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Written by: Robert J. Sawyer
Narrated by: Mark Deakins
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
4 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than 20 years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.
©1999 Robert J. Sawyer (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"This first-rate, philosophical journey, a terrific example of idea-driven SF, should have wide appeal." ( Publishers Weekly)

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great book

this was a great book the person is is reading it does a good job with the voices and it felt more like aovie then a book

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Interesting and thought provoking

The storyline was pretty good. The storyline, main characters area of study, philosophies and story evolution were all entwined in a skilled and fascinating way.
The questions and dilemmas with which the characters struggled appeared natural and normal to that of an average person. So very relatable.
It left me contemplating how I would feel in these circumstances, from a variety of perspectives.
I enjoyed the book.
The narration felt more “read” than performed...a bit disappointing.

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  • Phelix_da_Kat
  • 2008-07-23

How would you digest the fruits of knowledge??

You know how you sometimes wish you did something different after some event has happened.. well Robert J. Sawyer explores this here.

Based around a group of scientists who are conducting an experiment at CERN (the place where they have a massive collider running thats SO large it spans 3 different boarders/countries) in Switzerland. The results are not as they expect..

What would be your path in life if.. for 2 mins, you could see 20 years in to the future.. would you be with that person you thought you loved? If not, how would that affect you today... with that person you're with now... hhmm.. how does fore knowledge affect your daily decisions in life??

As with his other books - the science behind his stories are not outrageous, indeed they are scientifically sound (reference to SCI-FI weekly). Enjoy it, its a great story..

If you enjoyed this I would recommend one of his other books: Terminal Experiment.

45 of 46 people found this review helpful

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  • Simone
  • 2013-01-06

Enjoyed Every Minute!

I like this kind of science-fiction and this was right up my alley!

I was hooked on the TV series when it aired in 2009 / 2010 and was left dangling at the end when it was abruptly cancelled. The last episode of the show was shot before it was known it would be cancelled; it depicted a second Fast Forward Event happening 20 years in the future… and then it was over! What a tease!

I didn’t realize at the time that the show was based on a book so I was excited to discover it and finally get some closure. Loved it!

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  • Lori
  • 2009-08-07

The story drew me in

First of all, I must preface these comments by stating up front that I'm not a big science fiction fan. I do find the concept of time travel interesting so reading a synopsis and the fact that it was on sale drew me in. The premise, that during a scientific phenomenon, the entire world sees 21 years into the future was interesting. I thought, "How could a 2 minute glimpse of the future seriously effect the lives of today?" I suppose that is what grabbed me and the mental processes that go through everyone's mind as a result intrigued me. I listened to this one and found myself looking for excuses to get away from everyone so I could find out what happened next. The science portion of this book, which is actually relatively small, interested me much less than the human aspect. The end had a few bizarre twists that made me roll my eyes, but on the whole I enjoyed the read.

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  • Chatty kathy
  • Los Angeles
  • 2016-01-02

Pedantic, flat reading,

Little character development, flat one dimensional characters that live in their heads, with internal dialogues to deliver "the message"

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  • avoidthelloyd
  • Poteau, OK
  • 2013-12-10

Doesn't feel well thought through...

The idea for this story is intriguing and it starts off well and has some good suspense. Sawyer explores some interesting scenarios through the lives of the characters overall, yet toward the end, it just doesn't feel that well thought out. I feel like maybe the author was under a deadline or something and just put a generic component to the ending. This wouldn't be at the top of my recommendation list, but it is worth getting if you really love time travel fantasy. The best time travel stuff on Audible that I have read is definitely Replay by Ken Grimwood, The Schumann Frequency & The First Boxer by Chris Ride and 11-22-63 by Stephen King. Hope this helps. Later.

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  • Mark
  • Reno, NV, United States
  • 2012-12-30

More thoughtful than action-filled

Any additional comments?

A Hadron collider experiment causes the collective consciousness of humanity to get a glimpse of the future 21 years hence for about 2 minutes. The book is filled with the consequences, as well as interesting asides, scientific explanations, a little romance and a fair amount of action. It was an easy read and an enjoyable one. It was more thoughtful and reflective than one might expect with such a plot, and Sawyer is a romantic at heart, which slows down the ending. The narrator was good, almost invisible to the telling, so you could just concentrate on Sawyer's words.

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  • david j.
  • Georgia
  • 2009-09-21

Excellent Hard SF

This book was spectacular. I enjoy hard SF, especially stories that begin in contemporary times, and this book did not let me down. Sawyer does a great job at mixing murder mystery with the skiffy (sci-fi) foundation.

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  • Janet
  • Yuma, AZ, USA
  • 2009-05-26

Interesting but a Technical

This was a good read, there were only 2 problems . . .1) The scientific technical language will be over a lot of people's head and 2)The end went a little "out there" Otherwise, it was a good story

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  • John S
  • MA
  • 2014-09-17

Interesting concept but falls apart at end

I liked this book. It's part scifi, part murder mystery. If you like science, especially quantum physics it's a good book. If not, then probably not. If you like the science part, then its good till the last few chapters. An experiment at a supercollider throws everyone on the planet into a trance for 2 minutes. While in the trance you get to see 20 years into the future (but if you are driving a car guess what happens). Some people see what they will become, other people just see what they are dreaming, and then there are the people who see nothing meaning you are dead in 20 years. A major character tries to understand why he is dead and finds out he will be murdered. So far so good. Then its starts to get kind of cosmic as in 2001 space odyssey kind of stuff. Then it turns into a kind of romance book. I wish I was editor on this book because it would have been great without last 2 chapters and a twist on ending (maybe not so "happy".)

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  • J. Locke
  • Tampa FL
  • 2010-10-10

Weak and full of holes

Only 52 minutes left and I'm finding it hard to finish. I went through The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (57 hours) in less than a week but this 10 1/2 hour book just doesn't do it.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful