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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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    Roxanne 12-06-15
    Roxanne 12-06-15

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    "A good premise but a tedious listen"

    I grew bored with the book and by the time it ended I didn't care about the outcome.

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    A. Baron PA 11-21-15
    A. Baron PA 11-21-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Confusing, or maybe just so completely simple it was boring"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 10-30-15
    Michelle 10-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Dull after Dull"

    This book was so boring I couldn't finish. The narration was good but the story really lacked any interest.

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    K New York, NY, United States 10-02-15
    K New York, NY, United States 10-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very tedious"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't imagine anyone sitting thru this, I'd rather sit in line at the DMV.


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

    no


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah United States 09-11-15
    Sarah United States 09-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great idea but..."

    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...

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    rider 09-06-15
    rider 09-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "story like popcorn---bouncing all over"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    FinanceBuzz Loganville, GA 08-30-15
    FinanceBuzz Loganville, GA 08-30-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Did not live up to the reviews"
    What disappointed you about Life After Life?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kate Atkinson again?

    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.


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

    I can't say I had a favorite.


    What character would you cut from Life After Life?

    There were many I just glossed over because I could not engage with the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Does not live up to the reviews. It was a disappointment but not so bad that I quit midway through the novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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