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The End of Eternity Audiobook

The End of Eternity

This stand-alone work is widely regarded as Asimov's best science fiction novel. Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs....
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This stand-alone work is widely regarded as Asimov's best science-fiction novel.

Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind.

Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs. During one of his assignments, Harlan meets and falls in love with Noÿs Lambert, a woman who lives in real time and space. Then Harlan learns that Noÿs will cease to exist after the next Change, and he risks everything to sneak her into Eternity.

©1955 Isaac Asimov. All rights reserved. (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks America

What the Critics Say

“His most effective piece of work. Asimov’s exemplary clarity in plotting is precisely suited to the material at hand. Asimov’s engagement with the present is clearer here than in his other works, as is his engagement with the human.” (Locus)

"Asimov’s flirtation with the tropes employed by A. E. van Vogt and Charles Harness is startling for an author deemed ultra-rational and scientific....The effects of this influential, seminal book echo to the present, in the works of such writers as Greg Egan, John Varley, Kage Baker, and Greg Bear." (SciFi.com)

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    Greg KY 01-21-10
    Greg KY 01-21-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Stunning!"

    Possibly the best Sci-Fi listen I've heard yet. The reader was also good.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Redondo Beach, CA, United States 02-09-10
    Aaron Redondo Beach, CA, United States 02-09-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Bores me to death"

    I don't know if I can finish this book. The narrator's ability to very deliberately speak each word as if it stood on its own rather than in the flow of a sentence is maddening. Listen to a sample and see if its something you can stomach on your commute. Also when character's are being "emotional" we are treated to a particularly annoying whiny voice that has only one timbre.

    Otherwise the book is decent, though I find the main character's motivation a little hyperbolic and rash without enough exploration by Asmiov as to why. It ends up feeling forced in order to push the dramatic plotline along.

    14 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Sorrell Amarillo, TX USA 11-03-10
    Stephen Sorrell Amarillo, TX USA 11-03-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Book"

    We really like the book, not the reader. He was far too flat an emotionless. Just doesn't sound like the Asimov I've heard in my heard for years; almost the opposite.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Clint 03-11-11
    Clint 03-11-11 Member Since 2006
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    "almost the worst narrator ever ..."


    ... almost

    This is probably a pretty good book. It's a very interesting premise. But, it is impossible to listen to.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    David G. Forsythe Salt Lake City, UT USA 02-12-16
    David G. Forsythe Salt Lake City, UT USA 02-12-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Difficult to stick with."

    loved the foundation trilogy, so thought I might like this one. not so. it was a real struggle to stay with the plot.

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    Andre 12-23-15
    Andre 12-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Asimov's absolute best"

    There are multiple twists most chapters. Especially toward the end. Asimov's masterwork, I say. The reading is really well done. Multiple accents and good pauses. I adore this book. Read it. Go.

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    Jorge Velasco 10-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "excellent story"

    great novel! but the audio cuts in different chapters. not a big deal but it can be fixed

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    Kindle Customer 10-06-15 Member Since 2007
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    "simply a classic"

    this book was like reading a masterpiece. I must read more of his books. recommended for all science fiction fans.

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    bryce nicholas 08-06-15
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    "Amazing Journey Through Time"

    Excellent and engaging narrator to maintain the pace and excitement of an excellent story. Asimov never disappoints.

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    Robin 07-25-15
    Robin 07-25-15
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    "In the far future, it's still a boys' club!"

    I have great affection and respect for Asimov but this story shows it's 1955 date in culture more than in technology. Thousands of years on, the essential conflict is men fighting each other for power and over women. The lone woman is a temptress and in fact there is a Garden of Eden theme that is pretty heavily stressed. The concepts of time in the book are interesting, and whether changing the past or future removes free will is a central question. The narrator was awfully SLOOOW. I tried to speed up the audio but on my player that gave it an echo, so I just stuck with it.

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