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.
Wine, food and travel writer, editor, novelist.
This is one of my favorite books of the past year (out of about 60). The concept is intriguing, and the protagonist becomes more compelling with each iteration. The minor characters also acquire more depth as they resurface throughout the stories. The narrator could not have been better. And the ending is tremendously satisfying. This is not a book I'll soon forget.
First, there were many things about this book that were outstanding. The writing is elegant. The narration is quite good. I will definitely read other books by Kate Atkinson very soon.
My feelings were mixed because I felt that the hopping around to alternate versions of the story did not quite work for me. The stories themselves were great. By the end of the book, I had no sense of where the story landed. Maybe that was the point. If so, it just didn't work for me.
The book starts with the statement “What if we had a chance to do it again and again until we finally did get it right?” Ursula Todd seems destined to live multiple lives and the only things she seems to get right is to not die the same way too many times. The story offers no hope of what “getting it right” really means. Another reviewer wrote that the book “…tackles some rather weighty existential questions” when in fact it make no attempt to answer any questions at all. I was disappointed because the premise of the story could have been great but because there is no ending it falls flat.
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
Very interesting book. Incredible turn(s) of events and the story allows the reader to really get to know the characters--especially Ursula--and root for her as she becomes stronger, wiser with each "pass."
One of the best books I've listened to, and the narrator is superb. Will definitely recommend to others and send as a gift.
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Great read. So different and imaginative. So far this year, it's my favourite for 2015.
I was so excited when i saw this book. It sounded so interesting. It was probably one of the worst books i have ever read. There didn't seem to be a point to the whole story. The narrator did a good job but that is about all i can say was good. I agree with some of the other reviewers that said a few less lives would have been better.
This book is just amazing. At this point it is one of my favorite books of all time. Kate Atkinson does an amazing job. The format of story telling is just so unique and a beautiful way to tell the story of WWII.