We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Accidental Time Machine Audiobook

The Accidental Time Machine

Regular Price:$20.72
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (681 )
5 star
 (247)
4 star
 (268)
3 star
 (123)
2 star
 (31)
1 star
 (12)
Overall
4.0 (525 )
5 star
 (201)
4 star
 (187)
3 star
 (98)
2 star
 (27)
1 star
 (12)
Story
4.2 (519 )
5 star
 (236)
4 star
 (193)
3 star
 (74)
2 star
 (13)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    The Reader USA 01-03-09
    The Reader USA 01-03-09 Listener Since 2003

    Red

    HELPFUL VOTES
    50
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    46
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "satisfying and interesting."

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

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    proton 05-14-09
    proton 05-14-09 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    33
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    293
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Lovely"

    Unexpectedly clever and quite funny. Really different, enjoyable.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tom Truckee, CA, USA 10-16-08
    Tom Truckee, CA, USA 10-16-08
    HELPFUL VOTES
    31
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    47
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    EricS 05-10-17
    EricS 05-10-17 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Weak story and poor editing"
    Would you try another book from Joe Haldeman and/or Kevin Free?

    I'd try another from Haldeman, because I read and greatly enjoyed The Forever War.


    What didn’t you like about Kevin Free’s performance?

    Free's performance of the characters was fine, but the timing throughout was awkward. Strange pauses and delays in unlikely spots were common. This audiobook would have benefited from considerable editing to improve the pace. Doing so would probably have shortened it by an hour, as well.


    What character would you cut from The Accidental Time Machine?

    Frankly, none of them struck me as particularly interesting. They were all 2-dimensional, little more than caricatures.


    Any additional comments?

    The deus ex machina device that resolves the story was pretty much unsupported, and uninteresting.
    The whole story had the feel of a sketch or first draft of an idea that accidentally got sent off to the printer long before it was ready.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    P. F. Ponte New Bedford, MA United States 04-15-17
    P. F. Ponte New Bedford, MA United States 04-15-17 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not Haldeman's Best"

    Rather disappointed in this one. I've read almost every novel and many shorter works by Haldeman, but this fell short of the consistent quality of prior work. It felt like a half-hearted effort, and I expected more from the guy who innovated so much in time travel stories with The Forever War. Plus, I felt somewhat offended by his gratuitous insult against Christianity. For example, why would Martha, an observant Christian living in a totalitarian theocracy, have access to a copy of the Koran? On the upside, I think the narration was excellent and perfectly cast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    George Fleet 04-05-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    73
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Awesome"

    Hi,
    I have listened to this book several times since I purchased it! The book is great in any form.

    What brought me back again, was the Narrator.

    Hope you enjoy for yourself 😏

    Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 02-02-17 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "not what I thought it was going to be"

    the beginning was intriguing bit it all went down hill from there. the middle was poorly thought out with a weird Christian influence. over all not very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bond James Bond 12-12-16 Member Since 2008

    silentsun

    HELPFUL VOTES
    85
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    481
    127
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    7
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "it's ok"

    Not the best time travel story, but not the worst. The Time Traveler's Wife, for instance, is much better. The First 15 Lives of Harry August was better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Winterforge Reno, NV 12-12-16
    Winterforge Reno, NV 12-12-16 Member Since 2017
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book"

    I have no idea how this book ended up in my library. I have no recollection of buying it, and I had never heard of it before. Out of curiosity, I started listening to it, and I ended up hooked. A great time traveling story, with a new take on an old idea. However it ended up being in my collection, I'm glad it did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jeff N. Houston, Texas 12-08-16
    Jeff N. Houston, Texas 12-08-16 Member Since 2017

    TX Lawyer

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    133
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Curiously entertaining"

    It has been sometime since I have read such a curiously entertaining science fiction book. This novel represents a clever interpretation of how time functions. Going into the future and back into the past has never been more entertaining. The characters are not complex, which makes for a fun read. If you're looking for serious prose, look elsewhere. This book caters to the weekend reader as opposed to the serious academic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.