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.
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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.
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
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This book kept coming up in my Goodreads recommendations so when it finally became available in Audible I snatched it up.
What a letdown! It felt like more like a collection of short stories with the same cast, but no solid plot.
Sure it was interesting to hear details about the same events from different points of view, and I have to admit that it did grow on me as it went along, but ultimately I was expecting something much more compelling and was left disappointed.
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, I love to learn about a great many things, and I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Me, bored? Never!
My lack of "full" enjoyment for this book is probably a combination of factors. I'm well-versed in the idea of parallel universes and multiple versions of the same characters thanks to a lifetime of comic books, and I went through this book on the heels of a James Bond novel, which is himself a character with many different incarnations, so that helps to illustrate my mindset. So why read this one? I try to shake things up and read something "literary" every so often because I do enjoy variety. And nothing says variety quite like parallel dimensions. Imagine my disappointment when the potential of parallel universes in a novel like this is limited to the mundane and boring.
That's not to say there isn't something about this book to enjoy. As a character study, this is very well done (within its rather limited scope), until you get towards the end, at which point it disintegrates into nonsense because the author clearly hasn't read enough comic books to help her solidify what this idea might be about. High concept is one thing, but if you can't express your idea fully, regardless of medium, the idea comes across as rather pointless. This book is probably for those who aren't immersed in the fantastical and rather gimmicky nature of whatever it is the author is attempting to explore.
On those lines, I feel like the author is trying to say that this potential for all of us to have multiple versions of ourselves exist, but there is only one version that is "perfect." I find that to be extremely cynical and depressing. It's pretentious. And if I'm misinterpreting that, then Ms. Atkinson has my apologies.
For me, the shining point of this book is the writing style. Atkinson's prose is lyrical and enjoyable, but it just feels like the most beautiful voice in the world is singing the phone book. The very nature of the story is that it could go quite literally anywhere, and it goes to a great many versions of nowhere instead. This is made worse by the fact that our multiverse protagonist shoots Hitler in the opening scene. After a promising start like that, you'd think there would be something incredible in there. I didn't expect this to be an action novel, but I expected more variety from the concept. Instead, it's shades of bleh. What a letdown.
Patti C Fulmer
Not my favorite but certainly an interesting format choice.
Yes, I think I would enjoy the movie more than the book .