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3.00041271151465 out of 53.00041271151465 out of 53.00041271151465 out of 53.00041271151465 out of 53.00041271151465 out of 5 3.00 (2,423 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Time Odyssey Series Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781455190911
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For eons, Earth has been under observation by the Firstborn, beings almost as old as the universe itself. The Firstborn are unknown to humankind—until they act. In an instant, Earth’s timeline is carved up and reassembled into a patchwork of different eras, from prehistory to the year 2037, each with its own indigenous inhabitants.

Scattered across the planet are floating silver orbs impervious to all weapons and impossible to communicate with. Are these technologically advanced devices responsible for creating and sustaining the rifts in time? Are they cameras through which inscrutable alien eyes are watching? Or are they something stranger and more terrifying still?

The only clue lies in the ancient city of Babylon, where two groups of refugees from 2037—three cosmonauts and three UN peacekeepers—have detected strange radio signals. As the peacekeepers ally with nineteenth-century British troops and the armies of Alexander the Great, the cosmonauts join forces with the Mongol horde led by Genghis Khan. Both sides set out for Babylon, determined to win the race for knowledge—and the power that lies within.

Yet the real power is beyond human control, perhaps even human understanding. As two great armies face off before the gates of Babylon, it watches, waiting.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A rousing adventure.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Wonderfully entertaining…A story that engrosses you with its dramatized ideas about the nature of existence…You won’t set the book down either to eat or sleep or work if you can help it.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A fast and engaging read.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “By the end, when two of history’s most ambitious conquerors meet, we are so thoroughly invested in the characters, we can’t wait for the sequel.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “An exciting tale full of high-tech physics, military tactics and larger-than-life characters…Probably the best book to appear with Clarke’s name on it in a decade.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fans of 2001: A Space Odyssey will have fun with the many references to that earlier novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fans of rousing and well-written transtemporal adventure in the tradition of S. M. Stirling’s novel Island in the Sea of Time will enjoy Time’s Eye.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “With Clarke and Baxter collaborating smoothly, this is a fine exploration of themes that Clarke has explored regularly…and good news for those who enjoy both men’s work.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 2/8/2014

    " An interesting co-authored book. You can definitely see the influence of the authors on each other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 XANAXUSER07 | 1/20/2014

    " I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK ALOT. I WISH SOME ONE WOULD MAKE A MOVIE ABOUT IT. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 1/19/2014

    " Well to start off, I found this far better than Clarke's Rama follow-ups. Now I'm not sure how much of this is in Baxter's voice as opposed to Clarke's. As capable as he is, he was getting on in years by this point. I found the style of the book quite interesting since it seemed to try and balance between both "hard" and "soft" sci-fi. At some points it was quite technical, say in explaining the climatic changes that Mir was experiencing, but at other points things seemed a bit too convenient or rushed. Regardless, this was a pretty fun read. It took me a while to complete, but that was one me and in no way reflects the pacing or how engaged I was by the story. On to the next part! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthisa | 1/16/2014

    " Excellent. But a bit George R.R. Martin-like, in that it's hard to know for certain who to be rooting for and who will live or die..... Technically good though slight of plot when all is said and done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 1/11/2014

    " Picture Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great having a RUMBLE! Love History rewritten? Check it out! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/7/2014

    " Read this for course work and wasn't all that thrilled. I like Sci-Fi but some of it is not that great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Paulk | 1/6/2014

    " I'm reading this now, but I bought for my e-book reader and I miss my pages. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lohita Goonatilleke | 1/6/2014

    " Possibly the worst book I have ever read. Took me 6 months of struggling to read the thing, and I am quite a fan of science-fiction and Sir Arthur C. Clarke's other work. However, this book was just far too boring I'm sorry to say. Would not recommend it to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lewis Groswald | 1/2/2014

    " Fun sci-fi that doesn't make your head hurt too much, seems like it could just maybe happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scot Mcatee | 12/16/2013

