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Publisher's Summary

The Man Who Folded Himself, written in 1973 (and reissued by BenBella in 2003) is a classic science fiction novel by award-winning author David Gerrold. This work was nominated for both Hugo and Nebula awards and is considered by some critics to be the finest time travel novel ever written.
©2003 David Gerrold (P)2011 Iambik Audio Inc
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Critic Reviews

"David Gerrold proves that he can do all the things that made us love Heinlein's storytelling - and often better." (Orson Scott Card)
"This is all widely imaginative and mindbending... Gerrold is such a good writer that he keeps us reading through... shifts of time, space and character -- right into pre-history... After reading this one, time-machine addicts will never quite be able to look at the gadget again as a simple plaything." ( Publisher's Weekly)
"A major talent." ( Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Russell Norton on 12-29-13

One of my first tastes of trues science fiction

Where does The Man Who Folded Himself rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book explored so many avenues of philosophy and inner exploration that it may make you uncomfortable at times. For me this is one of my all time favorites. ( Enders Game(full saga), The Giver, Lucifer Hammer, Pandora's Star, and Dune) to name some off the top of my head.

What did you like best about this story?

It explored personal identity and sexuality without giving up anything, the book helped me mature and was fascinating and interesting.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Barb on 06-24-14


I thought that a lot of reviewers were just having a homophobic reaction to this book. I love time travel stories and I'm not put off by homosexuality in a book. Unfortunately, the problem with this book isn't the sexuality, but the fact that it's purely narcissistic. The main character discovers that the only person he likes being with is himself and it's endless iterations of him spending time with the person he loves--himself. The time travel is just a means of getting more time to spend...with himself. It was sort of boring once you saw where he was going. The sex is a very small part of the book and it's pretty campy depictions of sex. (A lot of "Oh baby", to the point where it made me start giggling, and not in a good way.)

If you want good, well-written time travel go to Connie Willis or Jack Finney. So much better than this.

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9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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1 out of 5 stars
By Mogster on 02-11-16

Good idea - ruined

Would you try another book written by David Gerrold or narrated by Charles Bice?

No. The narration was fine, but this was not a true sci-fi book. The time travel concept was just a vehicle to present a very overtly sexual story about relationships and someone having sex with himself, first as a man then as a woman. There was so much more it could have been, but it just focused on a single part.

Has The Man Who Folded Himself put you off other books in this genre?

No - I have ready many books like this, most of them far better.

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You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really - it was not even very well written, the dialogue was wooden and somewhat childish.

Any additional comments?

This was obviously a book written about sexuality of all kinds and not really a book about time travel, although that was the central premise.

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4 out of 5 stars
By henrik on 02-17-13

mind boggling

a very good read that stays in your mind a long time after you finnish it.

Charles Brice does an exelent job narrating this.

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