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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Robert 01-17-12
    Robert 01-17-12 Member Since 2013
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    silvia FRIENDSWOOD, TEXAS, United States 01-16-12
    silvia FRIENDSWOOD, TEXAS, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Time Travel"
    What made the experience of listening to Time and Again the most enjoyable?

    the author went into great detail to describe environments


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

    When the two main characters flet from the police


    What about Paul Hecht’s performance did you like?

    While he has a good radio voice, he was a bit boring because he did not attempt to change his voice, like some other narrators do, when the female spoke, or for that matter, another male character spoke.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Definately an coccasional chuckle.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kent Mira Loma, CA, United States 01-11-12
    Kent Mira Loma, CA, United States 01-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I was bored"
    Would you try another book from Jack Finney and/or Paul Hecht?

    I do not think so.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    C. J. Box. Open Season.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reading was a bit too slow for my taste... but then again maybe it suited this slow book.


    Any additional comments?

    I was bored by all the details and finally gave up after 3-4 hours. My thoughts kept wandering on to other things. Maybe if I had been a new yorker or otherwise interested in New York history I might have found it more interesting.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Hoover, AL, United States 12-17-11
    Stephen Hoover, AL, United States 12-17-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Love Story not so Much Time Travel"

    I bot this book because of Steve King's new book. He said it inspired him. It is more of a historical journey back to the 18th century, not a time travel story. They do travel in time, but the idea of the story is lame.

    1 of 2 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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Tulsa, OK, United States 05-24-15
    Mark Tulsa, OK, United States 05-24-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Okay, method of time travel is problematic."

    It's hard to follow, because the author creates this method of time travel that is composed of psychological hypnosis. This really is a fatal flaw for me. Stephen King's approach in "11/22/63" was simple - the method of time travel was mystical magic - this is the easiest approach for an author and it allows them to focus on the story. Now consider "Doomsday Book" by Connie Willis, it employs the futuristic more technically advanced society creating a scientific procedure to enable time travel, it is a good workable method of time travel in which Willis weaves her story. In "Time and Again" Finney tries to weave his story around this psychological hypnosis approach, and it is too silly for the story to really develop. In science fiction writing, if the author can't or doesn't want to develop a solid background to the "science" part of the fiction work it is the best practice to leave the "science" unexplained. Take the movie "Back to the Future" for a classic example, we go along with the story because the character of Doc Brown just provides a working example in the mall parking lot, and that is enough, we just accept it. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells just employs a mixture of science and mysticism but chalking it up to the fourth dimension, and we never look back the story is great and we never question how the time travel is possible. "Time and Again" spends a lot of time trying to sell us on the method of times travel, a big flaw for Finney's work. Finney puts just enough story line and characterization into the book to save it and render it a mediocre work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Preachy"

    It was ok. It was preachy and sexist, but it was written long ago. It was a bargain price, so I guess I can't complain.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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