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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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    Matt Oklahoma City, OK, United States 10-18-12
    Matt Oklahoma City, OK, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2012
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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 2006
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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 2011
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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.

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    Ruth J. Summey 07-24-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "We LOVE Jack Finney's Time and Again"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Time and Again to be better than the print version?

    My husband and I love to listen to this together and usually listen as we are travelling in the van. Better and more fun than reading solo in a book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions of New York in the late 1800's and the premise of the story that we could go back in time and experience the earlier time. There is also the contrasts of the different types of lives the people lived then. We can actually feel that we are there with the main character. And, of course we enjoyed the end!


    What about Paul Hecht’s performance did you like?

    Somehow it seems easy to tell the different characters he portrays. He has a wonderful rich voice, although it can lull me to sleep if I am tired!


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

    Where the past comes alive.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the ending, too. We gave our first copy of the book to someone to read and never saw it again, but our first introduction was on the radio in Kalamazoo so we fondly remember it being read to us chapter by chapter.

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    TASSK 06-04-12
    TASSK 06-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Horrible"
    Has Time and Again turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What character would you cut from Time and Again?

    The characters were interesting. The writing was horrible. Too much detail, extremely slow and predictable


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    richard United States 05-23-12
    richard United States 05-23-12
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    "totally entertaining / recommended by steven king"
    What did you love best about Time and Again?

    totally held my interest & one of those things that i hate to see end.


    Any additional comments?

    if you don't mind i'm busy reading fifty shades darker @ i wanna get back

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BusyStix Denton, TX United States 02-09-12
    BusyStix Denton, TX United States 02-09-12
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    "Boring, a Huge Disappointment"
    Would you try another book from Jack Finney and/or Paul Hecht?

    Absolutely not.


    What was most disappointing about Jack Finney’s story?

    There is no real plot. The main character doesn't have to do anything extraordinary to time travel; he just uses hypnosis. Then, when he is in the past, he pretty much just walks around and looks at things. I kept waiting for something -- anything -- to happen. I finally gave up at the halfway point.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Hecht?

    Sure. He didn't bring any personality to the reading, but he didn't do anything wrong, either. I'd give him another try.


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

    Disappointment. I love most of Stephen King's books, so I jumped on his recommendation of this book, thinking that such a talented writer would only recommend something stellar. I cannot understand what kept King's interest at all.


    Any additional comments?

    The only reason I shopped for this book is because Stephen King recommended it, and I'm sure hundreds of his other fans would say the same. King had to know what a huge influence he would have on Finney's sales. Shame on him for wasting our money and our time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 01-17-12
    Robert 01-17-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Great sci-fi time travel story."
    Where does Time and Again rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    about the top third


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

    When he went back the third time.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Hecht’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?

    not extreme, but time travel fantasy stories always keep my attention.


    Any additional comments?

    It is very much like the new Stephen King novel 11-22-63, but different enough to not be boring with duplicity.

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