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Timeline Audiobook

Timeline

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Publisher's Summary

Michael Crichton's novel opens on the threshold of the twenty-first century. It is a world of exploding advances on the frontiers of technology. Information moves instantly between two points, without wires or networks. Computers are built from single molecules. Any moment of the past can be actualized - and a group of historians can enter, literally, life in fourteenth-century feudal France. Imagine the risks of such a journey.

Not since Jurassic Park has Michael Crichton given you such a magnificent adventure. Here, he combines a science of the future - the emerging field of quantum technology - with the complex realities of the medieval past. In a heart-stopping narrative, Timeline carries you into a realm of unexpected suspense and danger, overturning your most basic ideas of what is possible.

©1999 by Michael Crichton; (P)1999 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

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    Kevin Spudic 07-16-16
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    "Boring"

    Story drug on. Uninteresting characters. Very disappointed about this purchase. His other stories are usually good.

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    A. Waterfield Rancho Cucamonga, Ca 06-26-16
    A. Waterfield Rancho Cucamonga, Ca 06-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "long pauses"

    Great story, love Crichton, but the recording has a lot of long pauses (6-10sec) between chapters.

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    Jb 04-02-16
    Jb 04-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Tired story, overused Jesus' name as curse word"

    Typical time travel storyline. Overused "Jesus Christ" as curse word, offensive regardless of colloquial use

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erica 03-28-16
    Erica 03-28-16
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    "great story. horrible narration..."

    I love Michael Crichton's writing. I've read several of his books in between semesters of teaching, when I actually have a little free time. I listen to audio books during the rest of the school year :) This story was classically well-written, as all Michael Crichton I've read so far. The narrator was so horrible though, I found myself correcting him regularly. Much of his intonation and expression was inaccurate. He would stretch out words that should have been said quickly and with certainty and made several characters sound like "vally girls" with this weird attitude he used to read the dialogue. I feel that the narrator did a major injustice to the writing. Getting past the poor performance, I felt the story itself was an exciting thriller that is standard for a Michael Crichton novel.

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    Brianna 09-04-15
    Brianna 09-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator made it almost unbearable"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator!!! His use of whispered deep voice for the character, Gordon, made it truly annoying and frustrating to listen to. I alternated between quickly dropping the volume and then cranking it up when the character is done talking.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Bedford Lloyd’s performances?

    No - he is the reason I almost returned this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the plot and storyline.

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    Eeper New Jersey 02-26-15
    Eeper New Jersey 02-26-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Awful"

    Boring, pointless story. Annoying characters. Should have returned this one. The first four hours and the entire middle kept threatening to put me to sleep while I was driving.

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    Dalton Durango, CO 11-22-14
    Dalton Durango, CO 11-22-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Very boring. I made it through about 3 hours"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm a techie and also love adventure and science fiction -- especially around time travel but I was so bored. Maybe someone who is really interested in the minutiae of mid-evil France and I do mean the details.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Crichton again?

    Not sure -- this is my first and I would probably give him one more try.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Bedford Lloyd’s performances?

    He certainly is not my favorite performer but my dislike for the book can't be placed on his shoulders in this case.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Timeline?

    Wow, a lot of them. I love some detail but Michael went in to way too much detail. I got to the point where I was thinking of other things while listening to the book and in other books I'd always rewind if that happened -- but in this case I just started letting it play anyway.


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    ellegreenland 06-28-14

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    "Please, just stop."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'm so annoyed with the characters not being able to do ANYTHING without soldiers charging them, getting lost in the dark, falling through ceilings, falling down a cliff, etc. etc. etc.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Crichton’s story?

    It could have been soooo much better! Where is the immersion into the rich world of the 14th century? I wanted it to fill my imagination, not stretch it. I had to do all the work. It could have been written in any date/time because it's just one big fight scene under another. The main characters are not fleshed out, the secondary characters are weak and shallow.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing really stands out because each chapter is so much like the one ahead of it.


    Did Timeline inspire you to do anything?

    FInd another book.


    Any additional comments?

    Reads more like a first novel from an aspiring author - not like it should from a giant like Chrichton. There are many more better time travel books out there.

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    Michelle 12-20-13
    Michelle 12-20-13
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    "a challenge to finish"
    What disappointed you about Timeline?

    This book was not up to Chrichton's level of storytelling. I have enjoyed most of his other books but was really disappointed by this one.


    Has Timeline turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm done with Chrichton for a while


    What didn’t you like about John Bedford Lloyd’s performance?

    the voice of one of the characters was so irritating that I was embarrassed to listen to this with anyone else in the car.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Pickering 09-14-13

    Supernatural Fan. Lifelong audiophile.

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    "Little long winded, worth a credit though!"
    Any additional comments?

    The book was enjoyable as it involved time travel, technology and history. It was a little long for my tastes, but the author is clearly a long time writer with the talent to be able to weave the story for 15+ hours! Every "time travel" story that is written allows the writer to come up with their 'take' on how the space time continuum could be explained and this writer had some great *new* ideas. This book would be a good addition to your library if you are a fan of 'time travel' books. Returning? Nope. Felt this one was worth my time and 1 credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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