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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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    GARY Clay City, IL, United States 08-13-10
    GARY Clay City, IL, United States 08-13-10
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    Very captivating book, I did not wish to quit listening. Fantasic reading. Thought I Was there.

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    J. Carpenter Fremont, CA USA 03-07-08
    J. Carpenter Fremont, CA USA 03-07-08 Member Since 2011

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    "Hated it from start to finish"

    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.

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    Shane melbourne Beach, FL, USA 02-05-07
    Shane melbourne Beach, FL, USA 02-05-07
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    "little in terms of science fiction"

    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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    Tony Oklahoma City, OK, USA 01-25-07
    Tony Oklahoma City, OK, USA 01-25-07
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    "Poor Character Development"

    My first and last Crichton novel. Hour upon hour of action sequences but poor character development. Don't care too much what happens to characters since they are not brought to life. I appreciate King more after listening to this. Forgettable.

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    John Fladd New Boston, NH, USA 07-22-06
    John Fladd New Boston, NH, USA 07-22-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Annoying Narration"

    This is one of the few audiobooks I haven't been able to finish - the narrator was so annoying to me that I couldn't get past the second chapter. I listened to the preview, which sounded pretty good, but it was largely non-fiction. The narration falls down when it comes to dialog.

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    Ingrid Hudson, MA, USA 11-16-05
    Ingrid Hudson, MA, USA 11-16-05
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    "The Movie was Better"

    There really wasn't much more to the book than there was in the movie. I didn't realize until after I'd purchased this title that I'd seen this on DVD about a year ago. Because everyone knows that the book is always much better than the book I decided to listen to it anyway. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't already seen the movie.

    What made me completely nuts was that the reader made Merrick sound like Ahhhnold. I believe he was supposed to be French? Most of the voices were a little too over the top, but this one took the cake.

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    A. Abbo 09-07-05
    A. Abbo 09-07-05 Listener Since 2005
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    "Great story telling"

    An impressive historical revirew of the time period.
    Great story telling!
    Warmly recommended

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    Colin Falls Church, VA, USA 04-12-05
    Colin Falls Church, VA, USA 04-12-05
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    "Not up to Crichton standard"

    I like Michael Crichton, but this book was a waste of time. Very bad science. The plot and situation is not "acceptable". The reader has to accept many pissibilities without decent explanation.

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    Debi Calabasas Hills, CA, USA 03-25-05
    Debi Calabasas Hills, CA, USA 03-25-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Timeline"

    Definitely not up to Crighton's usual standards. Predictable and naive. I also did not like the reader. He was so bad he was actually distracting at times.

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    Stephen DiGiacomo Miami Florida 02-21-05
    Stephen DiGiacomo Miami Florida 02-21-05 Member Since 2016
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    "Timeline"

    Crichton at his best. I rarely leave reviews but this was the best one of I have read.

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