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The End of Eternity Audiobook

The End of Eternity

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Kindle Customer/Read This Book Wareham, MA, United States 03-12-13
    Kindle Customer/Read This Book Wareham, MA, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2014

    L. Taylor

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    "dry old fashioned sci fi"
    Would you try another book from Isaac Asimov and/or Paul Boehmer?

    No


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have made the main character less robotic. He was a human and the narrator's accent and tone made him a snobby robotic unlikable character.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favorite?

    The girl


    Did The End of Eternity inspire you to do anything?

    Move on to a totally different book and narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Asimov (30 yrs!) But won't get anymore audiobooks on Asimov from Audible

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AllanNKnox 03-11-13
    AllanNKnox 03-11-13

    AllanNKnox

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    "The Best of Asimov, Well Narrated"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I really like wonderfully technical science fiction, BUT I LOVE science fiction that uses the science and human nature to point out the joys of being human, AND the natural flaws in human societies (and worst of all, the bureaucratic mentality).

    This story exhibits a human bureaucracy that has built up over centuries of "physio-time" with its high-minded and honorable purpose intact, at least as a facade they hold up for the benefit of other "Eternals" and the "All-when Counsel." It is said that "the road to Hell is paved with good intentions" well, the establishment and the government of "Eternity" was intended to adjust mankind away from war, poverty, and danger so that mankind would be at peace, happy, and healthy.

    But, the story slowly reveals the inherent flaws in bureaucratic nature and governmental intention. It does so, up to and including the ultimate flaw: that the pursuit of Safety always leads to stagnation and corruption; and always deprives mankind of the accomplishment of great things.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ramon B. Cano Orem, Ut 02-04-13
    Ramon B. Cano Orem, Ut 02-04-13 Member Since 2015

    tvaelm

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    "great story with cool premise"
    Would you listen to The End of Eternity again? Why?

    A great Asimov story with a great premise. This book puts forth a time travel / time disruption theory that Asimov touches somewhat in his Foundation series. That being that most small changes in time are eventually corrected by the sheer momentum of the progression of time. So time tends to negate the effect any changes made upstream in the down stream time line. In this story then are the group of men known as the 'eternals' - obsessed with making changes that will actually alter the course of time over the long haul - supposedly for the good of all mankind. But is it really good for mankind? fun story. Narration is sometimes very over-dramatized (which is a little distracting). BUt still a great quick read/listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-14-13
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A great look at why meddling with tim is bad"

    Here is another great book by Isaac Asimov. Here we meet the 'Eternals' that decide what should and should not happen in Eternity. We meet a young 'Technician' that learns there is more to living in his Eternal world with only men in it. He also learns that all is not as it seems and through a simple act all of Eternity can be undone. For anyone thinking that time travel will solve all our problems this book will explain why that is false. We also learn why a George Orwell society with ultimately fail and must fail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MK Burbank, CA, United States 12-19-12
    MK Burbank, CA, United States 12-19-12
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    "Performance so bad couldn't finish it"

    I really wanted to get into this story, but the ...random... pauses in... the reading made it unbearable. This narrarator should never do science fiction; it felt like he didnt even understand what he was reading half the time. I'm not the first reviewer to notice this flaw.

    I'm usually very skeptical of narrarator critiques; it seems every book has some reviewer complaining about the performance. But in this case, I should have believed the past reviewers who made this very specific complaint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Juanita 12-16-12
    Juanita 12-16-12
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    "Edge of eternity"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to everyone who likes to think. the charaters were believable and that helped to transport you into the story


    What other book might you compare The End of Eternity to and why?

    I could compare this work to I,Robot. also by Asimov or 1984 by Orwell (although not be that name) in that someone is making choices for the rest of humanity --for their own good. You could also read some of these concepts in Mein Kamf by Hitler.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favorite?

    Harlin--although I almost always indetify with the hero


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When it became apparent that Harlin was making the decision to act on his own, and try to think for himself. When he took her to the far upwhen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George 12-02-12
    George 12-02-12
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    "First Read"
    What made the experience of listening to The End of Eternity the most enjoyable?

    My first Asimov novel...a time travel tome with a twist at the end. I think I'll do another one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    eric greensboro, NC, United States 11-30-12
    eric greensboro, NC, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Time traveling must be exhausting"

    I'm guessing if you're thinking about this book it's because you've read other Asimov books and liked them. Time travel can be a confusing subject, so Asimov approaches this book a little differently than most and asks some off-the-beaten-path questions. Look at what might happen over a 100,000 years...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lumpyone Windsor, CA, United States 11-27-12
    Lumpyone Windsor, CA, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic Asimov and Classic Sci-Fi!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of Eternity to be better than the print version?

    Yes, mostly because of the narrator's voice and him doing an excellent job of conveying the emotions of each character in the book.


    What other book might you compare The End of Eternity to and why?

    Any of Asimov's books. I've not read any Asimov in years, but listening to this one brought me right back and recalled all the other books he has written.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Boehmer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard him read before, but found his reading of this book well done!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it sure was. I actually listen to books while I commute and even when my drive was done each day I didn't want to stop the audio but keep listening!


    Any additional comments?

    Great prelude to the Foundation books, and another one of his books which falls beautifully in line with his Robot and Galactic Empire books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 11-20-12
    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2011

    Joel Szerlip

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    "Far More "Science" then Fiction"

    I love time travel books. However The End of Eternity is less a fictional tale of time travel rather then pure science fiction with a huge emphasis on the scientific portion of the equation.

    The characters feel a bit robotic and I just never really cared about the characters or how everything wraps up. Time Travel should be more fun then this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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