Yes, the story is so intriguing and clever I would listen again.
The writing and the characters so beautifully told.
I've listened to over 100 books and Fenella Woolgar's British accent, German accents and French accents are the best I've ever heard. I would listen to anything she reads! What a talent!
Her marriage was very disturbing and so were the WWII descriptions of survival.
I found the book totally fascinating.
The book was terrific.the download was so terrible that I couldn't bear to listen to it. I read it instead on my Kindle and loved it
Very unique. Making a point about life in a very creative way.It takes a while to catch on but once you do you are hooked
No. I dont know if it was the narrator or Aubile's fault that the sound was so terrible
How do i complain to Audible about a faulty download?
This one just didn't work for me. The "Groundhog Day" plot mechanism where she keeps dying and being reborn serves a purpose, but it's just not worth it. I'm glad I was listening to this because I would have never made it past page 100 if I tried to read it.
I did not find this hard to follow, and I listen while exercising. But you do need to pay attention. It was a very compelling story and unlike any I have read before. I highly recommend it!
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 parallel life-lines should be showed in clearer perspectives. Add some conclusions for a reader.
no, I like the idea.
all equal, Fenella Woolgar is a great reader.
All and all I like the book!
A new subgenre: Literary Time Punk!
This book was well written and very intriguing. It was a character driven book while the unique premise of the book made it also event driven, giving the author the ability to explore England in the Great War through WWII, with a few side explorations. Also chalk full of great quotes. How did a book accomplish all that? Read it and see.
I would try another book by Kate Atkison - she is a terrific writer, but I would READ it, not listen to it. Books that have a lot of characters, a lot of rotating viewpoints, or shift around in time do not make good audiobooks. This book does all three. You need to be able to flip back and forth in the pages to figure out exactly what she is trying to do with time and an unconventional plot. She had great characters and some great historical detail, butt the book went on for what seemed like a hundred pages too long. I had to force myself to listen for the last three or four chapters. The book seemed to belabor what seemed a fairly obvious point, but again, I think I would have felt differently if I'd read it.
A historical novel of some kind
The London bombings are done quite well. Great detail.
It went on way too long.
She is an excellent writer, however, with beautiful prose and great sibling interaction.
I think that this book would be enjoyed by people who enjoy far too much unnecessary detail.
I'm not sure Life After Life turned me off to stories from this genre. Probably not. However, this book has definitely turned me off to this author. Sorry, Ms. Atkinson.
While she was not my favorite, I didn't think she was the worst narrator ever. She did keep the story appropriately somber.
This book sparked much disappointment. The very first few minutes of listening seemed like the book would be intense and awesome, but I would say that the rest of it was very anticlimactic, depressing, and boring.
Employed by WLJT, a PBS Station, in NW Tennessee, I am the Director of Education and Outreach. I am a wife, a mother of 3, Grandmother of 4
If you've ever seen the movie, "Sliding Doors," you will totally understand this book. If you've ever wondered if you'd left home a little earlier or took a different route, would you end up having a close encounter with an 18 wheeler? If I hadn't married my first husband who moved our family to a new town, would I have found my second husband...the love of my life? This is a "what if" book. It does wonder around a bit and tends to be a little confusing. Are we listening to the story before something changed or did something happen and we just missed it. The characters, for the most part, are likeable, logical, smart, and very human. They do have their faults. They also have good points. They are not exactly compelling even though the heroine is likeable. However, I lam green with envy and long for a father just like her's. This is a good, but not a great read, it will hold your attention but it will not make you late for work or miss any sleep because you just can't turn it off. Recommend it???? Probably. Love it???? Not so much.
Verdict is not in yet.
The lead character has her merits. She can be spunky at times be a total doormat at others, depending on the part of the book you're in. She does make some questionable moral choices...don't we all?
Second Chances. What if? How could I have made so many stupid choices and lived to tell about it?
The best part of this book is the heroine's relationship with her siblings. We've all got brothers and sisters who we like better than the others. The fact that she has a genuine and loving connection with her only sister was amazingly real. I guess that's because I have almost the same relationship with my only sister. That's why I was more generous to this story than I could have been.