At the end of Stephen King's 11/23/63, the author thanked Jack Finney for writing the Time and Again, the classic of the genre. That planted the seed in my head to check out the audiobook. Stephen King was right. I liked 11/23/63, but it does not compare to the great Finney novel. I have read Time and Again twice, and loved the audiobook just as much as I enjoyed reading and rereading that novel. This story makes New York City in the 1880's totally come alive. I felt transported in a way that no other time travel story has done. Si Morley is the man who travels back from 1970. He is an artist, and describes 19th century NYC as only an artist can do. This novel is also a mystery and love story, and has an action-adventure element to it. The only weakness with this story is the very flimsy science that this time travel experiment is based on. Don't let that ruin this otherwise amazing and wondrous novel. I have listened to many audiobooks in the past few years, and Time and Again may be my very favorite. I already know that this will be one I will listen to again. The reader is great. It's a first person narrative, and the voice fits perfectly with the narrator, Si. He also sounds like he is from 1970. One other good feature - there are few details from modern life, and the "present" could be 2012 as well as 1970. The author clearly wanted to write a novel that would not be dated in a few years. He succeeded.
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Great book, loved it! It all seemed so vivid; like I stepped into a painting!
(Perhaps it’s because I got back from New York City just yesterday and it’s still fresh in my mind that I was able to visualise the story so well!)
Finney takes his time “painting” scenes and doesn’t rush so don’t read it if you’re in a hurry – I wasn’t and just loved it! I plan to dive into Book 2 right away.
Although the book started slowly, this is typical of time travel books. Finney spent a lot of time explaining how time travel would work, the story does not really begin until the character actually travels to the past. From there on, this is the audio equivalent of a page turner!
The detailed and charming recreation of New York in the 1880s was consistently fascinating! The characters were well drawn and the plot engrossing.
Great novel, excellent reading!
50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction
Im a sucker for just about anything related to time travel so I had to get this. I actually heard about this book from a Stephen King interview. He said this was his favorite time travel story so I looked it up right away. I really liked the story and wished there was more of them. Great escapism. well narrated.
I, too, found this book through Stephen King's recommendation in 11-22-63. I also noted that Jack Finney was a master of sci-fi
I enjoyed the historical glimpses of the 1880's
Not really - but I looked forward to listening to it.
This book was written a long time ago about a time even longer ago...writing has evolved as we have evolved...so don't expect an action packed book. Look for a slow read that takes you to a different time and place...it's an easy and enjoyable read.
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I listened to this book years ago on cassette tape from the library and was excited to find it here on Audible only to be disappointed that it was abridged. I wrote to Audilbe asking for the unabridged, but received no feedback. Just as I was about to give in and get the abridged version, I discovered that the unabridged had just been added. : )
The combination of science and historical fictions makes for an engrossing tale the details of which I don't recall exactly, but which I look forward to rediscovering!
Yes, I believe so. It certainly pales in comparison to the Stephen King story that led so many of us to it, but it's an interesting tale in it's own right. I'll agree with other reviewers that the detail in the story drags on forever, and it definitely could have been told as well or better in half the words, but overall it was an intriguing story and I enjoyed it.
Unfortunately, the narration also suffers when compared to Craig Wasson's performance of
For anyone who is considering this based on the afterword in King's
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
"Time and Again" is a book I have loved for a long time. So glad Audible now has the unabridged version and that Stephen King recommends it in his new book.
Jack Finney makes the reader (or listener, in this case) believe that time travel really could happen -- and is happening in this story, which provides mystery and romance as well. The characters and plot grab attention from the start and pull you through every chapter. Paul Hecht has a great voice, maybe a little too "radio" to be really expressive. I actually enjoyed Campbell Scott's narration in the abridged version better. But abridged is just not good enough for this book, so go with the full version anyway.
I'm sorry some avid Stephen King fans did not like "Time and Again". I don't agree with them. This book is a great bargain on Audible -- give it a try.
I would put this book in the top twenty percent of the audiobooks I've listened to so far, though just where in that twenty percent might vary from day to day. Once I really got into it, I couldn't put the book down. And the narrator is incredibly easy to listen to.
I've often wondered what someone from the past would think of our modern world. The telling of Julia's experiences in the twentieth century does a nice job, I feel, of dealing with that question, and that had to be the most memorable moment for me.
See my answer to the previous question as, in this case, "most memorable" equals "favorite".
A Time Traveler with Ethics
My only gripe with the plot is that I fel the idea of time travel through hypnosis is a bit corny. It almost had me thinking unfavorably about the book at first: I was going to finish it because I wanted to know how it ended. But once I got past that issue, I found myself carried away by the story, and I can understand why Stephen King, in his comments at the end of 11/22/63, praised this book as much as he did. I highly recommend it.
This book was recommended to me by new acquaintances whom I had visited with about a stay my wife and I enjoyed in New York City over the 2011 Christmas holidays. It was the first time I had a chance to get to know Manhattan, its main streets and neighborhoods, and to feel somewhat familiar with the City. That experience greatly increased the pleasure of reading this book, because it is in large part a travelogue of modern and 1880???s New York City, with detailed descriptions of the places, streets, parks, stores, and public transportation of the two eras.
Apart from its interest as a sightseeing companion, the book features a very-well constructed science fantasy, mystery and adventure story. The main character travels from modern New York City into 1880???s New York through a secret time travel project in search of clues to solving a puzzling mystery. He discovers unexpected adventures and romance in his time travels, and the story features some hair-raising suspense as well as a number of completely unexpected (but still consistent with the story) plot twists and surprises. No ???spoilers??? in this review: you will need to read the book to learn what the plot twists are.
Well researched; Mr. Finney clearly did his homework on 1880???s New York. Also, a very entertaining and enjoyable read, particularly if you are familiar with New York City.