• Chronoscape

  • The Future Is Flexible We Can Change It
  • By: Roger Ley
  • Narrated by: Craig Bowles
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Will physicist Martin Riley get the rewards he feels he deserves? He's discovered a way to receive news stories from two weeks in the future but the Government has cloaked the technology in secrecy. Riley sees the danger in altering the Timestream but despite his warnings, politicians on both sides of the Atlantic make radical alterations to political events. The first temporal alteration saves Princess Diana, the next saves the Twin Towers, but ripples travel far ahead and disturb Earth's future civilisation. The Timestream must be realigned, but at what cost?

©2017 Roger Ley (P)2020 Roger Ley

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Kept me engaged in the mystery the whole time!

As someone very interested in these fringe topics, I always enjoy hearing about the details of things like time travel or futuristic tech, but what a refreshing read this book is when it comes to the relationship development and human issues covered throughout the book.

Had me wanting to hear more and see where things went throughout the entire story and the audio book is read so well by Craig Bowles!

A real pleasure to read/listen to!

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Abuse time... reap the consequences

Received a review copy from the author, this is an honest review. Narrated beautifully by Craig Bowles, comes this really intriguing, realistic, thought provoking journey about time travel and what happens if you could change things. Everything starts out innocently for Physicist Martin Riley, as he believes emails containing winning horse racing bets are hoaxes but when he makes a bet with the third email bet... and wins; Riley gets caught up in the high of the game but ponders could this gift from the future help mankind? Things get tricky once influential government people desire to tap into this temporal alterations and greed and agendas take over, costing innocent lives of these who could have been saved. Messing with time is serious business and to keep it all balanced, it means making harrowing decisions that will have unique consequences. Highly recommended.


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From the Micro to the Macro to the .. meta

Chronoscape surprised me a few times in what it was and the twists it took - and yet it all felt like a natural progression of the story arch, occasionally mentioned/introduced carefully in the previous sections.

It all starts with betting tips. Dr. Martin Riley receives messages from the future, Temporal Messages as they call it later, with betting tips. It also starts with just that personal impact of receiving these messages - are they spam? Should they give it a try? What if it works? and then evolves into something bigger. Could this be an actual scientific research project? How would they get funding?
What seems like an amazing scientific project at first though, quickly gets wrapped up in politics and that's where we start to move into the bigger picture. If you know a certain event is going to happen - should you try and change it? What is the deciding factor for when to step in and issue a veiled warning - and when not? And how does it feel when all these people around you get promotions etc. for something that you invented - but don't get much or any credit for?

Without spoiling too much, it then goes even further and farther into the future (and then back again) - who cleans up the chaos that you caused by messing with the timestream?

The title is very well written - it flows well and is easy to follow along. Plus you can totally imagine how these political games are happening; it all rings so true.

Craig Bowles did a great job with the narration :) definitely recommend listening to.

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Fun short novel

For those of us who grew up on the butterfly effect this novel is based on the same concept. However instead of effecting one persons life. Effect everyone in the world.

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Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Lately sci-fi has become nothing other than an interesting premise that is never developed, and the whole story consists of a few people running from some group. They are chased from place to place to place...and then it's over. This is something refreshing. If you enjoy alternate universes, time travel, mysterious future beings and their technology...I can only recommend this book.

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Time. And again. I love it!

Ley produces a riveting narative in this book. It manages to be fairly straight forward, while being riddled with complexities of choice and events. There is so much at play, I really enjoyed taking the time to listen again. having said that, this is not a "feel good novel". this is a no holds thriller.

Chronoscape feels very "unhollywood", in fact it feels almost indie-british, which is one of my favorite aspects of the book. It is not a spectacle of superintelligence and base evil. It isn't even StarTrekky in its weird timeline but ultimately "good will prevail" mumbo jumbo. Actions have irrevocable consequenses in THIS reality. and boy do they take actions.

I think (without having a scientific clue, really) that causality, temporal mechanics and the genesis (and long term application) of "timemedling" are excellently and logically rationalized. it makes sense and offers an interesting break from the usual deus ex machinegun versions of the genre, where all of a sudden base assumptions no longer apply.

