Say something about yourself!
This is Jack Finney's iconic book about time travel. It easily cuts around physics, relying on the power of the mind. Well. Some minds. It's a very long thing and is written with a lot of light places to keep the reader happy and engaged.
Unfortunately, though the book is expertly narrated by Paul Hecht (who has a truly wonderful voice), Mr. Hecht neglects the humor, the grief, the human nuances. His read sounds very much like a documentary. Beautiful, but little to connect with.
If that doesn't trouble you as a listener, then I highly recommend this audiobook. Otherwise, read it instead.
I really wanted to like this book because Stephen King said it was good, but I guess I am too used to more fast paced books. I realize this book was written in the 1970's where things did move slower but I was always thinking "just get on with the story". I am 6 hours into the book and decided to quit. I hate that I won't get to find out what happened, but I just couldn't finish it. I do think it would make a good movie..
Paul does a wonderful job as narrator, perfect for the main character and he really brought you into the story. It was an amazing book full of adventure, suspense, romance, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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!
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!
Fascinating but Slow
clear enunciation, only a few mispronounced words
Come with me to Long Ago
One of the best stories in my stash and very well told. I still have the original book and have read it three times.
Of course, Si Morley as the protagonist is so willing to believe that there is something more than this present life. But Rubin Prien can charm the birds.
This is the first experience with Paul Hecht's performance and it is dead on.
Yesterday is just across Central Park
Also, check out the sequel, From Time To Time, also available in audible's list.