Time Odyssey

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,760 ratings

Time's Eye Publisher's Summary

For eons, Earth has been under observation by the Firstborn, beings almost as old as the universe itself. The Firstborn are unknown to humankind - until they act. In an instant, Earth is carved up and reassembled like a huge jigsaw puzzle. Suddenly the planet and every living thing on it no longer exist in a single timeline. Instead, the world becomes a patchwork of eras, from prehistory to 2037, each with its own indigenous inhabitants.

Scattered across the planet are floating silver orbs impervious to all weapons and impossible to communicate with. Are these technologically advanced devices responsible for creating and sustaining the rifts in time? Are they cameras through which inscrutable alien eyes are watching? Or are they something stranger and more terrifying still?

The answer may lie in the ancient city of Babylon, where two groups of refugees from 2037 - three cosmonauts returning to Earth from the International Space Station, and three United Nations peacekeepers on a mission in Afghanistan - have detected radio signals: the only such signals on the planet, apart from their own. The peacekeepers find allies in nineteenth-century British troops and in the armies of Alexander the Great. The astronauts, crash-landed in the steppes of Asia, join forces with the Mongol horde led by Genghis Khan. The two sides set out for Babylon, each determined to win the race for knowledge...and the power that lies within.

Yet the real power is beyond human control, perhaps even human understanding. As two great armies face off before the gates of Babylon, it watches, waiting.

©2005 Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Time's Eye

    • A Time Odyssey, Book 1
    • By: Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 845
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 492
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 500

    For eons, Earth has been under observation by the Firstborn, beings almost as old as the universe itself. The Firstborn are unknown to humankind - until they act. In an instant, Earth is carved up and reassembled like a huge jigsaw puzzle. Suddenly the planet and every living thing on it no longer exist in a single timeline.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A nice road to nowhere

    • By Tim on 10-17-09

    Regular price: $18.80

  • Book 2

    • Sunstorm

    • A Time Odyssey, Book 2
    • By: Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 472
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 290
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 294

    Returned to the Earth of 2037 by the Firstborn, mysterious beings of almost limitless technological prowess, Bisesa Dutt is haunted by the memories of her five years spent on the strange alternate Earth called Mir, a jigsaw-puzzle world made up of lands and people cut out of different eras of Earth's history.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Educated people won't War?

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 02-05-13

    Regular price: $18.80

  • Book 3

    • Firstborn

    • A Time Odyssey, Book 3
    • By: Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 443
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 290
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 294

    Twenty-seven years later, the Firstborn are back. This time, they have sent a "quantum bomb" speeding toward Earth, a device that human scientists can barely comprehend, let alone stop or destroy. But when shocking new insights emerge about the nature of the Firstborn and their plans, an unexpected ally appears from light-years away.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The end to the Trilogy!

    • By Kristi R on 06-30-12

    Regular price: $19.95