Set in Victorian London, with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H. G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence. What happens if we change history? Félix J. Palma explores this question in The Map of Time, weaving a historical fantasy as imaginative as it is exciting—a story full of love and adventure that transports listeners to a haunting setting in Victorian London for their own taste of time travel.
©2011 Felix J. Palma (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"Palma makes his U.S. debut with the brilliant first in a trilogy, an intriguing thriller that explores the ramifications of time travel in three intersecting narratives." (Publishers Weekly)
"Tedious" is all I can think of to describe this book, as it was eternally long, and I felt like the story was going in circles. I've seen the hardcover copy of this and it's huge, so I should've stayed away when I saw that the audio was 20 hours long. So disappointed, and I am not remorseful that I did not finish the book.
I finished it, but wondered why at times I kept forcing myself to finish it. I have NEVER had a book do this to me! If I was literally reading it, I would've walked away from it. Audible books are different somehow for me though. Very seldom do I have to force myself to finish a book. There were times the story was good I wanted more of it. Then it started to flipping ramble and I wanted to pound my head into a wall. It had some cool intertwining of story lines but in the end I should've saved my money.
Constant reader. Likes imaginative work, not formulaic filler.
James Langton's performance of Felix Palma's 'The Map of Time' is brilliant. He uniquely and believably voices each character (with the exception of one paragraph of Henry James's dialogue) and his personification of the witty, amused narrator charms and entertains.
The intricate plot of the story is revealed by an imaginative, enjoyable, insightful and occasionally moving, portrait of 19th century London.. I was disappointed by Palma's resolution of the time-travel paradox, but others may find it satisfying and logical.
All in all, 'The Map of Time' is an excellent listen, well-produced and performed. I enjoyed my hours within its world.
I am a total sy-fy geek and the concept of time travel was right up my alley. The story just went off on many tangent that were so very uninteresting. I lost interest early on but kept listening hoping it would get better. I invested about 8 hours and then just couldn't take it any more.
Save your credits/money and read Stephen King's 11-22-63. It uses time travel, history and great writing!!
Yes, the first time through, you likely won't catch all of the author's clues as to what is truly fantastic and what is misdirection within the world of the narrative. I plan to go back and listen through from the start of this book again after I complete the sequel, the Map of the Sky.
Herbert George Wells is my favorite. His life weaves through the plot lines of the other characters, and he is engaging and well developed.
This was my first book with James Langton as narrator. I thought he did an outstanding job of capturing the Victorian Era feel of the writing.
It took me a bit to really catch the rhythm of this book. For the first 30 minutes, it seemed a bit too cute in tone, but I'd encourage you to give it a chance. It's well worth the time, and highly enjoyable.
This was a fun listen with an interesting story. Just when you think you know what's going on, you are surprised.
A better story without so many written in a better way.
Will start the "Eye of the World" again in preparation for the final book in the "Wheel of Time" series.
Most of the book.
This book was hard to get into. The characters were hard to like and even when you thought you might be able to like them, they were no longer part of the story. The book only got listenable after slogging through the first two parts. The third part was decent, but still not exceptional. If I were able to do it over again, I would not have wasted my time.
I found the characters not very interesting,the story tedious and the plot very slow moving, so much so that I gave up on it after part I. Perhaps fans of H.G. Wells would find it more interesting.
I would not be interested in other books by this author. I found every little nuance in the book seemed to drag on and I felt it was overwritten.
The reader did a nice job, but because I did not enjoy the story or the overly dramatic plot, I couldn't appreciate the reader's efforts to the fullest.
I was facinated with the books cover and concept; however, it was overlong and a tedious read for me.
I had seen many favorable reviews so I'm sure there are fans for this genre. I had expected a mystery fantasy and was disappointed because I felt the story and plot was very slow moving. I didn't finish part I, and abandoned it.
Full disclosure: I didn't finish it. I listened to this on a long road trip. After seven hours, I just gave up.
The plot sounded so intriguing. Bringing together all those historical characters to solve the mystery of Jack the Ripper seemed like a "can't fail" idea. But long, tortuous passages whereupon the protagonist, an upper class British gentleman, carries on and on about his obsession with a common street prostitute, nearly put me to sleep at the wheel waiting for something to happen. Occasionally, something interesting does happen, but just when you think the plot may be thickening, the pitiful angst resumes. Sadly, the writing is very good and the narrator does and excellent job, but the pace of the story is like watching paint dry. I have no idea how it all turned out, but I just couldn't bring myself to care.
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