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.
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.
This is perhaps my favorite book of all time. Crichton knocked this one out of the park. The reading is also well done.
I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.
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.
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.
A very good listen by the man himself. Adventuress with good characters throughout the piece.
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.
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...
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!!!
While listening to this book, I kept thinking this is like watching a child play with cardboard cutout dolls. The 2-dimensional characters are all alike (and none very like-able), the dialog is boring, contrived and predictable, as is the plot. Even the narrator was not that great; his accents are truly dreadful. Seriously, nothing took me by surprise. It was an obvious and boring story line from start to finish. Save your money for something entertaining.
I'm not the biggest fan of Crichton's work but have enjoyed some of it before. This book, however, is really low end. You'd have to be a die-hard Crichton fan to enjoy it.
Science fiction sets the premise for the time travel, the other 80% of the book is a history lesson. I did not like it. I would recommend his other book Prey about nanotechnology if you like science fiction
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