Timeline: A Novel

Written by:
Michael Crichton
Narrated by:
John Bedford Lloyd

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2000
15 hours 11 minutes
In an Arizona desert a man wanders in a daze, speaking words that make no sense. Within twenty-four hours he is dead, his body swiftly cremated by his only known associates. Halfway around the world archaeologists make a shocking discovery at a medieval site. Suddenly they are swept off to the headquarters of a secretive multinational corporation that has developed an astounding technology. Now this group is about to get a chance not to study the past but to enter it. And with history opened to the present, the dead awakened to the living, these men and women will soon find themselves fighting for their very survival--six hundred years ago. . . .
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Virginia R.

I had trouble getting into this. I think maybe it’s just not my style of book since it was highly recommended from a friend.

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A riveting novel told in such a way as to showcase the late Crichton’s mastery of the form, Timeline is a gripping exploration of what would happen if a group of Yale academics were forced to apply their studies in real-word scenarios. The twist being, they are medievalists, and the real world scenario is being transmitted hundreds of years in the past to France in the mid-fourteenth century. With a slower start to set the exposition in such a way as to not insult the sophisticated reader, the book’s pacing, once it gets going, is unyielding. One truly feels the tick-tick of the clock as the team’s prospects for a safe return to the present dwindle with each sword unsheathed, each mystery unfolded. It is a ripper of a story, and well worth the read.

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Jon E.

John Bedford Lloyd is a great narrator as always it’s a pretty decent book the ending runs on a little long other than that not too bad I love everything Crichton also didn’t realize this was made into a movie

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Pamela D.

Boring Narrator very flat. Would like to return book.

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Brilliantly written. Narrator is technically sound and diverse, if a bit campy.

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