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Timeline Audiobook

Timeline

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Publisher's Summary

Michael Crichton's novel opens on the threshold of the twenty-first century. It is a world of exploding advances on the frontiers of technology. Information moves instantly between two points, without wires or networks. Computers are built from single molecules. Any moment of the past can be actualized - and a group of historians can enter, literally, life in fourteenth-century feudal France. Imagine the risks of such a journey.

Not since Jurassic Park has Michael Crichton given you such a magnificent adventure. Here, he combines a science of the future - the emerging field of quantum technology - with the complex realities of the medieval past. In a heart-stopping narrative, Timeline carries you into a realm of unexpected suspense and danger, overturning your most basic ideas of what is possible.

©1999 by Michael Crichton; (P)1999 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

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    Valen Jones 08-20-12
    Valen Jones 08-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Somewhat interesting story tanked by poor audio"
    Would you try another book from Michael Crichton and/or John Bedford Lloyd?

    Yes! Loved Airframe and other books by Crichton.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Crichton? Why or why not?

    Yes. I like Crichton's writing style.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Audio engineering. Voice would go almost to silent and then get extremely loud. Also the reader was at times apathetic in his reading.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


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    Michelle san diego, CA, United States 03-25-12
    Michelle san diego, CA, United States 03-25-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great page-turner but poorly narrated"
    Where does Timeline rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I agree with some of the other reviews, this is a riveting read - perfect for long car rides and to make the time go by quickly. The characters are somewhat flat, but who cares - this is Michael Crichton not exactly known for his writing. The narrator however, was terrible - I hated the half whisper for Gordon who was hard to understand. Merrick's accent was confusing and became more and more annoying. Good narration can bring you into the storyline (hello Roy Dotrice) however poor narration can just as easily pull you out of a story and make it harder to enjoy.


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    Rob Phoenix, AZ, United States 01-29-12
    Rob Phoenix, AZ, United States 01-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "My favorite Crichton story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. I love the concept of a bunch of college kids going back to medieval europe and trying to fit in. This is a great action/adventure/time travel story that is fast-plotted and somewhat unpredictable. The technology concept is cool too.


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    James 01-17-12
    James 01-17-12
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    "Predictable, Thin, and Poorly Read"
    What was most disappointing about Michael Crichton’s story?

    I am 5 hours into this book and realize I downloaded my first dog. The dialogue is thin, the characters are thin, and the descriptions of quantum theory are like songs in old musicals, interesting, memorable, even engaging but not woven into the real storyline. The story stops for mini-lectures.

    The reader is the weakest so far in my 6 or so years of downloading audible books. He does not know the difference between narration and dialogue and trivializes what real emotions the author happens to write in from time-to-time. Frustration need not read like middle school whining.

    I should have listened to the sample.


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    Alan Layton, Utah, United States 11-14-11
    Alan Layton, Utah, United States 11-14-11 Member Since 2015
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    "I love this book."

    This is perhaps my favorite book of all time. Crichton knocked this one out of the park. The reading is also well done.

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    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 11-06-11
    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 11-06-11 Member Since 2014

    I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.

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    "Really interesting historical/scientific fiction"

    My husband and I both really enjoyed this book. I could not put my iPod down, dying to know what was going to happen next.

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    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-20-11
    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-20-11 Member Since 2009

    My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.

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    "Always the best stuff from MC"

    A very good listen by the man himself. Adventuress with good characters throughout the piece.

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    Meditation Practitioner 03-08-11
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    "Well read with "character" voices...No wackos here"

    I read a handful of the review here before purchasing this book, One area that was not mentioned in many of them was the narrators use of accents and tonal pitches to give the feeling of multiple readers or actors in an "audio play". I really enjoyed this part, and will look into other reads by John Llyod. In one of the other reviews there were some comments about this being a book for dealing with the "environmental wackos and Global warming hoax" I have no clue where that person got that Idea...perhaps he is just pushing his own ignorant agenda...as this book never mentions global warming or any type of hoax.

    Its a gripping adventure of modern day people being thrust into the 14th century, and the harsh differences that are present, some of the scenes are a little tough to swallow...but overall I really enjoyed it.

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    Boscomac 01-15-11
    Boscomac 01-15-11 Member Since 2010

    Boscomac

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    "Surprisingly Good!"

    This story started out slow and uneasy. I almost stopped listening. Suddenly, there is a twist that grabbed my attention and kept it until the end. I would have rated it five stars had the ending been not as short.

    If you are new to books or audiobooks, this is a good choice. I have no regrets...

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    Dawn Deer Harbor, WA, United States 10-07-10
    Dawn Deer Harbor, WA, United States 10-07-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved it!"

    I LOVED this book. I am huge fan of historical fiction and this was a wonderful combination of current science/technology/suspense with historical action. I had a hard time walking away from it and wanted to keep listening! The narrator did a great job, which is really important to me. I was fascinated by Crichton's statements about technology, as well as about our misperceptions about history and the Middle Ages. The discussion about risk and "educated guesses" in science was very well done. I enjoyed all the characters and the suspense involved in weaving the story. Highly recommend this book!!!

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