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4.1568 out of 54.1568 out of 54.1568 out of 54.1568 out of 54.1568 out of 5 4.16 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Isaac Asimov Narrator: J. Paul Boehmer Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781482979275
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This stand-alone novel is widely regarded as Asimov’s best science fiction novel. Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan’s job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs. During one of his assignments, Harlan meets and falls in love with Noÿs Lambert, a woman who lives in real time and space. Then Harlan learns that Noÿs will cease to exist after the next Change, and he risks everything to sneak her into Eternity.

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  • Eternity also works as a futuristic thriller and is particularly effective as a straight-up mystery novel. The last thirty pages of the book move with terrific velocity through a series of startling revelations. Asimov snaps together a dozen story elements cleverly obscured throughout the other chapters. Clearly, this is where Asimov's Sherlock habit pays off.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 José | 1/30/2014

    " The story is very compelling and the concepts introduced used are typical of the mastery of Asimov. A great visionary, Asimov portrays in a simple story how a humanity with time travel would behave and what paradigms would have to shift. Although there were some parts of the story that definitely could have been better, or parts of the plot that where easily anticipated, overall it is a great piece of Sci-Fi. Once again, The End of Eternity shows why Asimov was one of the giants of Science Fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Brockert | 1/26/2014

    " One of the best in the genre. Anything from Asimov is expected to be above average to begin with, but the tight structure of this story hold together a tale with so many twists and turns and loopbacks that any other author would have never been able to do as good a job of focusing on the basics of storytelling. The obvious pitfalls of delving into the science or the technology involved could easily become the focus of this story, but Isaac keeps the focus on the interpersonal relationships and the plans within plans that make a story readable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mario Serna | 1/15/2014

    " this is my favorite book ever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 1/11/2014

    " I would give this 4 1/2 stars. The godfather of science fiction handles time travel and changing the past very well, while questioning whether doing so can benefit humanity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iazonata | 12/27/2013

    " That probably my favorite book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 11/30/2013

    " I had it rated as 4 stars until I read the final chapter. Mind-blowing genius of Asimov! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Keast | 10/16/2013

    " I can't believe that I've slept on Asimov. The guys classic for a reason. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Hall | 9/25/2013

    " The overall story was good, but there are plenty of parts where I was just left confused. The ending was great and again the overall arc of the story was wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neelroop | 7/7/2013

    " SO GOOD. I probably need to read more Asimov to put it in perspective, but this is an absolutely brilliant treatment of time travel. Some parts seem hokey initially, but they culminate in a spectacular cleverness that I could not have predicted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross Bussell | 6/27/2013

    " What a good book. It takes some ability to pay attention and retain what you read to follow it, but it's as good as science fiction gets. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charles Dee Mitchell | 4/6/2013

    " Granted it's a classic, but also, let's face it, it's a drag. This is the only Asimov novel I have read, and it doesn't make me want to dive right in to the Foundation books or anything else. The ideas are intriguing, the writing is pedestrian, the characters are a bore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 3/3/2013

    " This is more like 3.5 stars. Pretty interesting read, although had to trudge through some of the scientific lingo. In the end though, Azimov delivers as usual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Preston Page | 2/24/2013

    " This book is at the very crux of all of Asimov's books. It is the precursor to the Foundation books, the book that set up the vast human galactic empire, with no aliens allowed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 8/23/2012

    " I'm sure it was good, but I don't remember what it was about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 8/14/2011

    " Great read. I don't usually read science fiction but this is entertaining AND intelligent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harry | 8/2/2011

    " Ah yeah, that was a bit confusing, but interesting nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 5/16/2011

    " Great book! Asimov was a great writer with great stories to tell. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mario | 5/8/2011

    " this is my favorite book ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pablo | 4/29/2011

    " Best time-travel story I've read. Superb plot "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adriana | 4/27/2011

    " Fue el primer libro de ciencia ficción que leí y me hizo reconsiderar mi percepción sobre el género. Me parece un estupendo libro. Ne encantó. Me hizo meditar, reflexionar y soñar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aishe | 4/27/2011

    " Perhaps one of Asimov's most clever cautionary tales I have yet to read regarding technology and the human condition. One wonders how it could ever have been lost in the sands of time...it is not one of his more popular titles in the present day, but it should be. It really should be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa | 4/20/2011

    " Absolutely amazing book. Probably the best Asimov I've read, although the Foundation trilogy comes close. A must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 4/18/2011

    " God, I loved this book. *Swoon!* Isaac Asimov was very good at making real science accessible to the average person, and he was equally good at creating fiction that combines compelling sci-fi with a big dose of heart and compassionate perception into human nature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 4/1/2011

    " This is an amazing book! A real work-out for the brain for sure.

    Anyone who is into the TV show Fringe would be interested in this, as some of the main themes, and even character-types, are taken directly from this book (example: The "Observers") "

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About the Author
Author Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov began his Foundation Series at the age of twenty-one, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned pver 470 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas, which include the Robot, Empire, and Foundation series. Named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decasdes. He died, at age of seventy-two, in April 1992.
About the Narrator

J. Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. His audiobook narrations have garnered nine AudioFile Earphones Awards and two prestigious Audie Awards for Best Narration.