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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Yu Narrator: James Yaegashi Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781449867287
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From a “5 under 35” winner comes a razor-sharp, hilarious, and touching story of a son searching for his father—through quantum space-time.

Every day in Minor Universe 31, people get into time machines and try to change the past. That’s where Charles Yu, time-travel technician, steps in. He helps save people from themselves. Literally. When he’s not taking client calls, Yu visits his mother and searches for his father, who invented time travel and then vanished.

The key to locating his father may be found in a book. It’s called How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, and somewhere inside it is information that will help him. It may even save his life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A brainy reverie of sexbots, rayguns, time travel, and Buddhist zombie mothers…Packed with deft emotional insight.”

    Economist (London)

  • “Glittering layers of gorgeous and playful meta-science-fiction…Yu is a superhero of rendering human consciousness and emotion in the language of engineering and science…A complex, brainy, genre-hopping joyride of a story, far more than the sum of its component parts, and smart and tragic enough to engage all regions of the brain and body.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A funny, funny book, and it’s a good thing, too; because at its heart it’s a book about loneliness, regret, and the all-too-human desire to change the past.”

    Tor.com

  • “Compulsively rereadable…Hilarious.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “There’s some really beautiful descriptions of time travel worthy of a Murray Gold–scored Doctor speech.”

    BookRiot

  • “A whimsical yet sincere tribute to old-school science fiction and quantum physics…A fascinating, philosophical and disorienting thriller about life and the context that gives it meaning.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A BookRiot Pick of Books to Read If You Miss Doctor Who

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phoebe | 6/25/2011

    " Not really hard sci-fi (is meta sci-fi a genre?), but interesting concepts and great character development, even though the main character isn't particularly likable. Everything about this book is self-referential. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sumayyah | 6/17/2011

    " Infinite time loops are sexy. Oh Lord, I think my geek level just rose about 200%. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 6/17/2011

    " A missing-father novel, done in a pleasantly fresh way. Yu uses his slyly deconstructed time-travel narrative as an armature for a slowly boiling account of growing up with a complicated father. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy b | 6/11/2011

    " Wonderful,refreshing and thought provoking read,most definitely note the influence of Douglas Adams
    Highly recommend
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 6/8/2011

    " I thought I was going to enjoy this book. But then I didn't enjoy it. Some books are like that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 6/7/2011

    " Made it onto the NYT's best books of the year list, but not my favorite read. While the concept is interesting, the narrative did not get compelling until the last third of the book. Even science fictional novels need to have some kind of plot momentum. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Yu

Charles Yu is the author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, which was named one of the best books of the year by Time magazine. He received the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award for his story collection Third Class Superhero and was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award. His work has been published in the New York Times, Playboy, and Slate, among other periodicals. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children.

About the Narrator

James Yaegashi has appeared in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions, film, and television roles. He was also a popular radio disc jockey in Japan. He is a four-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audiobook narration, and his voice-over credits include a featured role in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.