Have you ever worried about your memory, because it doesn't seem to recall exactly the same past from one day to the next? Have you ever thought that the whole universe might be a crazy, mixed-up dream? If you have, then you've had hints of the Change War.
It's been going on for a billion years, and it will last another billion or so. Up and down the timeline, the two sides, "Spiders" and "Snakes", battle endlessly to change the future and the past. Our lives and our memories are their battleground. And in the midst of the war is the Place, outside space and time, where Greta Forzane and the other Entertainers provide solace and R&R for tired time warriors.
Fritz Leiber was one of the most important sci-fi and fantasy writers of the 20th century. The Big Time, which won a Hugo Award for Best Novel, is his most famous SF novel.
©2000 The Estate of Fritz Leiber; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
I picked this up because Orson Scott Card recommended it. It is nothing like an OSC book. This could have been a great short story but just didn’t know when to quit.
Brilliant and unique story told through dialogue like a stage play. Captures unity of place, time, and theme. Mandatory read for a true science fiction fan
When a character describes her resurrection into The Big Time.
Poor Male Voices.
Anytime Greta (main character) describes her death during the Nazi overthrow of Chicago in the 1950s.
Essential reading, but maybe not essential listening. But if you can handle poor male voices from a female narrator, everything else is excellent.
"The Big Time" hasn't aged well. On the plus side, the novel does create suspense, and I found myself interested in aspects of the characters. But overall, the themes won't resonate much with the modern reader and the characters are a bit thin. Readable if you are a student of science fiction (it won the Hugo), but give it a pass if you are looking for a great novel.
"A very dated SF classic"
In its time, this book was highly esteemed as an SF classic, but it has not aged well. The SF scenario is very clunky - a bit like the sets on the original "Star Trek" - the prose style is very 50s American, and the characters a bit comic-book. I have to say also that I found the storyline very confusing, and lacking in narrative drive: despite it being quite a short audiobook, it was a struggle to finish.
To cap it all, the narration was not very good; the way the main character was drawn grated somewhat, and other characters were poorly distinguished, with some fairly dreadful British accents. Sound quality was also iffy - rather muffled at times.
Unless you like this kind of old fashioned SF, I would steer clear.
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