This book has been sitting in my library for a while. If I had the chance to do it all again I would have listened to it sooner. It's a beautiful story, well written and narrated wonderfully. It will grab ahold of you and not let go.
As a creative writting major I try to read books in hopes of gathering tips and being enspired. Atkinson is an author I adore and her work so rich with description and emotion.
Far more than any historical novel that I've read. Amazing. Imaginative. Addictive. I'm off to read her other books. Starting right away.
The tapestry of the same life over and over and infinite variations possible. Is it intentional growth? Is it just wondering? What is the goal?
The retelling never gets boring. The narration is wonderful. Highly recommend.
I may just start this story over again right now.
A magnificently written book (Big Kate Atkinson fan!) with an especially magnificent reading. An audio book made in heaven. This is a haunting and perceptive, humorous and tragic observation of a very old soul and each and every character in the book is performed with impeccable depth and nuance.
Wonderful exploration of the endless possibilities available in the " pinball machine" version of all the character's lives. They live. They die. They are reborn to explore other paths. Fascinating, beautifully written. Thoughtful, poetic observations about the meaning or meaninglessness of life.
I enjoyed listening to this book and its take on early to mid 1900's England.
I think we all wonder what life would be like if we had a chance to live it over again and this book really captured those possible slight differences between lives without making it too unrealistic.
Overall I did feel it was a bit sad, granted 1910-1945 England had its fair share of hardships so I suppose I can't expect anything different...
Good listen, not great but good.
This was my most horrible reading experience in the past 15 years. I read Life After Life because of my beloved Book Club, which I think is testing my resolve to finish a bad book. This “book” is quite similar to the movie Ground Hog’s Day, except take away all the humor or lovable characters. It is numbingly boring; dull scenes repeat, with subtle variations. It is a perfect example of pretentious authorship. You guessed it -- it drew in some fop critics. The “book” will die and thankfully never be reincarnated. I just wish the same fate had met Ursula. Maybe I will write a novel of redemption about the misunderstood, but creepy man from the lane or the charming sausage and cigar man. The same stupid critics will glom on my work … “like the moths drawn to warm light on a chilly night in late November when leaves whisper meanings discernible only fleetingly to a few of the touched.” Skip this dreck!Barristers Book Club Vice President
She could have stopped writing after the first death of the lead character, Ursula
Every time Ursula died.
No, it did not, which is terrible waste, considering the time spent