It's a love story told in the right order just the wrong order chronologically yet in the right chronological order. After listening to this book you will know exactly what I mean. Following the sweet introduction of Henry into Claire's life into what holds true in Henry's present is cute at moments and suspenseful at others. And as clarity comes into full picture and you know what may happen next, it gives you a different perspective as to what will be and soon the timeline really does not matter. The split of having a male and female voice actors are necessary, but especially getting Claire's perspective from a young age to an adult is a clear difference and performed very well.
It's not the best book but in the end I enjoyed it. Listening to the numerous "episodes" of the main character's time traveling was a bit tedious after a while. I think I may have enjoyed these detailed descriptions of time traveling if I was reading the book rather than listening to the audio version. Another reviewer mentioned the adult language of the book. I don't have a problem with cursing or descriptions of sex acts but I don't think the narrators were well-suited for this type of language. The saucy language just didn't flow naturally from their lips. Otherwise I enjoyed the story and was a bit teary-eyed at certain points. I don't regret the purchase at all and would actually like to see the movie now that I've heard the book.
At first I was not convinced, I actually started over because I felt as if I had missed something or was confused. With further listening, I was sucked into a world that mirrored my own childhood from Claire's perspective and found the love bittersweet. The ending was not as I expected, but does life end as you expected? Worth the read/listen and also worth an open mind. This is not Science-Fiction, Space Alien kind of reading. This is for looking outside of the box at the posibilities and dificulties of love.
Love the male voice, but the female voice not so much. The book itself is great! I really enjoyed listening while the story unfolded. I even fell asleep listening!
It's one of those books I couldn't put down. It was unusual. The way it twisted and turned was so amazing, lacing together nicely at the end. I listened to the book before seeing the movie. Thank goodness. However, the movie was beautifully done. They managed to put all the important things in the movie. However, it could not compare to the book. I loved it so much, that I listened to it twice in three weeks. My husband thinks I'm crazy.
This audiobook is outstanding. The performances of the readers are fabulous and the story is one of the most original I have encountered in quite some time. While some have complained about the less than joyous ending, I think it anchors the story and keeps it from becoming cliche and meaningless. The difficulties the characters encounter and overcome keep this book from being an assembly line faerie tale and boring, artificial chick-lit. If you like the work of A.S. Byatt or Iris Murdoch you should check this out.
This book is awesome. The way that Audrey Niffenegger describes everything is like eating an amazing meal and enjoying every moment of it. The way she writes is like painting a fine water color that everyone can enjoy but wasn't just a paint by number. "Read" it. You will love it. I can't wait to see the movie. It's not a children's book, there is some foul/slang language in it, but its stuff that everyone uses everyday. I could barely turn my iPod off. I enjoyed every minute of this book.
I feel as though I mised something in this book since it seems to be highly rated; however, I did not like it because it seemed slow in the telling. I had to force myself to finish the book because I kept expecting something would change with a grand ending. It fell flat for me. I would NOT recommend this book to anyone.