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The End of Eternity Audiobook

The End of Eternity

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Publisher's Summary

This stand-alone work is widely regarded as Asimov's best science-fiction novel.

Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind.

Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs. During one of his assignments, Harlan meets and falls in love with Noÿs Lambert, a woman who lives in real time and space. Then Harlan learns that Noÿs will cease to exist after the next Change, and he risks everything to sneak her into Eternity.

©1955 Isaac Asimov. All rights reserved. (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks America

What the Critics Say

“His most effective piece of work. Asimov’s exemplary clarity in plotting is precisely suited to the material at hand. Asimov’s engagement with the present is clearer here than in his other works, as is his engagement with the human.” (Locus)

"Asimov’s flirtation with the tropes employed by A. E. van Vogt and Charles Harness is startling for an author deemed ultra-rational and scientific....The effects of this influential, seminal book echo to the present, in the works of such writers as Greg Egan, John Varley, Kage Baker, and Greg Bear." (SciFi.com)

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    Rome Georgetown, SC, United States 04-23-13
    Rome Georgetown, SC, United States 04-23-13
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    "sci-fi essential"

    Believe it or not I didn't know who Isaac Asimov was until after I had finished about 90% of this book. I did not realize it was published in 1955 until I was about 80% of the way through the book. This is important to note because it is a testament to how far ahead of his time Asimov was. To be completely honest the book started out a little slow and awkward for me but it slowly drew me in as I am sure it has done many others. It starts with a lot of mind boggling temporal jargon of Asimov's on invention but presented in away that makes the reader realize after a while that for all their advance knowledge and technology these future humans are every bit as suspicious and petty as we are today and of course there lies the problem, but, the answer is not so simple and Asimov kept me guessing until the end. Brilliantly done!

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    Melita Albany, NY, United States 04-17-13
    Melita Albany, NY, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Up to Asimov's usual high standard"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of Eternity to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened to the audio version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character because of the changes that his character went through; I was proud of him at the end!


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    It never got in the way of the story


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What would you do if you could change anything in time?


    Any additional comments?

    Intricate, intriguing story. A great sci-fi read.

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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 04-10-13
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2012

    I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.

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    "Worth the Read/Listen"
    Would you listen to The End of Eternity again? Why?

    Sure. Asimov is always terrific, this standalone novel is just a great reflection on time travel with a compelling story. Sure there are inconsistencies with the plot but I thin if you put yourself int he mindset that this story will help you fill out the Asimov cannon, you will enjoy it and be entertained. I think you will also be surprised how many of the plot conceits have been used by other others, movies since the date of the novel. Asimov is one of the originals of this genre.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character is unique. He is certainly not very likeable, but that is what made him so interesting to me because he was a product of a process that made him that way. Thought provoking when you compare that to what happens to all of us at some point in our lives.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I thought it was really cool when they returned to Earth at the end of the novel.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I find Asimov a very entertaining writer, the logic he uses really pulls you into the storyline. Not sure I would laugh or cry at his material but his stories really pull you into the internal logic and complexity.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the narrator did a great job. Good production.

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    Arnold toronto, ON, Canada 04-03-13
    Arnold toronto, ON, Canada 04-03-13
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    "Fun Retro Science Fiction"

    I'm not sure how Asimov pulled off this story except to say he's a very skilled and original writer.
    This story is now almost 60 years old and there are obvious criticisms.
    The language of technology -people are 'psychoed' to not remember, 'tubes' are used to send reports, reports are written on film etc...- is dated of course. Happily, it adds an element of humour that the author may not have intended but it works pretty well.

    And the sexism! The Eternals are all male and supposed to be Spock like but throw one voluptuous babe (Mickey Spillane could not have described her better) into the mix and suddenly everyone acts like a high school nerd and Eternity itself is in jeopardy.

    You would think these problems would sink the plot but they don't. It has a lot of twists and turns and makes no sense sometimes but it keeps going right to the last page.

    This was good science fiction and good fun. Think Douglas Adams meets H.G. Wells.

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    James CHANDLER, AZ, United States 03-29-13
    James CHANDLER, AZ, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Highly recommended!!"

