I'm a mental health therapist, a fan of Writers' Retreat Workshop, and am working on writing paranormal suspense novels.
The narration was simply awful. I should have believed the other reviews and not wasted my credit!
Regarding the story itself: I found myself unable to care about the characters or what became of them, and the disjointed forays into various historical moments were not at all compelling. The few scenes that had the possibility to engage my interest were suddenly dropped and, without warning, we were elsewhere.
No, I have always been enthusiastic about time travel stories. However, I am now most definitely turned off to stories by Jack McDevitt.
The narration was almost unbearable. It was monotone, full of long pauses in the wrong places, and I couldn't even begin to identify which character was speaking. (Compare this to the superlative performances by Therese Plummer!) I finally used the book to help me go to sleep at night, and got through it that way. I will never buy another book read by Paul Boehmer.
I love time travel novels. Unfortunately I didn't listen to more than 30 minutes of this. I had to stop because the reader is so irritating. He reads each sentence as if it were filled with hidden meaning, the phrase that is the turning point of the story. Each comma or period a signal for a long meaningful pause. Listen carefully to his reading in the preview. That's what you will be hearing for each sentence of the story, (long pause) I said.
I love SciFy and Fantasy Novels History is my second love especially the Dark ages through the Renaissance and The American Civil War
I was spellbound with this book and fascinated by all the possibilities it opens up. The characters were interesting and full all were well done. The performance was fantastic. I put my life on hold and listened to it straight through!
Love epic sci fi and fantasy, but hate looking of really good books. So many duds out there. I am gamer too.
Paul Boehmer is an excellent narrator, but can't not save this book. There are interesting ideas but they're never any fun or give you a reason to really care. Recommend only if your really, really into time travel fiction. H.G. Wells time travel book is leap and bound beyond this. Recommend you spend your credit on something else. If you want some exciting sci fi try Daemon by Daniel Suarez or Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry
The two central characters travel through the ages searching for the missing father of one of them and along the way they interact with many historical figures. The author seems particularly interested in those individuals who had a significant impact on the arts; such as Shakespeare and Sophocles’. Yes, the author has these two meet others who impacted history; such as Ben Franklin. However, unless the reader is well versed in the arts, much of this focus by the author is rather boring.The fun part of the story line is the ability of the two travelers’ to jump back in time to alter the outcome of events they are involved in. The author is careful to make sure these two do nothing to alter major historical events. The author adds a few interesting “twists-in-the-tale” in the later part of the story.
If the reader is well versed in the classics and history, this will be an enjoyable read.
The idea is interesting-a son looking foe his fatherm who is travelling in tie
I was pleasantly surprised
The cadence and rhythm of the narration were so irritating that my hackles rose every time I heard"Dave".
Which unfortunately, and not a credit to the author,was far too often.
I love time travel fiction in any genre and have heard many good things about McDevitt, so this book has been on my radar for some time.
First of all, TTND was a compelling story that held my interest throughout. It had all the really cool, mind numbing time travel paradoxes, and the protags got into some tough spots because of it.
It just seemed like the characters lacked depth and as a result I didn't feel a connection to Shel, Dave or even Shel's dad Michael.
Still, it was a great romp through the annals of time and I really enjoyed the historical background. I learned a lot of great stuff – with a ton of info going straight over my head as well – I'm sure. I just wish it had that little bit extra I needed to really care about the characters.
The narration didn't help either, I had a tough time with Mr. Boehmer. His monotonous, plain vanilla delivery was making me cringe. I ended up listening to the book at 1-1/2 times the normal speed and it worked out fine.
This was my first McDevitt book and I will definitely read him again. Really good and enjoyable time travel adventure.
Shel of course
I liked the story and despite what others are saying I enjoyed it and it was worth the money I paid for it. Worth at least a second listen!
Fantastic, Tingling, Adventure!
Loved everything. The very intriguing story line, the characters
It delighted me. So creative!
Excellent book, story line, characters and narration. Loved every moment of this book and it fascinates the mind. Highly recommend.