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!
For the first time I didn't finish a book. I can and have soldiered through bad books but I just couldn't with this one. I didn't like the characters or the story line.
it's been a while since i've read Asimov, and he just doesn't disappoint. i love all the explanations about time-travel. any questions i had about possible paradoxes were answered throughout the book.
It has to be in the top 3 of about 20 books I've listen to thus far.
I think Azimov does a great job in making the time travel concept seem perfectly believable in this future.
He certainly added a 'future' vibe to the entire book. I thought it added significantly to the experience.
Yes but I listen on my commute to work. This books was something I really looked forward to on my 45-50 minutes each way.
Ranks very near or at the top
The power of survival of the human spirit when dedicated to using science with all it's successes and failures and avoiding the comforting delusion of the safety of gods.
Don't know don't care.
Succeed and fail and expand. Our potential is unlimited.
It gave me some hope for us humans especially in these days when religion is pulling a new blanket of dark ages over us.
In the late 1950s I read every science fiction book and pulp magazine I could get my hands on including all of Asimov's marvelous stories and novels. But I seem to have missed this absolute gem.
Time travel stories typically exploit the paradox of killing your grandfather when he was a boy, changing history in a way that prevents you in the future from ever having a chance to make the trip backward, the perils of time-out-of-joint confusion, and action-movie dilemmas that demands lots of frantic action to put back right. This turns into repeated and familiar car chase motion, in 4 dimensions this time, but still not much more than shaky-cam car chases and gun shots. A different time gets treated simply as a different place. The unique dramatic aspects of time travel are submerged in a noisy drama of action and conflict. So, if you have a time machine, why are you in such a maniacal hurry all the time, dear writers? You can certainly adjust the dial a bit and arrive at your leisure.
Asimov has all of the compelling and unhurried aspects of time travel and does the plotting better than anyone else. Though I haven't seen it yet, even from the excellent reviews I believe that "The End of Eternity" is better and smarter than "Looper." You will certainly have more to chew on later.
Asimov's story is rich, complex, unexpected and wise. The story is absolutely the opposite of a linear plot where you can probably guess what's gonna happen next. You can't. The venue enlarges exponentially in scope and goes in directions you cannot anticipate, nor have ever seen anywhere else. And the 1955 vintage American English is a delight to read.
Wow! I loved it.
Every so often, an audio version of the book seems better than the print version because of the acting. This isn't the case, but that's not really a bad thing (I mean I get to listen to it while biking--kinda hard to read the print version doing that). However, when I started this book, I almost just turned it off due to the audio performance. Paul Boehmer reads it sounding like an automaton, with unnatural pauses in his sentences. At first I had a hard time trying to absorb the story because of his voice acting. However, after a while I became engrossed in the story and I began to wonder if this was all done on purpose.
You see, the main character in the story is supposed to be somewhat emotionless, and usually processes everything in his environment from a purely logical perspective. Perhaps Mr. Boehmer wanted to emphasize this. I also suspect this is the case, because when characters were actually talking, Mr. Boehmer displayed a much wider range of emotion. As the character becomes more "human", it seems that Mr. Boehmer's reading also becomes more human. In some ways, one might argue the voice acting was done in a kind of cerebral, artistic manner--with the unfortunate result that I think some people might get turned off by it.
I urge you, if you get this book, to just keep listening. Asimov as usual has very insightful things into human behavior and the effects of technology on our humanity. I literally rode my bike for 2 hours straight to finish this book because the ending is extremely well done.
In terms of the story itself, the pacing is nice--it builds tension chapter by chapter until the finale, which is well done. You'll see (hear?) a few things that are out of place--printouts on foil for example--a result of hole-punch cards way back when. These just made me chuckle--computer science is a far cry away from what it was 60 years ago. However, these are few and far between, and since I'm not a physicist, the science in the novel sounded plausible and interesting. The few major characters are distinct and interesting in their own way. Finally, the conclusions in the story deal with evolution, love, and human suffering, and are are interesting and insightful. Without giving away the ending, I can guarantee they will give you something to think about long after you've finished the story.
Harlan (sp?), the main character, was my favorite, but this is because the entire story is told from his point of view. We get to listen to his thoughts and reasoning while watching him transition from his naive self to his final being.
My favorite scene was probably when he realizes he's about to run into himself due to time travel and his mistakes. He also realizes many of his assumptions were wrong, but he's still far from where he needs to be.
No, I was okay pausing the story, until the last hour or so of the book which I had to listen to in a complete setting.