Timeline

Timeline

Downloadable Audiobook - 2000
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Michael Crichton's new 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 us 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 us into a realm of unexpected suspense and danger, overturning our most basic ideas of what is possible.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Random House, 2000
ISBN: 9781415950388
Characteristics: 1online resource (1 sound file (15hr., 13min., 10sec.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Lloyd, John Bedford
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Mar 12, 2020

The story is based on an interesting concept, conflating quantum mechanics and time travel. To enjoy the book the listener has to suspend disbelief in the practicality of the ideas presented, but if that's acceptable this book is an opportunity to learn a little about some of the basic qualitative principles of quantum mechanics, as you might hear in a pub conversation. So there's that. Unfortunately there's a couple of problems with this book the listener has to tolerate: First, once the basic plot is established, the story becomes one chase scene after another. This theme sort of drags on and on. Second, there's some poorly written prose here and there, scattered throughout. The sort of inefficient sentence-structure errors a high school student might make on a homework essay when they aren't paying attention. It's sort of hard to understand why the book's editor didn't correct these before publication. That detracts a little from the listening enjoyment. Still, overall, the downsides can be mostly ignored. I found this audio book a pretty good listen. Modestly recommended.

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