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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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    David Marietta, GA, USA 10-30-05
    David Marietta, GA, USA 10-30-05
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    "Frantic"

    The book tries to please in the way that a summer movie pleases, which is to say that it is shallow. Moreover, it lacks the special effects available to a movie producer. The plot is rushed and so packed with suspense that there is room for little else. Of course, this audio book must be judged in context, with consideration of the quality of its counterparts, which is why I have awarded it two stars.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi F. Houston 09-29-05
    Kristi F. Houston 09-29-05 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator varies volume - very annoying"

    I haven't yet finished this audiobook, so i can't comment on the story line, although so far it has kept my attention. However, the narrator many time uses the volume of his voice rather than the inflection to distinguish between characters. This causes two problems - all the women sound the same (quiet) and all the men sound the same (loud) except for two men who sound different from the others because they "talk" faster. But of course, those two fast, loud talkers sound the same. On top of being confusing because of the volume issue, it is also very difficult to hear. If you are listening on headphones, then you have to turn it up enough to hear the quiet voices, but then it blares in your ear when it is a loud person. Since sometimes a back-and-forth dialogue occurs between a 'loud' character and a 'soft' character, every other sentence can vary, so it isn't something you can just keep adjusting. Even when listening on a stereo it is still very annoying.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Karpeles Dallas,TX 09-22-05
    Jason Karpeles Dallas,TX 09-22-05 Member Since 2014

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    "Written for a movie in mind"

    I was very surprised how disappointing this novel was. The science was not impressive and the story was absurd. To me it read like a bad Sunday made for TV movie. I saw the movie also and I could hardly get through the movie as well. The movie was only about 2 hours.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 07-20-04
    Ben 07-20-04
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    "Great story!"

    I admit that the movie adaption to this story is crap. BUT, I had faith that Crichton being such a smart guy, could provide the detail and character enhancment that the movie so sorely lacked. I am happy to say that the unabridged version exceeds my expectations. The characters were real and easilly visual. The story had lots of punch, while still slowing down for a convincing backstory. A few times while hiking the story actually made me stop and curse. I was very much inside the story. I cared about the people. Loved some of them, hated some of them. I had opinions throughout of what I would do in that situation. I was involved! I cared.

    It's not often that a story comes alive like this. I find myself sad that it had to end. If it had had another dozen disks, I would have been totally okay with that. I'm sad only that it had to end. It's too bad that the movie didn't capture the story I heard here. But that's Hollywood for ya.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew FPO, AE, USA 07-20-04
    Matthew FPO, AE, USA 07-20-04 Member Since 2017
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    "Horrible narrator"

    I purchased this book based on the reviews on audible.com. As you can see by the rating I gave it, I was NOT impressed. The narrator of this story sounded like he was completely bored reading the story, which made it hard to really get into the book. Beyond that, it took about 5 1/2 hours into the book before it even got interesting.
    While the plot of the story was decent, the narrator just seemed to ruin it. If it had a different narrator, my rating probably would have been higher.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    vfxtrev 11-24-03
    vfxtrev 11-24-03 Listener Since 2003
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    "Timeline"

    If I had to judge Michael Crichton based on this book, I would conclude he's not much of an author. I had high expectations for this book just because the premise sounded very cool. However, once you get into the book, it's kinda boring. The plot seems to wander around only giving you small crumbs of interesting things to ponder. This book definitely doesn't "grab" you with suspense the way you'd want it to. And the plot transitions from one place to the next are just lame. The dialogue is boring and characters carry nothing interesting.

    Although, I must pose one question. If you were to READ this book, instead of listening to it, would it be more enjoyable. I found the narrator of Timeline, John Bedford Lloyd, to be very boring himself. Although, I imagine it must hard for these narrators to sound "not boring" when reading a book for hours at a time. The most hilarious thing about this audio book is his attempt at doing a women's voice whenever one should talk.

    Anyway, in conclusion, I would caution against getting this book. It does have an interesting premise, but the plot development is awful and obviously, the book was only written as a preface to Crichton getting another movie made. This might be the one time where the movie is actually BETTER than the book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marc-Andre New Haven, CT, USA 09-18-03
    Marc-Andre New Haven, CT, USA 09-18-03 Member Since 2005
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    "Action pack book -- Discover middle age secrets"

    Great book. It combines perfectly history, science, and science fiction. The story looks very believable. Attention to details makes this book a most read. I have bought the hardcover, the e-book and the audible version. All are very good. I really like to read while listening to the audible version. I have noticed some differences between the audible version and the book. But this makes audible more interesting.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald 02-24-03
    Ronald 02-24-03
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    "Timeline"

    Great book! Loved it from start to finish.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Kaufman 11-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Mediocre story; terrible sound quality"

    The story is alright. Boring and/or hard to follow at times. The audio was terrible. Poorly recorded. Much of the time there is an echo or people talking in the background.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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