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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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5 out of 5 stars
By SurrealSage on 03-07-18


If you could sum up The Man Who Folded Himself in three words, what would they be?

As I look through the other reviews, I am a bit disappointed. Many of the negatives I see are exactly what I think are the positives to this book. It is a book that examines the ideas of isolation, narcissism, and the self, all through an allegory for the stages of life.Do not go into this expecting a time travel story! That's not what this book is. Yes, it has time travel, but time travel is merely a storytelling mechanism to talk through the stages of life we all ultimately go through in our own ways.

This book shows Daniel, a young man bored with his studies at university being told he was worth $143,000,000. The youthful hunger is in his eyes to have this kind of money, but upon the death of his Uncle Jim, he learns he has nothing. All he receives is a belt... A belt that lets him go through time.

For the first few sections of the book, it focuses on the time travel. How does it work? What are the mechanics involved? It does this by following the first two days of Daniel's life with the time belt in a linear way, going with our Daniel through his first two days of experience. However, after this section, it seamlessly transitions into the storytelling format of the rest of the book: A steam of consciousness introspective rambling similar to what one would find in a journal.

He talks about his life, the early days when youth was still in his veins and he was driven by hedonistic desires and the vibrancy of the ignorance of youth. But as time goes on, it is empty. He wants something, and the arrogance of his youth left him stranded in early middle age. Then as he hits middle age, he finds a purpose that many of us do: A family. But as he grows older, he strives for youth again, wishing to go back to the virile and vibrant times when he was younger... But we are doomed to never return to that time, not even with a time belt.

Ultimately, he is everyone to himself. This is the narcissism in the book. And yet, as Old Dan says, aren't we all in a world of our own? It suggests an interesting idea: There are different Daniels, different variants of him that are alien to him, but they are all the same... But different. And yet, we are all different from one another, yet similar. We all live in our own subjective world trying to grasp what's in others, and filling in the gaps with ourselves and our own interpretations of what must be there. We are all, to a degree, narcissistic due to the nature of our mental isolation from truly knowing the minds of others.

I highly recommend this book.

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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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