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The Map of Time Audiobook

The Map of Time: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Set in Victorian London, with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H. G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence. What happens if we change history? Félix J. Palma explores this question in The Map of Time, weaving a historical fantasy as imaginative as it is exciting—a story full of love and adventure that transports listeners to a haunting setting in Victorian London for their own taste of time travel.

©2011 Felix J. Palma (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Palma makes his U.S. debut with the brilliant first in a trilogy, an intriguing thriller that explores the ramifications of time travel in three intersecting narratives." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    Emily 05-29-17
    Emily 05-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A very unexpected take on time travel"
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    Months after having listened to The Map of Time, I still find myself thinking about it. Importantly, this novel's take on time travel is unlike any other's and was a fantastic surprise, making for a far more exciting, interesting, and thought-provoking listen than expected. This book does not feature one continuous story line, but rather several shorter stories revolving around the same characters, highlighting different characters' perspectives and actions. The plot is far more complex than anticipated, making for a much more enjoyable listen. Additionally, I must admit that I'm a sucker for stories taking place in Victorian England. James Langton is one of my absolute favorite narrators. He does a stellar job of portraying each character with a very distinguishable voice, a feature I particularly appreciate in a good audiobook. His voice is also very pleasant and easy to listen to, and he has a way of bringing life to a story and its characters that not many other narrators are capable of doing. If you like time travel (and H.G. Wells) and are looking for an original take on the idea, this is for you. If you like for a book to make you think, this is also for you.

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    Monica Stillwater, MN 04-19-16
    Monica Stillwater, MN 04-19-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Buyer Beware! Very Crude!"

    There really should be a warning on these type of books. I'm upset that I spent a credit on this. very disappointing.

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    eljaustin 09-13-15
    eljaustin 09-13-15

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    "Tedious"

    "Tedious" is all I can think of to describe this book, as it was eternally long, and I felt like the story was going in circles. I've seen the hardcover copy of this and it's huge, so I should've stayed away when I saw that the audio was 20 hours long. So disappointed, and I am not remorseful that I did not finish the book.

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    Tracy 06-24-15
    Tracy 06-24-15
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    "I hated it!"

    I finished it, but wondered why at times I kept forcing myself to finish it. I have NEVER had a book do this to me! If I was literally reading it, I would've walked away from it. Audible books are different somehow for me though. Very seldom do I have to force myself to finish a book. There were times the story was good I wanted more of it. Then it started to flipping ramble and I wanted to pound my head into a wall. It had some cool intertwining of story lines but in the end I should've saved my money.

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    T. Chaumont Sulphur, La 01-04-15
    T. Chaumont Sulphur, La 01-04-15 Member Since 2017

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    "Amazing"

    my favorite book now on audio. love this book so much. a must read. NOW

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    Amazon Customer 11-07-13

    Constant reader. Likes imaginative work, not formulaic filler.

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    "Enchanting, clever, imperfect"
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    James Langton's performance of Felix Palma's 'The Map of Time' is brilliant. He uniquely and believably voices each character (with the exception of one paragraph of Henry James's dialogue) and his personification of the witty, amused narrator charms and entertains. <br/><br/>The intricate plot of the story is revealed by an imaginative, enjoyable, insightful and occasionally moving, portrait of 19th century London.. I was disappointed by Palma's resolution of the time-travel paradox, but others may find it satisfying and logical.<br/><br/>All in all, 'The Map of Time' is an excellent listen, well-produced and performed. I enjoyed my hours within its world.

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    Gail M Verona, NJ 05-04-13
    Gail M Verona, NJ 05-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Move Away from this Book !!!"

    I am a total sy-fy geek and the concept of time travel was right up my alley. The story just went off on many tangent that were so very uninteresting. I lost interest early on but kept listening hoping it would get better. I invested about 8 hours and then just couldn't take it any more.

    Save your credits/money and read Stephen King's 11-22-63. It uses time travel, history and great writing!!

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    John Senn Las Vegas, Nevada 05-03-13
    John Senn Las Vegas, Nevada 05-03-13 Member Since 2009

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    "A well-written historical fantasy/science fiction"
    Would you listen to The Map of Time again? Why?

    Yes, the first time through, you likely won't catch all of the author's clues as to what is truly fantastic and what is misdirection within the world of the narrative. I plan to go back and listen through from the start of this book again after I complete the sequel, the Map of the Sky.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Herbert George Wells is my favorite. His life weaves through the plot lines of the other characters, and he is engaging and well developed.


    Have you listened to any of James Langton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first book with James Langton as narrator. I thought he did an outstanding job of capturing the Victorian Era feel of the writing.


    Any additional comments?

    It took me a bit to really catch the rhythm of this book. For the first 30 minutes, it seemed a bit too cute in tone, but I'd encourage you to give it a chance. It's well worth the time, and highly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shaz 03-12-13
    Shaz 03-12-13

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    "A fun book"
    If you could sum up The Map of Time in three words, what would they be?

    This was a fun listen with an interesting story. Just when you think you know what's going on, you are surprised.


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    Brian Michigan 11-25-12
    Brian Michigan 11-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Hard to get through."
    What would have made The Map of Time better?

    A better story without so many written in a better way.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Will start the "Eye of the World" again in preparation for the final book in the "Wheel of Time" series.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Map of Time?

    Most of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was hard to get into. The characters were hard to like and even when you thought you might be able to like them, they were no longer part of the story. The book only got listenable after slogging through the first two parts. The third part was decent, but still not exceptional. If I were able to do it over again, I would not have wasted my time.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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