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Time Travelers Never Die Audiobook

Time Travelers Never Die

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Publisher's Summary

When physicist Michael Shelborne mysteriously vanishes, his son, Shel, discovers that he had constructed a time-travel device. Fearing his father may be stranded in time - or worse - Shel enlists Dave Dryden, a linguist, to accompany him on the rescue mission.

Their journey through history takes them from the Enlightenment of Renaissance Italy through the American Wild West to the civil rights upheavals of the 20th century. Along the way, they encounter a diverse cast of historical greats, sometimes in unexpected situations. Yet the elder Shelborne remains elusive. And then Shel violates his agreement with Dave not to visit the future. There he makes a devastating discovery that sends him fleeing back through the ages and changes his life forever.

©2009 Jack McDevitt; (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"As the paradoxes begin to pile up and their luck in dodging some of history's villains runs out, McDevitt ingeniously handles a tricky denouement that will leave readers satisfied." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Kurt Klinzing 05-04-12
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    "Histrionics: a period means a 'pregnant pause'"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love time travel novels. Unfortunately I didn't listen to more than 30 minutes of this. I had to stop because the reader is so irritating. He reads each sentence as if it were filled with hidden meaning, the phrase that is the turning point of the story. Each comma or period a signal for a long meaningful pause. Listen carefully to his reading in the preview. That's what you will be hearing for each sentence of the story, (long pause) I said.


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    Barbknecht United States 05-09-12
    Barbknecht United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2010

    I love SciFy and Fantasy Novels History is my second love especially the Dark ages through the Renaissance and The American Civil War

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    "Great Story! Well written and performed"

    I was spellbound with this book and fascinated by all the possibilities it opens up. The characters were interesting and full all were well done. The performance was fantastic. I put my life on hold and listened to it straight through!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Powell, WY, United States 04-10-11
    Chris Powell, WY, United States 04-10-11 Member Since 2007

    Love epic sci fi and fantasy, but hate looking of really good books. So many duds out there. I am gamer too.

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    "Nothing to exciting"

    Paul Boehmer is an excellent narrator, but can't not save this book. There are interesting ideas but they're never any fun or give you a reason to really care. Recommend only if your really, really into time travel fiction. H.G. Wells time travel book is leap and bound beyond this. Recommend you spend your credit on something else. If you want some exciting sci fi try Daemon by Daniel Suarez or Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry

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    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 03-29-16
    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 03-29-16 Member Since 2007

    The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history

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    "idea not original, execution not original"

    Decided to quit halfway through when it became obvious there was no plot and the main characters were going to keep travelling randomly to different historic points in time. For a better look at academics travelling through time, I recommend “Doomsday Book” by Connie Willis or Ilium by Dan Simmons.

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    Judi VonDohlen 06-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Ugh."

    I Felt it was childish immature And the dialogue was repetitive dialogue. "Oh my god"

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    Voice in the Pines 02-11-13

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    "MEET INTERESTING HISTORICAL FIGURES"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The two central characters travel through the ages searching for the missing father of one of them and along the way they interact with many historical figures. The author seems particularly interested in those individuals who had a significant impact on the arts; such as Shakespeare and Sophocles’. Yes, the author has these two meet others who impacted history; such as Ben Franklin. However, unless the reader is well versed in the arts, much of this focus by the author is rather boring.The fun part of the story line is the ability of the two travelers’ to jump back in time to alter the outcome of events they are involved in. The author is careful to make sure these two do nothing to alter major historical events. The author adds a few interesting “twists-in-the-tale” in the later part of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    If the reader is well versed in the classics and history, this will be an enjoyable read.

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    Christine 04-25-12
    Christine 04-25-12 Member Since 2016
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    "The story wasn't bad, the narrator almost tanked"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The idea is interesting-a son looking foe his fatherm who is travelling in tie


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was pleasantly surprised


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The cadence and rhythm of the narration were so irritating that my hackles rose every time I heard"Dave".
    Which unfortunately, and not a credit to the author,was far too often.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Bailey 03-31-12
    Adam Bailey 03-31-12

    Words are cool.

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    "I love Time Travel fiction in any genre but..."
    Any additional comments?

    I love time travel fiction in any genre and have heard many good things about McDevitt, so this book has been on my radar for some time.

    First of all, TTND was a compelling story that held my interest throughout. It had all the really cool, mind numbing time travel paradoxes, and the protags got into some tough spots because of it.

    It just seemed like the characters lacked depth and as a result I didn't feel a connection to Shel, Dave or even Shel's dad Michael.

    Still, it was a great romp through the annals of time and I really enjoyed the historical background. I learned a lot of great stuff – with a ton of info going straight over my head as well – I'm sure. I just wish it had that little bit extra I needed to really care about the characters.

    The narration didn't help either, I had a tough time with Mr. Boehmer. His monotonous, plain vanilla delivery was making me cringe. I ended up listening to the book at 1-1/2 times the normal speed and it worked out fine.

    This was my first McDevitt book and I will definitely read him again. Really good and enjoyable time travel adventure.

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    Gale 03-21-12
    Gale 03-21-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Despite all the critics"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shel of course


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story and despite what others are saying I enjoyed it and it was worth the money I paid for it. Worth at least a second listen!

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    Bryan COEUR D ALENE, ID, United States 03-13-12
    Bryan COEUR D ALENE, ID, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Tingles the mind!"
    If you could sum up Time Travelers Never Die in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic, Tingling, Adventure!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved everything. The very intriguing story line, the characters


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

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It delighted me. So creative!


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book, story line, characters and narration. Loved every moment of this book and it fascinates the mind. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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