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3.51 out of 53.51 out of 53.51 out of 53.51 out of 53.51 out of 5 3.51 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Crichton Narrator: Stephen Lang Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780375418686
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In this thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Jurassic Park, a group of young scientists travel back in time to medieval France on a daring rescue mission that becomes a struggle to stay alive.

In an Arizona desert a man wanders in a daze, speaking words that make no sense. Within twenty-four hours he is dead, his body swiftly cremated by his only known associates. Halfway around the world, archaeologists make a shocking discovery at a medieval site. Suddenly they are swept off to the headquarters of a secretive multinational corporation that has developed an astounding technology. Now this group is about to get a chance not to study the past but to enter it. And with history opened to the present, the dead awakened to the living, these men and women will soon find themselves fighting for their very survival … six hundred years ago.

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Quotes & Awards

  • MORE SCREAMS PER PAGE . . . THAN JURASSIC PARK AND THE LOST WORLD COMBINED. . . . THE PACE WILL LEAVE MANY BREATHLESSLY GRASPING FOR OXYGEN MASKS. San Diego Union-Tribune
  • COMPULSIVE READING . . . BRILLIANTLY IMAGINED. Los Angeles Times
  • EXCITING . . . CLASSIC ADVENTURE . . . [A] SWASHBUCKLING NOVEL . . . CRICHTON DELIVERS. USA Today

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quinn H | 2/12/2014

    " This quarter I read Timeline by Michael Chrichton. It is a compelling story of a group of historians working on a castle site in France. The research site that the historians work on is funded by a company called ITC. One day, a representative from ITC comes to inspect the site, but reveals that she knows something about the site that even the historians did not know. This lead the leader of the research team "the professor" to become suspicious and then demanded to go back to ITC's facility to learn how they gathered such information. The next day, the team continued to look for artifacts and came across a rock, "the parchment was identical in size to the others in the stack, but instead of dense writing in Latin or Old French, this one had only two words, scrawled in plain English: HELP ME 4/7/1357"(106). Considering that the English language was completely different in the 1300's this seemed as though it was an obvious fake. However, when the team ran tests on it, it was in fact 600 years old, with the professors handwriting. This book is extremely suspenseful and and will have you on the edge of your seat every minute you read. With twists, turns, and mysteries to solve, this book never seems to dull. Chrichton masterfully gets you attached to the characters. This book will have you travelling through time, back into the medieval period, and shooting forward into the future of science and technology. I highly recommend Timeline to fans of adventure, science fiction, mystery, or just good books in general! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Threasa Jenkins | 2/6/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was pure action from start to finish. I love time travel books, and this one was more exciting than most. Michael Crichton writes so well that he makes me want to read every book he has written. I have read several of his books and loved every one of them. I would recommend this to sci-fi fans and anyone who loves excitement. I loved the scenes in the 1300s. They were so realistic and my favorite. Great job! I am just sorry that Mr. Crichton won't be writing any more books. Rest in Peace! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 2/4/2014

    " Such an exciting and fast read!! Not what I expected at all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Music_lover3 | 1/23/2014

    " DNF. I've tried to keep reading this book and I just can't. Don't much like time travel books and honestly, I liked the movie better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivek | 1/23/2014

    " Right up there amongst the best of Crichton. Riveting storyline and the typical ingredients one looks for in a Crichton novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Patterson | 1/21/2014

    " Fantastic. One of the best books about time travel that I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Motorcycle | 1/21/2014

    " Forgot I read this. It was entertaining. I saw the film first. The film wasn't great. The book wasn't amazing either. But I did enjoy it. There were a few adventurous episodes in the book that didn't seem to fit in the story. But it was fine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky Masters | 1/5/2014

    " RIP. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charleen | 1/5/2014

    " This was my first time reading Michael Crichton. It had an interesting premise, and I mostly enjoyed it, but there were some things that just didn't seem to gel for me. Still, it was mostly entertaining, and I'd read more of Crichton in the future. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda | 12/31/2013

    " Awesome if you love terrible things! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camille | 12/9/2013

    " A slow start, but once it explodes, look out! An incredibly exciting adventure of believable time travel (to 14th century France) with battles, daring, betrayal, and even a love story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dacia | 11/23/2013

