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A spellbinding novel set in the universe of Isaac Asimov’s classic Galactic Empire series and Foundation series

Due to circumstances within our control...tomorrow will be canceled.

The Eternals, the ruling class of the Future, had the power of life and death not only over every human being but over the very centuries into which they were born. Past, Present, and Future could be created or destroyed at will. 

You had to be special to become an Eternal. Andrew Harlan was special. Until he committed the one unforgivable sin - falling in love. 

Eternals weren’t supposed to have feelings. But Andrew could not deny the sensations that were struggling within him. He knew he could not keep this secret forever. And so he began to plan his escape, a plan that changed his own past...and threatened Eternity itself.

©1955, 1986, 2011 Isaac Asimov (P)2020 Random House Audio

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definitely one of my favorites

wild love story with so much action. honestly there isn't a dull moment. 10/10 recommend

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  • 2020-09-02

Amazing story. Audio quality could be better.

Was excited to learn this story was getting a re-release in 2020 with a new narrator. As an Asimov fan I've found this story interesting with it's unique perspective on time travel, or rather traveling Outside of Time in a similar fashion to his short story "The Winds of Change". Like the short story, those who exist Outside of Time - the Eternals - can make changes to Reality while they themselves remain unaffected in a realm Outside the normal flow of Time known as Eternity. The Eternals are the self-appointed guardians of human history, striving to make Changes here-and-there across the eons in an attempt to bring about the greatest good while those being affected remain ignorant of altered events from one Change to the next. As in his Robot Novels, there are consequences from Being Too Safe - whether it be from overprotective robots or Eternals erasing bumps in the road before people can stumble over them.


The disappointment lies in the audio quality. For 2020 it shouldn't sound like it was produced in the 80s. Maybe they were trying to save space on the download, or maybe it was done that way as a cost saving measure. Then again, some of my favorite Asimov narrations are the Ancient Ones which can only be found on audio cassette, so perhaps they were going for a Classic Analog Feel?


Other Info: Noticed earlier in 2020 that the three Galactic Empire Novels previously available on Audible had Gone Away. Figured it might be due to New Versions Coming, and that guess turned out to be correct. The narrator of this title also narrates "The Stars Like Dust", "The Currents of Space", and "Pebble in the Sky". These "new" titles also became available on September 1st 2020. Am going to guess that the audio quality there will be the same Could-Have-Been-Better as here, but even lesser quality audio is better than Nothing At All. Additionally, it appears Dr. Asimov's memoir "I, Asimov" will be released as an audio book - also narrated by Jon Lindstrom - on November 10th. Counting "End of Eternity", this makes FIVE "new" Asimov titles released in the last three months of 2020!


Extra "The End of Eternity" Trivia: There is also a book called "The Alternate Asimovs" where several familiar tales take a different path. In this book is an earlier version of "The End of Eternity". However, let's just say that in the Alternate version, Eternity doesn't exactly end.


Additional note for the Nice People of Audible: Noticed recently that there are three 2019 narrations of The Foundation Trilogy by William Hope, but these are NOT available in the US due to ?? licensing reasons ?? . I've seen other titles (ex: Lord of the Rings) with multiple versions, so perhaps it might be possible to make the William Hope versions available in the US?

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  • B.W.
  • 2021-05-09

Not the best Asimov book

Asimov is a great scifi writer but his attempts at romance seem forced at best. The romantic aspect of this book results in narrative twisting and far fetched behavior of the protagonists. The ending of the book had me frustrated.

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  • Peter G
  • 2020-10-22

One of the Best

I’ve read this book 2 or 3 times before listening. For me, it’s simply one of the best works of Science Fiction even written. Time travel at its best and, ultimately, woven with space travel and all with a wonderful love story. I love how it takes time to unfold as it jumps through time with an imperfect human being who is trying to deal with this own insecurities. This is a compelling piece of ageless fiction.

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  • 2020-09-12

Fantastic

Excellent narration and sound quality. One of Asimov’s greatest short stories...expanded. Highly recommended indeed.

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  • Lawrence Norman
  • 2020-09-07

WOW!

I thoroughly enjoyed Isaac Asimov's entire Foundations series, and Robots: All are exceptional.

'The End of Eternity', is, personality, VERY EXCEPTIONAL.

Jon Lindstrom's performance was perfect: the pace, the voices, the clarity: all spot-on.

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  • Oscar
  • 2021-05-11

Mind blowing.

Best story ever involving time travel. To read either as a stand alone novel or after the Foundation series since it’s somehow connected. Great audiobook regardless.

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  • Morgan
  • 2021-04-06

What a Book

It is criminal that so few people have listened to this thing on audible! Excellent narration, excellent story, and a fantastic finish! I guarantee that you will enjoy this book, it is simply to unique in premise and fantastic in execution not to enjoy!

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  • Hitch
  • 2021-03-25

Slow, Slow, Fast

This book moves along slowly and I almost gave up on it several times. Even the middle was a little dull. But it is Asimov after all, so I kept listening. Then somewhere in the later half of the book it turns really interesting. By the end, I just wanted more! This is a great book. My advice is don't give up on it if it seems too slow. The ending is thought provoking and worth the wait.

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  • Jason Howell
  • 2021-03-19

Yup that was pretty good at the end

A lot of that felt like a story about nothing but wow did it come together in the end. I shouldn't have doubted Asimov.

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  • Christopher
  • 2021-01-05

Honestly, yet another good story from Asimov

I thought I'd listened to all his work - this is well worth the time. I count this as a book to be revisited

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  • Cristina
  • 2020-09-07

Classic Asimov

Isaac Asimov is the master of a simple story that grows as you read, makes me want to read more in general