I really wanted to like this book and was looking forward to it. It took exactly 4.5 hrs to get to anything of interest and then it started picking up the pace. It left me with the feeling as if I had been standing in line all day to go down the waterslide and as I got to the top and it was my turn, they closed the water park and told me to go back down using the stairs. All that anticipation for nothing...
I felt this could have been a much more intriguing and interesting story but it left me flat. I don't consider it a complete waste it has it's moments but few and far between.
I listened to this book shortly after finishing 11-22-63 by Stephen King.
Compared to 11-22-63, Time and Again has less "color" and dramatic scenes but compensates it by style and softness.
At least 1/4 of the book are descriptions of streets and buildings in NY which are "There" or "Not There", as someone who has never been to NY I could not associate anything with those parts and found it rather boring. 11-22-63 is better in this sense, it really submerges you into the world of 1950'es without need of knowing street names, numbers and buildings.
Incredibly, this book was recommended by Stephen King in the epilogue of 11-22-63 (a book I HIGHLY recommend). He called it a "definitive time travel story". How could I admire his writing so much and HATE what he liked?
I'll just flat out tell any sci fi junkies, the time travel is completely incidental to the story and very badly designed. Think faster-than-light spaceships using a really really powerful solid rocket. He even violates his own "physics" at one very important point.
As for the story, it could have been told in an hour. He spends so much time explaining and detailing the scenes and people, you will fight the urge to skip forward. I did it routinely and marveled at how he was still droning on after minutes of skipping. His descriptions and ponderings are inane and do nothing to either further the story or develop the characters. The narrator has a deep, authoritative voice which stands in contradiction to the sophomoric writing. He is obviously an artist. He spends a good deal of the book discussing art.
As for the review that calls it a "love story"... well it's much more that than "time travel", but if you're looking for a good love story, DO NOT listen to this. As I mentioned: character development is non-existent. There is no chemistry, no feeling. The story is simple, predictable and extremely shallow unless you are into him going on and on about how incredible it is that he is really in another time and how amazingly different New York is in the 19th century. And art. Incessant discussions of art -- drawing, photography, carving
I do not think so.
C. J. Box. Open Season.
The reading was a bit too slow for my taste... but then again maybe it suited this slow book.
I was bored by all the details and finally gave up after 3-4 hours. My thoughts kept wandering on to other things. Maybe if I had been a new yorker or otherwise interested in New York history I might have found it more interesting.
I got this for a driving trip and forgot to put it on my IPOD. Instead, I read it later on Kindle. Very good book. A little slow at the start, but it picks up, and the end is satisfying. Great history lesson about NYC.
No- but not for anything wrong with the audio. I heard there are very vivid illustrations in the print that really help bring 19th century NYC to life.
well that would just be a spoiler
A little more life would help
For a time travel story, the story itself feels very small. But that isn't a bad thing. Instead of something grandiose and elaborate, it feels more human and alive. And it really brings old NY to life.
Liked the main character, who described the time periods with much reflection.
He has a good voice tone.
When viewing the faces of those people in the previous century (1880s), the character realizes they are more alive and happier than those in his current time (1970s)
This is a nice book. Great to listen to and you wonder what the main character will choose to do. My only complaint is it took too long to set the story up - the first 4 hours were all in the present and didn't lend much to the overall impact of the story.
The narrator was horrible. His inflection, his phrasing. The excessive pauses that made the book last forever...Terrible.
No. I loathed this book. I actually only got it because it was chosen for my book club and I do make an effort to finish book club books. It felt terribly dated, particularly the treatment of the female characters. Really all of the characters seemed like cardboard cutouts. The main character was incredibly dumb and made consistently poor decisions. Which made no sense as he was chosen through an extensive screening process...
Fewer pauses. It seemed that the narrator was paid by the minute or something.
If your book club chooses this books...Just say no!
I will never look at NYC or the statue of liberty the same again. I travel to NYC often and now I will be picturing it 100 years ago.
Very interesting story and wonderful love story.
This book was a little bit long and tedious at times, but I'm a sucker for time travel novels. And Stephen King gave it a nod at the end of 11-22-63! While it starts out a little like 11-22-63 - maybe the main character is similar Jake Epping, it's really not much like it once you get into it.
If you lived in NYC, I think the book would be particularly interesting since it gives you somewhat of a history of the town - I'll bet the actual illustrated novel was especially engaging.
Admittedly, it got a little slow in places and I ended up switching to 1.5x speed to keep it moving along - enjoyed it much more after that!