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)
just not that good. tagline for this could read 'an exceedingly dull romp through time' two guys bounce through time, hitting all the high-spots in history, but never with enough happening to make it interesting. at all. seriously. not interesting at all. when the climax in the story comes, it induces a yawn and some gratitude that the book must be coming to an end.
the narrator gives it the college try, but without much to work with, he comes off as trying too hard. don't waste your time or credit.
i suppose this book might be interesting to very young readers, or if it were still 1952 and time travel were a brand new idea in fiction. but it ain't.
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I'm only a few chapters in but this has been the most difficult to understand of any of my audio books. Is it the narrators diction? Is it his technique? Is it the sound engineers? It just seems that the end of words and sentences just drop off and I find myself having to up the volume to an uncomfortable level to make sure that I'm not missing anything. Make sure you have a sample listen before you purchase to make sure you can tolerate it. I like Jack McDevitt's work just not this narration.
I made the mistake of listening to this after an elegant piece of literature (The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet). The story line is extremely simple bedded in a rambling series of excursions into the past to participate in first-person experiences straight out of a textbook (civil rights march, Ben Franklin, Greek figures, presidents, authors, etc.) This is good fourth grade entertainment. I did manage to make it through the book, but the never-ending series of 'he said' and 'she said' combined with lusterless reading made it a trial.
Long time book listener on the left coast. I work outside and spend many hours per day with a good book in my ear. Love Science, History, and above all Science Fiction/Fantasy.
Time Traveling has been played a lot; Maybe more than SciFi. This book is fun. So many new twists on what could you do with a time machine. I never stopped listening and still laughed with a satisfied smile as the last sentence of the book was read. A great ride with no disappointments. Never boring.
This has to be the worst audio book I've bought. Maybe the story is OK but the narration is DULL: staccato and monotonous, it detracts from the story. I've never stopped listening to a book before the end - this one is a test.
Love epic sci fi and fantasy, but hate looking of really good books. So many duds out there. I am gamer too.
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
The narrator reads like he's doing an imitation of Paul Harvey's 'The Rest of the Story'.
Example: He called Helen....and asked.....if he could come over..........."Sure".............she said.
It's very annoying. It's too bad, because the author didn't do a bad job on the story.
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.
I sure wish I had read the reviews before I wasted a credit on this book. I'm not sure which was more annoying, the amateurish writing, or the exceedingly boring narrator. The performance was irritating to say the least, and the story just not compelling. Actually the story reminds me of something I may have written in creative writing class in university. I wisely decided not to become a writer. Too bad this writer came to a different decision.
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