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 should have read some of the reviews so I knew right up front what to expect - overall I found it very hard to follow and even harder to "get into" since by the time I'd get comfortable in the new setting it would change again. The performance is great and nice to "listen" to - but didn't make it one bit easier to figure out where/what/when....
Numerous different story lines, nothing but death to hold them together. No over arching redemptive action to explain the purpose? I held out hope to the end but felt very let down making it to the end.
I suspect that reading this story would have made the jumping around in time a little easier to follow. The premise was very interesting, and though the actor's voice was easy to listen to, I kept getting lost in which part of the story we were in.
Well I sure got a small idea how her brand of re-incarnation can be. While I have had enough of the first reading, this is probably a book I will read again when I want to feel my head spinning. I can't really rate it the way I want because the author deserves more stars just for putting it together. It cover's every mother's nightmares over accidents that might happen to their children then goes on to what coulda, woulda, will be. Enjoy if you like a mental roller coaster.
Such a great book! So glad to have found it, ineresting, captivating throughout! Pay attention though or you'll have to back and reread the previous chapter! But, even still, so worth it!
I really really tried to like this book but I can't even finish it. The narration is flawless but I just couldn't figure out what was going on.
Very frustrating story line The constant jumping around with no continuity was very distracting. Finished it with the hope of resolution.
interesting concept but really just annoying by halfway through and it has no resolution. Rough content for an audiobook maybe it would be less jarring if I read it in print.
The story turned out to be an interesting concept. It is about the same person reliving her life in different situations or having made different decisions. It was indeed thought provoking. But the descriptions of different horrible situations were too graphic for me.
Once you realize that this is not written in linear time it becomes a beautifully knitted tale of what might have beens.
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