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The Outcasts of Time

Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
4 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

December 1348. What if you had just six days to save your soul?

With the country in the grip of the Black Death, brothers John and William fear that they will shortly die and suffer in the afterlife. But as the end draws near, they are given an unexpected choice: either to go home and spend their last six days in their familiar world, or to search for salvation across the forthcoming centuries - living each one of their remaining days 99 years after the last.

John and William choose the future and find themselves in 1447, ignorant of almost everything going on around them. The year 1546 brings no more comfort, and 1645 challenges them in further unexpected ways. It is not just that technology is changing: things they have taken for granted all their lives prove to be short-lived.

As they find themselves in stranger and stranger times, the listener travels with them, seeing the world through their eyes as it shifts through disease, progress, enlightenment, and war. But their time is running out - can they do something to redeem themselves before the six days are up?

©2017 Ian Mortimer (P)2018 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"It's an incredible tour de force, a vivid...evocation of an age that is long-gone yet has been brought to life again in vibrant and robust fashion thanks to Ian Mortimer's impeccable scholarship and pacy writing." (Alison Weir, New York Times best-selling author)

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OUTSTANDING!

Time travel and social commentary - gullivers travels but without the complex political commentary. The story of two brothers escaping the plague in 1300 England and their traveling each day 99 years. A joy to listen to and very thoughtful. Do not miss this one!

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Fascinating

I loved every moment of this book. I could have been walking through history right with them.

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outstanding

didnt expect the way it turned out. enjoyed it throughly from beginning to end. very good.

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Profound stuff!

One of the best novels I’ve had the good fortune to read; or in this case, listen to.
The story is excellent, interesting and moving and the narrator is superb and brings it to life. Highly recommended!

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Fascinating and Deeply Thought-Provoking

I love time travel novels, so I was excited to read this one. The beginning is a bit hard - there's a fairly gross description of events in Europe when everyone is dying of the plague. Once you get past that, however, you get to see a day in the life of some Europeans set hundreds of year apart.

The crux of the story is two men traveling through time searching for a way to do a good deed - good enough to get entry in heaven. They experience various trials along the way and spend time talking to different religious people about their quest. Their story and quest was very compelling - extremely heartfelt and deeply passionate.

The only reason I'm not giving it five stars is that I thought it was leading to a perfect conclusion (there is no deed good enough to get into heaven - grace is a gift of God), but instead came to a different conclusion. It was still a good one, but it felt like an enormous missed opportunity. I still recommend it!

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what happened to his brother??

The book was very well written but the book never says what happened to his brother when he died.

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