You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we'd have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren's 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed...because it wasn't necessary.
Except Tom just can't seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that's before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life, but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.
But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and - maybe, just maybe - his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom's search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future - our future - is supposed to be.
All Our Wrong Todays is about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. It is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humor and heart, and saturated with insight and intelligence and a mind-bending talent for invention, this novel signals the arrival of a major talent.
©2017 Elan Mastai (P)2017 Penguin Audio
"A thrilling tale of time travel and alternate timelines with a refreshingly optimistic view of humanity's future." (Andy Weir, New York Times best-selling author of The Martian)
"Elan Mastai has conjured up a witty and freewheeling time-traveling romance that packs an emotional wallop. All Our Wrong Todays is a page-turning delight." (Maria Semple, author of Today Will Be Different and Where'd You Go, Bernadette)
"Elan Mastai is the perfect choice to narrate his own book about an imperfect, hapless man whose actions change the very fabric of the universe. Mastai counters the drama of the tale with a wry, humorous reading.... Mastai performs this with bravado and tremendous humor. This is time-travel for non-science fiction fans - and an audiobook to be enjoyed by everyone." (AudioFile)
I can understand a little griping about the narration at occasional points, though I think overall the author did a good job.
The story felt a little silly at times but remained entertaining and later took on more depth with the main character as the story progressed.
The author has interesting ideas on time travel and various technologies that add to the joy of listening.
I am usually skeptical of self-narrated books, and was initially concerned about this one too, as he tended to trail off at the end of sentences (a real problem dirt listening while driving). But as the story gained momentum, the narration perfectly fit the emotion of the moment.
Upon discovering this book I have found not only an amazing author but also an amazing narrator. just my luck they are the same person!
This story is not an action adventure or time travel romp in the traditional sense. yet it still fills that void.
this book is sad. heart breakingly so.
this book is also funny.
it is serious and it will make you think.. Oh will it make you think.
get this book. you owe it to yourself.
It took me an hour or two to really get into this book. The main character is pretty miserable in the beginning. Once the story unfolds it's very engaging and exciting, a must listen if your into sci fi/time travel!
No. After (painfully) finishing the book the plot taken as a whole had potential but the writing of the story is not so good. I would use the word "terrible" but it could be the narration which really is terrible.
Bad storytelling & writing for a potentially good plot. Also, several strange chapters. One very memorable one is a short chapter that is just the main character dropping the F bomb after a very bad mistake he made.
The author is the reader. He does not need to be a narrator at all. A professional narrator could have brought the overall rating up one or two stars.
Not much. It's a time travel / people story and it had a very promising plot. If it had been a different author and different reader it could have been really good. Also, the book gets a bit better after about chapter 60, later drops again and the last 20 chapters get better again.
I rarely leave comments, especially negative ones. I felt that I needed to help people from wasting their time on this one. I struggled through it thinking the sum may be better than the parts, but aside from a decent plot it wasn't. If I could go back I wouldn't buy this book.
This was an incredible book, and really got me thinking every step of the way!
I have never read a book that keeps changing its plot to be even richer and deeper at every turn! Absolutely astonishing!
Positives: interesting concepts, detailed descriptions
Negatives: poor dialogue, poor character development, unclear characters, lack of depth, poor pacing.
I started this book with trepidation cause I have been rooked into others that had critical acclaim, but I'm thrilled that the accolades were correct. One of those stories I didn't want to end, and the fact the author read it gave the characters a weird sense of authenticity. I have been recommending it to everyone I know
You think it's the best time travel book you've read. Then you think it's maybe the best science fiction you've ever read. Then you get to the end and realize that All Our Wrong Todays is one of the greatest novels you've ever experienced. A dazzling achievement.
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