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Life After Life Audiobook

Life After Life: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Daisy Conifer, CO 07-16-15
    Daisy Conifer, CO 07-16-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Nice story albeit stuffy and difficult to follow"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ben K Bainbridge Island, WA United States 05-13-15
    Ben K Bainbridge Island, WA United States 05-13-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Clever narrative"

    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.

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    Charrese L. Edwards Portland, Oregon USA 05-10-15
    Charrese L. Edwards Portland, Oregon USA 05-10-15
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    "Great history lesson"

    Really brought you into the world of life in London during the blitzkrieg. An interesting story with well developed characters.

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    Sara 05-08-15
    Sara 05-08-15
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    "listened to it again immediately"
    Where does Life After Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Erika May 03-21-15
    Erika May 03-21-15
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    "Not for me"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carly 02-28-15
    Carly 02-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not sure what I just listened to"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal D. Gale 01-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A decent story


    Has Life After Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I listened in vain hoping it would improve, but the plot device became boring rather than intriguing. The ending was awful.


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of time

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Fulmer Chapin, SC 11-05-14
    Patti Fulmer Chapin, SC 11-05-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Hard to follow but interesting"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not my favorite but certainly an interesting format choice.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, I think I would enjoy the movie more than the book .


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Noel Romey Midlothian, VA USA 10-13-14
    Noel Romey Midlothian, VA USA 10-13-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 09-20-14
    Heather 09-20-14
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    "Boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    Has Life After Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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