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Her Fearful Symmetry | [Audrey Niffenegger]

Her Fearful Symmetry

Julia and Valentina Poole are normal American teenagers - normal, at least, for identical 'mirror' twins who have no interest in college or jobs or possibly anything outside their cozy suburban home. But everything changes when they receive notice that an aunt whom they didn't know existed has died and left them her flat in an apartment block overlooking Highgate Cemetery in London.
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Publisher's Summary

At last ---another brilliant, original and moving novel from the author of The Time Traveler's Wife.

dearest e,

I told you I would let you know - so here it is - goodbye.

I try to imagine what it would feel like if it was you - but it's impossible to conjure the world without you, even though we've been apart so long.
I didn't leave you anything. You got to live my life. That's enough. Instead I'm experimenting - I've left the whole lot to the twins. I hope they'll enjoy it.

Don't worry, it will be okay.

Say goodbye to Jack for me.

Love, despite everything,

e

Julia and Valentina Poole are normal American teenagers - normal, at least, for identical 'mirror' twins who have no interest in college or jobs or possibly anything outside their cozy suburban home. But everything changes when they receive notice that an aunt whom they didn't know existed has died and left them her flat in an apartment block overlooking Highgate Cemetery in London. They feel that at last their own lives can begin...but have no idea that they've been summoned into a tangle of fraying lives, from the obsessive-compulsive crossword setter who lives above them to their aunt's mysterious and elusive lover who lives below them, and even to their aunt herself, who never got over her estrangement from the twins' mother - and who can't even seem to quite leave her flat....

With Highgate Cemetery itself a character and echoes of Henry James and Charles Dickens, Her Fearful Symmetry is a delicious and deadly 21st-century ghost story about Niffenegger's familiar themes of love, loss, and identity. It is certain to cement her standing as one of the most singular and remarkable novelists of our time.

©2009 Audry Niffenegger; (P)2009 Random House Audiobooks

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    juliet daylesford, Australia 08-10-14
    juliet daylesford, Australia 08-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Worst ending ever!"
    What disappointed you about Her Fearful Symmetry?

    I was left wondering what happened and did not believe the ending. Maybe it was because this was the abridged version.


    What was most disappointing about Audrey Niffenegger’s story?

    The ending.


    Have you listened to any of Sian Thomas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but Sian was spectacular! I would happily buy a book just to hear her again.


    What character would you cut from Her Fearful Symmetry?

    I'm not sure, it was not the characters that were disappointing.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the time travelers' wife. It is one of my all time favourite books and I have listened to it about 30 times. I was so looking forward to another of Audrey's books and this one, although quirky (but that is Audrey's style), was going well until that ending.
    I will now wait till Audrey's next book to see if I remain a fan of hers. Thanks for the opportunity to rate books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Auckland, New Zealand 01-18-13
    Sarah Auckland, New Zealand 01-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved the Narrator, a perfect choice"
    If you could sum up Her Fearful Symmetry in three words, what would they be?

    A lovely yarn


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Julia's final scene but I don't want to drop a spoiler


    Any additional comments?

    Once crucial aspect of the story irritated because of the real world logistical problems but the after life that Audrey Niffenegger created was whimsical and lovely. I loved the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Justin
    12/28/09
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    "Abridged version - not good!"

    I loved time travellers wife; this book I downloaded without realising it was the abridged version, and unfortunately even though the story was good it just did not work for me in this short format, my advice wait untill the full version is available.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Nicky
    10/16/09
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    "Another amazing book!!"

    I absolutely loved this story, this author has a very unique style that just captivated me from the start. Its an imaginitive story that i just couldnt wait to get back to at every available minute. Its a sad tale of love, deceit, death and the afterlife that involves a number of different characters whose lives all cross paths at some point and the effects that they have on one another. I dont want to give anything away about the story but if you liked the time travellers wife you wont be disappointed with this story. Cant wait for her next book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • S. O'NEILL
    London UK
    7/19/10
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    "Wonderful"

    I loved the quirkyness of the Time Traveller's Wife - and this is similarly bizarre as the story unfolds. It is beautifully read, with really distinctive voices and accents but it is trying to second guess the story that makes it so appealing - and the added layer of darkness and menace really gives the story an edge. Very easy listening - my only criticism was it was relatively short

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    Hockley, United Kingdom
    7/2/10
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    "Another gripping novel from Ms. Niffenegger"

    I loved 'The Time Travelers' Wife' and so was excited to find Ms. Niffenegger's latest novel on Audible. Superbly read by Sian Thomas, I found the book gripping and finished it all too quickly. Multi-stranded with interesting characters the book provides some insight into what must be like to be an identical twin. The supporting characters were of no less interest. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was sorry to finish it so quickly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    uckfield, United Kingdom
    11/27/09
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    "Her fearfull symmetry"

    I loved this audio book as much as the time travelers wife. Wonderfully read too, but a shame it been abridged nevertheless it was still fab.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Matlock, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
    4/16/10
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    "Another hit"

    This is another great story by Audrey Niffenegger. I'd already listened to The Time Travellers Wife and so had high hopes for this one and I wasn't disappointed. It's quite a sad end, but then I don't think she does the 'happily ever after' bit. She has a way describing characters which is really quite insightful. Perfectly read too....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clare
    Shrewsbury, Shropshire, United Kingdom
    2/19/10
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    "Brilliant"

    Loved this audio book... just wished it was longer.. As good if not better than Time Travellers Wife. Looking forward to the next ones...KEEP IT UP :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amy
    United Kingdom
    1/22/14
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    "A Light Spooky Tale"
    Where does Her Fearful Symmetry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high up, not my fav but reread worthy.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Martin's accidents and Elspeth manipulating dust stick to mind. Lacking substantial character development thought overal.


    Which character – as performed by Sian Thomas – was your favourite?

    Martin, perhaps because he was the most relatable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and I did.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Harpenden, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Absorbing"

    This book surprised me - I found myself very engaged with the characters, pale and interesting twins, Valentina and Julia, their independently minded aunt Elspeth, her boyfriend, Robert, and their reclusive upstairs neighbour, Martin, but my allegiances shifted over the course of the book. I was intrigued enough to want to discover more of what had led them to their present situation and to care about the outcomes. But for me the real surprise lay in the convincing treatment the author gave the theme that emerges throughout the book - what happens when we die.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cath
    Derby, United Kingdom
    10/11/11
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    "Disappointing"

    Well, I guess that following Time Traveller's Wife was always going to be hard - but I just don't think this one works. The narration is good, but the pace of the narrative itself is wrong. Some sections are stultifyingly slow, and in others I thought I'd bought the adbridged version by accident because the story seemed to lack detail and jump on. I think my dissatisfaction is mainly with the characters, who just aren't credible. I didn't identify with them, nor even understand their motivations. Sorry Audrey - this one just doesn't do it for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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