This was originally billed as a Scifi novel, however, it is not. Having said that, it is a very good novel. It is in some ways a truly great novel. If you haven't read it, I must suggest this one. It is a passionate tale that one cannot help but be drawn into and it will catch your imagination.
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.
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 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.
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.