Song of Time

  • by Ian R. MacLeod
  • Narrated by Rachel Atkins
  • 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A man lies half-drowned on a Cornish beach at dawn in the furthest days of this century. The old woman who discovers him, once a famous concert violinist, is close to death herself--or perhaps a new kind of life she can barely contemplate. Does death still exist at all, or has it finally been obliterated? And who is this strange man she's found? Is he a figure returned from her past, a new Messiah, or an empty vessel? God or the Devil?
Filled with love and music, death and life, mind-bending ideas and simple humanity amid the ruins of a post-apocalyptic India, the Song of Time won both the Arthur C. Clarke and John W. Campbell awards in 2009.
From the author: "The narrator in my novel Song of Time speaks, quite literally, into the mind of the reader. For this reason alone, I'd like to think that it's particularly well suited to the talking book medium. But what's so heartening is then to find a voice, in Rachel Atkins, which is so quietly and compellingly right for the story. Song of Time told by her sounds and feels the way I hoped it would as I wrote it - not simply a work of "SF", but a novel of the future."

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What the Critics Say

"A slow, sensitive first-person account of what it means to be human and vulnerable...a book which confirms MacLeod as one of the country's very best literary SF Writers". (The Guardian)
"The narrator in my novel Song of Time speaks, quite literally, into the mind of the reader. For this reason alone, I'd like to think that it's particularly well suited to the talking book medium. But what's so heartening is then to find a voice, in Rachel Atkins, which is so quietly and compellingly right for the story. Song of Time told by her sounds and feels the way I hoped it would as I wrote it - not simply a work of "Sci Fi", but a novel of the future." Ian R. MacLeod

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Song of Time

I'm sorry, but I couldn't get into this maudlin, introspective story at all and couldn't wait for it to finish! I found the insight into the world of world class musicians and conductors interesting but that's it. Compared to the Stieg Larson trilogy which I couldn't wait every day to listen to, this became a chore to be endured.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-12-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios