We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Time's Eye: A Time Odyssey, Book 1 | [Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter]

Time's Eye: A Time Odyssey, Book 1

For eons, Earth has been under observation by the Firstborn, beings almost as old as the universe itself. The Firstborn are unknown to humankind - until they act. In an instant, Earth is carved up and reassembled like a huge jigsaw puzzle. Suddenly the planet and every living thing on it no longer exist in a single timeline.
Regular Price:$18.80
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

For eons, Earth has been under observation by the Firstborn, beings almost as old as the universe itself. The Firstborn are unknown to humankind - until they act. In an instant, Earth is carved up and reassembled like a huge jigsaw puzzle. Suddenly the planet and every living thing on it no longer exist in a single timeline. Instead, the world becomes a patchwork of eras, from prehistory to 2037, each with its own indigenous inhabitants.

Scattered across the planet are floating silver orbs impervious to all weapons and impossible to communicate with. Are these technologically advanced devices responsible for creating and sustaining the rifts in time? Are they cameras through which inscrutable alien eyes are watching? Or are they something stranger and more terrifying still?

The answer may lie in the ancient city of Babylon, where two groups of refugees from 2037 - three cosmonauts returning to Earth from the International Space Station, and three United Nations peacekeepers on a mission in Afghanistan - have detected radio signals: the only such signals on the planet, apart from their own. The peacekeepers find allies in nineteenth-century British troops and in the armies of Alexander the Great. The astronauts, crash-landed in the steppes of Asia, join forces with the Mongol horde led by Genghis Khan. The two sides set out for Babylon, each determined to win the race for knowledge...and the power that lies within.

Yet the real power is beyond human control, perhaps even human understanding. As two great armies face off before the gates of Babylon, it watches, waiting.

©2005 Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"An exciting tale full of high-tech physics, military tactics and larger-than-life characters in the first of two novels related to the bestselling senior author's Space Odyssey series." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.7 (605 )
5 star
 (158)
4 star
 (222)
3 star
 (140)
2 star
 (61)
1 star
 (24)
Overall
3.8 (275 )
5 star
 (91)
4 star
 (89)
3 star
 (58)
2 star
 (23)
1 star
 (14)
Story
4.1 (270 )
5 star
 (111)
4 star
 (91)
3 star
 (50)
2 star
 (13)
1 star
 (5)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Emanuel Zion, IL, United States 04-18-12
    Emanuel Zion, IL, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    65
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    119
    36
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    6
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good... Buuuuuuuut"

    I enjoyed the story and a excellent job was done on the reading. It is my understanding that this is going to be a series. book one started things off good. Buuuut! The sex and the act of bestiality really detracted from the listen. That kind of stuff should be left out. Listener be warned.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lucy 06-04-13
    Lucy 06-04-13 Member Since 2012

    kyleahd

    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    99
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fun book, interesting mystery"
    What did you like best about this story?

    While some elements seem a bit eye rolling and predictable, overall it's a fun story with an interesting mystery at the heart of it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    John Lee is probably my least favorite Audible narrator. His voice is very monotone and I have trouble paying attention to what he says. Also he recycles the same character voices for everyone of his books, which is quite annoying. I'm now looking for books that he does not narrate and will get books he narrates in actual book form and read them that way so that I don't end up hating the story just because he's the one reading it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 04-06-13
    Amazon Customer MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    28
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    26
    25
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Frankenhistory Deathmatch"

    First, a warning! If you are the kind of person who, like me, won't start a series until the ending has been published, be aware: one of the authors was inconsiderate enough to die before completing the odyssey. What Clarke and Baxter set out to write was, at very least, a tetralogy. What you _get_ is a trilogy with a multitude of loose-threads and a cliffhanger ending!

