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Set in the distant future, when human beings populate a variety of planets, A Time of Changes examines the society of Borthan. For thousands of years, Borthan has been ruled by a covenant that teaches that the self is to be despised. The baring of personal thoughts and feelings to another represents the most heinous crime. Kinnall Darival, an exiled prince from the country of Salla, has always outwardly observed the covenant. But inwardly, he commits a grave offense when he falls in love with his bondsister, Halum. By law, he cannot reveal his affections, nor act on them. When an Earthman reveals to him a miraculous drug that enables two persons to completely bare their souls to each other, Kinnall immediately begins to give it to others. The authorities force him into hiding, yet Kinnall is determined to use the drug with his bondsister - not realizing the effect this will have on her and the unalterable change it will bring to both their lives.
Hi-fi sci-fi: listen to more from Robert Silverberg.
©1971 Robert Silverberg (P)1999 Blackstone Audio Inc
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Critic Reviews

Winner of the 1971 Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
"Psychologically intense....Parker, a veteran audiobook narrator...uses pacing and intonation to add interest and variety." (AudioFile)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 04-03-10

One trick story

After the first few minutes I thought this might be a really good book. Unfortunately, that was the high point of the writing and the ideas. The idea of the book is interesting, but this book does not go deeply enough to really be powerful. I kept thinking it would go to another level, but never did.

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5 out of 5 stars
By pdk on 04-03-16

Sci-fi at its best.

Well written meditation on societal norms and mores. written by one of the masters of science fiction.

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