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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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.
"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.
The story draws you in further and further into the many lives. Beautifully written with an insight to social history.
"Life changing and thoroughly entertaining"
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?
The narrator added a serene quality and produced a mesmerising reading.
Choices lead to consequences. How would you change your future?
"When will it ever end?"
An exercise in perseverance. But it did end eventually thank goodness. Not sure it was worth the struggle though.
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