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Time Is Irreverent

Written by: Marty Essen
Narrated by: Michael Fell
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Comedy, Satire

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Publisher's Summary

An irreverent, liberal, twisty time-travel comedy! 

What if you could make a change to history that would eliminate the Spanish Inquisition, American slavery, World War II, global warming, and an egomaniacal US president who thought he was smart enough to drop nuclear bombs here and there without negative consequences? What if that change also made the United States and five billion people poof from existence? Would you do it? 

When alien time travel specialists, the Krichards, learn of President Handley's game of dodge-the-mushroom-cloud, they race to Earth to investigate. For them, the question of whether it's worth it to change history is easy to answer, but they will only proceed if the human they deem best qualified to represent Earth agrees to make the change. Erasing Handley's nuclear annihilation will require a quick jump to AD 31 to correct an error in history. If the Krichards select a brilliant scientist or an elite athlete for the task, Earth may be in good hands. Instead they select Marty Mann, a mildly successful travel writer whose only superpower is not taking life too seriously. What could possibly go wrong? 

Spanning from the Cretaceous period to 2056, Time Is Irreverent is a hilarious, thought-provoking satire, with unpredictable twists, colorful aliens, huge dinosaurs, a smokin' hot lesbian from the future, and a cameo from Jesus Christ himself! 

Publisher's Warning: This book is intended for a liberal audience and features satirical content that may not be appropriate for Donald Trump supporters or those who are offended by views that challenge traditional religious beliefs. Common side effects include wide smiles, sudden laughter, and occasional snorts. Listener discretion is advised.

©2018 Marty Essen (P)2018 Marty Essen

What the critics say

“Ironic, original, hysterically funny, deftly crafted, and an impressively entertaining read from first page to last.” (Midwest Book Review)  

Time Is Irreverent is a well-written, well-paced novel peopled with solid, likeable characters. Marty Essen is a talented author who has managed to wrap several complex threads into a light, enjoyable narrative. I hope he will continue writing in the sci-fi genre and I look forward eagerly to his future works.” (Charles Remington, Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews) 

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  • cosmitron
  • 2018-06-07

A fun Science Fiction Adventure.

Its rare that a Writer can pull off a humorous Science Fiction story but this is a winner.With the help of a good Narrator most
listeners will have fun listening to this Futuristic romp and will watch time defy the Spacetime-Continuum.

Sit back and enjoy the ride.


This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Arthur Held
  • 2018-10-11

Interplanetary ROAD TRIP!

If this book was a wine, I would say I detected a bouquet of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,"
with overtones of Edward Abbey's "Monkey Wrench Gang." If those vintages are too dusty for you to remember, how about Yatzee Croshaw's "Mogworld" mixed with Scott Meyer's "Off to Be the Wizard" - but with far more social commentary.

Strident? Hell yes! And it's about time someone was! When half your country is in a nose-dive toward environmental oblivion and reactionary social injustice, it's refreshing to see someone call out religious and political extremists for their planet-destroying nonsense. It's even better when the author paints the outcome clearly, using the known results of following delusional approaches to their disastrous consequences.

Time travel, rock and roll, environmentalism, sex, booze, and equality. What does it take to pull it all together into a social commentary romp? Good, solid story telling and an entertaining plot. Like any good social commentator, Essen doesn't step away from the occasional opportunity to plop one of his characters on a soapbox, (or a potato-shaped boulder) to give a dandy lecture. You already know the general rant; it's the one you have really, really wanted to give to certain relatives who think we still live in 1950 and want to drag you and everyone else back into those dark ages with them. But 95% of the time Essen spins a yarn that rolls forward unstoppably, like the ball in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

While a shot of this book will help the spirits of open-minded people everywhere, not everyone is a candidate for this medicine. Contra-indications include a propensity to think the bible is literal truth, that religion gives better answers than science, or a belief that people with non-traditional beliefs or sexual orientations should have fewer rights and less self-determination. Homophobes should also stay well away; this book includes a lovely lesbian heroine who is NOT simply a girl in need of a male appendage. And if you think unrestrained capitalism and the exploitation of the environment for profit is more important than the flora and fauna that share the planet with us , you will definitely have an adverse reaction.

For the rest of us, those of us who give a damn about equal rights, the environment, and social responsibility? This book is a great big romp and a wonderful adventure. As an added bonus, the author has a wonderful knowledge of rock and roll that permeates "Time is Irreverent" from cover to cover.

The narration is first-rate. Often, narrators struggle to do the voices of both sexes. One or two characters struck me as a touch odd, but everyone was believable, and the main characters are all performed perfectly, male and female. The narrator even appears to have read the book in advance, so inflections always match the speech tags, and the tone of the scene.

I give this five stars for the delightful seven hours of optimistic entertainment and just fun it delivered, and for the great narration.

PS: I heard a rumor that there is a sequel in the works. That is a second coming I actually look forward to!

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  • lisamcintire
  • 2019-05-17

Outrageously funny!

