We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Flashforward Audiobook

Flashforward

Regular Price:$20.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than 20 years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.

©1999 Robert J. Sawyer; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This first-rate, philosophical journey, a terrific example of idea-driven SF, should have wide appeal." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.8 (1676 )
5 star
 (428)
4 star
 (667)
3 star
 (434)
2 star
 (103)
1 star
 (44)
Overall
3.8 (1099 )
5 star
 (298)
4 star
 (417)
3 star
 (269)
2 star
 (79)
1 star
 (36)
Story
4.1 (1090 )
5 star
 (387)
4 star
 (464)
3 star
 (193)
2 star
 (29)
1 star
 (17)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Phelix_da_Kat 07-23-08 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    243
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    28
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    7
    0
    Overall
    "How would you digest the fruits of knowledge??"

    You know how you sometimes wish you did something different after some event has happened.. well Robert J. Sawyer explores this here.

    Based around a group of scientists who are conducting an experiment at CERN (the place where they have a massive collider running thats SO large it spans 3 different boarders/countries) in Switzerland. The results are not as they expect..

    What would be your path in life if.. for 2 mins, you could see 20 years in to the future.. would you be with that person you thought you loved? If not, how would that affect you today... with that person you're with now... hhmm.. how does fore knowledge affect your daily decisions in life??

    As with his other books - the science behind his stories are not outrageous, indeed they are scientifically sound (reference to SCI-FI weekly). Enjoy it, its a great story..

    If you enjoyed this I would recommend one of his other books: Terminal Experiment.

    42 of 43 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lori 08-07-09
    Lori 08-07-09 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    250
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    202
    45
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    8
    22
    Overall
    "The story drew me in"

    First of all, I must preface these comments by stating up front that I'm not a big science fiction fan. I do find the concept of time travel interesting so reading a synopsis and the fact that it was on sale drew me in. The premise, that during a scientific phenomenon, the entire world sees 21 years into the future was interesting. I thought, "How could a 2 minute glimpse of the future seriously effect the lives of today?" I suppose that is what grabbed me and the mental processes that go through everyone's mind as a result intrigued me. I listened to this one and found myself looking for excuses to get away from everyone so I could find out what happened next. The science portion of this book, which is actually relatively small, interested me much less than the human aspect. The end had a few bizarre twists that made me roll my eyes, but on the whole I enjoyed the read.

    27 of 30 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Simone 01-06-13
    Simone 01-06-13 Member Since 2016

    Follow me on Goodreads too!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1144
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    644
    522
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    96
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Enjoyed Every Minute!"

    I like this kind of science-fiction and this was right up my alley!

    I was hooked on the TV series when it aired in 2009 / 2010 and was left dangling at the end when it was abruptly cancelled. The last episode of the show was shot before it was known it would be cancelled; it depicted a second Fast Forward Event happening 20 years in the future… and then it was over! What a tease!

    I didn’t realize at the time that the show was based on a book so I was excited to discover it and finally get some closure. Loved it!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-14-11
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-14-11 Member Since 2016

    Paid reviewers, after two weeks get 4-8 votes and have that power to strike unhelpful against others. Check their history! Your money!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3895
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1122
    1089
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    278
    6
    Overall
    "real Science fiction"

    This is not Sci-Fi, this is Science fiction at it's best. I have not seen the t.v. series, but the book makes me want to watch. The miles past by so quick as I listened to this book. I usually like to listen to NPR in the morning and then listen to a book, but I kept finding reasons to leave NPR and listen to this book. The science is not over your head and RS keeps your interest all the way. It is not a time travel book, it is a glimpse into the future and the results that causes and there are some very interesting causes. RS is the Asimov of our age.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Chatty Cathy Los Angeles 01-02-16
    Chatty Cathy Los Angeles 01-02-16 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    33
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    54
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Pedantic, flat reading,"

    Little character development, flat one dimensional characters that live in their heads, with internal dialogues to deliver "the message"

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    david j. Georgia 09-21-09
    david j. Georgia 09-21-09 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    55
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Excellent Hard SF"

    This book was spectacular. I enjoy hard SF, especially stories that begin in contemporary times, and this book did not let me down. Sawyer does a great job at mixing murder mystery with the skiffy (sci-fi) foundation.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 03-15-09
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 03-15-09 Member Since 2015

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2609
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    473
    367
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    638
    16
    Overall
    "Should be called FAST Forward"

    The good points:
    1) the "science" in the story is well conceived (and is similar in concept to that in Hominids) and is believable within the context of the story
    2) there are fewer stereotypes than in Hominids and the politicking sometimes fits in with the story
    3) the narrator is good

    The bad point that sums up this novel: it's stupid

    The premise could have led to a very interesting story - humankind could have tried to deal with what they knew about the future, or tried to replicate the flash forward, or investigate why or how it happened, etc. But what happens instead? It turns into a soap opera about a handful of characters who, regardless of their age or gender, behave how one would expect 30-35 year old males to act. The science fiction stops and the male version of a chick flick starts.

    If you knew you were going to be murdered in 21 years time would you spend all your time and energy obsessing to figure out who did it NOW, considering that some of the significant players are still children? Would you fly across the world NOW to meet a woman you know you'll have sex with in 21 years time? Do you think there's even a slight chance that the powers that be would NOT re-use a "time machine"? If you say yes to any of these, then you might like this story.

    Otherwise... save your money...

    36 of 46 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Janet Yuma, AZ, USA 05-26-09
    Janet Yuma, AZ, USA 05-26-09 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    23
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    155
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Interesting but a Technical"

    This was a good read, there were only 2 problems . . .1) The scientific technical language will be over a lot of people's head and 2)The end went a little "out there" Otherwise, it was a good story

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  •  
    David Riverton, UT, USA 04-23-09
    David Riverton, UT, USA 04-23-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    22
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    49
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Goes Nowhere"

    When I heard about the concept for this book and that they are going to make a TV show based on it (and even comparing its potential to Lost) I couldn't wait to get this book.

    Never has so much potential for a good story been wasted on such mundane trivialities. Rather than something to explore or some kind of conspiracy to be uncovered the characters spend a novel that is more than twice as long as it needs to be deciding what they should do now that they think they know what the future holds.

    I recommend saving your time and money, read the plot synopsis on Wikipedia, wait for the TV show (to see if that will be better than the book, which won't take much) and go get something better. Heaven knows there's plenty of it on Audible and its not this book.

    18 of 25 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nancy Chilton-Kendrick Ouray, CO United States 12-27-15
    Nancy Chilton-Kendrick Ouray, CO United States 12-27-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    100
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    243
    136
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    9
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Boring"
    What disappointed you about Flashforward?

    Too slow, boring & tries to teach science instead of telling a story.


    What could Robert J. Sawyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    No clue.


    What character would you cut from Flashforward?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of time forcing myself to finish it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.