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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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In this fiercely original novel, Charles is a time-traveling repairman working in the off-kilter Minor Universe 31. He helps clients return to their biggest mistakes, which they incorrectly believe they can repair. But they can’t—and that’s bad news for Charles, who once accidentally ran into and shot his future self.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Glittering layers of gorgeous and playful meta-science-fiction…Like [Douglas] Adams, Yu is very funny, usually proportional to the wildness of his inventions, but Yu’s sound and fury conceal (and construct) this novel’s dense, tragic, all-too-human heart…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

  • “Compulsively rereadable…Hilarious…Yu has a crisp, intermittently lyrical prose style, one that’s comfortable with both math and sadness, moving seamlessly from delirious metafiction to the straight-faced prose of instruction-manual entries…[The book itself] is like Steve Jobs’ ultimate hardware fetish, a dreamlike amalgam of functionality and predetermination.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • How to Live Safely is a book likely to generate a lot of discussion, within science fiction and outside, infuriating some readers while delighting many others.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

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. His voice-over credits include a featured role in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.