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Publisher's Summary

An irreverent, liberal, twisty time-travel comedy! 

What if you could make a change to history that would eliminate the Spanish Inquisition, American slavery, World War II, global warming, and an egomaniacal US president who thought he was smart enough to drop nuclear bombs here and there without negative consequences? What if that change also made the United States and five billion people poof from existence? Would you do it? 

When alien time travel specialists, the Krichards, learn of President Handley's game of dodge-the-mushroom-cloud, they race to Earth to investigate. For them, the question of whether it's worth it to change history is easy to answer, but they will only proceed if the human they deem best qualified to represent Earth agrees to make the change. Erasing Handley's nuclear annihilation will require a quick jump to AD 31 to correct an error in history. If the Krichards select a brilliant scientist or an elite athlete for the task, Earth may be in good hands. Instead they select Marty Mann, a mildly successful travel writer whose only superpower is not taking life too seriously. What could possibly go wrong? 

Spanning from the Cretaceous period to 2056, Time Is Irreverent is a hilarious, thought-provoking satire, with unpredictable twists, colorful aliens, huge dinosaurs, a smokin' hot lesbian from the future, and a cameo from Jesus Christ himself! 

Publisher's Warning: This book is intended for a liberal audience and features satirical content that may not be appropriate for Donald Trump supporters or those who are offended by views that challenge traditional religious beliefs. Common side effects include wide smiles, sudden laughter, and occasional snorts. Listener discretion is advised.

©2018 Marty Essen (P)2018 Marty Essen

Critic Reviews

“Ironic, original, hysterically funny, deftly crafted, and an impressively entertaining read from first page to last.” (Midwest Book Review)  

Time Is Irreverent is a well-written, well-paced novel peopled with solid, likeable characters. Marty Essen is a talented author who has managed to wrap several complex threads into a light, enjoyable narrative. I hope he will continue writing in the sci-fi genre and I look forward eagerly to his future works.” (Charles Remington, Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews) 

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  • cosmitron
  • 07-06-2018

A fun Science Fiction Adventure.

Its rare that a Writer can pull off a humorous Science Fiction story but this is a winner.With the help of a good Narrator most
listeners will have fun listening to this Futuristic romp and will watch time defy the Spacetime-Continuum.

Sit back and enjoy the ride.


This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • korinka
  • 29-06-2018

Lighthearted fun

This story is a political and social commentary of our present wrapped in an adventure. Don't worry about our bleak prospects though, a team of colorful and easy-going extraterrestrials are here to help our hero change the future! Travel blogger Marty has a great time, finally finds women he can relate to... and there are dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are rad!

It's a charming book that will make you root for Marty and his friends. If you're not a firm denier of global warming, this book should keep a smirk on your face throughout, as it did on mine. Narrator is pretty good, too. Give it a read :)


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Ron B.
  • 23-05-2018

Jr. High Comedy

If you enjoy Jr. High jokes about Uranus and a disturbing dismissal of any religion in favor of science. This book is for you. If on the other hand you, like most people, have a preferred religion or at least a respect for those who may think different from you, I would pass on this one.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 23-06-2018

nice concept but

the concept of the book was nice I like the idea and I even laughed some in the book but something did bother me and I can't figure out what I think the book could have been better but it wasn't maybe it's just me I don't know I do appreciate the idea I do appreciate the comedy and it was good but something there wasn't enough I think
the narrator did save the book
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  • Luke
  • 17-06-2018

Hilarious look at history

A megalomaniac is the President of the United States, and has already begun dropping nukes on the world. So naturally, time traveling aliens want to help us humans not destroy the Earth. To do that, they enlist Marty Mann to go back in time to essentially nullify religion and promote scientific, logical thoughts.

Obviously, this book isn't exactly friendly towards religious believers, especially the religious right. But it's great fun for those with a more liberal viewpoint. Marty is a fun character to see the world through, and you'll meet an interesting cast of characters from all times and places.

**I was provided with a promotional copy, at my request, and have voluntarily left a fair and honest review**

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  • Robert
  • 11-06-2018

Don't waste your time or credit

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
I only listened to the first 38 minutes of this book and I did not like any part of it. It's supposed to be funny, but I just didn't get it. Maybe the book improves later in the later chapters, but I doubt it.

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  • Glenn White
  • 04-06-2018

I want my money back!

this book is full of liberal Prejudice and racism. Don't waste your money! crap crap crap crap crap

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  • Rhonda
  • 29-06-2018

Ridiculous

Ok I get the humor, juvenile as it, but I didn't find this book funny or even a fun listen. I did listen to most of it just to see where it was going and if it would get better. Sadly, it didn't. Politics and religion aside, the book just wasn't for me. I found the story to be ridiculous and uninteresting. The narration was the only thing I found good about this book. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • TU
  • 26-06-2018

Not for me, too mean spirited

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

So, this was clearly geared (as the synopsis points out) as a Trump bashing book. Again, the synopsis on Audible clearly indicate this is highly liberally slanted. So I won't ding it for that alone. I'm not going to get into my personal politics on Audible, but I am neither a Trump supporter or Anti-Trump. I've found both good and bad from all of the presidents that I've lived through in this country. Anyway, this book just came across more mean spirited than good natured ribbing. It seemed cruel and I honestly did not find it very funny. For this to have been a better listening experience, I think it should have been less biased and mocked both sides equally. That way it would at least appeal to a broader audiance, instead of the far left-leaning Trump haters. Like I said, that is solely my opinion, so take it with a grain of salt. I'm sure others may find it funny.

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  • M MURPHY
  • 07-07-2018

truly dreadful

wow! just awful. poor narration and the story is woefully lacking anything sensible or believable. do not believe the "fake" official reviews