Eternals" and the "All-when Counsel." It is said that "the road to Hell is paved with good intentions" well, the establishment and the government of "Eternity" was intended to adjust mankind away from war, poverty, and danger so that mankind would be at peace, happy, and healthy.
But, the story slowly reveals the inherent flaws in bureaucratic nature and governmental intention. It does so, up to and including the ultimate flaw: that the pursuit of Safety always leads to stagnation and corruption; and always deprives mankind of the accomplishment of great things.
A great Asimov story with a great premise. This book puts forth a time travel / time disruption theory that Asimov touches somewhat in his Foundation series. That being that most small changes in time are eventually corrected by the sheer momentum of the progression of time. So time tends to negate the effect any changes made upstream in the down stream time line. In this story then are the group of men known as the 'eternals' - obsessed with making changes that will actually alter the course of time over the long haul - supposedly for the good of all mankind. But is it really good for mankind? fun story. Narration is sometimes very over-dramatized (which is a little distracting). BUt still a great quick read/listen.
Here is another great book by Isaac Asimov. Here we meet the 'Eternals' that decide what should and should not happen in Eternity. We meet a young 'Technician' that learns there is more to living in his Eternal world with only men in it. He also learns that all is not as it seems and through a simple act all of Eternity can be undone. For anyone thinking that time travel will solve all our problems this book will explain why that is false. We also learn why a George Orwell society with ultimately fail and must fail.
I really wanted to get into this story, but the ...random... pauses in... the reading made it unbearable. This narrarator should never do science fiction; it felt like he didnt even understand what he was reading half the time. I'm not the first reviewer to notice this flaw.
I'm usually very skeptical of narrarator critiques; it seems every book has some reviewer complaining about the performance. But in this case, I should have believed the past reviewers who made this very specific complaint.
I would recommend this to everyone who likes to think. the charaters were believable and that helped to transport you into the story
I could compare this work to I,Robot. also by Asimov or 1984 by Orwell (although not be that name) in that someone is making choices for the rest of humanity --for their own good. You could also read some of these concepts in Mein Kamf by Hitler.
Harlin--although I almost always indetify with the hero
When it became apparent that Harlin was making the decision to act on his own, and try to think for himself. When he took her to the far upwhen.
I honestly don't know why I never before picked up an Asimov book. Sci-Fi is far and away my favorite genre, but there's so much to read and so little time.
I chose this one because other reviewers claimed that while less popular, this is Asimov's best work. I'm looking forward to some of his other books, but am not in a big hurry i.e., his "best work" didn't capture me the way Heinlein's worst books do.
Eventually the philosophy emerged, but for more than the first half of the book I was disappointed by the paucity of insight regarding the consequences of cultural interference via time travel and the exponential incalculable effects of such.
The premise of the book is the Eternals' nanny state, "we know what's best for mankind's evolutionary path" and their manipulation of causation in order to calibrate the maximum desired outcome with the least amount of interference. This is about as deep, philosophically speaking, the book gets until the last 1/3 to 1/4, but I enjoyed in immensely.
A basic love story where the protagonist is bound by duty, but captured by love... more sensuality. Asimov's description of the girl, in her translucent outfit draped over perfect curves and her amorous personality, had me going.
My first Asimov novel...a time travel tome with a twist at the end. I think I'll do another one.
I'm guessing if you're thinking about this book it's because you've read other Asimov books and liked them. Time travel can be a confusing subject, so Asimov approaches this book a little differently than most and asks some off-the-beaten-path questions. Look at what might happen over a 100,000 years...
Yes, mostly because of the narrator's voice and him doing an excellent job of conveying the emotions of each character in the book.
Any of Asimov's books. I've not read any Asimov in years, but listening to this one brought me right back and recalled all the other books he has written.
I have not heard him read before, but found his reading of this book well done!
Yes, it sure was. I actually listen to books while I commute and even when my drive was done each day I didn't want to stop the audio but keep listening!
Great prelude to the Foundation books, and another one of his books which falls beautifully in line with his Robot and Galactic Empire books.
I love time travel books. However The End of Eternity is less a fictional tale of time travel rather then pure science fiction with a huge emphasis on the scientific portion of the equation.
The characters feel a bit robotic and I just never really cared about the characters or how everything wraps up. Time Travel should be more fun then this!