    Even if you have no love for sci-fi, even if you don't pay attention to the science aspect of this book, this is a great story. A story about what true love can do to a man and the lengths he will go to save his woman, no matter the cost.
    I personally love the sci-fi part of the story but that's only the back drop for a fantastically complex tale that is hard to imagine one could actually piece together as a writer unless you were a genius, (which Asimov was as he was a member of Mensa).
    The story starts our rather abruptly but picks up speed quickly. If you feel something isn't clear, it'll be explained later and by the end it will all be clear. That is part of Asimov's gift. He can take a very complex concept and over time, through the telling of a story make it real and apparent to the reader without any confusion. Even if you have a slight bit of confusion going through the book, it won't matter, you'll get it.
    This is a fantastic love story, ultimately, with (spoiler), a happy ending. Very surprising, but happy.

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    Kindle Customer/Read This Book Wareham, MA, United States 03-12-13
    Kindle Customer/Read This Book Wareham, MA, United States 03-12-13

    L. Taylor

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    "dry old fashioned sci fi"
    Would you try another book from Isaac Asimov and/or Paul Boehmer?

    No


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have made the main character less robotic. He was a human and the narrator's accent and tone made him a snobby robotic unlikable character.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favorite?

    The girl


    Did The End of Eternity inspire you to do anything?

    Move on to a totally different book and narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Asimov (30 yrs!) But won't get anymore audiobooks on Asimov from Audible

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    AllanNKnox 03-11-13
    AllanNKnox 03-11-13

    AllanNKnox

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    "The Best of Asimov, Well Narrated"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I really like wonderfully technical science fiction, BUT I LOVE science fiction that uses the science and human nature to point out the joys of being human, AND the natural flaws in human societies (and worst of all, the bureaucratic mentality).<br/><br/>This story exhibits a human bureaucracy that has built up over centuries of "physio-time" with its high-minded and honorable purpose intact, at least as a facade they hold up for the benefit of other "Eternals" and the "All-when Counsel." It is said that "the road to Hell is paved with good intentions" well, the establishment and the government of "Eternity" was intended to adjust mankind away from war, poverty, and danger so that mankind would be at peace, happy, and healthy. <br/><br/>But, the story slowly reveals the inherent flaws in bureaucratic nature and governmental intention. It does so, up to and including the ultimate flaw: that the pursuit of Safety always leads to stagnation and corruption; and always deprives mankind of the accomplishment of great things.


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    Ramon B. Cano Orem, Ut 02-04-13
    Ramon B. Cano Orem, Ut 02-04-13 Member Since 2015

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    "great story with cool premise"
    Would you listen to The End of Eternity again? Why?

    A great Asimov story with a great premise. This book puts forth a time travel / time disruption theory that Asimov touches somewhat in his Foundation series. That being that most small changes in time are eventually corrected by the sheer momentum of the progression of time. So time tends to negate the effect any changes made upstream in the down stream time line. In this story then are the group of men known as the 'eternals' - obsessed with making changes that will actually alter the course of time over the long haul - supposedly for the good of all mankind. But is it really good for mankind? fun story. Narration is sometimes very over-dramatized (which is a little distracting). BUt still a great quick read/listen.


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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-14-13
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A great look at why meddling with tim is bad"

    Here is another great book by Isaac Asimov. Here we meet the 'Eternals' that decide what should and should not happen in Eternity. We meet a young 'Technician' that learns there is more to living in his Eternal world with only men in it. He also learns that all is not as it seems and through a simple act all of Eternity can be undone. For anyone thinking that time travel will solve all our problems this book will explain why that is false. We also learn why a George Orwell society with ultimately fail and must fail.

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    MK Burbank, CA, United States 12-19-12
    MK Burbank, CA, United States 12-19-12
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    "Performance so bad couldn't finish it"

    I really wanted to get into this story, but the ...random... pauses in... the reading made it unbearable. This narrarator should never do science fiction; it felt like he didnt even understand what he was reading half the time. I'm not the first reviewer to notice this flaw.

    I'm usually very skeptical of narrarator critiques; it seems every book has some reviewer complaining about the performance. But in this case, I should have believed the past reviewers who made this very specific complaint.

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