The Time Traveler's Wife is not only my favorite audiobook, but my favorite book. I have listened to this book several times and I enjoy it every time. I enjoy time travel stories in general, but this book is much more than that. Apparently the author is working on a sequel as well so I can't wait!
First, performance: I was hoping to zip through this as escapist reading, but the narrators have turned me off of the story. I can sort of understand the decision to cast a female reader who could sound as if she is six years old, however, neither reader rises to the occasion in my opinion. Both of them often sound as if they're doing a sarcastic reading of the text.
Second: the writing itself: I may finish reading this if I happen to come across a copy somewhere. I don't mind the present-tense at all, but the constant use of passive voice gets old fast.
I have an English degree, but do not work in the field. I read and I write, but I mostly read.
I will listen to this book again. It is well written and the necessarily complex nature of the plot suggests I have missed or misunderstood enough to stay engaged.
The story is incredibly original. It is not a time traveling machine, it's a disorder. It is not an adventure any more than our own lives are. Their lives are both tragic and full of joy as a result of this disorder. The philosophy I got from this book was how important it is to live in the moment. This man was desperate to live only in the moment. So often I let myself drift back to emotionally intense moments in my life and those difficult reveres result in no changes at all. Here, Ms. Niffenegger shows us a man who actually lives in those moments again, and even he can change nothing. If he works so hard to live in his real time, then shouldn't I?
I think I would have enjoyed the book if I sat on my couch instead of drove my car. Their performances were great. They presented authentic accents, perfect masculine and feminine inflection in both cases. They bring an element of drama, like all actors should.
I would have enjoyed it all in one sitting, but, of course, I didn't. I did listen at times I ordinarily do not, like while cooking or walking the dogs. It was very very compelling.
I've read this bk and listened to the audio. Great voices and and wonderful story!
Henry is my absolute favorite.
Unfortunately no :(
I've already seen and own the movie version. It doesn't do the book justice. But I still love them both!
This book in general is just rediculously GOOD! My ALL-TIME-FAVORITE! no joke! I would recommend this book to both men and women.
Hyperbole is the Best Thing EVER!!!!
A sexy sexy science fiction story. And by sexy sexy, I mean boring and quite useless. Everybody will tell you this is some great story. It is not. It's sometimes porn, sometimes a diatribe about the stupid, animistic nature of males and on the rare occasion females. There is no point and a great idea is wasted on a series of sexcapades and rather forced pregnancy episode.
So think 50 Shades of Gray but uppity about it and with less-kinky sex.
Artists, writer, keeper of cats
I seem to be the only person on Earth who doesn't like this book. I was particularly annoyed by the narrators of the audiobook edition.
Her voice grated on me like nails on a chalkboard and his just bored me to tears/
I listened to this book over and over since I got it as one of my first books on Audible. Now I downloaded it to my new iPad so I can listen to it again, but it was a big disappointment. New narrators???? To me the original voices are connected to the book especially one I like so much that this one, no matter how well they read it won't be the same. I have nothing against the narrators, but it's like changing the actor's voices in a movie while the characters are still the same.
I absolutely love the story, but now I have to dig up the original file if I have it backed up. Why fix something that's not broken?
The book has such a cool concept. But the writing is so dramatic and overly descriptive. It reminds of a teenage girl writing in her diary. There are so many short dramatic sentences that are painfully apparent by the overly dramatic performance.
A well thought out time travel love story. I like the pacing of the book. It bounces back and forth between Claires, younger self to her middle aged self. You think something like this would be confusing but it turns out to be a pretty pleasant read. It's not too convuluted where you don't know what's going on, but there are things hinted at in the beginning that will keep you guessing until resovled later on. The ending is very touching, and very girly. As a guy reading this, I was smirking at the pure romantic girliness. But it was a good read.
One of my favorite idea's is that he goes back in time...and influences people to do things. But it begs the question, if he didn't go back, would they still have done them? It reminds me of the great scene in the matrix where Neo visits the Oracle and standing in her kitchen, she tells him, "don't worry about the vase", Neo looks around and questioningly asks 'what vase?" in doing some accidently knocks over the vase.
My biggest complaint is that during all of this time traveling, no really 'weird' events take place. You'd think that a guy time traveling around would have had some interesting oppurtunities for going to different places, but these aren't explored. Generally he only time travels back to his future wife's house.
I would....but mostly to my friends that are female. It's an interesting story, kept me engaged, but I can't say it was a must read. For those who like time travel, and the idea of loops, and predetermined fate, and destiny, check it out.
Hmm... I'd have to say when Henry's previous girlfriend is pretty much lost, and she's about to kill herself. Henry pleading with her not to do it...but because he's in the past, he knows no matter what he says she's going to anyway. That predetermined destiny is pretty hard to deal with...
Not particularly, if anything it makes me want to go find another time travel book
Read it if you want a romance story with a time travel twist. Expect some emotional scenes, sex scenes, and a ton of drama.