    " Not the best book I've read, but definitely an interesting premise. Apparently, there are sequel(s). Not sure if I really dug this enough to read a sequel. Sorry ACC & SB-- still love you guys! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dilowa Dilowa | 12/10/2013

    " Okay. Expected more. Maybe it will get better when I read the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 11/16/2013

    " its like reading a twilight zone series episode at first. it jumps and rambles but the historical references began to make sense and the story converged to make a good read. looking forward to book 2. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Willy | 11/8/2013

    " Good, but not compelling enough for me to commit to the rest of the trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted Hopkins | 10/25/2013

    " Good solid SF. Clarke's role in this collaboration remains stylistically obvious. Borrowing heavily from Fred Hoyle's "October the first Is Too Late," Clarke and Baxter go on to create a challenging plot with a fascinating outcome. Characterization of real historical people fails to satisfy, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 10/13/2013

    " Science fiction at its finest. Earth is fractionated into different ages. One woman is able to communicate with the alien power that causes it. Clarke and Baxter rule. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flaxan | 2/25/2013

    " I thought it was great and hard to put down. I like the way Arthur C. Clarke can tell a story and he did this very well in Time's eye. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Stewart | 10/1/2012

    " Aliens do bad things to the planet to make warriors from throughout human history fight. Ohh look, Genghis Khan! Ohh look, Alexander the great! Hey, that UN soldier lady has an iPhone from the future. (shrug) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samuel | 6/20/2012

    " The world is divided and stitched together as a patchwork of different time periods. Interesting characters make this story work for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maze_dk | 6/18/2012

    " Interesting scenario: Alexander the Great vs. Genghis Khan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom Gore | 4/30/2012

    " this was am excellent book. It Describes possibilities in a time fragmented world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thompson | 3/28/2012

    " Aliens rip the space time continuum for an unknown purpose. Famous characters from different eras battle it out. Interesting conjecture about space and time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessalyn King | 3/27/2012

    " Fantastic... I feel like it might have started with the question: who would win in a battle between Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan. An interesting start to the series, even though book 2 almost feels disconnected to book 1. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 1/15/2012

    " Good book; my first co-aurhored book to read by Clarke "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 5/28/2011

    " Not bad, not great. I'm interested to see where the series goes from here, but I wasn't particularly in love with this installment except as an interest-inducer. ~shrug~ "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 5/3/2011

    " Extensive exploration of the possibilities if Earth's famous conquerors and eras get thrown together on a stitched-together planet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 4/28/2011

    " As always a great book written by a brilliant man "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 4/23/2011

    " Somewhat amusingly, there were a few continuity errors in a book about the discontinuity of time. Good pacing, great sprinklings of historical detail, and well-formed characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louella | 3/4/2011

    " Alexander was made for rockstardom...a bit before his time... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/16/2011

    " Aliens do bad things to the planet to make warriors from throughout human history fight. Ohh look, Genghis Khan! Ohh look, Alexander the great! Hey, that UN soldier lady has an iPhone from the future. (shrug) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fejas | 2/14/2011

    " Interesting concept and entertaining, but sometimes it lingered on for too long to describe something, only to jump up in other parts without giving enough description of certain events. But enough to keep me interested in coming back for the second book of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ioannis | 12/16/2010

    " There's no better combination. This book is amazing. I didn't like the other two so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 8/8/2010

    " Very engaging start to a trilogy about alien intelligence that has it in for humanity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc | 7/30/2010

    " Very nice book. Will definitely read the 2 sequels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 7/4/2010

    " Competent mainstream sci-fi. The first of a trilogy based on new manifestations by the aliens responsible for the monoliths in "2001." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candace | 5/15/2010

    " Awesome! This book kept me interested from page one to the ominous conclusion. I liked the way the authors told the story and they way they mixed the historical characters. I can't wait to start the second book. "

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About the Author
Author Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke (1917–2008) wrote the novel and coauthored the screenplay for 2001: A Space Odyssey. He was knighted by the British monarchy and is the only science fiction writer to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. His fiction and nonfiction have sold more than one hundred million copies worldwide. 

About the Narrator

John Lee has read more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is also an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.