    Time's Eye was...OK. At it's core is an interesting hard-science-fiction/alternate-history tale but when all's said and done, it didn't really seem to be more than an elaborate set piece, looking for a more cogent and complete story to be a part of. I guess that the remaining books in the series are that story but I didn't feel that there was enough left over to warrant having this part of the story be a separate book.

    Having now read all three of the books I would advise that they're a little like the curate's egg, parts of it are excellent and it won't be a terrible waste of time to plough through them all.

    John Lee who, as usual, did a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    cort Kensington, CA, United States 02-19-13
    cort Kensington, CA, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    46
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    49
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Definitely worth listening to"

    A nice combination of science fiction and history. As ususal with Clarke's books, he does not develop a compelling central character but the other factors more than make up for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gina Grande Cache, Alberta, Canada 05-17-12
    Gina Grande Cache, Alberta, Canada 05-17-12 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    80
    18
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Yawn. Interesting idea but slow!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Action? Suspense? Be nice to see more of that!!


    Has Time's Eye turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm a life long sci-fi fan, but this is old school and it shows. It did put me to sleep fast,tho!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Earth Brother 04-21-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great series - vast scope"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Wonderful combination of the two author's ideas and visions


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Viewing history through modern eyes - as if you had to live through it - the challenge was to make the ending believable


    Did Time's Eye inspire you to do anything?

    Look to more jointly authored books


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 04-04-12
    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 04-04-12 Member Since 2011

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    225
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    221
    204
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    42
    88
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "If you like time travel novels, this one's for you"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the book, but I will say it is not up to Clarke's best, Childhood's End or the Rama series.
    The ploy of having Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great duke it out, was a lot of fun.
    I am intrigued enough to get the next book and hope the excitement starts to build.
    John Lee as always is a wonderful reader.


    What other book might you compare Time's Eye to and why?

    Timeline by Michael Crichton. I enjoyed Timeline better but then it wasn't written with a sequel in mind. There was more character development in Timeline and a definite ending.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is one of my favorite readers. He could read me the phone book and I would be entranced!


    Could you see Time's Eye being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. For Sable I would like to see Madonna, the killer queen...
    Besesa would be played by the beautiful Padma Lakshmi.
    Josh played by Ben Affleck
    Rudyard Kipling by Adrien Brody
    Alexander the Great by Brad Pitt
    Genghis Khan by Dwayne the rock Johnson.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tammy Brookings, SD, United States 11-01-11
    Tammy Brookings, SD, United States 11-01-11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Reads like a history lesson"

    I learned something about history but wasn't entertained at all. I forced myself to finish listening even though nothing more than mildly interesting ever happened. The narration by John Lee however was done very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John Acworth, GA, United States 10-21-11
    John Acworth, GA, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    26
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Waste of time and $"

    I can't believe the publisher would print this fluff. It starts slow and gets worse. Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great in conflict for nothing. Wish I could return it. Or better yet go back in time and switch the keys on ACC's type writer. Gibberish wolud eb betetr tahn tish capr.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    jennifer los gatos, CA, United States 08-04-09
    jennifer los gatos, CA, United States 08-04-09 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    249
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    170
    23
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Good Premise - Weak Execution"

    Time's Eye is based on a fascinating premise -- time discontinuities that force people and places from different eras into the same location -- that soon gets sidetracked by annoying characters and a meandering plot that never resolves itself.

    Historical figures, man-apes, and futuristic astronauts duke it out for supreme control over the new world while floating "eyes" record it all.

    The plot takes off with a bang as characters from different times in history find themselves together in the new world. The plot then wanders aimlessy through deserts, wars, discussions of morality, and bids for power played out with real warriors and a female astronaut. Suddenly, the plot comes to an improbably conclusion when all the science of string theory is pushed aside and replaced by a mother's hopes and dreams to return home to her daugher.

    Although this book is the first installment in the trilogy, it isn't plausible enough to follow through with the rest of the series. Skip it and read the Space Odyssey series instead.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 11-20 of 24 results PREVIOUS123NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.