“Listener discretion advised” is an understatement! This book was freakin hilarious. Though laced with political undertones, this book is a true comedic masterpiece. If you don’t laugh when listening, see a doctor, your sense of humor may be missing! Marty Essen’s mix of overt and subtle religious and political humor made me laugh so hard that I caution you about listening while driving. Sit back, strap in and let this roller coaster thrill you to very last page! It has everything. Aliens, time travel, sex, booze, and a pretty awesome rock and roll themed cast of characters. As a Green Bay Packers fan, I thought the “Favre” jab was a work of genius! Looking forward to the next book!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • SAM
  • 2019-04-30

Was not dissapointed

Just as funny as suggested! This book was an endless source of amusement for me.
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  • Long Island Reader
  • 2019-04-25

And now for something completely different...

The author is right when he puts a warning on this book that says it contains "satirical content that may not be appropriate for Donald Trump supporters or those who are offended by views that challenge traditional religious beliefs."

Fortunately, I'm not one of those of people, and I thought this was one heck of a book! There's really some brilliant satire in these pages, which also comes across well in the Audible narration by Michael Fell. I think it's actually worth listening to the audio version (to follow the plot, adventure and romantic moments) and then reading the Kindle version of the book to pick up some of the detail you might have missed. There are some really great quotes in the text, like "Who would have guessed that post-truth would ever be a thing?" There are also some moments of genuine biblical insight here, which should be enough to give you pause. The book is available on Kindle Unlimited, if you subscribe to that.

I don't want to make the book sound too serious though. It is an awful lot of fun to listen to, and is a stress reliever for these times we live in. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel. I received an audible credit in exchange for this honest review. If I had realized how good it was, I would have gladly used one of my own. Enjoy.

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  • Shanna Tidwell
  • 2019-03-30

Loved it......

But I’m an atheist, polyamorous, environmentalist who also happens to be a gun enthusiast..... not that there are any guns in this novel. Lol
Anyway.... I LOVE time travel books. This had some really funny moments. Some they can’t do that moments and some holy crap moments.
I can’t wait to see what they change next! The fake Trump (because the Handly reference is no doubt him) is just as big of an idiot and egoist as the real one. The environment matters, life matters. Ultimately the message is take care of yourself, your neighbor and the world.... why is that so hard? Because of a million things but also because of greed and religion.
Prepare to be entertained and leave reality at the door.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator.

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  • B. Lane
  • 2018-09-16

An Absolute Blast to Change the Course of History

Marty Mann is an average guy in 2020 in a world ruled by a crazy president and is being taken over by the Christian Right. Sound familiar? A group of aliens has been watching Earth and come to the conclusion that something in history went terribly wrong and needs to be fixed. They beam Marty aboard and offer him the chance to change things by going back in time to AD 33 to make sure that Jesus' message is not corrupted in the future by a greedy church and people mistaking Jesus intentions for hatred of others not like them.

Marty agrees, but the a jealous alien sends him to the future instead, where he rescues a lesbian from her evangelical extremist family. She returns to the ship with Marty to make another attempt to save humanity.

Irreverent, crazy and lots of fun. Everything that can go wrong does. Essen's humor is sprinkled throughout the book as well as commentary on what is going on in America right now. I for one would go crazy if I couldn't find some humor and laugh daily at the craziness going on daily in our country over the last two years.

Michael Fell was a good narrator for this, letting the humor through, but knowing when to pull back in the more serious situations.

I look forward to reading/listening to more of Marty Essen's books!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Keli
  • 2018-09-09

Think of an ELO album cover...Guitar spaceship...

I thoroughly enjoyed Time is Irrelevant; particularly that I can listen and choose how invested I want to be. I listened using only the story to go by; thus, this book was light-hearted and humorous. There are several layers and I plan to listen to it again using current events to enhance the backstory and situational awareness of people, politics, religion, etc.

The main character, Marty Mann, finds himself aboard an advanced, interstellar spacecraft whose inhabitants unwittingly display their emotions, using their eyes in an exceptional way. With names that cause Marty to stifle laughter, he chooses to give each “alien” a name whose looks & personality match a popular rock ‘n roll artist he prefers. Marty is taken on the trip of a lifetime, from being eye to eye with dinosaurs, riding around the solar system with a sexy alien who drinks too much, to being “accidentally” dropped back to earth in a separate timeline. So many wonderfully, unique adventures that I couldn’t believe it when the book ended.

Michael Fell is the Perfect narrator too! He is extremely adept at switching character voices. I never had to rewind the audiobook to figure out who was talking. I hope the author, Marty Essen, is almost finished with the sequel. There is a sequel, right? In the meantime, I’m looking forward to listening to this audiobook again. There are so many layers to grab on to, and I don’t want to miss a thing!

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review.

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  • JenniferFour
  • 2018-08-29

Clever and lighthearted

This was a light book with a definite liberal bent but even so it wasn't preachy - just fun. I enjoyed both the story and the narration. Performance is marked down a star because sometimes (fairly often) it seemed like the narrator was too close to the mic for some words. That aside, the characterizations were well done and the whole thing was a good listen. I recommend it.

I received this audiobook for free from audiobookboom.com.

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  • Diego
  • 2018-08-15

Give it a chance don't be a prude

What a great fun little book. It's got everything, Aliens, love triangles, Time Travel, Space Travel, Road Travel with Music and even a T-Rex. This was a great little listen and Michael Fell knocked it out of the park with his narration. This book is definitely not for everyone and the reviews and author clearly state it. Be that as it may some people are just too prudish but if you could take the time to pull your head out of your closed ears and try something new you may find an enjoyable read. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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