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The Accidental Time Machine Audiobook

The Accidental Time Machine

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Publisher's Summary

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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    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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    Free Thinker 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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    Michael Durango, CO, United States 10-23-08
    Michael Durango, CO, United States 10-23-08 Member Since 2016
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    "No Time"

    You will wish you had remained in 2008 rather than have wasted your time reading this science fiction piece of dribble. It is especially disappointing after Mr. Haldeman's entertaining book, The Forever War. This book is written with the imagination and care of a poorly educated American seventh grader. Your time will be better spent doing nothing.

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    Chuck 10-22-08
    Chuck 10-22-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable"

    Fun to listen, time travel with a twist.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. DiLoreto Chambersburg, PA USA 10-27-08
    K. DiLoreto Chambersburg, PA USA 10-27-08 Member Since 2003
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    "The Accidental Time Machine"

    I have had many wonderful experiences with audio books. This was not one of them. The writing was sophomoric. The plot and the characters were weak. The narrator was average (although he didn't have a lot to work with). The author borrowed some classic icons from other great works such as the monolith from 2001 A Space Odyssey, but even then wasn't able to use them with any literary impact. On the positive side, the book had a good title.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Santa Monica, CA, United States 04-07-13
    Nicholas Santa Monica, CA, United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Truly Awful!!"
    What disappointed you about The Accidental Time Machine?

    I love science fiction and time travel stories, but this was just dreadful. The lead character comes across like an imbecile. When he skips time he learns his mother has Alzheimer's and has absolutely no reaction to this news. In fact we never get any sense of what is going on in his head, except when Martha is about to get naked - which almost happens again and again. I loathed this miscreant of a character. And then there was Martha. From a religiously conservative background she apparently has no sexual desires or instincts. A bird is born knowing how to build a nest, Martha was born with no sexual instinct whatsoever according to this author.

    There is also nothing at stake in this dull effort. One just doesn't give a damn if they live or die. Almost no character development. Avoid at all costs.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin Free’s performances?

    No.


    What character would you cut from The Accidental Time Machine?

    No character history or development for any of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Avoid at all costs.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-19-11
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    "Simply not a good story"
    What would have made The Accidental Time Machine better?

    This book simply lacks the characters or story quality that made Forever War and the World's Trilogy such great books. Even a so-so book could become a good one when framed in the kind of incredible prose Haldeman has demonstrated in his best books - but that quality too is lacking here.


    Any additional comments?

    Buying a Haldeman book has been a no-brainer for me in the past.. but I have grown increasingly disenchanted with his works over the past years.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Tampa, FL, USA 01-27-10
    Douglas Tampa, FL, USA 01-27-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Accidental Purchase!"

    I was looking at a couple of time travel titles and stumbled across this short yet witty time travel experience. It provides a rather unique view of time travel and focuses mainly on the characters rather than the technology beyond the phenomena. This book combined humor, religion, holograms etc to weave a rather unique tapestry of an experiment gone wild and in the end was a solid listen. Slightly short however, so you must debate whether you want to use your credit or not!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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