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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,040 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Silverberg Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set in the distant future, when human beings populate a variety of planets, A Time of Changes examines the society of Borthan. For thousands of years, Borthan has been ruled by a covenant that teaches that the individual self is to be despised. The sharing of personal thoughts and feelings with another represents the most heinous crime.

Kinnall Darival, an exiled prince of the country of Salla, has always outwardly observed this covenant. But inwardly, he commits a grave offense when he falls in love with his bondsister, Halum. By law, he cannot reveal his affections, nor act on them. But when an earthman reveals to him a miraculous drug that enables two persons to completely bare their souls to each other, Kinnall begins a covert revolution.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “No matter if Silverberg is dealing with material that is practically straight fiction, or going way into the future…his is the hand of a master of his craft and imagination.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Robert Silverberg’s versatile, skeptical intelligence controls a lavish and splendid imagination. A Time of Changes is a canny fable of freedom and the ecstatic communion of souls.”

    Ursula K. Le Guin

  • “Psychologically intense…[Gardner], a veteran audiobook narrator…uses pacing and intonation to add interest and variety.”


  • “Psychologically intense.”


  • Winner of the Nebula Award in 1971 for Best Science Fiction Novel
  • A 1972 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 1972 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mckinley | 2/2/2014

    " Heart and main thrust of story is chapter 28. Taboo on self-expression, no "I" or "me." Of course need first 27 for background and to set up story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Harvey | 1/26/2014

    " This novel is clearly of its time. Yet I can read it for the first time forty years after its publication and it's still fresh and the questions it poses still fascinating. Outstanding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jared | 1/9/2014

    " Wonderful exploration of religion and self-discovery using a colony planet as a science experiment, a la Le Guin. Silverberg is the best there is at this sort of thing, and though his characters are rarely ever "heroes" it is his masterful writing that makes these characters painfully real. Features a climax so horrifying it will stick with you for days, months, years even. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Frank Taranto | 12/17/2013

    " Silverberg is always wonderful, I need to reread this one more time to get the nuances. "

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