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Time and Again Audiobook

Time and Again

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Publisher's Summary

One of the most beloved tales of our time!

Science fiction, mystery, a passionate love story, and a detailed history of Old New York blend together in Jack Finney's spellbinding story of a young man enlisted in a secret Government experiment.

Transported from the mid-20th century to New York City in the year 1882, Si Morley walks the fashionable "Ladies' Mile" of Broadway, is enchanted by the jingling sleigh bells in Central Park, and solves a 20th-century mystery by discovering its 19th-century roots. Falling in love with a beautiful young woman, he ultimately finds himself forced to choose between his lives in the present and the past.

A story that will remain in the listener's memory, Time and Again is a remarkable blending of the troubled present and a nostalgic past, made vivid and extraordinarily moving by the images of a time that was... and perhaps still is.

©1970 Jack Finney (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

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    Patricia A. Cross Denville NJ 03-01-13
    Patricia A. Cross Denville NJ 03-01-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Time Travel lovers, don't miss this"

    I will never look at NYC or the statue of liberty the same again. I travel to NYC often and now I will be picturing it 100 years ago.
    Very interesting story and wonderful love story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. A. T. 05-03-12
    C. A. T. 05-03-12
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    "It's all in the details details details details..."

    I really wanted to like this book and was looking forward to it. It took exactly 4.5 hrs to get to anything of interest and then it started picking up the pace. It left me with the feeling as if I had been standing in line all day to go down the waterslide and as I got to the top and it was my turn, they closed the water park and told me to go back down using the stairs. All that anticipation for nothing...

    I felt this could have been a much more intriguing and interesting story but it left me flat. I don't consider it a complete waste it has it's moments but few and far between.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kirill Oetwil Am See, Switzerland 03-09-12
    Kirill Oetwil Am See, Switzerland 03-09-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Nice time travel story for New Yorkers"

    I listened to this book shortly after finishing 11-22-63 by Stephen King.

    Compared to 11-22-63, Time and Again has less "color" and dramatic scenes but compensates it by style and softness.

    At least 1/4 of the book are descriptions of streets and buildings in NY which are "There" or "Not There", as someone who has never been to NY I could not associate anything with those parts and found it rather boring. 11-22-63 is better in this sense, it really submerges you into the world of 1950'es without need of knowing street names, numbers and buildings.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kent Mira Loma, CA, United States 01-11-12
    Kent Mira Loma, CA, United States 01-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I was bored"
    Would you try another book from Jack Finney and/or Paul Hecht?

    I do not think so.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    C. J. Box. Open Season.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reading was a bit too slow for my taste... but then again maybe it suited this slow book.


    Any additional comments?

    I was bored by all the details and finally gave up after 3-4 hours. My thoughts kept wandering on to other things. Maybe if I had been a new yorker or otherwise interested in New York history I might have found it more interesting.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 04-29-17
    Ruth Bain 04-29-17

    RueRue

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    "Failed to engage my interest"

    It's rare that I do not finish a book, but I could not stay engaged enough to finish this. The narration was adequate, but the story was SO slow and the characters so boring that I gave up on it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Tulsa, OK, United States 05-24-15
    Mark Tulsa, OK, United States 05-24-15 Member Since 2011

    My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine; (fortunately) everybody drinks water. - Mark Twain

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    "Okay, method of time travel is problematic."

    It's hard to follow, because the author creates this method of time travel that is composed of psychological hypnosis. This really is a fatal flaw for me. Stephen King's approach in "11/22/63" was simple - the method of time travel was mystical magic - this is the easiest approach for an author and it allows them to focus on the story. Now consider "Doomsday Book" by Connie Willis, it employs the futuristic more technically advanced society creating a scientific procedure to enable time travel, it is a good workable method of time travel in which Willis weaves her story. In "Time and Again" Finney tries to weave his story around this psychological hypnosis approach, and it is too silly for the story to really develop. In science fiction writing, if the author can't or doesn't want to develop a solid background to the "science" part of the fiction work it is the best practice to leave the "science" unexplained. Take the movie "Back to the Future" for a classic example, we go along with the story because the character of Doc Brown just provides a working example in the mall parking lot, and that is enough, we just accept it. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells just employs a mixture of science and mysticism but chalking it up to the fourth dimension, and we never look back the story is great and we never question how the time travel is possible. "Time and Again" spends a lot of time trying to sell us on the method of times travel, a big flaw for Finney's work. Finney puts just enough story line and characterization into the book to save it and render it a mediocre work.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Hoover, AL, United States 12-17-11
    Stephen Hoover, AL, United States 12-17-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Love Story not so Much Time Travel"

    I bot this book because of Steve King's new book. He said it inspired him. It is more of a historical journey back to the 18th century, not a time travel story. They do travel in time, but the idea of the story is lame.

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    MetaDreaming 02-01-17

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    "Dated!"

    Listening to this I felt like I was back in the 50's or 60's. Just too dated and sexist for my taste. Also, why the boring description of mannerisms and clothing if completely superfluous characters. So unnecessary and tedious.

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    Joseph W Sekura 01-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    Would you listen to Time and Again again? Why?

    Absolutely, best time travel story I've read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Time and Again?

    Descriptions of 1882 NYC


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

    Julia


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story not without it's flaws. There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding the time travel method they were using. And I was frustrated early on by Simon not asking the questions I had about what was really going on. Also,it was way tooooo easy for Simon's friend to join him on one of his trips. But all that is easily forgotten given the outstanding descriptions of 1882 NYC. At first I was thinking "let's get on with it..." but quickly found myself literally mesmerized by the descriptions as read by the narrator.<br/><br/>If you are looking for an action based Time travel story this is not it... Check out Dr. Who ! But if you want to feel like you are really traveling back in time this is the book for you. <br/><br/>Star + Star + Star + Star + Star

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Log Jammin Basking Ridge, NJ USA 11-22-16
    Log Jammin Basking Ridge, NJ USA 11-22-16
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    "gently delves into the morality of time travel"

    wonderful performance of the story which I first learned about when listening to Stephen King's afterword for 11/22/63 and at his recommendation.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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