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.
Fantastic narrator, which added to the depths of the work. Sometimes dark, sometimes confusing, but always a sense that the author had a plan as to how everything would unfold.
Really brought you into the world of life in London during the blitzkrieg. An interesting story with well developed characters.
i enjoyed this book immensely. the concept was interesting, the storytelling was word-perfect, and the performance was flawless. some criticized that for all that it was an intriguing idea, ultimately it got you nowhere. but life is about the journey, and not the destination. i enjoyed the journey so much, i wanted to take it all over again right away.
i was drawn into a second listening because the first and the last scene are almost exactly the same, so i went back and started at the beginning to catch the differences. but the most compelling scene in the book was ursula in war torn germany, at the end, with her daughter, awaiting the arrival of the russians.
this book was smart, and such a thoughtful dissection of the consequences of decisions, both good and bad, opportunities, taken or missed, and the trajectory of one's life hinging on every step you take.
Ursula is a complicated heroine in a complex, immensely satisfying story. It proposes what could happen if you had the chance to redo pivotal moments in your life by starting over with prescient memory. One of the best books I've ever read.
Mixed media artist, drummer, and Audible listener - 863 titles and counting!
It took a while to get used to the "return to yesterday" story construction, but it was worth it! I suggest you not listen to it before you fall asleep as you do have to pay attention.
I was transported again and again. Kate Atkinson's descriptions and attention to historical detail were perfect and painful, but told with such sensitivity and brilliance.
Fenella Woolgar's beautiful, mellifluent voice added so much to the story. A wonderful listening experience.
Life after life was an interesting story, but it wasn't interesting enough to keep me going. I loved the narrator though, very pleasant to listen to. I've been struggling with this book for over a year though, the story was not attention grabbing enough and felt like nothing was ever happening.