Version Control: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Dexter Palmer

Narrated By: January LaVoy

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: February 2016

Duration: 18 hours 52 minutes

Summary:

An NPR, GQ, and Buzzfeed Best Book of the Year
One of The Washington Post’s best science fiction and fantasy books of the year

The acclaimed author of The Dream of Perpetual Motion returns with a compelling novel about the effects of science and technology on our friendships, our love lives, and our sense of self. 

Rebecca Wright has reclaimed her life, finding her way out of her grief and depression following a personal tragedy years ago. She spends her days working in customer support for the internet dating site where she first met her husband. But she has a strange, persistent sense that everything around her is somewhat off-kilter: she constantly feels as if she has walked into a room and forgotten what she intended to do there; on TV, the President seems to be the wrong person in the wrong place; her dreams are full of disquiet. Meanwhile, her husband's decade-long dedication to his invention, the causality violation device (which he would greatly prefer you not call a “time machine”) has effectively stalled his career and made him a laughingstock in the physics community. But he may be closer to success than either of them knows or can possibly imagine.

Version Control is about a possible near future, but it’s also about the way we live now. It’s about smart phones and self-driving cars and what we believe about the people we meet on the Internet. It’s about a couple, Rebecca and Philip, who have experienced a tragedy, and about how they help—and fail to help—each other through it. Emotionally powerful and stunningly visionary, Version Control will alter the way you see your future and your present.

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  • Ronit Alkayam

    Halfway through so bored I can't finish it. The story is slow and the characters are very boring. Nothing makes me want to keep going. The main character is a boring woman with no real passion or drive for life who drinks and her husband is a boring and nerdy scientist. The story is about a time machine that basically doesn't work and since I'm halfway through the book and nothing has happened at all. Literally nothing, I must stop.

  • Kim Poppke

    Fantastically smart and mind expanding! This will be hard to follow!

  • lance peltier

    Amazingly entertaining book with an unexpected plot. The narrator, while not necessarily amazing, was more than adequate. I highly recommend this one.