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All Our Wrong Todays

Narrated by: Elan Mastai
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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....

©2017 Elan Mastai (P)2017 Penguin RandomHouse UK

Critic Reviews

"A thrilling tale of time travel and alternate timelines with a refreshingly optimistic view of humanity's future." (Andy Weir, author of international best seller The Martian)
"A novel about time travel has no right to be this engaging. A novel this engaging has no right to be this smart. And a novel this smart has no right to be this funny. Or insightful. Or immersive. Basically, this novel has no right to exist." (Jonathan Tropper, New York Times best-selling author of This Is Where I Leave You and One Last Thing Before I Go)

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Don't waste your time.

I liked the concept of the book however it was very hard to enjoy as the main character is always moaning.

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memorable

this is the best book I read in the last 6 months (out of about 50 books) memorable and funny and sweet and honest. I also like the 2 word chapter

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  • Leo Saumure
  • 18-05-2017

well it's about time

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!

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  • Kaggy
  • 02-05-2017

The point of it all....

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!

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  • Miss N S Smith
  • 16-12-2017

great story and some truly hilarious moments!

The story had us hooked from the outset with a charmingly human main character. As the story progressed it became more and more gripping, with what sounded like believable science and some extremely funny chapters. Great narration too and very privileged to hear the authors words in his own voice. loved it!

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  • cara
  • 17-11-2017

Times a changing

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

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  • Stacey
  • 10-03-2017

brilliant and new

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

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  • Damo
  • 30-04-2018

Repetitive

This is a book.
This is a book with interesting concepts.
This is a book with interesting concepts and a different take on time travel to anything else I have read.
This is a book with interesting concepts and a different take on time travel to anything else I have read that uses some literary techniques that are very annoying to listen to.
This is one.
There are also moments when entire chapters of the story are summarised, bringing you through the last couple of chapters you have just heard.

The chapter that was comprised entirely of the words f*ck and sh*t for more than 2 minutes of listening time and the chapter that was written backwards were a complete waste of time.

I enjoyed the differences between the two worlds and people in the two, and the idea of temporal drag (although where Tom gets this term from is uncertain) and without giving too much away, Mastai has some really clever insights into the consequences of time travel which I enjoyed.

Worth a read if you're into the genre, but don't be afraid of missing anything if you skip the chapter that is summary, swearing or backwards. You won't.

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  • Sue
  • 04-02-2018

refreshingly different

This is an epic story of quantum physics, psychology and love. I am not a scientist and have no idea if the physics is real or part of the science-fiction, but I really enjoyed it. The very short chapters helped to nail down some complicated and difficult ideas into an enjoyable and very different listen. The author narrated it brilliantly, which really added to the overall experience. I am glad I decided to go with others’ positive recommendations and try this book - it was worth it!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-01-2018

Weird, interesting and enjoyable

What made the experience of listening to All Our Wrong Todays the most enjoyable?

Can't think of any other stories quite like this, really enjoyed all twists and short chapters which moved story on quickly and in different directions

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really well read by the author,

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  • Madawi
  • 11-10-2017

Nice quick read

Good light book
In spite of the excessive repetition The writer succeeded in keeping the story interesting. Clever idea but it wasn’t completely convincing in som areas And I find this annoying.
I know it’s a science fiction but You would like to be convinced in order to let your imagination go on with the events. It’s matters specially when the idea is so good but missing the perfection because of very little holes here and there

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  • 4isfine
  • 08-04-2020

Not what I expected.

I have now listened to this book on audible around 5 times.

The concept of this book is not what I expected this book would be and it is a really good read? for me it's a great listen! The protagonist is not a hero, the ending is not as you would expect and it makes you think about your own life. The expectations you have for your own mortal days on this planet. There is also a lot of insight into the personalities in the book and why they behave as they do. On that basis it is very realistic they are very believable characters . Raw people, not people as they would wish to be portrayed. The story line fits back together seamlessely in spite of all the time travel and it is very well thought out.

The only thing that I am surprised by on each 'listen' is the number of times that a thing is described. It is as though the author needs to describe things as a litany. There is a rhythm to it which means it is ok once you get into the reading style, but I'm surprised that the publisher let it through so many times.

that said...

please write some more books!

thank you! 🙂

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  • Jenny
  • 03-04-2017

Wow wow wow!!

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.

Highly recommended.

The bar is set high for 2017.

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