I really enjoyed this book. The time travel was enough to keep one's mind occupied and never fully satisfied pondering the paradoxes and turns. I had a hard time getting into it at first, but I stuck with it, and am glad that I did. I really want to see the movie now. Another reviewer noted (and perhaps I read disapproval into it) that no big social issues were address and that it was a nice stroll through middle-classdom. And I say hurray! I am tired of social issues shoved down my throat, and I am happily and unembarassedly middle class. It was an enjoyable romance with a good mix of ups and downs. The characters are likeable and memorable.
Superbly written and narrated. It has a little bit of language in it, but certainly shouldn't put off the casual listener - especially in light of the quality of the story line. Even though the author lets you know quite early on where the book was going - you can never quite figure it out. And knowing how it ends simply builds the suspense. I couldn't stop listening for the last 6 hours, and had a lump in my throat that whole time. I don't re-listen to books. But I will this one. S.U.P.E.R.B.
This is a well-read story of two star-crossed lovers kept apart through time and circumstance. You know what's coming, and at times you just want the story to finish, but it's well worth the wait! Make sure to have the tissues ready, you'll shed a few tears!
On one level, Ms Neffenegger's book is about Henry -- a time traveling librarian -- and his artist wife, Clair, who he first met on a jump into the past when she was still a toddler in her parents privileged home.
Even the most casual reader will find great good humor and charm in these people. Time travel is non-voluntary. At any moment, Henry can find himself in an unknown date and time. When he time- travels, it is not possible to bring clothes or money. So people often panic when he pops into the scene, nude and defenseless.
To cope with the problems of time travel, Henry learns to fight like a tiger and trains to outrun those who would harm him while he is on a journey. In the grip of the space-time continuum, and the harsh reality of genetics, Henry and Clair form a deep and unbreakable bond of love and trust. Even death cannot destroy their shared devotion. I was charmed by the poetry of their love and thrilled with openness of their love-making.
To me, The Time Traveler's Wife was a truly wonderful listen.
Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.
Not normally a fan of love stories, but the premise of this one intrigued me. I liked the idea of a couple that could "meet" twice in different years, each meeting the first for one person but not the other.
Niffenegger does a skillful job managing the strange chronology of a time travel story without confusing the reader, conveying both the moments of poignancy and unexpected ordinariness that would emerge from a decades-long relationship with such an issue at its heart. Sometimes Henry's coming unstuck in time leads to interesting moments of insight, sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's frightening. She also gives Henry and Clare distinct, believable voices, as she does with the secondary characters. And I found the ending moving.
However, the book could have used more tension. Henry and Clare aren't terribly absorbing characters (why must the young Henry renounce being a bad boy so quickly?), and the fate of their relationship is never in much doubt. They fall in love and stay together because, well, they're in love and together in the future. Nor is enough done with the book's supporting characters. There are flashes of drama, but they aren't developed enough to add much emotional weight to the main story. And some plot choices are rather unconvincing -- why, for example, does Henry's condition make so little apparent splash in the scientific community? The author makes an attempt to wrap up some loose ends in the closing chapters, but her treatment of them feels cursory.
Niffenegger is a capable writer and I did like this book, but found it a little sloppy and underwhelming for such a widely-hyped novel. The audio readers did a good job.
This was the first in over 300 audio books I could not finish. I found it very slow moving, characters uninspiring and unnecessarily vulgar. I would not recommend.
I guess I'm more comfortable with the kind of narration that each role has the same voice throughout the book. This book keeps changing narrators because of the different views of the roles so the voices of each role differ by the narrator and it's kind of confusing for me, especially when the story itself has a very complex timeline...(well, it's a time traveler's story..) I think this could be dealt better.
I have enjoyed all my downloads (usually classics like the Fountainhead or the Count of Monte Christo with a sprinkle of fun in between, short novels like Pi or the Gospel According to Biff or The Help). This was a story I could not connect with and neither its narration or story line (was there one? I am unsure...) kept my mind from drifting off. Perhaps I will give it a go in print but not any time soon, there are too many other wonderful audible titles to choose from to listen to on my long DC commute.