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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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    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 10-21-13
    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2014

    I love to read books; and now just recently I've discovered that audio books are very cool!! I'm also an author. You can find the SciFi book "The Curse of Europa" here on Audible or on Amazon.

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    "A fun, light story"
    Any additional comments?

    I both love and hate time travel stories. I usually hate the ones that allow the protagonist to bop around at will. Especially ones that try to make a suspenseful (race against the clock) story to save the day - when all they have to do is use their stupid time machine and go back... say 12 hours more, etc.... i.e. Heros (TV show).

    The time travel stories I love are ones where there are restrictions. This is one of those stories. This grad student, Matt, discovers that a simple device seems to be able to jump forward in time. The restrictions are that the amount of time it moves forward is exponential each time; so a few seconds turn into a few minutes, to days, months, years, etc. There is no going backwards.

    So the story turns out to be him moving forward in time, further and further each time. It's a bit light heated but clever. A warning - if you can't handle a story that discusses and rebukes religion then steer clear.

    When I first started listening to the narrator I was a little turned off - he seemed young and amateurish. But he actually ended up doing a pretty good job actually and since the story was completely centered around Matt (who is young and a bit immature) , the narrator's voice became totally appropriate and fit perfectly.

    In all, this is a quick, witty, funny, and overall fun story. It was not at all what I expected and I was presently surprised.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal TEMPE, AZ, United States 05-11-12
    Crystal TEMPE, AZ, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2008

    Listener of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Intrigue (not romance), Historical Fiction and very eclectic in her literary wanderings.

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    "Unexpected Sci-Fi"

    When I read reviews before buying, I kept reading that it had a twist. How much of twist could a time travel book really have? It's a big one.

    The story and characters are good on their own, nobody stands out as amazing, just solid enjoyment. But the twist had me literally going, "Huh? Huh? HUH!"

    I stuck it out because I was so curious to see how the author could take me from "OMG No" to "Yay!" And he does.

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    S. Sackinger 10-28-08 Member Since 2010

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    "It's about time"

    Science Fiction has been around for about a century and yet this is the first book that bases a story on a Time Machine only going forward in time. While the scenarios are sometimes a bit odd, and the secondary premise is left unexplained, I still feel this is a book worth reading. Something about the characters stays with you long after the book is back on the shelf.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    josh 05-18-13
    josh 05-18-13 Member Since 2010

    sci-fi lover. not a prepper but i dig end of the world stories. I'm a black smith and foundry man by trade. & Zombies Zombies Zombies.

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    "Good time travle Sci Fi. A good fun story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Some Time books can be sort of crushing, all "paradox" this and "I went back to change it all" that.. This story is nice and simple and easy to enjoy. and that's what i did, enjoy it.
    It had all the good parts about practical time travel coupled with a nice story.
    recommended.


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    David CINCINNATI, OH, United States 04-25-09
    David CINCINNATI, OH, United States 04-25-09 Member Since 2008
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    "A Fun Read"

    I love time travel stories and this was no disappointment. I do agree with the other review in that the writing was simple but I enjoyed the plot and characters. The author kept my interest and it was hard to put down. In all, a fun read. This was my first Haldeman and now I am interested in seeing what else he has done.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    The Reader USA 01-03-09
    The Reader USA 01-03-09 Member Since 2009

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    "satisfying and interesting."

    I usually buy longer books. But this offered so much.

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    Tom Truckee, CA, USA 10-16-08
    Tom Truckee, CA, USA 10-16-08
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    "Fun Read, Err Listen :-)"

    Hard science fiction that brought back memories of when I lived in Bahston. Just plain fun - a good yard to listen to with some elements here and there to make you think for a "gray minute" (listen to the book for that now obvious meaning). Probably one of the better ways I've spent 8 hours recently. Not polished enough for five stars but a page turner or enough to have you sitting out in the car waiting for a good place to turn the MP3 player off.

    This book has me going back and considering Mr. Halderman's other selection.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Milford, CA, USA 09-27-08
    Lynn Milford, CA, USA 09-27-08
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    "Well Written and Well Read"

    Don't let the cover picture and title keep you away. A great science fiction selection, hard science with a human side, humorous and compassionate as well.

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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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    Binkers 03-25-15
    Binkers 03-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun time travel story"

    I enjoy time travel stories and this one hit the mark for me. It was a nice lighthearted yet engaging journey of a grad student that stumbles upon a time machine. It's set in the Boston-Cambridge area with lots of geographical references to the streets and MIT campus.

    The narrator was terrific and stylistically added a lot to the feel of the story and heart of the characters.

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