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.
The End of Eternity | [Isaac Asimov]

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....
Regular Price:$15.36
  • 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 -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (1150 )
5 star
 (425)
4 star
 (425)
3 star
 (209)
2 star
 (59)
1 star
 (32)
Overall
4.1 (831 )
5 star
 (367)
4 star
 (281)
3 star
 (137)
2 star
 (32)
1 star
 (14)
Story
4.0 (818 )
5 star
 (292)
4 star
 (333)
3 star
 (141)
2 star
 (24)
1 star
 (28)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Stephen Gross 11-24-11 Member Since 2004
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    66
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "All Around Outstanding"

    Asimov still holds up as a great sci-fi writer. Intelligent plot, interesting characters and fascinating realities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    SamanthaG Marietta GA 08-15-11
    SamanthaG Marietta GA 08-15-11 Member Since 2010

    SamanthaG

    HELPFUL VOTES
    136
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    215
    84
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    "Ultimate time travel story"

    This was interesting. I'd never read Asimov before but I enjoy science fiction. Some of it was hard to follow - the "rules" of time travel, but what an imagination! I liked the character development and had empathy for the main characters. I did have to "rewind" frequently to fix in my mind what exactly was going on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John 07-09-11
    John 07-09-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Great book, horrible narration."


    I have hundreds of books in my collection of Audiobooks, and this is possibly the worst read of them all. The narrator's voice sounds choppy and stilted. The reader's cadence and inflection at times sound like he had read the words individually into a computer then then strung them together.

    The reading of this story has no life. It sounds like the voice one might hear reading a particularly dry textbook.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Howard San Diego, CA United States 04-11-11
    Howard San Diego, CA United States 04-11-11 Member Since 2007

    TaxProf

    HELPFUL VOTES
    16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    109
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Does Not Hold Up As Well As I Expected"

    I read this book three or more decades ago and enjoyed it very much. But when I listened to it this week, I was surprised at how sad it now seemed: Asimov's view of the future was so far off (punch tape thousands of years in the future???) and his treatment of gender issues made the listening tough at times. The reader did not trouble me much though the obvious logical inconsistencies were hard to ignore (probably inevitable in any time-travel story).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Robert Bennett, CO, USA 07-02-10
    Robert Bennett, CO, USA 07-02-10 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Great"

    This is an excellent SF book. Asimov is truely a master story teller. Very descriptive yet not too wordy. Great concept.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Thomas Mariemont, OH, USA 04-08-10
    Thomas Mariemont, OH, USA 04-08-10
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Horrible Narration"

    Once you get by the insipid voice, this tired incoherent story will help you fall asleep.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dan Newborn, GA, USA 03-28-10
    Dan Newborn, GA, USA 03-28-10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    "Not bad"

    It was an OK novel but far from Asimov's best as the teaser description calls it. The many breaches in logic, if there is a logic to time travel, took away from the story.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 61-67 of 67 results PREVIOUS167NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

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.