The Far Time Incident

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3 out of 5 stars
By Colin Croft on 08-26-14

Tries to be all things

The problem with this book for me was that it tried to be too many things and didn't really succeed at any of them very well.
As a detective story it was far too simplistic and I knew who the villain was long before the end. As hard SF it was clear that while the author was trying to come up with some kind of scientific justification for time travel and... well let's just say that the 'baffle them with bulls***' tag applies far more than the 'dazzle them with brilliance'. Her lengthy explanations were not self consistent or convincing enough for me to suspend belief (lasers? Really??) and took up time that would have been far better spent on developing her characters more.
The reader was quite good; her reading is entertaining and evocative, although she does not differentiate her voices for different characters quite as much as some others do.

Disappointing overall and not one that makes me want to read others by the author.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Alex Levine on 04-28-13

Academic Mystery with a Time Travel Twist

This book is a genre-bender, albeit in a very conservative way. The basic plot is that of an academic murder mystery ("The Professor did it!" No, "The secretary did it!" No, "The Dean did it!," etc.). The twist is that the University in question operates the world's first time travel lab. Otherwise, it's set in the eigenpresent, at a fictitious Minnesota university, even if much of the action takes place about two millennia ago.

I read Maslakovic's first book, "Regarding Ducks and Universes," and enjoyed it. This book offers similarly well-mannered prose, with equally well-mannered characters. For the most part, it all works. As a career academic (20+ years on the tenure track), I am doubtless more sensitive to lapses in verisimilitude (there aren't that many) than most readers or listeners.

Ms. Kowal's narrative range is limited, and this book unfortunately does not especially suit her limitations. There are probably more female narrators who can manage male voices credibly than there are males who can manage female voices; unfortunately, based on this one sample, Ms. Kowal does not appear to be one of them.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By JLFord4 on 11-18-15

Couldn't Finish

One narrator attempting an entirely different and occasionally bizarre voice for every single character? Bad directorial choice! Some variations in pitch and rythmn normally help listeners identify various characters, but this is WAY over the top. Returning this one.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Colonelswife on 10-31-15

Boring Boring BORING

I couldn't even get through the first couple hours - and the terrible narration did not help.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-25-14

More Academic Time Travel Fun

If you enjoy the genre of Historians as Time Travelers, you will enjoy this listen. The story line stays on track and interesting and the historical references are detailed enough to be intriguing without being ridden to death.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Emily on 12-10-13

First Audiobook

What made the experience of listening to The Far Time Incident the most enjoyable?

This was my first audiobook, so I wasn't sure if I would like it. I'm not sure if it was Mary Robinette Kowal's performance, the Minnesota setting of the story, or the time travel - but I really enjoyed the whole thing.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I thought the structure was very similar to other time travel stories (Connie Willis' Dooms Day Book, Pastwatch by Orson Scott Card) - but even so, a fun story.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend to anyone who enjoys time travel science fiction.

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