Time Salvager : Time Salvager

  • by Wesley Chu
  • Narrated by Kevin T. Collins
  • Series: Time Salvager
  • 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Time Salvager: a fast-paced time travel adventure from Wesley Chu, the award-winning author of The Lives of Tao.
Convicted criminal James Griffin-Mars is no one's hero. In his time, Earth is a toxic, abandoned world, and humans have fled into the outer solar system to survive, eking out a fragile, doomed existence among the other planets and their moons. Those responsible for delaying humanity's demise believe time travel holds the key, and they have identified James, troubled though he is, as one of a select and expendable few ideally suited for the most dangerous job in history.
James is a chronman, undertaking missions into Earth's past to recover resources and treasure without altering the timeline. The laws governing use of time travel are absolute; break any one of them and, one way or another, your life is over. Most chronmen never reach old age; the stress of each jump through time, compounded by the risk to themselves and to the future, means that many chronmen rapidly reach their breaking points, and James Griffin-Mars is nearing his.
On a final mission that is to secure his retirement, James meets Elise Kim, an intriguing scientist from a previous century who is fated to die during the destruction of an oceanic rig. Against his training and his common sense, and in violation of the chronmen's highest law, James brings Elise back to the future with him, saving her life but turning them both into fugitives. Remaining free means losing themselves in the wild and poisonous wastes of Earth, somehow finding allies, and perhaps discovering what hope may yet remain for humanity's home world.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good story almost ruined by narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

For the most part a good story that ends on a cliffhanger. Most of the characters were good, unfortunately one of the main characters was a little on the lame side. When I got immersed in the story ---which was easy to do in many parts, I could ignore the narrator.
I realize everybody has different tastes about narration, but for me he detracted from the story.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin T. Collins?

Anyone who did not use the fake, forced, breathless style for the narrative parts in main character.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I cannot say that I wanted to listen to it in all one sitting because of the narrator. However I listen to these books while I commute, and admit there were a few times when I continued to listen to the story when I got home because the story at that point was that good.

Any additional comments?

Chu has potential, and I look forward do the rest of the books in the series. I wish he had gotten a head start on them.

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- LdyStarfyr "LdyStarfyr"

Entertaining but flawed time travel story

3.5 stars for a solid and fairly original story from Wesley Chu. One of my biggest complaints is that I thought this was a standalone, and it appears it's going to be another trilogy. But that's not really a problem, just my expectations.

I really gravitate toward good time travel stories, and I was hoping for something really gripping and original here. Chu didn't disappoint as he paints a very cinematic opening quarter of this novel. The character of James and his flaws feel very familiar yet interesting, and the concept of traveling back in time to retrieve artifacts that would otherwise be lost to history feels very original. There was, to me, a bit of a falloff though after he goes on the run, and the main female lead just didn't work for me. Their relationship has a lot of stereotypical elements to it as well.

It felt like there was a lot more harsh language in this book than in Chu's first book, "The Lives of Tao." The story got more predictable near the end as well, with more tropes I didn't really care to see done again. Ultimately I'm glad things get tied up to a certain extent, because I'm not sure I want to read more in this particular series.
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- Joshua "www.newimperium.org"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-07-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios