What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?
During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.
What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?
Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, she finds warmth even in life’s bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here is Kate Atkinson at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.
©2013 Kate Atkinson (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks
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"Intriguing & thought provoking"
I wasn't sure what to expect from this story. It's an enjoyable & thought provoking listen. I certainly looked forward to my commute to & from work. Beautifully written & read. It took me a while to work out what was going on & the ending confused me a little. Overall would recommend this book.
"Interesting but I felt the story was lost at times"
Really enjoyed the historic setting of the book. Characters were likeable and there were definitely some clever parts to the storyline. I didn't enjoy it as much as the first fifteen lives of Harry August which I felt had more purpose about the story. Overall an easy and enjoyable read.
"awesome! what more can I say"
This is life changing...you must read this or else. This has to be my favourite author in this new century xxxcccccc
Not the easiest to follow as an audiobook if you're prone to falling asleep!
Otherwise a good listen. Enjoyed the characterisation and the muddled narrative. Impressed by the narration.
"Great Read, Gave Me a Real Feel For WW2"
The twists and turns of Ursula's life and the understanding it gave me of WW2.
Teddy, I adored him and wished he was my brother.
No, but I would do.
No, but I certainly had an emotional reaction at many of the more harrowing moments in the book.
I have been listening to books for many years and this is one of my favourites. I loved the clever way she uses time. Beautifully read evoking the way people talked back in war times like my grand parents spoke.
"Brilliant totally brilliant"
I listened to this story over the course of a wet weekend. The story was excellent , loved the characters and felt genuinely sad when it ended.
I immediately ordered the next in the series
I didn't enjoy this book at all, I found it quite boring. I found the story was quite dull, there was no excitment or anything to draw you in and keep you listening. not what I was imagining at all. I returned the book and got something for capturing.
"Loved it !"
Sliding doors meets the time travellers wife - but better than either
Izzy - madcap but what lies beneath ? and Miss Woolf
All the Fox Corner pieces
Ursula & Freda in Berlin
The structure is brilliant - it could of so easily collapsed into a muddles mess but it doesn't . The narration to is great - spot on.
"Ground Hog Day for early 20th C. history buffs"
What if? Runs through this story exploring the possible permutations of life for a character at various points in time from 1910 to the sixties. Engrossing,thought provoking and a good read.
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