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The Cave of Time (Choose Your Own Adventure #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  1,087 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
"You're The Star! 40 Thrilling Endings!"
"Will You Become Trapped In Time" ?
You are hiking in Snake Canyon when you find yourself lost in the strange, dimly lit Cave of Time. Gradually you can make out two passageways. One curves downward to the right; the other leads upward to the left. It occurs to you that the one leading down may go to the past and the one leading up
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 1st 1982 by Skylark Books (first published January 1st 1979)
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Jason Koivu
Struck with a touch of insomnia (I'm finally building my deck tomorrow and oddly it feels like Christmas!) I thought, what better time to read the classic first volume of the Choose Your Own Adventure series?

In The Cave of Time you are a kid, apparently with no name, on a hike. You come upon a cave you've never seen before. You venture inside and when you emerge shortly after it is a completely different time, and thus begins the adventure.

The pictures, by stalwart CYOA illustrator Paul Granger
aPriL does feral sometimes
Amazingly fun and hilarious! I recommend this series not only to the age group they are meant, 9-12 years old, but I find them laugh out loud funny to read in my mid-60's. The illustrations are wonderful, and the 40 or so endings are so cutely done, I didn't mind flipping about the books in the series and finding out, depending on the choices I made at the many opportunities given every two pages or so, how I died this time or if I won or got lost or how I killed my friends or the bad guys!

Jan 28, 2008 George rated it really liked it
You might think, "oh, a time traveling cave, how could this possibly end badly?" well brother, are you wrong! it can end badly in so, so many ways. Like with aliens! or dinosaurs! Time travel is tricky.
Astrid Lim
Choose my own adventures is one of my most favorite series ever!!! The adventures, the mysteries, the thrills of choosing something wrong, the uncertainties and possibilities.. I love them all. Lorong Waktu is the first of the series, I've read the translation version and the old school vibe made this book more memorable - i feel sentimental when reading it :) I hope Gramedia will republish this series. I will definitely collect them again and will pass them down to my kid!!
Jun 11, 2013 Swankivy rated it liked it
This wasn't the first Choose Your Own Adventure book I read, but as soon as I discovered that this was a series, I wanted to go back to the beginning and read them in order (even though they are not in any way dependent on reading sequentially since they are independent adventures). In this book, you as the protagonist get to choose whether you go left or right in a mysterious cave, and one of the forks leads to the past and the other one leads to the future. Of course as a science fiction nerd ...more
Mar 04, 2015 Monica rated it liked it
Uno de los libros primeros libros de la series con más soluciones (40 nada menos); aunque las historias no resultan muy largas, no están mal de longitud. Es una lectura estimulante, porqué el recurso de viajar en el tiempo, pasado o futuro, siempre resulta atractiva. En ésta aventura nos encontraremos haciendo de marineros, o conociendo a reyes ( incluso a Arturo), en la prehistória o en plena contrucción de la muralla china, por ejemplo. En el apartado de viaje al futuro, está más delimitado ( ...more
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Feb 05, 2016 Guguk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kukis-gula-merah
Ini bacanya mungkin ga se-menyenangkan Rahasia Rumah Terkutuk, tapi tetap seru!

Menjelajah gua dan harus milih berbagai pilihan yang kayaknya ga berbahaya, tapi bisa membawamu ke perut monster Loch Ness atau ke masa ketika matahari padam ─=≡Σ((( つ ° ʖ °)つ
Gayle Gordon
Sep 18, 2015 Gayle Gordon rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
What fun! I used to love these books as a kid and I ran across it in a box of donations at work. Just had to read it. I went though every possible scenario. A book like this must be hard to write with all of the possible connections and choices. I'd love to see the planning diagram! I might see if I can track down more. I'm hooked all over again and I'm over 50. *Sheepish grin*
Jan 03, 2014 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book blew my mind as a kid -- fantasy! science fiction! what-if! -- and was a major influence on my love of reading, interest in science, and all things cool. I still have my original edition from 1979 and recently picked up a few others at a used bookstore. Great juvenile literature.
Jun 18, 2010 Alex rated it it was amazing
When you find these books in your mom's attic, do not reread them. They're not as good as you remember.
Jan 13, 2017 Batman rated it it was amazing
Great 10/10
James Elkins
Jan 05, 2017 James Elkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you ever really "finish" a choose your own adventure book? I remember mapping out 3 or 4 adventures when I read this book while on a trip through Oregon and California for Christmas break in 1979. Loved this book and every book in the series (that I read).
David Sarkies
Jun 17, 2012 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gamebook
The first gamebook of its kind
17 July 2012