    " Definitely far from his best... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn Brooks | 11/23/2013

    " Run, get caught, escape, run, get caught...that's Timeline in a nutshell. Great potential, but, very poorly executed. Stick to his other novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clay Davis | 11/21/2013

    " I really liked the intro to this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Rutherford | 10/22/2013

    " I had to force myself to finish this one - just not my cup of tea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsey | 9/11/2013

    " A wonderful gripping novel that I just couldn't put down. It gets a little slow when the chapter titles become an amount of time because you know exactly how much is left. I prefer not to know how much is left of a book. I loved this book so much I'll probably read it again down the road. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Jacobs | 6/5/2013

    " I read all 483 pages in two days. I literally could not put it down. Great characters, wonderful premise. I never knew there was a movie. I'll have to rent it someday. No screaming, though, despite the cover hype. Very medieval. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dain Miller | 4/30/2013

    " THIS BOOK GOT ME INTO FICTION. LOVE IT. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Swike | 11/27/2012

    " Great time travel story much better than the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 11/18/2012

    " Another of my Crichton favorites; at the time of its release my all-time favorite of his. Kept me interested on every page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 8/28/2012

    " i'm always surprised by how easily crichton's books suck me in despite the heavy science/history information he provides... somehow he can do it in an interesting way that doesn't put me to sleep!! very good book :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cktgrl | 7/28/2012

    " Interesting plot, executed poorly... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 7/23/2012

    " Had a really slow start, but once they actually got back in time it picked up a great deal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 José-contemplates-Saturn's Aurora | 4/21/2012

    " Nice; a time travel to 14th century southern France,using a quantum machine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna Cuevas aplaon | 1/17/2012

    " The beginning was the only part that's good. Once they reached the past, it all went downhill. It dragged all the way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal Davidson | 8/30/2011

    " I love this book and now my 11 year old is reading it. The first few chapters are really dense but once it gets going, it's a real winner! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adela63 | 8/17/2011

    " I have read it so many times, and I have to stop myself from reading it over and over again! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Psalm | 5/27/2011

    " The only reason I read this was for book club. So relieved that this horrific journey has ended. ANYONE over the age of 14 who finds this crap interesting, is an idiot! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 5/26/2011

    " I was very disappointed with this book. The story was too predictable and I skimmed from about the middle to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faye | 5/20/2011

    " Loved this book, classic Critchton as always "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 5/18/2011

    " I didn't enjoy it this time as much as I did when I read it 12 years ago :-( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skip | 5/16/2011

    " Of all the Crichton books I've read, this was was by far my favorite. Maybe it was the medieval and fantasy themes, I'm not sure. Regardless, it was fantastic. "

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

    "
    Here , Michael, combines a science of the future,, with the past,
    " fourteenth-century, medieval times "

    Takes on the magnificent adventure as " Jurassic Park ", did.........

    "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynsie | 5/4/2011

    " Audio. I'm having a hard time following the story, it doesn't hold my attention very well. The narrator is very affected differentiates the various character well.

    Done. Really one of the stupidest books I have ever read-well, listened to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B.R. | 4/28/2011

    " An interesting idea on hopping back thru time. And as usual, the science/history is thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela satsuki_yumizuka | 4/27/2011

    " Very well imagined. Their adventures in the 14th century we're very detailed and fast-paced, which made it hard for me to put down the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jace | 4/21/2011

    " I'm enjoyed this book it was average nothing special the characters were bland and had nothing deep about them and the story line seemed very basic but it was easy to read and did not require to much in depth thought! "

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About the Author
Author Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton (1942–2008) was a writer and filmmaker best known as the author of Jurassic Park and the creator of ER. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. His first bestseller, The Andromeda Strain, was published while he was still a medical student. He later worked full time on film and writing. One of the most popular writers in the world, his books have been translated into thirty-six languages, and thirteen have been made into films.

About the Narrator

Stephen Lang is a Tony Award–nominated actor who has made a name for himself on stages both at home and abroad. Perhaps most well-known for his role in James Cameron’s Avatar, his other film credits include The Men Who Stare at Goats, Public Enemies, Tombstone, and many more.