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This Is How You Lose the Time War

Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Romance, Science Fiction
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Two time-traveling agents from warring futures, working their way through the past, begin to exchange letters - and fall in love in this thrilling and romantic audiobook from award-winning authors Amal-El Mohtar and Max Gladstone.

Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading.

Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hell-bent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future.

Except the discovery of their bond would mean death for each of them. There’s still a war going on, after all. And someone has to win that war. That’s how war works. Right?

Cowritten by two beloved and award-winning sci-fi writers, This Is How You Lose the Time War is an epic love story spanning time and space.

©2019 Amal El-Mohtar (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

What the critics say

"Emily Woo Zeller and Cynthia Farrell's dual narrations emphasize the divergent personalities of two time-traveling protagonists.... Listen, then listen again to unravel this intricate story, beautifully narrated." (AudioFile Magazine)

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fabulous

What a captivating, sweeping, intimidate story. I'm so very glad it was recommended to me, and I cannot recommend it enough to you.

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uniquely beautiful and haunting

"This Is How You Lose The Time War" is a a true triumph of story telling in the science fiction vein. a story of two women (who we would not recognize as women) fighting a war (which we would not recognize as a war) falling in love in the most surreal way possible, and yet it all feels beautifully, heartbreakingly, human. In the wonderful narration only drove it home further for me, the ache, the playfulness and love all come through in bright colorful detail. I am excited for what everyone on this exceptional team does next!

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  • honesty
  • 2019-07-22

What if Romeo and Juliet were Terminators?

This book is a 4.25 hour answer to that question. not super long by any stretch, and unfortunately the world building makes me wish it did go on for another 12 hours, but ah well, good stories end.

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  • Beth
  • 2019-12-13

Beautiful writing, but lacking a good story

This is very poetic beautiful writing, but pretentious and treacly at times. It barely does any character or world development. It’s hard to care about the outcome when all the descriptions of action sequences are in convoluted metaphors. It was mildly interesting to listen to, but wouldn’t recommend to anyone looking for an actual story.

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  • Ezraxiv
  • 2019-11-19

Great story, ok narration

I loved the story format, having a unique voice and style for red and blue was nice. Very beautiful prose. My only issue is with one of the narrators, it sounded like a computer voice from the 90s trying to read a book, very mechanical and almost autotuned too somehow. The other narrator was great.

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  • Living For God Productions
  • 2019-10-09

pretty okay

some lovely writing, many obtuse references, little context, confusing sequences. not sorry I listened. recommend borrowing.

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  • Bill & Melody
  • 2019-09-30

This kind of writing is not for everyone

I had to restart this book a couple of times to get into it, that is why I gave it 3 stars. I'm glad I didn't quit (unlike some in my book club). The thing I walked away thinking was that we do not write letters like this anymore. We send quick texts, sometimes we might only use emojis. Sadly we don't stop and consider the sunset - too busy trying to get a picture to post on social media. Most relationships even in our families are superficial, many times we are on our phones ignoring those around us, Think about the last time you really connected with someone in the same room. In letters these two time travelers share with each other personal thoughts and ideas. When I picked up the book I was thinking the story may go down the road (since it involves time travel) that it might turn out that this person fell in love with their own future self, that isn't it but I found I did enjoy how this story turned out. Kind of like if Romeo and Juliet were time travelers but even that is too simple of an explanation. I did like the twists, classic time traveling twist but well executed. As for the performance, I personally do not care for breathy narration so I gave 3 stars because it wasn't horrible. I gave a 3 star review because although I ended up enjoying the story, it wasn't exactly what I thought it was. I rarely read reviews before I read the book but if I were to come across this one a midst all the 5 star reviews I may have began reading with different expectations.

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  • Will
  • 2019-07-31

Amazing book with great narrators

I had been waiting for this book for many months. I had a set idea in my head of what this book would be about, what it would try to achieve, and how it would get there. It was none of the things I wanted it to be. Instead, it was the most beautifully written work of fiction I've ever read.

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  • courtney
  • 2019-07-20

New and compelling twist on love though time

This is exceptionally written prose with interesting worlds and characters. It provides a strange snapshot into another universe. Listened to it straight through. Fantastic

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  • donna
  • 2020-02-12

not much plot

I prefer read books with interesting plots. I think this book is for a person that enjoys abstract.

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  • SGTiplady
  • 2020-02-12

Unexpectedly rewarding

I think this story is best consumed in audiobook form. The language is rich, intoxicating, fun. The voices, passionate and compelling. I fell in love.

I had a bit of a difficult time picturing the setting(s) in my mind but after a while it didn’t seem to matter.

Recommended for those who, now and then, don’t mind adventuring into stories that are not their usual cup of tea.

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  • Austin
  • 2020-02-11

Flowery poetic word salad

Too bad I hate poetry and am allergic to flowers...

So glad this book was short. I was lost in the language for half of it. If you like poetic writing and love letters, you might appreciate this but I did not.