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
The satisfying thought that given enough chances it is possible to get life right. Just when you are reduced to tears you start again. Wonderful book beautifully written. Thoughts not usually voiced - are.
I love a good story. Audible allows me to be outside, hiking and walking and keeping up on great literature.
I loved the twists and turns, and simply the whole premise of the story. It took a little to get into at first, but I quickly became enthralled.
I just did not like this story at all. It had such potential for me, and just fell short. But I'm not sure how valid my opinion is.... I hated the movie Groundhog's Dog! That's pretty much what this story is, the same thing over and over. If there had just been a few less long drawn out birth scenes, I think it would have at least been a little better. Would never recommend this and would sooner poke out my eyes than read it again.
I still don't know I how I feel about this book. It took me forever to finish, because I could not get invested in the story for the first several hours. If you can make it through the first 10 hrs of audio, the story does begin to pick up. I am, however, tempted to listen to the book again or read the print version, because I am sure there are things I missed that would maybe help explain the story better. Or maybe not. Maybe there is no answer, but I do feel like I can know listen to A God in Ruins which has gotten more positive reviews, but of course I had to listen to the original before I could read the sequel.
Like one of the reviews I read before reading the book (which should've been a clue for me), this book was full of lovely writing, but it just bored me--Groundhog Day. The characters were not all that likeable, nor did the scenes consume me, not the first time, & certainly not the fifth! I feel like an outsider given the solidly positive reviews a plenty, but I know what I like & it's not this book.
I can't imagine anyone sitting thru this, I'd rather sit in line at the DMV.
Great idea for a story but it could be very hard to follow at times! From the description of the book I expected it to be much more exciting but it was kind of boring...
This book could have been good for me if it didn't jump around so much. Well read though and I liked the author's way of writing, just not the choices to skip around so much. Too bad.
This book just never connected with me. It was not a completely uninteresting story, but it took a long, tedious path to get to a conclusion that could have been a lot more interesting. The concept was good, the execution was poor despite all the positive reviews. Overall, I was left with sort of a "what's the point of this book" kind of feeling.
I was interested in reading the companion book to this one that came out recently, but I have bumped that way down the book list now.
I can't say I had a favorite.
There were many I just glossed over because I could not engage with the book.
Does not live up to the reviews. It was a disappointment but not so bad that I quit midway through the novel.
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