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Publisher's Summary

Michael Crichton's latest novel opens on the threshold of the 21st 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 14th-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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  • Brian
  • Lansing, MI, United States
  • 09-03-13

Fun Story

Would you listen to Timeline again? Why?

Possibly. Just to get straight the characters - plus it was fun.

What does Stephen Lang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr. Lang did a good job, perhaps a little "dry". Not as great as some narrators, but definitely not bad either.

Any additional comments?

I've watched the movie a few times which I actually thought was good. It was similar... but definitely different as well. I actually didn't realize this was an abridged version of the book so I am wondering what I may have missed out on. But all-in-all it was a fun book to listen to. I finished it in just a few days. It was fun comparing the book to the movie.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Typical '10' from Crichton

Would you expect anything less from the creator of Jurassic Park, Disclosure and E.R.? I was literally on the edge of my seat during the entire book. I was *wishing* that my daily commute was longer listening to this book. A couple times I just sat in the parking lot listening to Crichton's detailed and rich word selection for this action-packed thriller.

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  • Patrice
  • Wyndham Vale, Australia
  • 03-05-12

Travel back in time !!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This audio kept me listening, in the car, while I was cooking, walking the dog, absolutely brilliant.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Timeline?

First experience of arriving in the future, the stillness.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Lang – was your favorite?

Marik, was my favorite, although loved them all.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Didn't want to take the ear plugs out till I got to the end, was sorry that it was finished.

Any additional comments?

Stephen Lang, kept the movie going in my head, great narrator.

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Exciting, refreshing novel

Great novel, keeps you on the edge, well written, excellent narrator. I enjoy reading about quantum mechanics and it's latest advances. This book, although fiction, gives the reader a slight introduction to this exciting science. Great book, it contains every thing: romance, love, hate, patriotism, betrayal, loyalty, science, and our everlasting contribution to humanity - War!

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Favorite Crichton Book

I read the book AND listened to it, it's that good. A dash of French history, medicine, physics, mystery, and adventure. Highly recommended.

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History the Ultimate in Travel

Love the idea and the story line. Michael Chrichton is an exciting author! Loved the voice of the narrator!

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meh.

wasn't super engaged in this book. glad it was relatively short. the ideas and the detail crichton uses are always impressive. but overall the book was just ok.

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As always well done!

This is a good book for anyone who loves time travel but especially you nerds that read up on your quantum mechanics. The story encompasses the multi-verse theory to play out a very epic medieval siege.

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First audio book completed.

In the beginning, need to get used to not holding a actual book. An hour into it all settle down. However would love to have actual female to read the female parts. So allow reader get into the story better.

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loved it

loved the fantasy of time traveling combined with authentic ribbons of history and page turning suspense