I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.
Sure. Asimov is always terrific, this standalone novel is just a great reflection on time travel with a compelling story. Sure there are inconsistencies with the plot but I thin if you put yourself int he mindset that this story will help you fill out the Asimov cannon, you will enjoy it and be entertained. I think you will also be surprised how many of the plot conceits have been used by other others, movies since the date of the novel. Asimov is one of the originals of this genre.
The main character is unique. He is certainly not very likeable, but that is what made him so interesting to me because he was a product of a process that made him that way. Thought provoking when you compare that to what happens to all of us at some point in our lives.
I thought it was really cool when they returned to Earth at the end of the novel.
I find Asimov a very entertaining writer, the logic he uses really pulls you into the storyline. Not sure I would laugh or cry at his material but his stories really pull you into the internal logic and complexity.
I thought the narrator did a great job. Good production.
I'm not sure how Asimov pulled off this story except to say he's a very skilled and original writer.
This story is now almost 60 years old and there are obvious criticisms.
The language of technology -people are 'psychoed' to not remember, 'tubes' are used to send reports, reports are written on film etc...- is dated of course. Happily, it adds an element of humour that the author may not have intended but it works pretty well.
And the sexism! The Eternals are all male and supposed to be Spock like but throw one voluptuous babe (Mickey Spillane could not have described her better) into the mix and suddenly everyone acts like a high school nerd and Eternity itself is in jeopardy.
You would think these problems would sink the plot but they don't. It has a lot of twists and turns and makes no sense sometimes but it keeps going right to the last page.
This was good science fiction and good fun. Think Douglas Adams meets H.G. Wells.
Even if you have no love for sci-fi, even if you don't pay attention to the science aspect of this book, this is a great story. A story about what true love can do to a man and the lengths he will go to save his woman, no matter the cost.
I personally love the sci-fi part of the story but that's only the back drop for a fantastically complex tale that is hard to imagine one could actually piece together as a writer unless you were a genius, (which Asimov was as he was a member of Mensa).
The story starts our rather abruptly but picks up speed quickly. If you feel something isn't clear, it'll be explained later and by the end it will all be clear. That is part of Asimov's gift. He can take a very complex concept and over time, through the telling of a story make it real and apparent to the reader without any confusion. Even if you have a slight bit of confusion going through the book, it won't matter, you'll get it.
This is a fantastic love story, ultimately, with (spoiler), a happy ending. Very surprising, but happy.
I would have made the main character less robotic. He was a human and the narrator's accent and tone made him a snobby robotic unlikable character.
Move on to a totally different book and narrator.
I love Asimov (30 yrs!) But won't get anymore audiobooks on Asimov from Audible
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.