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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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    Crystal Phoenix, AZ, United States 05-11-12
    Crystal Phoenix, AZ, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2008
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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.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 12-02-16
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 12-02-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Cool idea. Tediously told."

    Haldeman tells you everything every philosopher imagines about time travel. Over and over and over and... ZZZZZZzzzzzz. Okay I knew the book was 7hrs when I bought it. What I didn't know is that the author magically made it seem like 42 hours... Or at least when I stopped listening it seemed like a trick to mash that many minutes into such a small container... Not an interesting trick.

    Hey, if you just want to hear, say, the first forty percent of this book... Well, that part's not bad... Filled with potential. When I pressed 'stop' I no longer cared about the questions raised in the beginning. Kevin Free reads alright, although my wife, who listened along with me on a long road trip, found his female voices weird.

    In all... pass on this one.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 10-21-13
    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2017
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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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    josh 05-18-13
    josh 05-18-13 Member Since 2010
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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.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S. Sackinger 10-28-08 Listener Since 2008
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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.

    6 of 8 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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan London, Ontario Canada 09-02-15
    Nathan London, Ontario Canada 09-02-15 Listener Since 2007
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    "Good contemporary time travel & coming of age tale"

    Matt is a smart but lazy MIT research assistant who accidentally discovers a time machine. However it will only go forward in time, and will exponentially increases with every jump. While the first jumps are in minutes it will quickly jumps day, years and centuries with no guarantee he can ever get back.

    Although I haven't read it, it feels like a modern version of The Time Machine. The restriction of only being able to go forward in time avoids a lot of the typical time travel cliches. Still it doesn't try to ignore paradoxes but faces them head on and discusses the theories in depth.

    While the story it does deal a lot with time theory, overall it's really is a coming of age story. We see Matt develop and grow naturally as a person, discovering himself.

    I won't spoil what he encounters in the future but at least part of it follows the typical society evolves backwards, or at least to outward appearances. For parts it seem to be predictable and boring but it does become unpredictable again. It has religious themes that some people may take issue with, but since the protagonist is a skeptic we have to remember we're shown the world through his eyes.

    The ending doesn't pull any fancy tricks, comes close to Deus Ex Machina but doesn't.

    Having a contemporary protagonist gave it a fresh feel and if you like time travel stories give it a read. If you don't like all the timey wimey mumbo jumbo be prepared to skip through parts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Binkers 03-25-15
    Binkers 03-25-15 Member Since 2016
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 02-09-13
    Mark 02-09-13
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    "Engaging, Light Reading but Not Too Light"

    This is a good story and well worth the read. Enjoyable, engaging characters and a story not hard to follow. Well worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Las Cruces, NM United States 04-25-09
    David Las Cruces, NM United States 04-25-09 Member Since 2017
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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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