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Time and Again

Written by: Jack Finney
Narrated by: Paul Hecht
Length: 17 hrs
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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One of the most beloved tales of our time!

Science fiction, mystery, a passionate love story, and a detailed history of Old New York blend together in Jack Finney's spellbinding story of a young man enlisted in a secret Government experiment.

Transported from the mid-20th century to New York City in the year 1882, Si Morley walks the fashionable "Ladies' Mile" of Broadway, is enchanted by the jingling sleigh bells in Central Park, and solves a 20th-century mystery by discovering its 19th-century roots. Falling in love with a beautiful young woman, he ultimately finds himself forced to choose between his lives in the present and the past.

A story that will remain in the listener's memory, Time and Again is a remarkable blending of the troubled present and a nostalgic past, made vivid and extraordinarily moving by the images of a time that was... and perhaps still is.

©1970 Jack Finney (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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"Go back to a wonderful world and have a wonderful time doing it." ( The New York Times)

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Recommended by Stephen King

This book was mentioned by Stephen King at the end of his own time travel novel 11/23/63. The premise and idea of how time travel works is interesting, but there is a good story in this book as well. Well worth a listen.

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Good Book

This was a good listen. I did enjoy the story but it has a very New York insider feel. Having never been to New York I feel that there is a lot that I am missing. I really enjoy time travel so it was still worth a listen .#Audible1

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Takes Me Back

I first read this book in hardcover a few scant years after it's publication and utterly loved it. The book is lengthy and full off incredible sensory detail that takes reader/listener straight into the action and the setting. Having found Time and Again on Audible allowed me to "re-read" an old favorite with ease, thanks in large part to the superb narration of Paul Hecht. Loved every second of it!

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  • Mark
  • Waltham, MA, United States
  • 2012-04-08

Best time travel novel; my very favorite audiobook

At the end of Stephen King's 11/23/63, the author thanked Jack Finney for writing the Time and Again, the classic of the genre. That planted the seed in my head to check out the audiobook. Stephen King was right. I liked 11/23/63, but it does not compare to the great Finney novel. I have read Time and Again twice, and loved the audiobook just as much as I enjoyed reading and rereading that novel. This story makes New York City in the 1880's totally come alive. I felt transported in a way that no other time travel story has done. Si Morley is the man who travels back from 1970. He is an artist, and describes 19th century NYC as only an artist can do. This novel is also a mystery and love story, and has an action-adventure element to it. The only weakness with this story is the very flimsy science that this time travel experiment is based on. Don't let that ruin this otherwise amazing and wondrous novel. I have listened to many audiobooks in the past few years, and Time and Again may be my very favorite. I already know that this will be one I will listen to again. The reader is great. It's a first person narrative, and the voice fits perfectly with the narrator, Si. He also sounds like he is from 1970. One other good feature - there are few details from modern life, and the "present" could be 2012 as well as 1970. The author clearly wanted to write a novel that would not be dated in a few years. He succeeded.

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  • Jeff
  • Pickering, Ontario, Canada
  • 2012-03-25

For lovers of Time travel

Im a sucker for just about anything related to time travel so I had to get this. I actually heard about this book from a Stephen King interview. He said this was his favorite time travel story so I looked it up right away. I really liked the story and wished there was more of them. Great escapism. well narrated.

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  • Elaine
  • Parker, CO, United States
  • 2012-03-18

A book from the past about the past

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

I, too, found this book through Stephen King's recommendation in 11-22-63. I also noted that Jack Finney was a master of sci-fi

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the historical glimpses of the 1880's

Which character – as performed by Paul Hecht – was your favorite?

Julie

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

Not really - but I looked forward to listening to it.

Any additional comments?

This book was written a long time ago about a time even longer ago...writing has evolved as we have evolved...so don't expect an action packed book. Look for a slow read that takes you to a different time and place...it's an easy and enjoyable read.

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  • Simone
  • 2013-12-17

Loved It!

Great book, loved it! It all seemed so vivid; like I stepped into a painting!

(Perhaps it’s because I got back from New York City just yesterday and it’s still fresh in my mind that I was able to visualise the story so well!)

Finney takes his time “painting” scenes and doesn’t rush so don’t read it if you’re in a hurry – I wasn’t and just loved it! I plan to dive into Book 2 right away.

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  • Maggie May
  • 2015-04-25

A great book, read humorlessly.

This is Jack Finney's iconic book about time travel. It easily cuts around physics, relying on the power of the mind. Well. Some minds. It's a very long thing and is written with a lot of light places to keep the reader happy and engaged.
Unfortunately, though the book is expertly narrated by Paul Hecht (who has a truly wonderful voice), Mr. Hecht neglects the humor, the grief, the human nuances. His read sounds very much like a documentary. Beautiful, but little to connect with.
If that doesn't trouble you as a listener, then I highly recommend this audiobook. Otherwise, read it instead.

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  • ellegreenland
  • 2019-08-04

Tired, dated and dull

I forgot how sexist the 70’s were. Calling Admin personnel “girls,” checking out every single female and eating their looks, it’s a bit too much.

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  • Nikki
  • 2019-07-20

Details, details, details!!!!!

I agree with everything 2 other reviewers wrote. JCS Seattle and Biffo said it all for me. With hours of useless detailing of things and surroundings, how could the author not have found some words in the development of the characters so I felt something for them. Not anywhere near a love story! This was a tepid narration of a tepid story.

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  • Carol H.
  • 2017-03-25

Awesome time travel!

Great story. Wish it continued on and heard what his life was like beyond this ending.

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  • KT
  • USA
  • 2011-04-19

Finally, the Unabridged Version on Audible!!

I listened to this book years ago on cassette tape from the library and was excited to find it here on Audible only to be disappointed that it was abridged. I wrote to Audilbe asking for the unabridged, but received no feedback. Just as I was about to give in and get the abridged version, I discovered that the unabridged had just been added. : )

The combination of science and historical fictions makes for an engrossing tale the details of which I don't recall exactly, but which I look forward to rediscovering!

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  • S
  • Chicago, IL
  • 2017-04-28

this needed a rewrite.

the story took too long to come together. there is a good story hidden here but it is all piled up at the end.

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