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Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of All Our Wrong Todays, written and read by Elan Mastai.
So, the thing is, I come from the world we were supposed to have. That means nothing to you, obviously, because you live here, in the crappy world we do have. But it never should've turned out like this. And it's all my fault - well, me and, to a lesser extent, my father. And, yeah, I guess a little bit Penelope. In both worlds she's the love of my life. But only a single version of her can exist. I have one impossible chance to fix history's greatest mistake and save this broken world. Except it means saving one Penelope and losing the other forever - and I have absolutely no idea which to choose....
I was fairly critical of this book's grasp on the concept of time travel when it comes to the plausibility of how the author envisioned it. But later on in the book the author made a self-referential jab at himself with the very thing I had issues with: the implausibility of the fiction.
From them on, I was just enjoying the ride!
Absolutely loved this book. chose to get it after hearing it on radio2 book club and they werent exagerrating in their reviews...funny sad and utterly captivating
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
At last a time travel book that puts a fresh spin on the genre and actually make you believe the events described could possibly happen. This is probably helped by the fact that the time line is set between 1965 and 2016 and so is a period easily recognisable to most readers. In a nutshell, this is a sassy, smart, funny and extremely moving adventure filled with strong fascinating characters and a plot that never loses pace
I am slightly surprised that this is currently classified on Audible as 'Chick Lit' and I think this is a shame as it could alienate a lot of readers/listeners who would not possibly consider reading anything in this genre. I accept that love is a very strong theme within the story but I think a more appropriate genre would be Speculative Fiction (something particularly loved by one of the main characters) and perfectly describes this mixture of science fiction and philosophical musings.
Books read by their own authors are frequently unpopular but Elan Mastai is an excellent narrator and handles the roller coaster of emotions extremely well.
Now I have finished this, I wish I had a time machine that would take me back to the point when I began listening to this brilliant story but I guess that is an ambition I had better keep to myself!
10 of 12 people found this review helpful
Heard about this book on the BBC 2 book club, and unfortunately I cannot eco the rave reviews on that show. The book is an easy read, occasionally amusing. I found the plot dull and I could not care/engage with the main character. The wiring style was straight forward and without any interest for me (i can't say it's well written). I would not read again :(
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Where does All Our Wrong Todays rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I'd say this novel is brilliant and certainly on the exceptional side of modern novels. It's ending is a little rushed - a plague that seems to affect most modern books? But it's very enjoyable.
What was one of the most memorable moments of All Our Wrong Todays?
The romance was one of the best bits I thought.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
I really don't think writers should read their own novels. It felt so rushed, not savoured or deliberate and that's quite disappointing. Especially with the concepts he's trying to express.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It was but that was the story not the narration.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
I absolutely ADORED this book! I listened to it in 2 days and never wanted it to end. It's a clever, affecting and fully realised time-travel adventure story, with enough geeky science to make me feel smart. The story is brilliant and with so many interesting twists and turns it kept me on the edge of my seat (or earbuds).
Tom is a great character, a real person, full of self-doubt and human failings. He's not a super-hero, and I guess, in reality, that's exactly the sort of person who would end up saving the world, someone who questions themselves and their choices all the the time. And that is was the author is so good at; every time you feel a thread is being resolved, he asks another question and you see the whole story in a different light.
The author is the narrator, usually this is a disaster in my opinion, but here, it's perfect. He's a great reader but you also feel he really knows these people, he's communicating personal insight.
The bar is set high for 2017.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
Thank you to Radio 2 book club for drawing my attention to this book. I heard the reviews and the author talk about the book and immediately when to Audible to find it. Well done Audible for getting the author to narrate his book. I loved it and couldn't stop listening The blend of sci-fi and personal make this story incredible. The pace created by the short chapters keep the story moving and kept me engaged. It also meant it was easy to fill a spare ten minutes with listening to a couple of chapters. The factor the author is a screenplay writer means he's able to create fantastic imagery. I'm know looking forward to seeing the film and judging how the two compare.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I have already told my family and friends about the book, it's a great sci-fi premise but with such relatable attributes.
What other book might you compare All Our Wrong Todays to, and why?
It is pretty original so cannot think of a fair comparison
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The book is a very 'real' illustration of the protagonist's life, it contains sadness and joy, just as any life would have, but as it is written by a talented writer in Elan Mastai, those moments are articulated very well
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
I have returned books because of poor narration in the past, but it speaks for how much I liked the story that I persisted through a lackluster, basic reading.
Character performance, at the very least an effort to differentiate male and female voices,makes or breaks a 5 star rating in an audiobook, in my opinion, so my rating can't go as high as the 5 the novel deserves.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Time travel for love, time travel for all the wrong reasons, time travel to save the world, time travel to find yourself.
This book is dense with probabilities, paradoxes, it even tells you why it would never work, and how they made it work. Mind bending, funny, emotional and totally absorbing, all that fiction should be but seldom is. A great find that will make you happy to have travelled into so many possibilities.
The best fiction I have read this year, with a very grounded message about life and love and of course time travel.
7 of 12 people found this review helpful
I loved this book and the way it explores timelines and the way time travel came to be.
A constant stream of excitement, i never knew what was coming next. Its a very entertaining book