Science fiction writer H. Beam Piper published this short story, "Time and Time Again", in 1947. A self-educated man, Piper was a prolific writer until his suicide in 1964. In this 46-minute story, a wounded World War III soldier is miraculously transported back to his childhood. Fortunately or unfortunately, he still remembers everything from his adulthood. But, as many writers throughout the centuries have wondered, can the future be altered? Jim Roberts gives an enjoyable performance. His formal tone fits the work while his easy pacing makes the science jargon simple to follow. This audiobook's surprise conclusion will surely satisfy listeners.
In this story, a soldier of the future, wounded badly in battle during World War III, loses consciousness. When he opens his eyes again he finds that he is back in his boyhood past but with all the memories of his adult life intact!
I don't know if I would call this story "awe-inspiring" as another listener did but it was certainly a very good story. I thought the reader was quite good as well. Five stars, overall.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to Time and Time Again again? Why?
No. I don't like re-runs.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Time and Time Again?
Waking up as yourself but at a different time in your life.
What about Jim Roberts’s performance did you like?
It was fine.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
I wouldn't. It is too short of a subject.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This is one of my favorite sci-fi stories and was the basis for noted episodes of "Dimension X" and "X Minus One." Unfortunately, the narrator did not prepare adequately or was not sufficiently skilled to do justice to Piper's awe-inspiring narrative. At some points, it sounds like the narrator had never previously read the piece prior to recording the narration.
2 of 17 people found this review helpful
Bought this on a whim as it is only 46 minutes long and was cheap. This is old Sci-fi, read in a slow, croaky voice reminiscent of Harry Enfield's 'Cholmondley-Warner' character. The characters at times drift into two dimensions but never extend to the heady heights of three. This was the authors first published work (1947) and seems to reflect the collective shock of the dawn of the Nuclear Age. Whereas the synopsis talks of a man returning to his childhood remembering his adult life, it deals predominantly with the opportunity to change the future and avoid WWIII rather than any other 'what-if?' scenario. Although he goes back and tells his father the truth (who takes it all rather well), the author does not address any resulting emotional issues and gets straight on with the business of the two 'men' planning their world-saving strategy!
All-in-all, a harmless 46-minutes which is another example of doom-laden sci-fi following Hiroshima.
Purely as an aside, the author eventually committed suicide, although there was a suggestion that he did this purely to spite his wife, preventing her from collecting an insurance policy! Couldn't he have just canceled it? (courtesy of Wikipedia)