This was the first of a new genre of book, namely the game book, though it came out under the title 'Choose Your Own Adventure'. I remember getting this book and the next book in the series for Christmas one year, and I was pretty much all over them, especially since I loved the adventure games that I had on my dad's computer (this was back in the early 80s). The period in which is was released saw a change in the way that games were being played in tha
Cookie Smile
Sep 29, 2016 Cookie Smile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
esta bueno, pero a la vez no
Katrine Austin
Dec 31, 2016 Katrine Austin rated it really liked it
I loved so many of these choose your adventure books in primary school, childhood classics!
Jul 08, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young people, adventurers, daydreamers
Recommended to Michael by: Seth Klein
This was the first of the original "choose your own adventure" books, and I read it not long after it came out. It was an idea whose time had come (role playing games were becoming established as well) - that the reader of the book could become the protagonist and affect the outcome through the choices they made. The books were wildly popular, especially among the target age group (though older folks read them also), and the format has been used and modified many times since. Today, it probably ...more
Dec 31, 2016 Kirsten rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sff, select-childhood
Something about a series... I simply had to read them all. Dad used to pick them up at rummage sales, and I'd get a dozen used copies (individually wrapped) at christmas. I still remember packing up my childhood belongings and convincing myself to donate these old books. But somewhere in a box in his basement, I kept this, #1, for the memories.
James Vachowski
Jun 29, 2014 James Vachowski rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-boys-like
This is another series of “oldies-but-goodies” from my own childhood! The Choose Your Own Adventure books feature awesome stories, and they’re written in a way that places the reader in the middle of the action like no other book could. There are over fifty books in the original series, and I guarantee that any child of the 1980s has read at least one of them. After a huge demand from readers, the series was continued in the 1990s and over a hundred new books were released over the next twenty y ...more
Julie Decker
Jul 08, 2014 Julie Decker rated it liked it
In this introduction to the Choose Your Own Adventure series, you get to enter a cave and choose left or right . . . and your choice will determine whether you are sent to the future or the past!

I liked the idea of these books but the excitement became deflated pretty quickly because the premise is that the character is "you"--but it really isn't you at all. Almost all of these stories (including this first one) assign you family/friend relationships, interests, and past experiences you probably
David Nichols
Nov 09, 2013 David Nichols rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I first read THE CAVE OF TIME in the fourth grade, and it and the other books in the series became some of my favorite children's stories, as well as gateways to the text-based computer games of the 1980s and to Dungeons and Dragons. Here is a review of the series, and of CAVE OF TIME, that I wrote while in junior high school:

"The CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN-ADVENTURE series contains a large number of
books on a variety of topics, from expeditions to the Amazon to Yeti hunting in the Himalayas, from voyages
Neville Ridley-smith
Apr 29, 2011 Neville Ridley-smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, gamebook
First of all, here are some maps:

As gamebooks go, this really only deserves 3 stars. BUT it *was* the first (well, not quite, but anyway...) and that has to count for something.

This was hugely ambitious - there are so many possibilities that Packard was only able to give a cursory amount of choices to each location, most ending very abruptly. In essence, much of it is completel
Mark Austin
Dec 21, 2015 Mark Austin rated it liked it
★ - Most books with this rating I never finish and so don't make this list. This one I probably started speed-reading to get it over with.
★★ - Average. Wasn't terrible, but not a lot to recommend it. Probably skimmed parts of it.
★★★ - Decent. A few good ideas, well-written passages, interesting characters, or the like.
★★★★ - Good. This one had parts that inspired me, impressed me, made me laugh out loud, made me think - it got positive reactions and most of the rest of it was pretty decent too.
Mar 14, 2016 Selan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cyoa
Just finished reading this book and all the endings and I love love love this book. Wish we still had more gamebooks like this in print. The level of detail and description, and the sense of adventure is really great. Even though I never read it as a kid (I had other CYOA books that I borrowed from the library though) it still feels pretty nostalgic.

I also love that there isn't just one "good" ending (good implying that you get back to your own time). There's quite a few where you make it back t
First in the series, and a decent book. Unfortunately, it suffers from too-many-endings syndrome, an ailment a lot of the early books had. There simply aren't enough pages for the author to flesh out very compelling storylines. On the other hand, these books have a larger variety of events to take part in. It all comes down to what you prefer. Personally, I find the 20 endings standard found in the Give Yourself Goosebumps series to be the best compromise between choice and plot.

The quality of w
Jan 22, 2015 Hellread rated it it was ok
Perhaps this books deserves recognition for pioneering a concept, but it just isn't very good on its own.

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Yani Daniele
Dec 05, 2015 Yani Daniele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Recordando mi infancia, con las historias de Elige tu propia aventura, al parecer sigo tomando tan malas decisiones como antes jajaja porque sigo errando en todo!
Sino conocen estas historias, básicamente es como dice el título tú eres quien elije que aventura vivir, no es el típico libro que lees de principio a fin hoja por hoja, aquí cada tantas hojas tienes un par de opciones, dependiendo cual elijas, salteas a tal página y así hasta llegar al final del libro, donde te pudo ir bien o donde pu
Jan 10, 2008 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I LOVED these books when I was about ten, and I read every one that I could get my hands on. I remember being so excited to read them when I got a "fresh" one - I'd be so cautious in my choices, hoping to make it through to a successful ending. I'd also re-read them, going back and picking every single possible option until I'd read all the adventures.

I see that they've started to publish new ones again. I can't wait for my daughter to be old enough to read them, too.
Mellodi Parks
Jun 09, 2012 Mellodi Parks rated it it was amazing
I remember these as a kid but, it's great to relive them a bit and to start from the beginning, of course!

So many great and not so great possibilities on the stories that you'll almost never get bored and always want to read every possible outcome.

If you've never read a single on of these books, pick one up in any order. You will have a blast reading it to kids and letting them decide what happens as well.

Give it a read!
Aug 22, 2008 Ebookwormy1 rated it liked it
Okay, I was reading another review and post list and these books were mentioned. I know i'm taking a trip down memory lane of Jr. High reading with "Sweet Valley High", "Nancy Drew" and now these. These were great! I devoured them. In the end, Mom wouldn't buy the bizillion set (probably not a bad idea), but I checked them all out from the library. I remember reading it through the first time, then again with different choices and finally from cover to cover to catch it all. Brilliant!
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