Science fiction, mystery, a passionate love story, and a detailed history of old New York blend together in this spellbinding story of a young man embroiled in a secret government experiment. Transported from the mid-1900s to the New York of 1882, Si Morley solves a mystery of the 20th century by discovering its 19th-century roots, and falls desperately in love with a beautiful young woman in the process. He ultimately finds himself forced to choose between his lives in the present and the past. This is the classic novel that has captivated an entire generation since its original publication in 1970.
©1995 Jack Finney, All Rights Reserved; (P)1995 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved; Audioworks is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
"Go back to a wonderful world and have a wonderful time doing it." (The New York Times)
Get the unabridged version: this attempt to condense about 16 hours of text into less than 5 hours totally guts this fine story.
A 'Cliff Notes' version would include more of the plot and character development than this over truncated attempt.
Mr. Finney has written an enthralling, imaginative novel. I have read the printed version at least 4, perhaps 6, times. Each time I read it I must choose the proper time as this book will capture you and transport you to Old New York for the duration and you will be able to accomplish little else until its conclusion.
I count this book among my most prized possessions. After a hiatus of seven years, I have again started "folding back the gold foil".
I've never read this book before, and listening makes me want to go get the printed copy and add it to my library! This was very imaginative and caught my attention until the end. I had a hard time putting it down! I loved the characters and how they interacted with each other. I also really enjoyed the fact that there wasn't alot of bad language interspersed in the book. This is an all around magical book, that will transport you to another time! Enjoy!
I have been an avid Bibliophile since I learned how to read at 4 years old. I listen to audiobooks every day.
I've always really enjoyed Time Travel premises for books and really enjoyed this whole book! I was quite surprised to find out what the promise at the end was, and how the main character carried it out. I also enjoyed the ending...
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
I love time travel novels. As an avid reader of the genre, this book was just under the mediocre ones. Here is why. The novel starts out with a hook that immediately gets you interested, a secret government experiment that you will not qualify for, but are encouraged to try. So, early on, curiosity gets your thoughts racing and you want to turn the page...but I found myself being distracted and the book losing my attention because the character development was on the weak side compared to some of today's top sellers. A. The protagonist was a generic person with nothing that really defined him. B. I didn't care what happened to him or feel any of his personal struggles. To me, this can make or break a novel. I want to read (listen) to a book where I want complete silence around me so I don't miss a second of what happens! Also, the story line had a decent foundation, but was hard to follow because of the lack of time spent explaining the other characters. They didn't need as much detail, but I found myself reading the Wikipedia entry just to find out what was going on! Not good. Overall, I wouldn't use a credit for this book, instead check out my favorite time travel books: Replay - Ken Grimwood, Schumann Frequency & The First Boxer by Chris Ride and Lightning - Dean Koontz. Those are worth every penny!
The other customer reviews were so eloquent, that I can not add anything to them. But like the other reviewers -- I loved this book! The author, the narrator, the little touches of periodic background sound. It was utterly absorbing and entertaining and thought-provoking. I wish Campbell Scott would narrate more -- he is fabulous.
I can't recall when I've enjoyed listening to any author so much. My only regret is that only two books are available. If you enjoy well written science fiction, and time travel in particular, Jack Finney may also impress you as the best author on the topic since HG Wells. I found the narrator to be particularly skilled, adding much to the audio product.
Just as the ability and range of the actor can bring a play to life, so is the vocal range and intonations of the narrator of an audible book. "Time and Again" is very entertaining. I could have read it and been completely captivated by it. But, Campbell Scott's narration had me mezmerized. No other way to describe it. The comdination of the book and narration was excellent!
This one will keep you in your car long after your trip is over....sitting in the garage in the dark listening to the tale unravel. Great, great, great.
I lived in NYC for 15 years. A friend bought this book for me and said that everyone was reading it. It changed how I looked at the city. I would walk in Central Park and I could see it in the 1800. The story is gripping and sadly, in the Audio version you miss the beautiful old photos.( I do have the paperback as well because of that) I wish I could travel back in time as well. I think that NYC would be my destination too. I have lent this book to many people. I have also bought it as a gift to some. This one will be in my library forever. And the fact that it takes place in the Dakota building is of course a plus. I think all in all I have read this book 4 times and listened to it once. This will be the second time.
A classic time travel story, which describes an experiment in which one can travel through time by self hypnosis. Very enjoyable and very well read. The sound quality is more like good FM Radio rather than CD, but I did not find it off-putting.
Short, smart, terrific read - makes your head spin - great stuff. Stephen King said this was the book that influenced him in his time travel book about the Kennedy assassination. Read that too!
"Thought provoking nostalgia"
Well written and well read. Some holes in the credibility of the story but nevertheless it flowed well and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
"A good story treated very badly."
The audio quality on this is pretty appalling (it sounds like a very dated radio recording) and the listening experience is made worse by frequent musical segments played behind the beginning and end of each chapter, but as these tend to run on for near 30 seconds each the narration is almost completely drowned out.
This abridged version feels very choppy and it is likely the result of heavy editing to get this to fit into a set time slot when originally broadcast.
It is bearable all things considered, and I did manage to finish the title, but it is unlikely to be something you revere or re-visit.
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