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.
The story is alright. Boring and/or hard to follow at times. The audio was terrible. Poorly recorded. Much of the time there is an echo or people talking in the background.
I love Michael Crichton's writing. I've read several of his books in between semesters of teaching, when I actually have a little free time. I listen to audio books during the rest of the school year :) This story was classically well-written, as all Michael Crichton I've read so far. The narrator was so horrible though, I found myself correcting him regularly. Much of his intonation and expression was inaccurate. He would stretch out words that should have been said quickly and with certainty and made several characters sound like "vally girls" with this weird attitude he used to read the dialogue. I feel that the narrator did a major injustice to the writing. Getting past the poor performance, I felt the story itself was an exciting thriller that is standard for a Michael Crichton novel.
The narrator!!! His use of whispered deep voice for the character, Gordon, made it truly annoying and frustrating to listen to. I alternated between quickly dropping the volume and then cranking it up when the character is done talking.
No - he is the reason I almost returned this book.
I really enjoyed the plot and storyline.
Boring, pointless story. Annoying characters. Should have returned this one. The first four hours and the entire middle kept threatening to put me to sleep while I was driving.
I'm a techie and also love adventure and science fiction -- especially around time travel but I was so bored. Maybe someone who is really interested in the minutiae of mid-evil France and I do mean the details.
Not sure -- this is my first and I would probably give him one more try.
He certainly is not my favorite performer but my dislike for the book can't be placed on his shoulders in this case.
Wow, a lot of them. I love some detail but Michael went in to way too much detail. I got to the point where I was thinking of other things while listening to the book and in other books I'd always rewind if that happened -- but in this case I just started letting it play anyway.
I'm so annoyed with the characters not being able to do ANYTHING without soldiers charging them, getting lost in the dark, falling through ceilings, falling down a cliff, etc. etc. etc.
It could have been soooo much better! Where is the immersion into the rich world of the 14th century? I wanted it to fill my imagination, not stretch it. I had to do all the work. It could have been written in any date/time because it's just one big fight scene under another. The main characters are not fleshed out, the secondary characters are weak and shallow.
Nothing really stands out because each chapter is so much like the one ahead of it.
FInd another book.
Reads more like a first novel from an aspiring author - not like it should from a giant like Chrichton. There are many more better time travel books out there.
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