©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)
Flashforward feels like a great short story that has been forced into a full length book. The characters are well written and fairly well fleshed out but the story drags. The plot feels more like a tool for the illustration of various dimensional and quantum theories, and several are spelled out throughout the book. The narration is good over all, although there is little character voice work. Nothing about this story is particularly bad, but at the same time there's not much great either.
Read the book a while ago and forgot about it. Saw the audiobook and bought it. Wasn't disappointed. The spoken version made more sense. Never been very keen on time travel stories (with the exception of Heinlein's "Door into summer".), but this is well written and the assumptions consistent.
I don't understand why it is so highly rated. It's predictable, thin... poor, just poor.
I found the style reminiscent of Dan Brown, if you like him and Sci-Fi, this may be the book for you...
The performance was OK. Not stand out, but not good enough to detract from the terrible writing.
I actually caught myself expressing my frustration out loud more than once.
Not particularly. I liked the idea but the scientific theory did not get me engaged. I love my Sci-fi and a good "time travel" idea but this did leave me disappointed.
The scientific explanations should be dialled back. Some is helpful, but I felt there was too much in this novel and it became frustrating. With an audio book you listen to every word. You don't skip past in case there is some important information key to the storyline so you slog through.
The narrator did a great job with some amazingly complicated terms, names and foreign languages.
It was a TV show and that is why I purchased the book. I didn't get a chance to see it all and wondered how it all worked out. The production people really did only extract some key concepts from the novel and took it elsewhere. I think I preferred what I saw of the show.
I got to the and went, "Really, that's it?" It had some good moments, interesting concepts, and left you thinking about many things, but I did feel let down by the ending.
Yes. I liked the science element.
The main character
Good story. I think their was an emotional element missing.
Someone who enjoys
Cut the over-thinking by the characters, especially as a cheap trick to lengthen a countdown.
really like the premise of this book. I had watched the tv show and enjoyed the idea so much I had to read the book. Maybe the faster pace of the tv show ruined the slower pace of the book for me but it just didn't hold my attention very well. I really liked the ending but the journey there was very slow and somewhat boring. Part of the problem, in my opinion is that the flash forwards in the book were for 30 years in the future so it left open the question as to whether or not they would actually happen. In the show you started to see indications right away that the flash forwards were actually true and that was the intriguing part for me. The characters weren't written in a way that made me care about them but only really made me mildly interested in what would happen to them. I don't think the book is poorly written, I just think it moved too slowly and the only really interesting part was the beginning and the end. I'm sure more die-hard sci-fi fans will disagree with me and that's ok. This is just my opinion of this book.
The original premise of this book is very interesting, and as long as you haven't seen the TV series it will probably work for you. However the TV series was way better managed and paced, with more plot lines and immediacy (3 years flash forward rather than 21).
So if you have already seen the TV series, be prepared for disappointment, otherwise watch the TV series after this book.
I liked the beginning...didn't really care for the end. It started out interesting, then it felt as though he didn't know where to go with what he had created.
Sadly, the most memorable scene to me was the schoolyard....NO Spoiler...
With a GOOD screenwriter taking the reins, perhaps.
I got this book because I really liked the show, especially the basic premise.
The book is very different and centers around physicists at CERN. If you've watched the show and the basic idea fascinated you, I think you will like this book. If you are looking for the same action, conspiracy and such, then it is not here.
The physics and philosophy in this book is sometimes a bit heavy, and it helps if you know a bit & are interested in philosophy and quantum physics (by that I mean just reading a bit about it, not being an actual physicist). Still I think the complicated parts are explained as clear as they could've been considering their complexity.
The performance is Mark Deakins is particularly good, Nails different voices very well, and even women voices where ok, and never felt too silly.
This book completely held me captive the whole time and I was always on my toes what would happen next, and I have been going very late to sleep just because I wanted to hear more.
If you like sci-fi, are not bothered by personal conversations about relationship, life, universe and everything, and enjoy good writing this book is for you.
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