Probably the first 1 hour or so of the book is rather dull while Asimov sets up "Eternity", but the climax of the story is beyond worth the the slightly slow beginning.
Oh, and don't worry about the "monotone" sound of the narrator, that is merely who Harland is (even a character in the story says he has the appeal of a "dead fish").
Such a good story!!!
Just a bit of fair warning, my wife and I share this account, so there is no promise that all my reviews are my own.
An interesting concept explored through mostly unlikable characters. I found the idea of the story and exploration of its premise to be interesting, but I found the execution of the story to be lacking. I picked this up based on the claim that it was one of Asimov's best, but having finished it, I would disagree with that claim. I did enjoy the conclusion and the ideas presented in the final chapter.
loved the foundation trilogy, so thought I might like this one. not so. it was a real struggle to stay with the plot.
There are multiple twists most chapters. Especially toward the end. Asimov's masterwork, I say. The reading is really well done. Multiple accents and good pauses. I adore this book. Read it. Go.
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.