One of the most beloved tales of our time!
Science fiction, mystery, a passionate love story, and a detailed history of Old New York blend together in Jack Finney's spellbinding story of a young man enlisted in a secret Government experiment.
Transported from the mid-20th century to New York City in the year 1882, Si Morley walks the fashionable "Ladies' Mile" of Broadway, is enchanted by the jingling sleigh bells in Central Park, and solves a 20th-century mystery by discovering its 19th-century roots. Falling in love with a beautiful young woman, he ultimately finds himself forced to choose between his lives in the present and the past.
A story that will remain in the listener's memory, Time and Again is a remarkable blending of the troubled present and a nostalgic past, made vivid and extraordinarily moving by the images of a time that was... and perhaps still is.
©1970 Jack Finney (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"Go back to a wonderful world and have a wonderful time doing it." (The New York Times)
Paul does a wonderful job as narrator, perfect for the main character and he really brought you into the story. It was an amazing book full of adventure, suspense, romance, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat.
I got this for a driving trip and forgot to put it on my IPOD. Instead, I read it later on Kindle. Very good book. A little slow at the start, but it picks up, and the end is satisfying. Great history lesson about NYC.
No- but not for anything wrong with the audio. I heard there are very vivid illustrations in the print that really help bring 19th century NYC to life.
well that would just be a spoiler
A little more life would help
For a time travel story, the story itself feels very small. But that isn't a bad thing. Instead of something grandiose and elaborate, it feels more human and alive. And it really brings old NY to life.
Liked the main character, who described the time periods with much reflection.
He has a good voice tone.
When viewing the faces of those people in the previous century (1880s), the character realizes they are more alive and happier than those in his current time (1970s)
This is a nice book. Great to listen to and you wonder what the main character will choose to do. My only complaint is it took too long to set the story up - the first 4 hours were all in the present and didn't lend much to the overall impact of the story.
The narrator was horrible. His inflection, his phrasing. The excessive pauses that made the book last forever...Terrible.
No. I loathed this book. I actually only got it because it was chosen for my book club and I do make an effort to finish book club books. It felt terribly dated, particularly the treatment of the female characters. Really all of the characters seemed like cardboard cutouts. The main character was incredibly dumb and made consistently poor decisions. Which made no sense as he was chosen through an extensive screening process...
Fewer pauses. It seemed that the narrator was paid by the minute or something.
If your book club chooses this books...Just say no!
This book was a little bit long and tedious at times, but I'm a sucker for time travel novels. And Stephen King gave it a nod at the end of 11-22-63! While it starts out a little like 11-22-63 - maybe the main character is similar Jake Epping, it's really not much like it once you get into it.
If you lived in NYC, I think the book would be particularly interesting since it gives you somewhat of a history of the town - I'll bet the actual illustrated novel was especially engaging.
Admittedly, it got a little slow in places and I ended up switching to 1.5x speed to keep it moving along - enjoyed it much more after that!
Fascinating but Slow
clear enunciation, only a few mispronounced words
Come with me to Long Ago
One of the best stories in my stash and very well told. I still have the original book and have read it three times.
Of course, Si Morley as the protagonist is so willing to believe that there is something more than this present life. But Rubin Prien can charm the birds.
This is the first experience with Paul Hecht's performance and it is dead on.
Yesterday is just across Central Park
Also, check out the sequel, From Time To Time, also available in audible's list.
The plot was enjoyable & the twist at the story's end was a surprise. The description of the late 1800's is nicely done.
I thought the protagonists first sensations in the 1800's was over described & dragged a bit. I almost stopped listening at that point, but was glad I stayed with it as it got better. I'm pleased to have listened to it.
Depends on the story. I'm a diehard time travel fan & that's what attracted me to Time and Again.
I actually liked that the reader took his time telling the story. Well paced
Wonder if the abridged version is better? The unabridged is what I had & it did have that over described first trip into the 1800's NYC
I enjoyed the book, particularly the ending, and the history of New York City was interesting, but I found the book a bit dated.
The ending was perfect and brought the story full circle. But I found the basic premise of time travel through self-hypnosis too far fetched to get me to buy in to the story. (I realize that any "time travel" story takes a leap of imagination, but the best sci-fi in my view starts from a premise that it "could" happen this way--if not today, then one day.)
Good and worth the time spent listening...just fell short of great for me.
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