On the Oceans of Eternity : Island in the Sea of Time

  • by S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by Todd McLaren
  • Series: Island in the Sea of Time
  • 28 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ten years ago, the 20th century and the Bronze Age were tossed together by a mysterious Event. In the decade since, the Republic of Nantucket has worked hard to create a new future for itself, using the technological know-how retained from modern times to explore and improve conditions for the inhabitants of the past.Some of these peoples have become allies. Some have turned instead to the renegade Coast Guard officer William Walker. And, for 10 years, the two sides have tested each other, feinting and parrying, to decide who will be the ones to lead this brave new world into the future. The final battle lines have now been drawn. And only one side can emerge the victor.

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What the Critics Say

"Stirling's imaginative foray into time travel should please fans of alternative history." (Library Journal)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

As always, good in most parts!

Wide ranging book, continuing the Nantucket 'Event' story. I enjoyed this mostly, bit too bloody in parts for me, and moments of other nastiness from the baddies I could do without, but the writing is very skilled, stories carefully researched, if a little far fetched. Good to spend more time with the Isladers, and their dilemma. At 25 hours or so an amazing bargain, most authors would have stretched this out to 3 books at least. I didn't find it hard to follow, the chapter headings are very clear, though not really necessary.
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- Sarah

The fractured multiverse

What would have made On the Oceans of Eternity better?

A storyline which had one time-line instead of chapters with 4+ different times with 4+ different places... each of which related to one another though they may be the end or beginning?! I want less characters so I can get to know and care for them rather than a people who seem to be multiplying like bacteria. I want to see how the gestalt comes about rather than shards of time fractures. The first book had more about the engineering side of things which I liked though it isn't for everyone. I have read another review which said that the story could be split with the main thread then other (preferably) mini-books being released with side adventures would be one solution.


What will your next listen be?

I have dies the fire by the same author and I will give it a go. I'm really turned off by the idea though to be honest.


Have you listened to any of Todd McLaren’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to Todd McLaren before. I'd say he's a safe pair of hands and in my experience delivers a consistently B- to B+ performance (though never amazing). On this recording I felt he needed to slow down with the ridiculous chapter headings (though the chapter headings were not his fault).


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Confusion due to the awful design and frustration with the authors need to turn a 250 page page-turner into a flabby War and Peace.


Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed the previous 2 books in the Nantucket series, although they were not perfect. However, the awful way the Chapters were written made it impossible to keep track of key events without a campaign map, notes and probably a written copy too. I gave up 50% of the way through download 2 of 4 and doubt I'd go back to it.

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- BP1

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-01-2009
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio