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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,929 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Félix J. Palma Narrator: James Langton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Map of Time Trilogy Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781442344785
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Set in Victorian London with characters both real and imagined, The Map of Time boasts a triple-play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H. G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel, thereby saving the lives of an aristocrat in love with a murdered prostitute from the past; of a woman bent on fleeing the strictures of Victorian society; and of his very own wife, who may have become a pawn in a fourth-dimensional plot to murder the authors of Dracula, The Time Machine, and The War of the Worlds in order to alter their identities and steal their fictional creations.

But what happens if we change history? This is just one of the questions raised by Félix J. Palma in The Map of Time. Mingling fictional characters with real ones, Palma weaves a historical fantasy as imaginative as it is exciting, a story full of love and adventure that also pays homage to the roots of science fiction while transporting its readers to a fascinating Victorian London for their own taste of time travel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Map of Time recalls the science fiction of Wells and Verne and then turns the early masters on their heads. A brilliant and breathtaking trip through metafictional time.”

    Scott Westerfeld, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Love, murder, and mystery all combine in what is nothing short of a surprising, satisfying, and mesmerizing read.”

    M. J. Rose, internationally bestselling author of The Reincarnationist

  • “A big, genre-bending delight.”

    Washington Post

  • “Palma makes his US debut with the brilliant first in a trilogy, an intriguing thriller that explores the ramifications of time travel in three intersecting narratives.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Readers who embark on the journey…will be richly rewarded.”

    Booklist (Starred Review)

  • “Palma manages to be both fascinating and cozy, like having your favorite uncle telling you stories of his dangerous travels to far continents while sitting by your parlor fire…A rollicking good adventure yarn that, with a nudge and a wink and a bit of sleight of hand, is sure to leave delight in its wake and a smile on one’s face.”

    Globe and Mail (Canada)

  • The Map of Time is a singularly inventive, luscious story with a core of pure, unsettling weirdness. With unnerving grace and disturbing fantasy, it effortlessly straddles that impossible line between being decidedly familiar, and yet absolutely new.”

    Cherie Priest, author of Boneshaker

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the July 2011 Indie Next List
  • A 2011 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bookbabe | 1/27/2014

    " This book will take you on a fantastic and fabulous ride, reaffirming that literature can take us anywhere we want to go. Highly recommended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara Stephenson | 1/20/2014

    " Convulted time travel book. I had to force myself to keep reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason Mckinney | 1/3/2014

    " It has some fun parts, but, overall, it's pretty meh...especially at 600+ pages. I don't understand the ecstatic critical reviews. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri | 12/30/2013

    " I wanted to like it, I really did. But just when I thought there was potential, it let me down. Again and again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gevera Bert | 12/26/2013

    " This is a wonderful meta-novel about time travel (or is it?) set in Victorian England and peopled by HG Wells, Jack the Ripper, the Elephant Man, Henry James, Bram Stoker and maybe even some people from the year 2000. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dean | 11/26/2013

    " Good original idea. But too much going on which put a strain on the development of characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Candy | 11/3/2013

    " Stopped reading this book after giving it three shots. Just couldn't get into it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Silvija Kawaii | 9/28/2013

    " No. To much of irrelevant talk. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jay | 5/12/2013

    " Map of Time's bait never hooked me. I stopped at page 100. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nanci | 4/24/2013

    " A fantastic read - I can't wait for the next book (it's part 1 of a trilogy). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 12/2/2012

    " Ultimately disappointing, I found my mind wandering as I slogged through this book and I finished it only through an act of will. Although it has some interesting moments, it tends to go on and on. I will not read the sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 11/12/2012

    " Slow in some spots. Complex interweaving of stories and lives. Found the philosophical musings of h.g. wells very interesting. Has surprises not sn expected ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maxime Robert | 11/1/2011

    " For me, it was one of the top 5 books I have read. The story is intriguing. I really like the mix of science fiction and some history facts. I recommend this book to everyone who loves story about the past with a bit of science fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jess | 7/14/2011

    " So I made it 20% in. And that was a struggle. I feel like (based on the plot) that I should like this book more. It sounds really interesting, but I just couldn't get into it. Maybe the translation left something to be desired. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regis | 6/24/2011

    " This book is fascinating because of its alleged time travels. What really happens is quite remarkable. "

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About the Author

Félix J. Palma is a Spanish author best known for The Map of Time, his first book to be published in the United States. Critically acclaimed, his short stories have won numerous awards and international recognition. 

About the Narrator

James Langton trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, he has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestsellers The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro, The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield, and The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002. He was born in York, England, and is now based in New York City.