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Life After Life: A Novel | [Kate Atkinson]

Life After Life: A Novel

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.
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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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    Jan WESTWOOD, MA, United States 07-30-13
    Jan WESTWOOD, MA, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Read this book DO NOT listen to it."
    Would you try another book from Kate Atkinson and/or Fenella Woolgar?

    I would try another book by Kate Atkison - she is a terrific writer, but I would READ it, not listen to it. Books that have a lot of characters, a lot of rotating viewpoints, or shift around in time do not make good audiobooks. This book does all three. You need to be able to flip back and forth in the pages to figure out exactly what she is trying to do with time and an unconventional plot. She had great characters and some great historical detail, butt the book went on for what seemed like a hundred pages too long. I had to force myself to listen for the last three or four chapters. The book seemed to belabor what seemed a fairly obvious point, but again, I think I would have felt differently if I'd read it.
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    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A historical novel of some kind


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The London bombings are done quite well. Great detail.


    Was Life After Life worth the listening time?

    It went on way too long.


    Any additional comments?

    She is an excellent writer, however, with beautiful prose and great sibling interaction.

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    Alyssa WALNUT CREEK, CA, United States 07-27-13
    Alyssa WALNUT CREEK, CA, United States 07-27-13
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    "Agony"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think that this book would be enjoyed by people who enjoy far too much unnecessary detail.


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

    I'm not sure Life After Life turned me off to stories from this genre. Probably not. However, this book has definitely turned me off to this author. Sorry, Ms. Atkinson.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Fenella Woolgar?

    While she was not my favorite, I didn't think she was the worst narrator ever. She did keep the story appropriately somber.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This book sparked much disappointment. The very first few minutes of listening seemed like the book would be intense and awesome, but I would say that the rest of it was very anticlimactic, depressing, and boring.


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    Sue Martin, TN, United States 07-23-13
    Sue Martin, TN, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2012

    Employed by WLJT, a PBS Station, in NW Tennessee, I am the Director of Education and Outreach. I am a wife, a mother of 3, Grandmother of 4

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    "An interesting premise, a tad confusing."
    What made the experience of listening to Life After Life the most enjoyable?

    If you've ever seen the movie, "Sliding Doors," you will totally understand this book. If you've ever wondered if you'd left home a little earlier or took a different route, would you end up having a close encounter with an 18 wheeler? If I hadn't married my first husband who moved our family to a new town, would I have found my second husband...the love of my life? This is a "what if" book. It does wonder around a bit and tends to be a little confusing. Are we listening to the story before something changed or did something happen and we just missed it. The characters, for the most part, are likeable, logical, smart, and very human. They do have their faults. They also have good points. They are not exactly compelling even though the heroine is likeable. However, I lam green with envy and long for a father just like her's. This is a good, but not a great read, it will hold your attention but it will not make you late for work or miss any sleep because you just can't turn it off. Recommend it???? Probably. Love it???? Not so much.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kate Atkinson again?

    Verdict is not in yet.


    Which character – as performed by Fenella Woolgar – was your favorite?

    The lead character has her merits. She can be spunky at times be a total doormat at others, depending on the part of the book you're in. She does make some questionable moral choices...don't we all?


    If you could rename Life After Life, what would you call it?

    Second Chances. What if? How could I have made so many stupid choices and lived to tell about it?


    Any additional comments?

    The best part of this book is the heroine's relationship with her siblings. We've all got brothers and sisters who we like better than the others. The fact that she has a genuine and loving connection with her only sister was amazingly real. I guess that's because I have almost the same relationship with my only sister. That's why I was more generous to this story than I could have been.

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    Janet H. Maddox Atlanta, GA 07-20-13
    Janet H. Maddox Atlanta, GA 07-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Love Atkinson, but this one is tough."

    I always enjoy a Kate Atkinson tale; she is a marvelous storyteller. This one is as intriguing as they all are, but it is a tough story to follow. I am left not sure what to say about it. I enjoyed every minute of listening to it, but at the end, I was left wondering what really happened and whether or not it matters if I know what really happened.

    Looking at the story from every perspective, exploring alternate realities, is an interesting exercise, but the seeming lack of resolution at the end left me wondering whether Atkinson perhaps had written several possible story routes and in the end decided to include them all. Regardless, the multiple story routes tell an interesting story of their own, providing an amazing variety of perspectives on an interesting time and an interesting set of characters. I recommend it, but be aware that your patience will be tried.

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    Lisa M. Ludwig Metairie, louisiana, United States 07-08-13
    Lisa M. Ludwig Metairie, louisiana, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2006

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    "I really liked Life after Life...."
    Where does Life After Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really liked Life After Life. I'm not sure what I read, but I suspended reality and went with it and enjoyed listening to this book. Kate Atkinson is one of my favorite authors and I look forward to all of her books.


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    Susan San Diego, CA, United States 07-07-13
    Susan San Diego, CA, United States 07-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Beautifully written, amazing performance"
    What did you love best about Life After Life?

    I thought the story was interesting and beautifully crafted. Even the passage of time was fluid and non-linear, somehow Ms. Atkinson made it work.

    The narrator, Fenella Woolgar is one of the best I have ever heard. Her dialects and the tones used for men and children were flawless in their subtlety, without being overbearing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life After Life?

    -------------------------SPOILER-----------------------------


    I liked the revisited scenes where Ursula made different choices that diverted her life from the miserable one that had happened. In particular, the way she resisted Howie, and the time she ran away from Mr. Oliphant the second time around. I wanted to cheer!


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    Doris Salunga, PA, United States 07-04-13
    Doris Salunga, PA, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "NOT your average chick lit!"
    Would you listen to Life After Life again? Why?

    Probably not, only because once you know the story, the elements of suspense and surprise are missing, and they are close to the heart of the story, but I will definitely recommend this to all my friends.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life After Life?

    The scenes of death during an air raid in London.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very last one, because it was such a complete surprise to me. I expected the book to be finished after the scene before it. The fact that it wasn't takes the book's message in an entirely different direction, at the absolute last moment.


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

    This book doesn't make you laugh or cry. It makes you stare off into space and wonder.


    Any additional comments?

    It is dark without being tragic.

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    Rita Woodbury, MN, United States 06-26-13
    Rita Woodbury, MN, United States 06-26-13
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    "A skillful what if it had happened this way"

    A very different book presenting a life that could have been different-and the alternate life was then presented! Confusing at first but then I couldn't wait to hear another alternate life.

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    Lori Tucson, AZ, United States 06-17-13
    Lori Tucson, AZ, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding!"

    Wonderful story and excellent narrator. I knew this would be clever and have an unexpected ending and it didn't disappoint.

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    Tim Sneath Seattle, WA 06-06-13
    Tim Sneath Seattle, WA 06-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Astonishing Vocal Performance"
    What about Fenella Woolgar’s performance did you like?

    The narrator's performance was the standout highlight of this audiobook. She carries off a variety of languages and accents almost flawlessly, and manages to create a recognizable voice for each of the characters, even modulating them carefully from childhood to old age while not losing the timbre and tone that differentiates each role. Her pace was just right too - fast enough to hold the attention while never garbling or running sentences together. Her narration added immeasurably to the book and the lasting impression it will leave with me: it's truly a reference for quality audio recording.


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