1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Time Is the Simplest Thing  By  cover art

Time Is the Simplest Thing

By: Clifford Simak
Narrated by: Matthew Boston
Try for $0.00

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Buy for $19.95

Buy for $19.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

A telepath inadvertently acquires a powerful alien consciousness and must run for his life to escape corporate assassins and hate-filled mobs in this enthralling science fiction masterwork.

Space travel has been abandoned in the 22nd century. It is deemed too dangerous, expensive, and inconvenient - and now the all-powerful Fishhook company holds the monopoly on interstellar exploration for commercial gain. Their secret is the use of "parries", human beings with the remarkable telepathic ability to expand their minds throughout the universe. On what should have been a routine assignment, however, loyal Fishhook employee Shepherd Blaine is inadvertently implanted with a copy of an alien consciousness, becoming something more than human. Now he's a company pariah, forced to flee the safe confines of the Fishhook complex. But the world he escapes into is not a safe sanctuary. Its people have been taught to hate and fear his parapsychological gift - and there is nowhere on Earth, or elsewhere, for Shepherd Blaine to hide.

A Hugo Award nominee, Time Is the Simplest Thing showcases the enormous talents of one of the true greats of 20th-century science fiction. This richly imagined tale of prejudice, corporate greed, oppression, and, ultimately, transcendence stands tall among Simak's most enduring works.

©1961 Clifford D. Simak; This edition published in 2015 by Open Road Integrated Media, Inc. (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

What listeners say about Time Is the Simplest Thing

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    20
  • 4 Stars
    13
  • 3 Stars
    7
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    20
  • 4 Stars
    7
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    19
  • 4 Stars
    7
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

An old SciFy story but a good one.

An old science fiction story, but a good one. I first read this story over 50 years ago. I'm glad to see it in audio format.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

An example of the nievete of the '60s.

If you like Heinlein's style drivel you 'I'm love this. Psi power will save us from ourselves.

1 person found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for John Charles Temple
  • John Charles Temple
  • 01-12-22

Perfect science fiction

A brilliant, gripping and descriptive book; one of the best SciFi books ever and beautifully read. Although written some 60 years ago, still feels fresh and relevant.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Richard
  • Richard
  • 01-03-22

Imaginative alien interactions

imaginative story with interactions with aliens. use of the mind few special effects required would make a great movie.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for RAD
  • RAD
  • 12-25-17

High praise

Brilliant story, well told. Unpredictable and imaginative. One of my favorite ever Sci-fi books.
Highly recommend.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Evelina
  • Evelina
  • 01-10-21

Still very relevant, Simak truly is the grand master of sci-fi

I read this book as a child and decided to give it a try again now. I was surprised at how relevant it still is if use your imagination. Simak’s writing puts you right in the middle of the story and he is still one of the very few authors that really got time travel right. Great writing and the narrator also did a very good job of it. Highly recommend to sci-fi lovers.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Colleen
  • Colleen
  • 04-20-18

changing times

Would you try another book written by Clifford Simak or narrated by Matthew Boston?

no

Have you listened to any of Matthew Boston’s other performances? How does this one compare?

don't think so

Could you see Time Is the Simplest Thing being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

only with updating

Any additional comments?

Is very much a book of its time. Although I remember being delighted with it when I originally read it (1960s) when listening to it now, I was really disappointed, annoyed even. It definitely did not age well. Pity.