• by Edward Aubry
  • Narrated by Josh Hurley
  • 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Nigel Walden is 14, the Unhappenings begin. His first girlfriend disappears the day after their first kiss with no indication she ever existed. This retroactive change is the first of many only he seems to notice. Several years later, when Nigel is visited by two people from his future, he hopes they can explain why the past keeps rewriting itself around him. But the enigmatic young guide shares very little, and the haggard, incoherent, elderly version of himself is even less reliable. His search for answers takes him 52 years forward in time, where he finds himself stranded and alone. And then he meets Helen. Brilliant, hilarious, and beautiful, she captivates him. But Nigel's relationships always unhappen, and if they get close it could be fatal for her. Worse, according to the young guide, just by entering Helen's life, Nigel has already set into motion events that will have catastrophic consequences. In his efforts to reverse this, and to find a way to remain with Helen, he discovers the disturbing truth about the unhappenings and the role he and his future self have played all along.
Equal parts time travel adventure and tragic love story, Unhappenings is a tale of gravely bad choices and Nigel's struggle not to become what he sees in the preview of his worst self.


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Customer Reviews

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Great Overall

I listened to this book in a day- granted I am using the 3x speed function, but it melted away like nothing. I haven’t been this entertained by a book in a while- quite frankly I’ve gone through a lot of duds recently. I found the story engaging and the narration fantastic.

I’m quite the fan of time travel stories. I like the mental gymnastics required and I especially enjoy seeing how an author handles the various ‘time worn’ paradoxes. Aubry does his job quite well here, managing to take on complex discussions without making them seem nonsensical or boring.

I will agree with others that some of the plot developments detracted, rather than enhanced, the story at large. But, honestly, it was so engaging overall I had to give it the 5th star. So rarely do I start, and finish, a listen in a single day.

What I will say in the negative is the ending seemed like Aubry either got bored or plain gave up. It became brutally quick and formulaic. This was disappointing on a number of levels, but the previous time I had spent with the characters compensates in my mind. Maybe it shouldn’t, but I guess that’s why these are subjective reviews.

Worth a credit and your time.
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- Charles

Wow, what a ride!

I have over 400 books in my library and I have never written a review, but this book is so good that I had to put my two cents in.
READ/LISTEN to Unhappenings!

I wish my mind worked like Edward Aubrey' s, then I could keep myself entertained all the time and, wouldn't spend so much money on audible. Unfortunately it doesn't. ( you can stop holding your breath audible, you will still get my money. haha) So I will continue to search for books and buy them.
I found Unhappenings a little hard to get into at first and did some re-listening to a few chapters, but once I was 1/4 of the way in it and met Penelope/Una/Athena and Hellena it grabbed my full attention and did not let go until the very end.
Josh Hurley did an excellent job. I completely forgot about him almost immediately. I was just listening to the characters tell me their story.
My advise is, buy this book.

Happy Listening!
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- Chel "I love stories! Audible makes it so easy for me to be productive and still pamper myself with a good book. Bring on the stories."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-28-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios