What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?
On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.
Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can - will she?
Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original - this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.
©2011 Kate Atkinson (P)2013 Hachette Audio
I think this book may best be read. It took me a good half of the book to figure out what was going on. There's a lot of back-and-forth with dates. If one reads the book in written form you could check out the dates more easily and perhaps not lose track of the storyline. Frankly I found the book to be a bit boring but I slogged through it to the end.
Fantastic narrator, which added to the depths of the work. Sometimes dark, sometimes confusing, but always a sense that the author had a plan as to how everything would unfold.
Really brought you into the world of life in London during the blitzkrieg. An interesting story with well developed characters.
i enjoyed this book immensely. the concept was interesting, the storytelling was word-perfect, and the performance was flawless. some criticized that for all that it was an intriguing idea, ultimately it got you nowhere. but life is about the journey, and not the destination. i enjoyed the journey so much, i wanted to take it all over again right away.
i was drawn into a second listening because the first and the last scene are almost exactly the same, so i went back and started at the beginning to catch the differences. but the most compelling scene in the book was ursula in war torn germany, at the end, with her daughter, awaiting the arrival of the russians.
this book was smart, and such a thoughtful dissection of the consequences of decisions, both good and bad, opportunities, taken or missed, and the trajectory of one's life hinging on every step you take.
Life after life was an interesting story, but it wasn't interesting enough to keep me going. I loved the narrator though, very pleasant to listen to. I've been struggling with this book for over a year though, the story was not attention grabbing enough and felt like nothing was ever happening.
I liked the idea: live multiple lives and see what the different outcomes out be per decisions.
Unfortunately, this book looped too many time without a distinct purpose or character resolution. I found myself irritated at the characters.
The performance of the narrator was great, and was the only reason I ended up finishing the listen.
A decent story
Narrator was fine.
I listened in vain hoping it would improve, but the plot device became boring rather than intriguing. The ending was awful.
Waste of time
Patti C Fulmer
Not my favorite but certainly an interesting format choice.
Yes, I think I would enjoy the movie more than the book .
I normally like these kinds of books, metaphysical retellings of past lives etc. I loved The Fifteen Live of Harry August, but this book go tedious really quickly. It seemed to me like the author had a good idea, and it was well-written, but it was confusing, haphazard, and generally irritating. I didn't see the point of a retelling of lives seemingly changing random facts, especially since the main character kinda sorta knew that something mighta possibly have happened before. Ending was definitely odd to say the least. I'm not saying I'd never read another thign Kate Atkinson has written, but this one really didn't do it for me. The performance by the narrator was good, but it didn't help make me love the book itself.
This book was on a lot of most read lists so I picked it up. If you liked 100 Years of Solitude you might enjoy it, but I didn't.
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