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3.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 5 3.13 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Levinson Narrator: Mark Shanahan Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2006 ISBN: 9781593163501
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Paul Levinson’s astonishing new SF novel is a surprise and a delight: In the year 2042, Sierra, a young graduate student in Classics is shown a new dialog of Socrates, recently discovered, in which a time traveler tries to argue that Socrates might escape death by travel to the future! Thomas, the elderly scholar who has shown her the document, disappears, and Sierra immediately begins to track down the provenance of the manuscript, with the help of her classical scholar boyfriend, Max. The trail leads her to a time machine in a gentlemen’s club in London and in New York, and into the past—and to a time traveler from her future, posing as Heron of Alexandria in AD 150.

Complications, mysteries, travels, and time loops proliferate as Sierra tries to discern who is planning to save the greatest philosopher in human history, or to do so herself. And she finds that time travel raises more questions than it answers. Fascinating historical characters from Alcibiades (of the honeyed thighs) and Thomas Appleton, the great nineteenth century American publisher, to Socrates himself appear. Surprises abound in every chapter, and Paul Levinson has outdone himself in The Plot to Save Socrates.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this light, engaging time-travel yarn, Levinson… neatly satisfies the circularity inherent in time travel, whose paradoxes he links to Greek philosophy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “…entertaining treatment of the problems inherent in time travel with style and flair.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “With surprises in every chapter, Paul Levinson has outdone himself in The Plot to Save Socrates.”

    Barnes & Noble Editorial Review

  • “Levinson's narrative is challenging fun”

    EW.com

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melynda Burt | 11/26/2013

    " A little far-fetched fantasy about time travel, but it's always fun to read about Socrates ... even the idea of Socrates is captivating to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 11/5/2013

    " Lively, intricate, and always intelligent time travel/alternate history novel. My longer review of this book appears here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela R. | 10/10/2013

    " An intriguing tangle of timelines in this time-traveling tale. Interesting characters but I felt they were never fully developed. I was a fairly quick and easy read, with some intersting plot twists. Worth reading, but probably not going to make anyone's "favorites" list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 9/24/2013

    " It was refreshing to read a time travel story with such a complexly woven plot. The story managed to jump eras without being choppy or overly confusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 7/23/2013

    " Fascinating book about time travel and the attempt to save a great philosopher. Interesting characters and a great storyline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 7/17/2013

    " Time travel is pretty confusing, trying to keep up with what happened 2000 years ago and how it affects the present. To bring back Socrates to the year 2062 and discover he has inoperable brain tumour, and is about to die seems a bit pointless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betsie Bush | 5/22/2013

    " Thought-provoking time travel including excellent historical footage. Not my favorite writing style (dialog heavy) but entertaining, nonetheless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 4/13/2013

    " I didn't finish it due to a cracked audio book CD, but it really wasn't holding my interest that much anyway. Not bad, not good - just an interesting concept, written very dryly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 12/5/2012

    " A very well constructed time-travel story which manages to both entertain the reader while reflecting on all of the time-travel paradoxes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayson Hoogeveen | 11/16/2012

    " Was an ok read. Not enough explanation for my tastes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 8/17/2012

    " Socrates thought that ideas are out there waiting for us to think them. This book is waiting for us to read and think about. Gains momentum so get to the end!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Rivard | 8/11/2011

    " Good book. A little hard to follow at times, but what book on time travel isn't? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 5/23/2011

    " Great premise and great writing. This book turned me on to many other good books by the author, including his short stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurel | 3/29/2011

    " This book was, like I rated it, ok. The story would've been more interesting if the suthor didn't jump around so much. Keeping the the characters straight through their time travels was kind of confusing for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 1/18/2011

    " Great premise and great writing. This book turned me on to many other good books by the author, including his short stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 1/17/2011

    " I didn't finish it due to a cracked audio book CD, but it really wasn't holding my interest that much anyway. Not bad, not good - just an interesting concept, written very dryly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 1/7/2011

    " An intriguing tangle of timelines in this time-traveling tale. Interesting characters but I felt they were never fully developed. I was a fairly quick and easy read, with some intersting plot twists. Worth reading, but probably not going to make anyone's "favorites" list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 8/9/2010

    " Socrates thought that ideas are out there waiting for us to think them. This book is waiting for us to read and think about. Gains momentum so get to the end!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melynda | 7/19/2010

    " A little far-fetched fantasy about time travel, but it's always fun to read about Socrates ... even the idea of Socrates is captivating to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 11/30/2009

    " A very well constructed time-travel story which manages to both entertain the reader while reflecting on all of the time-travel paradoxes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 10/21/2008

    " There were probably faults in this book, but I was too busy enjoying myself to get really worked up about any of them. It was a quick, untroubling, stimulating read.

    And for the record, it quite makes one fall in love with Alcibiades -- in case one wasn't already. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurel | 9/16/2008

    " This book was, like I rated it, ok. The story would've been more interesting if the suthor didn't jump around so much. Keeping the the characters straight through their time travels was kind of confusing for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betsie | 6/28/2008

    " Thought-provoking time travel including excellent historical footage. Not my favorite writing style (dialog heavy) but entertaining, nonetheless. "

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