"The Time Traveler's Wife" listener's wife and I both thought this was a great listen. It made me want for the ample room left open for a sequel. After all time travel is the most open of all plot devices. I soon watched Slaughterhouse 5 from 1972 and saw a huge number of similar devices and even one character. Take out the war and the alien planet from the movie and insert music and pop references from the book and you'll see what I'm talking about. Where that movie was hoeky this book was awesome. The characters were real. The time travel was handled well but did not cover how Henry is able to somehow always land on the Earth rather than the absolute position in space he just left at the beginning of the time travel event. Rather it touched on other difficulties of a time travel event. Other than this single nitpicking, it left me wanting to see the grandfathering of events and people into a brand new set of characters and circumstances and problems.
I have to agree. The recording transitions are indeed awful and distracting. I thought my mp3 player broke at first. Once I got over the readers transitions between reading sessions, the story picked up for me. I assume the big differences in voice tone is caused by going for a smoke outside in the dead of winter and then returning to work too quickly not allowing the cords to loosen up again. After making it through to the end, I realized that it wasn't. The last chapter is missing. There was too much answered to stretch to another book and too little left not to finish it. Even so it was fun getting there, even though ultimately disappointing at the abrupt ending.
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