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.
My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine; (fortunately) everybody drinks water. - Mark Twain
It's hard to follow, because the author creates this method of time travel that is composed of psychological hypnosis. This really is a fatal flaw for me. Stephen King's approach in "11/22/63" was simple - the method of time travel was mystical magic - this is the easiest approach for an author and it allows them to focus on the story. Now consider "Doomsday Book" by Connie Willis, it employs the futuristic more technically advanced society creating a scientific procedure to enable time travel, it is a good workable method of time travel in which Willis weaves her story. In "Time and Again" Finney tries to weave his story around this psychological hypnosis approach, and it is too silly for the story to really develop. In science fiction writing, if the author can't or doesn't want to develop a solid background to the "science" part of the fiction work it is the best practice to leave the "science" unexplained. Take the movie "Back to the Future" for a classic example, we go along with the story because the character of Doc Brown just provides a working example in the mall parking lot, and that is enough, we just accept it. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells just employs a mixture of science and mysticism but chalking it up to the fourth dimension, and we never look back the story is great and we never question how the time travel is possible. "Time and Again" spends a lot of time trying to sell us on the method of times travel, a big flaw for Finney's work. Finney puts just enough story line and characterization into the book to save it and render it a mediocre work.
I bot this book because of Steve King's new book. He said it inspired him. It is more of a historical journey back to the 18th century, not a time travel story. They do travel in time, but the idea of the story is lame.
Listening to this I felt like I was back in the 50's or 60's. Just too dated and sexist for my taste. Also, why the boring description of mannerisms and clothing if completely superfluous characters. So unnecessary and tedious.
Absolutely, best time travel story I've read.
Descriptions of 1882 NYC
This is a story not without it's flaws. There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding the time travel method they were using. And I was frustrated early on by Simon not asking the questions I had about what was really going on. Also,it was way tooooo easy for Simon's friend to join him on one of his trips. But all that is easily forgotten given the outstanding descriptions of 1882 NYC. At first I was thinking "let's get on with it..." but quickly found myself literally mesmerized by the descriptions as read by the narrator.
If you are looking for an action based Time travel story this is not it... Check out Dr. Who ! But if you want to feel like you are really traveling back in time this is the book for you.
Star + Star + Star + Star + Star
wonderful performance of the story which I first learned about when listening to Stephen King's afterword for 11/22/63 and at his recommendation.
I've lost track of the number of times I've read or listened to Time and Again and its sequel. Finney wove a magic spell that continues to enthrall generations of readers!
This book is so wonderful. I have re-read it many times and it gets better and better. It is not only a time travel novel, its a mystery, romance, and suspense novel! So Spectacular. The characters are wonderful and rich and the settings feel as though you're there. This audiobook was a great rendition of this novel. Loved Paul Hechts reading.