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
"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)
Singer (bass-baritone) Preacher, Bible Teacher, Baker, Process Server, Author, Woodcarver, Husband, Father
One of the best from Jack McDevitt
Dave. Unlucky in love but a true friend with unquestioning loyalty. I identify.
Yes, I like him; but he reads everything the same overly dramatic way. In my opinion, he needs to vary his delivery and save the drama for really dramatic moments.
It made me laugh in several places and the romantic occasions of unrequited love touched my heart. I found the historical references interesting and instructive.
Jack McDevitt is great...even in this departure from his space-based novels. The man knows how to write!
I got this book when I first started with Audible, one of their $4.95 books. I figured what the heck if I don't like it its only five bucks. I was pleasantly surprised, it was an interesting story with a twist. It's one I can listen to more than once.
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.
If the reader is well versed in the classics and history, this will be an enjoyable read.
Some of the adventures of Shel and Dave were interesting. Never once did the two want to visit with people who changed the world such as Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Moses, Ghandi, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Solomon. They did visit with some of the great philosophers, playwrights, authors, and other significant historical figures, and some who were of little importance.
The story became repetitious, even boring. Traveling back to meet this philosopher, that painter or scientist. At times, I couldn't wait until the book ended.
Some people will like this story regardless. I'm wondering how my wife will view it.
Not if it's going to be more of the same.
Great narrator. I love this author. The premise of time travel is masterfully imagined and told in this book. I can't wait for Jack to write another.
I'm a mental health therapist, a fan of Writers' Retreat Workshop, and am working on writing paranormal suspense novels.
The narration was simply awful. I should have believed the other reviews and not wasted my credit!
Regarding the story itself: I found myself unable to care about the characters or what became of them, and the disjointed forays into various historical moments were not at all compelling. The few scenes that had the possibility to engage my interest were suddenly dropped and, without warning, we were elsewhere.
No, I have always been enthusiastic about time travel stories. However, I am now most definitely turned off to stories by Jack McDevitt.
The narration was almost unbearable. It was monotone, full of long pauses in the wrong places, and I couldn't even begin to identify which character was speaking. (Compare this to the superlative performances by Therese Plummer!) I finally used the book to help me go to sleep at night, and got through it that way. I will never buy another book read by Paul Boehmer.
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.
The idea is interesting-a son looking foe his fatherm who is travelling in tie
I was pleasantly surprised
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.
Words are cool.
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.
Shel of course
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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