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Time and Again Audiobook

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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    BonSue 05-04-15
    BonSue 05-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Makes you believe"

    Wonderful book! It makes you believe time travel might really be possible, while also providing lots of thought-provoking questions, and a sweet love story. What more can a reader ask?

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    Mary A. 05-02-15
    Mary A. 05-02-15 Member Since 2001

    I have been an avid Bibliophile since I learned how to read at 4 years old. I listen to audiobooks every day.

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    "My all time favorite time travel story!"

    I love Paul Hecht's narration and the whole premise of this story. I listen to it once or twice a year. I like the time travel paradox it just touched on and how he helps make things right at the end....in itself a change with who knows how many ripples felt it? I like that Sy ended up with Julia and decided to live in her time.

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    Pan Marietta, GA USA 04-25-15
    Pan Marietta, GA USA 04-25-15 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A great book, read humorlessly."

    This is Jack Finney's iconic book about time travel. It easily cuts around physics, relying on the power of the mind. Well. Some minds. It's a very long thing and is written with a lot of light places to keep the reader happy and engaged.
    Unfortunately, though the book is expertly narrated by Paul Hecht (who has a truly wonderful voice), Mr. Hecht neglects the humor, the grief, the human nuances. His read sounds very much like a documentary. Beautiful, but little to connect with.
    If that doesn't trouble you as a listener, then I highly recommend this audiobook. Otherwise, read it instead.

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    Phyllis Joshua, TX, United States 03-23-15
    Phyllis Joshua, TX, United States 03-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Slow and too many unnecessary details!"

    I really wanted to like this book because Stephen King said it was good, but I guess I am too used to more fast paced books. I realize this book was written in the 1970's where things did move slower but I was always thinking "just get on with the story". I am 6 hours into the book and decided to quit. I hate that I won't get to find out what happened, but I just couldn't finish it. I do think it would make a good movie..

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    Brandon 01-13-15
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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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