Somewhere in Time

  • by Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Written by one of the grand masters of modern fantasy, Somewhere in Time is the moving, romantic story of a modern man whose powerful love for a woman he has never met allows him to literally transcend time.
A dying young playwright staying in a turn-of-the-century hotel becomes captivated by a painting of a beautiful stage actress from the previous century. Obsessed, he begins to study everything he can about the woman and her time and becomes convinced he belongs with her. Through self-hypnosis, he transports himself to 1896, where he finds the soul mate he was fated to meet. But will he be able to stay?
Somewhere in Time won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and was the basis for the 1980 cult classic movie starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.

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What the Critics Say

“The author who influenced me the most as a writer was Richard Matheson.” (Stephen King)
“Stylish and gripping, [Richard Matheson’s] stories not only entertain but touch the mind and heart.” (Dean Koontz)
“Richard Matheson is one of the most respected living American fantasy/science fiction/horror writers…Matheson could not write a bad book if he tried.” (Hartford Courant)

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Gentle and original story

I saw and enjoyed the film many years ago, and have since become a Richard Matheson fan, so when this book became available, I leapt at it. The book does not disappoint and the film did the book justice. It is a touching love story told in the first person, like so many of RM's books, although the story is in the form of diary memoirs discovered by the protagonists brother. The brother regards the story as the wishful or deluded writings of a dying man, and I suppose this poses the possibility to the reader too. It is a beautifully narrated love story at heart and I would highly recommend it.
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- Sara

An interesting story let down by its narrator

The story is fine, it's not that. For those of you that don't know, it involves a young writer willing himself to go back in time after he falls in love with the picture of a woman who died decades previously. The fact that he is dying of a brain tumour adds to the conceit that he may be imagining the whole thing. I certainly know which side of the coin I ended up on.

The problem with this adaptation of Matheson's story is that the narrator, Scott Brick, reads the whole thing in a breathy, affected tone throughout the novel. It becomes so irritating that if it hadn't been for the fact that I was so interested in the plot, that I would have stopped listening, although it was a grind. Honestly, I kind of wanted to throttle him. His voice fades down the end of most words, and intonates inappropriately at every opportunity.

For an example of unaffected, trained and solid audiobook acting, try Jake Gyllenhaal's reading of The Great Gatsby. There you'll find an actor comfortable to let the text do the work. I'm afraid that Mr Brick seems to want to put too much of his own stamp on the text, which is a shame.

From researching him, I can see that Mr Brick is an experienced audiobook actor, however, after this experience with his work I will be thinking twice before purchasing any book he narrates.
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- A. J. Roche

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-12-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.