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2.37 out of 52.37 out of 52.37 out of 52.37 out of 52.37 out of 5 2.37 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Caleb Carr Narrator: Caleb Carr Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2000 ISBN: 9780743566940
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"It is the greatest truth of our age:

information is not knowledge..."

The year is 2023, and much of the world enjoys great wealth generated by the triumph of information technology. However, the staphylococcus plague of 2006 wiped out 40 million people, and the 2020 assassination of American President Emily Forrester traumatized the nation. Through it all, the internet remains the main source of information, bombarding people with news, rumors and allegations twenty-four hours a day -- while creating enormous possibilities for the manipulation of mankind.

Into this world of deception wanders Dr. Gideon Wolfe, a New York psychiatrist, criminal profiler, and historian. Wolfe comes into possession of a computer disc that contains startling evidence that the now-famous visual record of President Forrester's assassination was digitally altered.

Stunned and enraged, Wolfe sets out to unravel the full tale of the Forrester hoax. His journey leads him to a secret group of scientific and military experts who seek to expose the astonishing degree to which the public can be deceived and manipulated in the Information Age. Wolfe joins the team and discovers that their efforts instigate the most horrendous single act of mass murder in world history. Relentlessly suspenseful, Killing Time reveals a new side of a master novelist. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fans of Caleb Carr will be astounding by Killing Time, a techno-terrifying tale of the information age run amok. It’s a high-speed connection to our most paranoid thoughts where our wired world is heading…With the acumen of George Orwell and the vision of Jules Verne, Carr offers a feasible pop-up prediction for the future…This is a daring departure from the successful Alienist formula, but Carr is still a master of the cliffhanger, serving up a nonstop thrill ride as the story builds to a surprising finish.” 

    USA Today

  • “A rocket ride…Carr’s imagination is in overdrive…His novel moves like greased lightning.” 

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Carr’s work is as tension-fraught and complex as ever…[His] elegant sentences give aesthetic pleasure as they push you through the plot. His predictions about life in 2023 are disturbingly plausible.” 

    Time Out New York

  • Killing Time is an extraordinary novel. I don’t think I’ve ever read one like it.” 

    Observer (London)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 2/18/2014

    " It's hard to believe that a futuristic techno-thriller like this could be so deadly dull. Full of contradictions and simplistic thinking on the part of the supposed geniuses in the story. Interesting concept, poor execution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 2/15/2014

    " Kind of a futuristic "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea." When the information revolution threatens to coopt the world's independent thought through mis-information, a band of rebels join together aboard a futuristic ship which can travel through air and sea, and they try to thwart the information tyrants. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maurean | 2/14/2014

    " An interesting take on the not-so-distant future, that explores what can happen when the "information" age gets totally out of control. This was my first read of this author, and while I may read others by him in the future, I wasn't as impressed as I had expected to be - I've heard only good things about this author, and I *did* enjoy the tale.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Waldorf | 2/9/2014

    " A very well thought out plot, properly delivered, with just enough misdirection to keep one interested. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian | 1/27/2014

    " Amazingly awful. Got 30 pages. It reads like a parody of a cyberpunk novel except not funny. Or maybe the author read a William Gibson novel and didn't get the part about making it even believable by the stretched standards of the genre. The first ten pages feature 40 product name drops, a flying saucer, black helicopters, two assasinations, and a prison break. Really, I think I'll go lie down now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/24/2014

    " This is a very different work from what I've come to expect from Mr. Carr, but it was well written and certainly thought provoking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mindy | 1/24/2014

    " My first thoughts when I finished this book was, "Really? Are you kidding me?" Carr spends the whole book getting the main characters into more and more trouble and then in the last few pages inserts a deus ex machina into the picture and all of a sudden the world is magically all better. The ending felt forced and tacked on and I probably would have liked the book better had it ended unhappily. Especially since the authors apparent intent in writing the book was to show the dangers of having too much information and ignoring critical thinking. By giving the characters an easy button it dissolved them of all responsibility and showed that it doesn't matter what we do, someone smarter than us can come by later and fixed everything we've messed up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne Parker | 1/20/2014

    " An interesting tale of the age of information... or is it the age of misinformation? Carr's novel takes place in 2024 and many of the issues he talks about in the past tense are happening now. I found it a very good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mark Angelo | 12/4/2013

    " Take it as you may, but this book wants to deceive the world. That being said,I abhor it. Ack. =p "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/5/2013

    " Okay. I got kind of sucked in. I don't typically enjoy future science fiction, but this worked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie "Jedigal" | 10/31/2013

    " Suspense, and sci-fi from what I thought was a mystery writer. Evokes the mad captain from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas.harrop | 10/26/2013

    " I liked the premise of this book. It is about a group of people who try to change the future by altering the past. They plant artifacts and things to change the perception of famous figures in history. It's a good read and very well thought out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celiavg | 10/24/2013

    " This book was published before 9/11, but nonetheless some of its predictions of the future seems surprisingly (and distressingly) accurate. Hated the end, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 TJ | 10/20/2013

    " Ok, I thought I was the only one who didn't like this book. But apparently I wasn't. It's an ok but not great book. Definitely not as good as his other books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 10/13/2013

    " Worthless book. I can't believe the same guy who wrote The Alienist, a very good book, wrote this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 9/9/2013

    " Just bad. CC should stick to historical fiction. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy | 8/29/2013

    " So disappointed in Caleb Carr. One of my favorite authors, who has written 2 fantastic historical crime thrillers, made an attempt at a futuristic, sci-fi story. Horrible. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beth | 6/7/2013

    " Not my favorite audio book... this one was just a little too weird for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dustin | 11/29/2012

    " Good sci-fi but a little depressing. Not such a good outlook for our information age. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pjtibbetts | 9/28/2012

    " Caleb Carr usually writes awesome stuff (The Alienist), but this was underwhelming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 8/18/2012

    " This one is pretty interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janet | 8/9/2012

    " I didn't like this book. To many reasons to tell why. Now I'll pass it on to my husband. He will say, "Yuck where did you find this one?" Or maybe he will surprise me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 W H | 4/30/2012

    " Weak and Cliched. Felt like a rush job. Fill out a contract after the Alienist? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 12/11/2011

    " First Audible book, December 2000 "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mark Bates | 12/4/2011

    " The term mindless drivel was created to describe this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimbo | 6/17/2011

    " a very good story of the future, the worry of over infomation from the internet, and how a group of people with ultra-tech goodies try to stop it. loved this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 6/15/2011

    " A HUGE disappointment after the brilliance of The Alienist. Doesn't seem possible that the same man wrote both. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mark | 5/8/2011

    " I simply could not connect with any of the characters in this book. Carr has a clunker in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/12/2011

    " This is a very different work from what I've come to expect from Mr. Carr, but it was well written and certainly thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 3/7/2011

    " Great book providing insightful view of our current media driven society. Very thought provoking even if a bit outlandish at times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dennis | 1/11/2011

    " I've enjoyed some of Carr's historical novels and this started as an interesting idea but went nowhere. I gave up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lana | 1/6/2011

    " Interesting premise, raises good questions re: morality, enlightened despotism, gullibility of masses, info v knowledge etc. Disappointing at times in writing construction/style. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anthony | 12/15/2010

    " Science fiction, in my opinion, is not Caleb Carr's strong suit. I read this and forgot it the moment I put it down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cissy | 12/4/2010

    " Quite crappy. I found myself laughing, and not in a good way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 11/7/2010

    " Picked this up at a book sale. I saw from reviews that it's not so good. But...I liked it overall. Not at all what I expected, but interesting enough.

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About the Author
Author Caleb Carr

Caleb Carr is a novelist, military historian, and screenwriter. He is the son of beat generation figure Lucien Carr, and he received a degree in military and diplomatic history from New York University. Some of his fiction and nonfiction work includes Casing the Promised Land, The Angel of Darkness, The Italian Secretary, and The Lessons of Terror. He was a contributing screenwriter to Exorcist: The Beginning and shared a screenplay credit on Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, which received high praise.