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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (151 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:
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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”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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