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Life After Life Audiobook
Life After Life
Written by: 
Kate Atkinson
Narrated by: 
Fenella Woolgar
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Life After Life Audiobook

Life After Life

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • JulieGibbonsCreative
    Scotland
    6/11/15
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    "Expertly narrated"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. Elliott
    Manchester, UK
    6/10/15
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    "Great Read, Gave Me a Real Feel For WW2"
    What made the experience of listening to Life After Life the most enjoyable?

    The twists and turns of Ursula's life and the understanding it gave me of WW2.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Teddy, I adored him and wished he was my brother.


    Have you listened to any of Fenella Woolgar’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but I would do.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but I certainly had an emotional reaction at many of the more harrowing moments in the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A P McGeoch
    London, GB
    6/9/15
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    "Brilliant"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cairne
    6/8/15
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abigail
    Swindon, United Kingdom
    6/2/15
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    "Boring"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maxine
    5/22/15
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    "Loved it !"
    If you could sum up Life After Life in three words, what would they be?

    Sliding doors meets the time travellers wife - but better than either


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Izzy - madcap but what lies beneath ? and Miss Woolf


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All the Fox Corner pieces


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Ursula & Freda in Berlin


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sigrin
    Valdisere, France
    5/12/15
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    "The Camomile Lawn meets Sliding Doors"

    My first Kate Atkinson and doubt it will be my last, what an imaginative writer.
    The book centres around Ursula and her family, from the moment she was born in 1910 and tells the stories of many "what ifs" surrounding her life and the impact of these scenarios on other peoples lives.
    The story moves back and forth from her birth to the 60's, the attention to detail in the second world war was superb, with a couple of hidden gem events that will make you think.
    Lastly Fennella Woolgar was a superb narrator with a wealth of voices she cleverly aged, so you do not get muddled with the different stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maria
    BARNARD CASTLE, United Kingdom
    5/2/15
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    "Intriguing"

    The story draws you in further and further into the many lives. Beautifully written with an insight to social history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Sarah Kruschandl
    4/1/15
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    "Life changing and thoroughly entertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Life After Life to be better than the print version?

    Beautifully read.


    What other book might you compare Life After Life to, and why?

    The concept of the novel was original and thought provoking. How much do our choices create alternate possible lives? Are some events and key people always destined to be a part of our lives?


    What does Fenella Woolgar bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The narrator added a serene quality and produced a mesmerising reading.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Choices lead to consequences. How would you change your future?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fran Lowe
    Sheffield UK
    3/18/15
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    "When will it ever end?"

    An exercise in perseverance. But it did end eventually thank goodness. Not sure it was worth the struggle though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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