I appreciate the work which must have gone into developing the motivations of the cast. Particularly the dynamics of idealist scientist, disillusionment, personal conscience, government and -most surprisingly- love !! are themes where this listen had me thinking "what would I have chosen to do?", which is a remarkable achievement in a techno thriller. There is a wonderfull mix of dynamics which represent different levels of involvement and getting all those angles is a real "wow" effect. particularly in the late part of the book, there are some VERY interesting life choices which are a delightful listen. (slight spoiler on this at the end)

As a repeat serial listener to Ley's novels (otherwise describable as "a fan"), I love the storyline crossover to other books and expansions on thought experiments which are only hinted at in this book, by virtue of the action. to me it feels like being in a series without the all but inevitable "did he not know when to quit" or "oh that old chestnut" pitfalls. Chronoscape has an "inceptionesque" feel, which stems from the time travel aspect, I suppose and I love it. when does something unreal become real? is it really really possible to intervene?

Some inspiration from "classics" where the protagonist is drawn into an underground organisation (gangsters, *cough* military government) is evident and skillfully navigated. they are also some of the more ironically humorous passages, as it were.

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Bowles does a great job of capturing the different eras and nationalities. His way of creating the proper tones, the words' impact, the emotion comes together quite smoothly. I am impressed with his range and with the confidence this is read with. Bowels reading is delightfully clear and smooth. it feels as if there was time to read and reherse every line, which was absolutely great.

listen!
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Time and again!


(***** slight spoiler****
one may find an interesting parallel to "better than us" when it comes to some of the dynamics)

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Great story

Really well developed story & characters. A few sex portions that didn't feel like they fit with the storyline. Narration was great except for the American accents.

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awesome !!!

great story and narration!
If you love time travel buy this audiobook! If you hate time travel buy this audiobook you will change your mind!!!

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Great Book

I've really enjoyed this one it really makes you think about time travel. Can't wait for more by Roger.

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Recommend. Fresh take on revisited topic.

Received free book from author for honest review. Enjoyed story. Looking forward to sequel. I felt like everything was tied up nicely at the end. The narrator did a fantastic job.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 08-21-20

Wow - fasten your seat belts!

In fact, forget fastening your seat belt, you may need restraints, and a straitjacket and someone to pinch you when you've finished to ensure you're real, and half an hour with Sky News, and a cup of tea, and a chocolate hob-nob. It will take you some time to drink your tea and eat your hob-nob, as I finished Chronoscape over an hour ago and my head is still spinning through a full 360 degrees, although not quite as fast as it was and so far I've managed a small bite of biscuit as well as poking myself in the eye and smearing chocolate down my cheek. This time travelling adventure is so different from standard time travelling fare. Mr Ley has brilliantly applied his theory to events that are really close to our hearts so you feel totally invested in the outcome. I was enthralled within the first 15 minutes and then just did not want this story to end. Graig Bowles turns in an Oscar winning performance, as we've come to expect from this classy narrator. If you don't like fiction, SciFi, time travel, science - then this is the book for you because you don't need any interest in any of those things for Chronoscape to grab you in a bear hug and hold you tight. And as for the final twist - Mr Ley - you are wicked! I swallowed 3 flies, a moth and a spider my mouth was agape for so long - then panicked at the thought of the flies and what they might be doing. Do yourself a favour and listen to Chronoscape today, or 10 years ago because you can always thank me later, or before, or in 1990!

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  • John Marsden
  • 11-13-20

Really good read!

This is a superb book, i'm not generally a sci-fi fan but you don't need to be to enjoy this book. The story is brilliant and the reader Craig Bowles is perfect for the job, he makes the story come alive. The whole scenario is perfectly possible and I for one will be wary of any loose flies that may start buzzing around! LOL! Highly recommended read and I'll certainly be watching out for more books from Roger Ley. ******

