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.
I liked the idea: live multiple lives and see what the different outcomes out be per decisions.
Unfortunately, this book looped too many time without a distinct purpose or character resolution. I found myself irritated at the characters.
The performance of the narrator was great, and was the only reason I ended up finishing the listen.
More like a 4.5 star book for me, the beginning was a bit slow, felt repetitive until I found the rhythm of the book and then it became incredibly engrossing. Feeling a bit melancholy upon finishing it as I had really grown to love Ursula and as well has the complexities this story offered. I felt the narration was excellent and I probably enjoyed the story more because of the narrator.
A decent story
Narrator was fine.
I listened in vain hoping it would improve, but the plot device became boring rather than intriguing. The ending was awful.
Waste of time
Patti C Fulmer
Not my favorite but certainly an interesting format choice.
Yes, I think I would enjoy the movie more than the book .
I'm a country potter, gardener, flute player and tin tinker living with my husband, an electrical engineer & cabinet maker.
This is one of those books that presents itself as people in such a way that when it's over, one feels lonely and it takes a micro second every now and then to remember that the loneliness is for an imaginary person, not someone once touched and talked with. Maybe that is in part because some real people left me at the time I read this book but it is alsom and muchm due to the skillful writing.
I had already read the book, loved it and wanted to experience it a new way. The narrator is great. It is a big book and I was able to notice things I didn't when I read it
I loved every word of this story. I have read many of Kate Atkinson's other books but was unprepared for how wonderful the language is in this book. I loved the premise, the execution, the narration- everything. I recommended the book to my book club and we all loved it- and had a great discussion about what we would change - if we could.
Having just finished reading the book, and not wanting it to end, I decided to listen to it. I was not disappointed! Now I can't decide if I want to reread it or listen to it again!!
The book is a little confusing in the beginning- I did not realize that each time the word snow appeared at a chapter heading- the book was going back to the beginning. Read it, bask in Kate Atkinson's mastery of the english language and enjoy the story- I know I will again
I never re-read books or re-listen to them EXCEPT for Bill Bryson and Kate Atkinson. I just may give this one another listen.
Izzy! I love a crazy Auntie.
She had a great ability to evoke many different characters.
Ursula was such a compelling character.
If you liked Behind the Scenes at the Museum, you will especially love this one.
I like Doctor Who.
We often take it for granted that we'll never know what might have been. If only we'd chosen a different path. If only that one thing had never happened. If only that one thing had actually happened... This book lets us see it, and it's interesting, and refreshing, and exciting. We know Ursula is experiencing life after life, but it appears that the people around her are as well. And that thought that everyone is blessed (doomed) to live again and again until they get it right is such a big idea that this book hasn't left me in the six weeks since I finished it.
I really enjoyed this book. Granted, it took a while to get into because her lives in the beginning were so short. But after an hour or so, as her lives get longer and her choices and the choices of the people around her become more complicated, things get more interesting. What can she change? What can't she change? And are the people around her also experiencing this (for lack of a better word) déjà vu? (I think they are.)
I found the book surprisingly easy to follow despite the number of times the book jumps around in the timeline, and I was so engrossed in it that paying attention was effortless. Fenella Woolgar narrated it excellently, especially considering all of the languages contained in the book.
I would highly recommend this book, especially to those interested in what it was like to be a civilian in England or Germany during World War II.