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Author: Michael Crichton
Michael Crichton's new novel opens on the threshold of the twenty-first century. It is a world of exploding advances on the frontiers of technology. Information moves instantly between two points, without wires or networks. Computers are built from single molecules. Any moment of the past can be actualized -- and a group of historians can enter,...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780679444817
ISBN-10: 0679444815
Publication Date: 11/16/1999
Pages: 464
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 376 ratings
Publisher: Knopf
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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ProfDon avatar reviewed Timeline on + 38 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
Leave it to Michael Crichton to combine plausible quantum physics and medieval history into a page-turning tale of adventure. The reader finds him/herself with one foot in the New Mexico desert of the 20th century and another in southwestern France of the 14th--and without any of the 'disorientation' one would feel at the hands of a less competent author. A rousing good read, even if the characters are a little too 'typecast' and the science just a twinge 'suspect'.
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Helpful Score: 8
Great page-turner! Crichton makes the medieval world come alive, while explaining science and technology in a very interesting way. A group of historians are able to travel back in time, and end up fighting for their lives. It held my attention completely.
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Helpful Score: 7
great book. bad movie. well explained theories that even me, a person who hates and is bad at math, understood clearly. good story that really draws you in. you feel for the characters. Crichton's usual good stuff!
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Helpful Score: 3
If you like Time travel books then you will love this book. Very well written and quite exciting to read. If you saw the movie it did not do this book justice. The book was much more detailed.
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Helpful Score: 3
This book was a great read and a surprise delight! I couldn't believe how well Crichton wound together modern society and historical times. This one will make you think about the effects of the past on our future...and made me wonder that if all this happened, then it must have happened then too or we wouldn't be where we were in the book to begin with!! Hard to wrap around your head? Read the book, you'll get it, I promise!
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Time travel books aren't my favorite, but Crichton always spins a good yarn.
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Perhaps I'm being a little harsh re: my rating, but his other books were better. In all fairness, I would give it 3 1/2 stars if that were an available option.
glennster avatar reviewed Timeline on + 5 more book reviews
The cover has a one inch tear on the front and back. Fun read
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My favorite Chrichton book. My favorite book in my collection.
That may be because I am a history nerd so I loved the medevil
action! I could not put the book down. A little dissapointed by the
movie. A must read.
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I really enjoyed this book.
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Excellent fast moving story. Hard to put down.
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Great Read
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This was his 1st that I read. I was impressed by his writting. I did enjoy the story and couldnt wait to see how it ended.
SandraB avatar reviewed Timeline on + 185 more book reviews
Awesome book!!! If you like time travel/medieval stories, this is it!
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Great story!
ladycholla avatar reviewed Timeline on + 2081 more book reviews
Absolutely loved this story. Different and neat.
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A dud book. Did not finish. Unpronancable names and places. Some kind of story of futuristic science meets the 14th century. Story seemed familiar but it wasn't in my read book list.
dtchs avatar reviewed Timeline on + 59 more book reviews
Awesome! I really like the sci-fi that feels so real.
trevor avatar reviewed Timeline on + 38 more book reviews
Timeline is a solid effort from Chrichton, so if you like his stuff, you will probably enjoy it. He works the time travel angle in a novel way, which is nice and it gives us a great excuse to learn lots of interesting things about the middle ages. The action feels a little "action-movie"-ish, its fast paced, shallow, and sometimes doesn't make that much sense. The characters are about two inches deep. I can complain too much, though. I read the book in three sittings and had a good time with it.

On a side note, the research that he did (or that assistants did) for this book must have been staggering in scale, even supposing that he made a lot of this stuff up.
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A real yarn. Lots of fun and one of Chrichton's best.
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As is true with all Crichton books -- wow! What an imagination this writer has. Well researched, well written.
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I loved this book! The movie in no way captures the details and scientific knowledge Crichton involves in the plot. I was fascinated with the plausibility of time travel and wrapped up in the lives of the characters. I even read sections of it aloud to my seventh graders, who also enjoyed it.
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I couldn't let go of this book until I copied some of the best passages. I enjoyed reading the imaginative insights into the way way off future and then being plunged back to way way back in time. Glimpses of medieval times and futuristic times, suspense & danger.
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Now a major motion picture.. the precursor to The Da Vinci Code..