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By BillNapoli on 03-05-08
Not what it seems
If you are looking for a great time travel book--this ISN'T it! From the description of the book that I read before buying it, that is what I thought I was getting; an innovative story about modern technology, space flight, a trip into the past, and a struggle to return to the future. In reality, the book is a historical novel documenting the two and a half year Lewis and Clark expedition that began in 1805, with just the slightest, uninspired sugar-coating of science fiction sprinkled throughout the the book. If you like historical novels (I don't), then you will probably like hearing this book as it plods rather tediously through meeting after meeting with friendly and unfriendly Indians, buffalo an elk hunts, idyllic, G-rated romances between white men and beautiful Indian squaws, and the like. I don't know how accurate the book is in its portrayal of the Lewis and Clark expedition--I don't remember much about it from my high school history book of fifty years ago--but I presume that the basic facts are accurate (excluding the two accidental time-travelers from the future who happened along for the journey.) So if you always wanted to know the details of what occurred on that historic expedition (I could have done without that knowledge myself)--this book is for you.
The narrator was ok, but the quality of the recording was poor--at times it sounded as if it were being recorded in an echo chamber, and at other times you could hear each time the recording was paused or edited during its creation--usually once or twice every sentence.
In fairness, I must say this--despite my negative comments, the book did hold my interest sufficiently that I never considered not finishing the book. Hence my 3-star rather than one-star rating.
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By Paul on 03-23-08
Good story, bad recording
The book is a really great way of getting a feel for an important part of American history. The time travel theme is not explored very much, but I found myself engrossed in the history. The main problem is the recording, which sounds like it's been sent over a poor internet connection - clearly not CD quality. At times you get that metallic sound that shows too much compression. Shame when you have nearly 7 hours to listen too. Two stars rather than four due to this.
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By Cliff on 01-23-13
Great Idea for a book
Started really well despite it being as American as apple pie! If you don't know much about the American war of independence some of the detail can be confusing. It doesn't end it just pauses waiting for the next episode. All in all a pleasant experience.