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The Accidental Time Machine | [Joe Haldeman]

The Accidental Time Machine

Joe Haldeman is the esteemed Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Forever War. Things are going nowhere for lowly MIT research assistant Matt Fuller - especially not after his girlfriend drops him for another man. But then while working late one night, he inadvertently stumbles upon what may be the greatest scientific breakthrough ever. His luck, however, runs out when he finds himself wanted for murder - in the future.
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Joe Haldeman is the esteemed Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Forever War. Things are going nowhere for lowly MIT research assistant Matt Fuller - especially not after his girlfriend drops him for another man. But then while working late one night, he inadvertently stumbles upon what may be the greatest scientific breakthrough ever. His luck, however, runs out when he finds himself wanted for murder - in the future.

©2007 Joe Haldeman (P)2008 Recorded Books

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    proton 05-14-09
    proton 05-14-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Lovely"

    Unexpectedly clever and quite funny. Really different, enjoyable.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 03-28-15
    Robert 03-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A fun listen"

    This isn't the deepest or most insightful science fiction out there, and to be honest it felt a bit too similar to The Forever War (a man stuck in multiple far-out futures that seem alien to him). But the main character was pretty likable and I still enjoyed it. The pacing's good and the author does a good job of keeping you interested in what's coming next.

    I'd recommend it if you're looking for a light read, but if you haven't read "The Forever War" I recommend you check that out instead.

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    Colin Lillie 01-30-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting and moves fast"

    This story doesn't drag its heels, but it leaves some holes in the story that you wish the author had closed. Still a good listen for science fiction fans though.

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    Bruce Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 12-07-14
    Bruce Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 12-07-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Strong Beginning, Silly Ending"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would rewrite the second half or so of the book to build on the strong beginning. It's almost as if this book is a combination of two efforts, the strong first-half effort and the weak, silly second-half effort.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joe Haldeman again?

    I'd be willing to give him another chance. The first half of the book reveals him to be a very good author.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would not. I think the movie would be all special effects to try to capture the second half, and to me a plot is more important than effects.


    Any additional comments?

    I was really excited about this book when I started reading, as I'm now into a phase in my science-fiction-reading career where time travel intrigues me. But the silly second half of the book made me want to just finish the thing so I could at least find out how it ends, then move on. I also don't like authors mixing religion and science fiction. Too many authors these days use their books as platforms to expound on their negative view of religion. If there were such a thing as Christian science fiction, I would not read it either; when I pick up a sci fi book, I want the sci fi, not a sermon, no matter what the author's religious views might be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 06-08-13
    Simone 06-08-13 Member Since 2015

    Member Since 2006!!

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    "Time Travel Is Always Entertaining To Me"

    Not too much to say - I find Time Travel stories pretty interesting and thought-provoking in general, and this one was no exception. I’d recommend it if you like the genre.

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    Jordan 05-21-12
    Jordan 05-21-12
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    "Worth the listen... very intertaining!"
    What does Kevin Free bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The ability to listen while I drive :-) It was a very good book to have read to me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No but when the commercial breaks (times I wasn't in my car) became to long I wanted to go out and drive just so I could find out what happened next in the story.


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    Joshua S Colorado, USA 05-09-12
    Joshua S Colorado, USA 05-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Short, Sweet, Sci-Fi greatness"

    This story is about as long as one part of others. Interestingly it takes you on a journey that is unimaginable before you get there.

    Interesting inclusion of real science and theory in to a fictional story. I found myself wanting more but feeling satisfied that I had all I needed.

    Amusing satirical view of the future, had some good laughs with this book. Worth a read especially if you are short on time.

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    Richard Bradford 04-02-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun story, Good plot twists"

    Haldeman proves himself the master of the hard-SF novel. The protagonist is engaging and funny. When I thought the plot was going to follow a predictable path, Haldeman opened a new door.

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    Mary 03-26-12
    Mary 03-26-12
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    "Good story with decent science"

    I love science fiction. I love science. While I can suspend my disbelief as well as the best of them I totally love it when somebody writes a great story without bending my brain too badly.

    This story is less about the science than it is about the situations the poor kid gets into because he is traveling through time. And he does get into some tough binds - as would anyone accidentally traveling through time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frank DURHAM, NC, United States 05-29-09
    Frank DURHAM, NC, United States 05-29-09
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    "Fun story"

    I thought this story was pretty clever. I do not listen to much sci-fi anymore -- I seldom find it entertaining -- but the description appealed to me and the novel did not let me down.

    No worries - this is NOT "hard" science fiction. There was no work in trying to follow the science to get through this one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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