The idea of the consequences of altering time and the increasing difficulty in keeping time from running off the rails. Probably only the very old concept of computing dated it. I loved how it made me think about the problems altering time would pose
Arthur C. Clarke's "City and the Stars" was similar in that it seemed contemporary and at points I couldn't stop listening. The difference being that Clarke's book I still think about as the far future it painted was fascinating.
I think that Paul made the character's distinct enough to not get mixed up during dialogues. Seems simple, but I doubt it is so.
There were points where I couldn't stop listening.
While I read most of Asimov as a young teenager, but somehow don't remember this one. Don't know how I could have missed it.
It's a very clever, complex story that just sucks you into the adventure. I love John Hodgman, but the story is really a perfect match for his style. I read a lot of Sci-Fi and this was such a refreshing and imaginative premise.
Probably Nick, the main character, who is an attorney working on protecting the music industry's intellectual property from piracy. Imagine billions of aliens crazy about human music, having pirated an untold number of copies of everything we've produced. And as a league of refined civilizations are compelled to compensate humans for the theft.
John is amazingly consistent and is pretty good at making vocal distinctions when switching characters to make it believable.
I love when they used wrinkles to instantly transport somewhere.
I want more of this from both the author and John Hodgman.
It was good enough to get me to make it through the whole thing, but it seemed a bit oriented at a younger audience and yet had a lot of violence. It kept my attention, but I ended up frustrated that it ended with what seemed like the end of an introduction to more books.
The good bits reminded me a bit of the Tom Swift novels of my youth.
Maybe for younger sci-fi fans.
Too many scenes.
It was a toss up.
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