©1999 Robert J. Sawyer; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"This first-rate, philosophical journey, a terrific example of idea-driven SF, should have wide appeal." (Publishers Weekly)
About in the middle. The performance was good and the story very interesting.
The scientific possibilities
His distinctive voice and the ability to bring the characters to life
Not much on the extreme just thinking about the possibilities of something like this happening
I really loved this book. It’s extremely interesting about a weird experience. Everyone in the world looses consciousness for a short period of time and sees their own future. I am now watching the TV series of the same name and its quite good.
Sawyer writes wonderful books, and this is one of them. Unfortunately, he has a habit of writing completely over-the-top endings, and this is one of them.
OK, I heard of, and watched the TV show of like-name first. Maybe that damaged my perspective; however, the book was...simply put, boring.
Way too much philosophizing and not much else. I felt like I was in a boring college lecture many times throughout. Also, the characters, who are some of the smartest scientific minds around were idiots in many of their theories.
I did finish it just "because", but will not recommend it.
By now, many are familiar with Flash Forward, thanks in part to the television version. This book, being the catalyst for that event, has obvious similarities however, has many distinct differences that would not quite fit a tv series. The main one, without giving much away is that the flashforward gives its viewers a glimpse much further into the future. This allows for much more dramatic differences in the present and the visualized future. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Robert Sawyers ability to explain technology without boring his audience (as I also explained in The Terminal Experiment Review). It was a great listen that at times makes you think about your own life and how it could be changed were you allowed to view what you may become. Also, to what means would you go, to ensure that the vision is not reality and that you still in some way can control your own destiny. Great story, good narrator...check it out for yourself!!!!
This is one of those books that you want to never end. Keeps your attention to the very end.
Until Chapter 31 I thought that this was a 4 or possibly even a 5 star book - but then it went all to pieces with a stupid and extremely disappointing ending.
I loved the science and the storyline. The narrator is excellent (even though the pronunciation of the French and German names and short sentences is poor). But even the best narrator cannot make up for the stupid conclusion of a book. Now I wish that I had stopped with the end of chapter 30 and relied on my own imagination for the final chapters.
Flashforward is based upon an interesting plot line however the constant references to the Nobel Prize, especially at the end of the novel, worn on me since the Nobel has lost most of its credibility in the world.
It's obvious that the author is Canadian because of the many gratuitous references.
I also found the author's writing style a bit trite.
Voice over actor with four audiobooks currently available on Audible. Strongly recommend picking up The Greenstone Grail. Enjoy!
If you're a late comer to this party like me, you're probably listening to this book because of the TV show. You should know in advance that this is not even remotely close to the same party. The science gets a little bit dizzying in a couple spots, but good science leads to good science fiction. Great narration and an engaging story with a lot of fascinating theories about the dimension of time that's very well worth reading for any sci-fi enthusiast.
Like many others, I was attracted to the book because of the TV series but it is a better plot (much tighter) than the TV series. The plot keeps you into through the end even through different time periods.
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