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  • Carol B
  • 09-15-20

Sc Fi Thriller


This is a different genre than I usually read/listen to but everybody needs a change now and then. I listen to mostly thrillers and this is no exception it is a thriller but with science fiction at the heart, and cleverly done. Altering a timeline in this instance can have catastrophic consequences in the future so physicist Martin Riley has his job cut out as governments American and this side of the pond are using it for the wrong reasons. Martin does his best to relay the fears he has but can't go on as this has been troubling him for a long time, and it is affecting his family life, and even that is not working so he quits the day job. Can Martin be allowed to roam free with the knowledge he's got? Martin has got this gut feeling that no one leaves as a colleague left with family problems and was never heard of again. It was a delight to listen to and the narrator Craig Bowles does an excellent job, he was clear and read well at a good pace, the descriptions were well-defined pity we can't look into the future then we would have had this pandemic all sown up. A good listen and not too over the top.

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  • Roberta Vella
  • 09-12-20

What will be, will be... the future is not ours to see..que sera sera...

Just finished hearing Chronoscape by Roger Ley narrated by Craig Bowles.

I found the story to be interesting - loved the way the author let loose his imagination and in his way gave us a glimpse of a future which answers the “what ifs” of today.
Like what if Lady Di did not die? Another thing it made me very much aware of is that too much A.I. is not really something to look forward to - as the world will become way too sterile and controlled. The Author’s note at the end of the book is an excellent ending to this book you really should get hold of a copy and read it or hear it on audible like I did.

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  • Mr B D Claydon
  • 09-08-20

A brilliant concept told in a very believable way.

I really enjoyed this audiobook. Its not my normal.genre but it was recommended by a friend. I really enjoyed the way the scientific breakthroughs and work.of the team was told in alongside the domestic concerns of the characters. This made the story more believable and less far fetched. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the mundane and the fantastical.
The story is almost in two parts . Two separate characters and their view points that come together in a wonderfully satisfying conclusion.
Craig Bowles was a great choice to narrate this story. He has a real feel for the characters. I would highly recommend this audio book to everyone even if sci fi isn't your normal genre. The interactions between the characters make this a story as.much about people as scientific breakthroughs.

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  • Lindsay
  • 08-25-20

Exciting and enjoyable listen

Ok I was really surprised by this book it’s a really exciting audio with great narration and it’s nice to see what my other half is up to when my back is turned ;-) . Martin Riley discovers a way to send information across different time’s as he gets set up with his funding he finds it’s not always used in a way he’s completely comfortable and people are desperate to keep anyone with any objections quiet at any costs. Can Martin do the right thing and use his new technology for good and will he ever be recognised for one of the greatest discoveries in the world? Great listen.

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  • Ian
  • 10-12-21

Just Wow

This is the third book I’ve read by Roger Ley and I thought it was just amazing.

It’s one of the best time travel books I’ve ever read with a great plot and lots and turns
Great characters and and the background settings was very good and tech side wasn’t to complex.

Time well spent

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  • Boojum
  • 09-10-21

A frightening view of the future

Fantastic story, well narrated. Ley envisages a future where time travel is a possibility, small at first but becoming larger. It's a sobering view of what might happen if we start tampering with the time line. The science is convicing and almost a possibility and there are plenty of interesting plot twists along the way. Well worth a listen.

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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 08-10-21

Such a creative and interesting time travel story!

When physicist Martin Riley starts receiving anonymous, but accurate, racing tips from the future, he initiates a time research program that can change the course of the future. As the UK and US Governments start altering the timeline in the pursuit of their own questionably-ethical agendas, Martin begins to doubt the value of his work. I loved this fascinating and gripping sci-fi story, especially the dual focus. The panoramic view encompasses major events of the 1990s and 2000s, including the death of Princess Diana, the tsunami in the Pacific, and the Twin Towers and how the program deals with them. The conspiracies and spectre of sinister government were great. The narrow focus concentrates on Martin’s personal life as petty bureaucrat and ambitious scientist, and his growing disillusionment. Martin is a compelling main character - flawed and vain yet brilliant. Audio narrator Craig Bowles gave an excellent performance, with good character voicing, emotion and pacing.

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  • mangankillarney
  • 06-10-21

Time Travel

I enjoyed listening to Craig Bowles.

An excellent time travel story. I loved it from the start. Twists and turns, great characters. The changing of the past and the ribble effects.

loved.


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