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Length: 15 pages

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  • File Size: 97 KB
  • Print Length: 15 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058KRVIG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,927 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By ĴĴ VINE VOICE on July 30, 2011
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A reference used in the story itself perfectly describes this download. The reference is to the white rabbit from the story "Alice in Wonderland," when he is running around shouting,"I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date!" Imagine this rabbit as a short, awkard little man-a man who is a perfectionist, trying to do everything in life as perfectly as possible. This man is always early by at least 30 minutes! However, one day he is late, and as Amazon's product description says, this just happens to be the most important day of his life.

The author definitely stresses the character of this man through his nervous attempts to convince everyone he meets that he's usually much earlier. While the point is definitely driven across to the reader, it's repeated so much that it becomes a bit too repetitive. Other than that one very mini issue, the rest of the characterization was perfect! The only other critique I would have for this story is that the ending was quite predictable. I obviously didn't know the exacts of what was going to happen, but I had a general idea.

Overall, though, the story is quite fantastic! It's very quirky and fun to read; I loved it! I would highly recommend it to nearly anyone as a short yet entertaining read!

WARNINGS - Language
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 16, 2011
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This is sci-fi tale about the future. It has an interesting surprise ending that should, in my view, prompt people to think about rushing to get something done on time. The story has a feel of a Franz Kafka tale.

Charlie, age 30, is a virgin, very timid, and very obsessive. He hasn't really gotten anything out of life. Throughout the story he is worried about being on time. This is his only thought. He received a summons and considers this to be the best day of his life, and he wants to be on time. Hobbes, the author, doesn't tell us until the end what the summons is for. Significantly, Charlie isn't called by the officials by his name but by his number. As in the Kafka story The Law, he is kept waiting for a long time, and in front of him is a door. The narration of Charlie's experiences is fascinating and the surprise ending, although shocking, perhaps some readers might think appropriate for Charlie.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Warfield on October 13, 2011
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This fun and futuristic story is set in a world where humans sometimes perform jobs and robots sometimes do certain things. However, on this very important day, Charlie has his summons and he can't be late for where he's going. Charlie is a man who displays signs of OCD in the story. He hates to be late, and on his way with his summons, traffic is very heavy and he's very afraid of being late, but arrives with minutes to spare. I don't think Charlie knows what the summons is for, though.

Charlie reminds me of "Monk" on television. He obsesses over everything. He's a well-drawn-out character and I could feel the excitement and also the tension in Charlie as he started to panic, afraid of being late for where he was going, and being so excited about finally getting his summons. The people around him seem to be detached and no one looks as excited to be in the big auditorium-like room as Charlie is.

As much as I really like the story, it is pretty predicable at the end. It's well-written and kept me interested and reading fast throughout. I really liked it and recommend it to other readers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PattyW on August 20, 2012
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This is an entertaining and well written short story. I have read several of this writer's work and he is becoming a favorite of mine. His style and delivery is wonderful and I love how he leaves it for the imagination of what and why. I really enjoyed it and I will continue to be a big fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine on May 3, 2012
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I really enjoyed this short story. The main character was developed well. I could definitely feel his anxiety towards the thought of possibly being late, as well as his excitement for this very important day. This was a quick read and I longed to hear how the story would end. I would definitely recommend to those looking for a quick, interesting story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Richards on October 7, 2011
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Overall, a great short. A little too repetitive and I times I wanted to smack Charlie upside the head if he repeated the same thing one more time. Also, the ending was fairly predictable. Still, a good story and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a fun and quick read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Cat and a Book on August 20, 2012
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I really enjoyed this short story. It is about a man named Charlie who is terribly obsessed with time and being late. Charlie is summoned for something very important and worries more about being late than anything else.

I could definitely relate to Charlie--I couldn't care less about being late (within reason) but I can get a bit obsessive over certain things. I felt bad for him and kept hoping one of the other summoned people would befriend him. Charlie's thought patterns were definitely repetitive, but I never got annoyed with him. I think it helped solidify his character. I do wish there had been a bit more background on how and why the world had become the way that it is in the story, though I suppose that doesn't really matter much or detract from the story's point.

To be honest, I found the ending kind of predictable. I wasn't 100% positive about what was going to happen, but I had a good guess and my suspicion turned out to be correct. I'd recommend this to fans of two other short stories, but I don't want to do that because it would probably make this book's ending more predictable to anyone who has read those stories. So instead, I'll just recommend this to fans of sci-fi along the lines of The Twilight Zone.

The Hour of the Time is a good read and well worth the price (free, though I honestly would have been willing to pay a small price). If it sounds at all interesting to you, I'd say give it a try. It doesn't take long to read and it just might make you think about what is really important in life.
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