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.
Suspension of disbelief is impossible. Suspension of logic is required.
No. It just happens to be the worst I have begun to read in this genre.
N/A I could barely make it through 3 or 4 chapters.
Good presentation. I'm glad they elected to use two different narrators for the two protagonists in the story. Bonus points for avoiding most of the "brush with history" cliche plus the author actually laid down the rules and followed them for the time traveler.
First audible book I listened to.
I love this story. The movie, of course, was not nearly as good as the book. But, that's not unexpected. I love how this story unfolds, enveloping me in it completely. I love how it is not a-b-c-d linear; it goes where it wants to go and brings me along every time. Time spent with the Time Traveler and his Wife is time well spent for me.
Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!
Really well written, keeps you hanging in there every bit... An unusual book for demanding readers!
I LOVED this book. The timeframes could be a little confusing at first, but once you sort it out its smooth sailing. One of the sweetest and heartbreaking stories I've listened to.
The one I bought in 2009 was narrated by William Hope and Laurel Lefkow. I highly prefer the previous performance to this one. One of the upgrades wiped it and replaced it with this.
I love fantasy and science fiction.
Audrey Niffenegger has written a phenomenal story. I couldn't put it down! I highly recommend this book! The book, like so many others, is a million times better than the movie. Worth the credit!
This book takes a very interesting premise and turns it into evenly paced irrelevance. It is pleasant, but absolutely not worth 17 hours. It could have made a great, much shorter story, but it does not sustain this length.
There is hardly any arc, story or character wise - with the exception of getting older, neither Clare not Henry change very much at all during their relationship. Or if they do, we wouldn't know - there are no choices for them to make, so personal growth wouldn't be discernible. The premise of the story, though fervently denied, is predetermination. There are no difficult decisions to test them.
Yet the book does not deal with the existential questions it poses, the way good science fiction should, but stipulates them away. Clare and Henry rebel once, early on, but pull back at the last minute. We are mysteriously warned of a huge calamity averted, but we never find out what that calamity might be. So why care?
The novel turns out to be a series of vignettes which may be moving, funny, sometimes sad, but you don't look back and see a masterful whole. The time travel doesn't propel the story forward at all, it is random and the episodes hardly even tie into each other. So much time is spent on establishing its marvel, yet, most of the time, it is just a prop, a nuisance they live with. And that's what the book feels like - "living with it". Shrugging along.
Even the characters' unquestioned love for each other, which is at the center of the book, seems to have no basis in their characters or personalities. It was (pre)determined by Henry's travels to Clare's childhood while he is already married to her... and this loop settles it. Their love is beautiful and convincingly written, but in its essence, it remains a random, meaningless coincidence, because there is no alternate path, but no discernable design either.
The narration though is absolutely EXCELLENT and the split between the two voices works extremely well.
(Minor point, the books is completely PG-13, except for a number of entirely unnecessary vulgarities. I have no problem at all with strong language, but here the author uses four letter words suddenly and without any reason, where something more poetic would have been much more appropriate and consistent with what we are to believe of their relationship.)
Yes, it carries you into an unbelievable story in a very believable way.
So many... lets see... when Henry visits Claire's family during Christmas.
I especially enjoyed Kimmie, Henry's Asian nanny. All of the characters are performed beautifully.
Some of Henry's awkward "reappearing" moments made me laugh.
Usually I avoid any sort of fantasy story. After reading reviews, I took a chance on this one and am so glad I did. It has been one of my favorite audiobooks. I was so drawn into the story and characters, I was sorry to see it end. Fabulous narrators.