This book is extremely hard to get into.
The premise seems interesting enough. But I feel like I need an instruction manual just to understand what was happening in the first paragraph.
Asimov is always great, and I really enjoyed this story. He has a very creative vision for time travel and the type of situations it could create. However, the narration was very painful for me to listen to. The narrator sounded like he was reading the dictionary.
No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.
The reading of this book is so disconnected from the story that it's actually difficult to follow. It's like the reader has no idea what the story is about—just a series of words he's pronouncing. I've re-started listening to this audiobook three times, and each time given up after only a few minutes.
Too bad—I suspect this is a really good book.
The immensely complex ideas around time travel and the possible consequences they entail.
It's a bit like Eon, by Greg Bear, only more complicated due to the concept of multiple realities coinciding alongside one another. Bear's work is also much more character-driven than Asimov's.
"Correct". "Impersonal", yet extremely "Apt" for this book.
The ideas around multiple realities and reality changes boggle the mind at first. It made me lose some of my focus while driving - which is hardly recommended! It was a fascinating read/listen nonetheless.
Other reviewers have called the narrator's performance boring and even bland. While there is some merit to those comments, I would like to emphasise it does get better as you progress. Perhaps it's just a matter of getting used to the reader's voice, or maybe, the narrator's performance is just appropriate for this kind of story. I'd say it's the latter.
There are several time travel related books available; however, Asimov's novel focuses so much more on the mechanics and possibilities. The End of Eternity goes beyond anything I've read in the genre.
Paul Boehmer's performance was excellent! The shift in characters was outstanding. He did a great job of pairing voices with characters, and really brought the story to life. I will absolutely look for more works by Mr. Boehmer.
No laughing or crying, but a lot of deep thought and consideration for the story and the possibilities it introduces.
100% recommended to sci fi and time travel enthusiasts!
Bohemian Bon Vivant
I'll never know because I never made it past the first chapter -- all five times I tried.
As another reviewer wrote, "The narrator's ability to very deliberately speak each word as if it stood on its own rather than in the flow of a sentence is maddening." That pretty much sums up how I felt. Why would anyone choose to speak like this instead of naturally as one might when in front of another person? Who is it serving? It was very distracting and didn't add to the story at all, only got in the way.
Frustration. I never made it beyond the first chapter. I couldn't relate to anything at all I was hearing.
It might have been the end of the eternity, but it seemed to go on for an eternity. I've had this for over a year or so and tried and tried but just could never get into it at all. It was finally with a very swift decision that I decided to delete it and move on. I can live with not knowing. I just couldn't imagine sitting through this torture for hours on end.
Personality: Intellectually Driven
This is a must for real science fiction fans, Isaac Asimov is perhaps the master of the genre and in this story he takes it to the "time" dimension in a way I never had read it before. Am sure many other will definitely enjoy the style, pace and ambientation.
Such a fine book about a time travelling bureaucracy threatened by one rogue "technician".Asimov was so abnormally prolific that I have a tendency to class his writing with some of the dregs that will make their way into a lifetime of work. It's a mistake and I always marvel at how profound some of his writing could be. This book has some of the oddities of "golden age" science fiction: a lack of women (though a key plot element in this book), a surfeit of "blasters", an undying faith in the future of microfilm, and a fondness for smokers (though, surprisingly, no academic pipe smokers in this one).These elements are more than compensated for in a story that does marvelous work with the paradoxes of time travel, of the nuances of reality, of how minor events - a moved container, a missed appointment - can impact the future. It even has an interesting love story and some nail-biting adventure. It's Asimov at his best, willing to take on massive ideas about human existence compressed into a fairly brief novel which, at its heart, is about a man's obsession for a woman.
Noia is my favorite character. She's the only female character and the only one who hasn't been tainted by the Eternity bureaucracy.
I had not heard the narrator before but he had excellent diction, pacing and an ability to convey the emotions of the book.
I will admit that I thoroughly enjoyed Asimov's Robot set from I, Robot through the 3 Olivaw/Baley novels, but I have trouble with other Asimov. I was looking forward to this classic of time-travel & I think Time-Travel stories are incredible when done well, but this one lacks something for me. For one we never get to see the affected worlds, all of the "action" takes place basically in a rather sterile bureaucratic office environment composed of the Eternals (the ones affecting time change etc.) Finally at the end we get to a point where something interesting starts to happen, but by then I didn't care and it was over. There are a couple of neat ideas that I think should have been followed up or become the novel's direction and maybe it needs to be restructured and rewritten along different lines, but of course that's not going to happen. I found Benford's Timescape, Clarke/Baxter's Light of Other Days, & Finney's Time and Again pair of novels to be more interesting.