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.
"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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Action? Suspense? Be nice to see more of that!!
I'm a life long sci-fi fan, but this is old school and it shows. It did put me to sleep fast,tho!
Wonderful combination of the two author's ideas and visions
Viewing history through modern eyes - as if you had to live through it - the challenge was to make the ending believable
Look to more jointly authored books
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.
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.
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.
He is one of my favorite readers. He could read me the phone book and I would be entranced!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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