When Nigel Walden is 14, the Unhappenings begin. His first girlfriend disappears the day after their first kiss with no indication she ever existed. This retroactive change is the first of many only he seems to notice. Several years later, when Nigel is visited by two people from his future, he hopes they can explain why the past keeps rewriting itself around him. But the enigmatic young guide shares very little, and the haggard, incoherent, elderly version of himself is even less reliable. His search for answers takes him 52 years forward in time, where he finds himself stranded and alone. And then he meets Helen. Brilliant, hilarious, and beautiful, she captivates him. But Nigel's relationships always unhappen, and if they get close it could be fatal for her. Worse, according to the young guide, just by entering Helen's life, Nigel has already set into motion events that will have catastrophic consequences. In his efforts to reverse this, and to find a way to remain with Helen, he discovers the disturbing truth about the unhappenings and the role he and his future self have played all along.
Equal parts time travel adventure and tragic love story, Unhappenings is a tale of gravely bad choices and Nigel's struggle not to become what he sees in the preview of his worst self.
©2014 Edward Aubry (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
I listened to this book in a day- granted I am using the 3x speed function, but it melted away like nothing. I haven’t been this entertained by a book in a while- quite frankly I’ve gone through a lot of duds recently. I found the story engaging and the narration fantastic.
I’m quite the fan of time travel stories. I like the mental gymnastics required and I especially enjoy seeing how an author handles the various ‘time worn’ paradoxes. Aubry does his job quite well here, managing to take on complex discussions without making them seem nonsensical or boring.
I will agree with others that some of the plot developments detracted, rather than enhanced, the story at large. But, honestly, it was so engaging overall I had to give it the 5th star. So rarely do I start, and finish, a listen in a single day.
What I will say in the negative is the ending seemed like Aubry either got bored or plain gave up. It became brutally quick and formulaic. This was disappointing on a number of levels, but the previous time I had spent with the characters compensates in my mind. Maybe it shouldn’t, but I guess that’s why these are subjective reviews.
Worth a credit and your time.
I love stories! Audible makes it so easy for me to be productive and still pamper myself with a good book. Bring on the stories.
I have over 400 books in my library and I have never written a review, but this book is so good that I had to put my two cents in.
READ/LISTEN to Unhappenings!
I wish my mind worked like Edward Aubrey' s, then I could keep myself entertained all the time and, wouldn't spend so much money on audible. Unfortunately it doesn't. ( you can stop holding your breath audible, you will still get my money. haha) So I will continue to search for books and buy them.
I found Unhappenings a little hard to get into at first and did some re-listening to a few chapters, but once I was 1/4 of the way in it and met Penelope/Una/Athena and Hellena it grabbed my full attention and did not let go until the very end.
Josh Hurley did an excellent job. I completely forgot about him almost immediately. I was just listening to the characters tell me their story.
My advise is, buy this book.
On balance, no. I really wanted to like this book and the concept, but it really seemed like the author was dragging it out. It started to be a journey just to get through it. That said, there are part that were somewhat fascinating, and conceptually there was some value, but on balance it was not worth the journey.
Edit, edit some more, and then edit again.
Some of the dystopian concepts were compelling, as were some of the paradoxes.
Only if it was edited.
This book disappoints as much because the concepts and characters are fascinating and you really want them to work. Unfortunately, like many things the devil is in the execution, and this one fails in that area. However, the performance is good, and there are some compelling parts. I give it a provisional recommendation, with large reservations.
1 Star -- Terrible 2 Stars -- Bad 3 Stars -- Mediocre 4 Stars -- Great to the right person. 5 Stars -- Superb, you must pick this up.
This book is a very easy 5 star rating and on my short list of universal recommendations.
Unhappenings surprised me with its quality. I was expecting a solid 4 star book, instead I got one that had twists that caught me off guard and several long lasting moments where I had an strong emotional response to events happening within the story. That says something considering how jaded I've become.
It is fairly hard to describe the book or review it without giving away even the most general of spoilers. This is because the plot is made of woven threads of mysteries. Very early on, you are told in very broad strokes how the book will supposedly end. This lead me to the edge of my seat while I waited for the forecasted events to happen, or if they even would. It is a book about time travel after all, it should be easy to avoid bad ends, especially if you know they are coming. The mysteries aren't all there is, the romance is a strong story thread that polishes the latter half of the book. It provides motivation as well as a reason for the horrors that can come with it. Of special note, the romance never felt even slightly chick-lit.
Psychological Thriller, Suspense Thriller, Cerebral Suspense, Cerebral Thriller? I could use any one of those phrases to describe and categorize this book and in turn recommend it to others. That doesn't do it justice, though. I suspect if you pick this book up, you will simultaneously need to know what happens next and dread what could happen next. You'll feel happy, horrified, sad, and any number of other emotions.
So, if you want a book that will leave you questioning yourself as mysteries are solved and introduced piecemeal until a very satisfying ending, I recommend this book whole-heartedly.
Bought this on a whim. Only the second book to challenge my ability to see the end by the second chapter. Very clear and easy to follow, but don't miss 30 seconds. It is too tightly written. No sagging middle.
Narration was phenomenal. I can see the MC speaking of his memories. Mostly, Audible is hearing a book. This book was read to me over the span of a couple of days. I sat at the feet of a story telling master.
How does one remember something that didn't happen? Or maybe a better question would be if you could change the past and did, would your motivation change the future, or would the future change your perceived motivation? This story raised some interesting questions about reasons for time travel, yet it seemed to deal more with the feelings and effects on the non-time travellers. This romantic story was a bit high on thoughts and dialogue and light on action and description. Parts of the romance felt very adolescent. Excellent audio recording!
This story was excellent it had so much of what i wanted. But it did take it's time greetings there. (vary slow start and gose on for ever) But if ypu are looking for mystery, love and time travel this is it. i am definitely puting this on my listen list.
My most memorable moments was the mysterious girl introduced herself and the ending is a way I aways wanted a book to end
The narrator was excellent. He portrayed the character greatly.
Although I love time travel yarns, this one ended in a way that, although not surprising, was disappointing to me. I don't know what I expected, since many, many time travel stories end badly, but I felt that this one could have ended better. I still loved the book and am not sorry that I read it. The performance was excellent. in fact there was a point where I was sure that there were two readers involved. My advice is buy the book and decide for yourself.
The first half was intriguing and fun. When it became a "love story" with a lot of family drama I was just hoping it would end soon. A good read, not a memorable one.
"Well whiten and interesting character"
A good listen which can be quite addictive. For me it was spoiled a little by allowing "different frames of reference" to explain why the universe absorbs paradoxes. The end also was a little disappointing. Don't let that put you of though. The journey is more important than the destination and this one has strange new worlds and quests aplenty.
"Oh dear so much promise"
Well got to the end finally!! potential good idea but more holes than a Swiss cheese
At least Jodi Taylor has the presence to add humour as her time travelling opus the St Mary's series! failing to allow for any laws, consequences of messing up or including any trips forward backs in time! This is a disjointed tale of a group of people I couldn't give a fig about whether they lived died or lived again
Sorry not for me! Writing about time travel is a complicated subject especially if you are delving into various scenarios with multiple time lines
Just my opinion it might be for you
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