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Time and Again | [Jack Finney]

Time and Again

Transported from the mid-twentieth 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....
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"Go back to a wonderful world and have a wonderful time doing it." (The New York Times)

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    Brandon 01-13-15
    Brandon 01-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Gripping Story"

    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.

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    Wallowa SAM 07-09-14
    Wallowa SAM 07-09-14
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    "I read this on kindle."
    Would you listen to Time and Again again? Why?

    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.


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    Jaycob CAMBRIDGE, MA, United States 08-13-13
    Jaycob CAMBRIDGE, MA, United States 08-13-13
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    "Well now I wish I had the print edition"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Time and Again to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Time and Again?

    well that would just be a spoiler


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    A little more life would help


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Elizabeth 07-24-13
    Elizabeth 07-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful story - could listen to again!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Liked the main character, who described the time periods with much reflection.


    What about Paul Hecht’s performance did you like?

    He has a good voice tone.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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)


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Natalie VANCOUVER, WA, United States 06-17-13
    Natalie VANCOUVER, WA, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This book will help you fall asleep"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator was horrible. His inflection, his phrasing. The excessive pauses that made the book last forever...Terrible.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jack Finney again?

    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...


    How could the performance have been better?

    Fewer pauses. It seemed that the narrator was paid by the minute or something.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Passionate dislike.


    Any additional comments?

    If your book club chooses this books...Just say no!

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    Matt Oklahoma City, OK, United States 10-18-12
    Matt Oklahoma City, OK, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Took a tip from Stephen King..."

    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!



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    John Huntsville, Albania 09-29-12
    John Huntsville, Albania 09-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story, but a Little Draggy"
    If you could sum up Time and Again in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating but Slow


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story concept


    What about Paul Hecht’s performance did you like?

    clear enunciation, only a few mispronounced words


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Come with me to Long Ago


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    l. Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada 09-22-12
    l. Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada 09-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Love time travel and Jack Finney."
    Where does Time and Again rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best stories in my stash and very well told. I still have the original book and have read it three times.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    This is the first experience with Paul Hecht's performance and it is dead on.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Yesterday is just across Central Park


    Any additional comments?

    Also, check out the sequel, From Time To Time, also available in audible's list.

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    john berkeley, CA, United States 09-17-12
    john berkeley, CA, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A fun time travel trip into the late 1800's"
    What did you like best about Time and Again? What did you like least?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jack Finney? Why or why not?

    Depends on the story. I'm a diehard time travel fan & that's what attracted me to Time and Again.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I actually liked that the reader took his time telling the story. Well paced


    Was Time and Again worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    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

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    Shane Smiths Falls, ON, Canada 07-27-12
    Shane Smiths Falls, ON, Canada 07-27-12
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    "Good, Not Great"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the book, particularly the ending, and the history of New York City was interesting, but I found the book a bit dated.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.)


    Any additional comments?

    Good and worth the time spent listening...just fell short of great for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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