We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
The Time Traveler's Wife Audiobook

The Time Traveler's Wife

Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.
Regular Price:$27.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

Clare and Henry's story unfolds from both points of view, depicting the effects of time travel on their marriage and their passionate love for each other. They attempt to live normal lives, pursuing familiar goals: steady jobs, good friends, children of their own. All of this is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control, making their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

©2003 Audrey Niffenegger; ©2005 HighBridge Company; (P)2003 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.

What the Critics Say

  • Alex Award Winner, 2004

"Highly original first novel....Niffenegger has written a soaring love story illuminated by dozens of finely observed details and scenes....It is a fair tribute to her skill and sensibility to say that the book leaves a reader with the impression of life's riches and strangeness rather than of easy thrills." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (6051 )
5 star
 (2813)
4 star
 (1842)
3 star
 (836)
2 star
 (319)
1 star
 (241)
Overall
4.2 (3255 )
5 star
 (1614)
4 star
 (926)
3 star
 (430)
2 star
 (167)
1 star
 (118)
Story
4.4 (3220 )
5 star
 (1816)
4 star
 (946)
3 star
 (301)
2 star
 (92)
1 star
 (65)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Julie A. DiCarlo Danville, NH United States 06-25-13
    Julie A. DiCarlo Danville, NH United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2012

    ilove3kids

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    90
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Left my head spinning"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Time Traveler's Wife to be better than the print version?

    I am not sure I would have been able to follow the print version. I would have definately hung myself up in the time line of events. With the audio version I was able to concentrate of the visual description of events and the story. Well written and well read.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I had a hard time putting this one down.


    Any additional comments?

    The twisted plot is refreshing. A very tallented author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lorie Grefski Pensacola, FL 05-29-13
    Lorie Grefski Pensacola, FL 05-29-13

    Dementians

    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    8
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Romantic and sci-fi without sap or aliens!"
    If you could sum up The Time Traveler's Wife in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, unique, relatable


    What did you like best about this story?

    It takes a different approach to time travel and introduces new perspectives, both from the time traveler and those who stay in current time. I also like that it's a sci-fi story but somehow relatable to the everyman.


    What about Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole ’s performance did you like?

    I thought they really portrayed the true essence of the characters - particularly Phoebe's performance. It was easy to drift in and out of each character as the point of view changed while still remaining in touch with the relationship they had to each other.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several moments touched me. Alba in the art center was a great scene. The letter in the desk at the end made me cry. I don't cry easily.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rebecca 05-26-13
    Rebecca 05-26-13 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    47
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great"
    What did you love best about The Time Traveler's Wife?

    This was a great book. I became completly engrossed in this plot. How did the author come up witb such a great story? Okay, I have to confess I actually cried while reading this book (thats pretty rare).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Colleen 05-13-13
    Colleen 05-13-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Surprised"
    Where does The Time Traveler's Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. I managed not to read the book or see the movie because I expected the story to be sappy and unbelievable. The audiobook was on sale at Christmas time so I thought I would take a chance. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a real gem! The narrators were excellent. They brought the characters to life and made the story line warm, funny and bittersweet. I was honestly sorry to reach the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    George 03-31-13
    George 03-31-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    65
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    248
    197
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Romance or Sci-Fi"

    Marvelous novel. Is it a love story or is it science fiction? I bought it as sci-fi and found myself comparing notes on time travel with other writers. But, I enjoyed it as a romance novel (oh no, a chick book).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cheryl 03-30-13
    Cheryl 03-30-13 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    30
    20
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved the Story!"
    Where does The Time Traveler's Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a well-woven story. It is one of my favorite so far from Audible.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Henry, naked in the basement, saying hello to Alisha.


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

    I wouldn't say I had a severe reaction no. But I thought it was a sweet story. Several parts near the end made me cry.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Compute 03-04-13
    Compute 03-04-13 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    150
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    302
    161
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    13
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Entertaining and Unusual"

    Entertaining and unusual. This story was unusual, but still an entertaining and good read. The author did a good job of getting my attention and keeping it throughout the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kenneth Clearwater, FL, United States 02-17-13
    Kenneth Clearwater, FL, United States 02-17-13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Jumping through time with the one you love."
    Would you listen to The Time Traveler's Wife again? Why?

    Not only will I listen to The Time Traveler's Wife again I will listen to it a fifth time! When the movie came out I wanted to see it as soon as possible. It was good. But, when I bought the audio book I couldn't stop listening to it. It has been at least my fourth time that I have gone through and listened to it at work. Every time I pick up a little more insight to the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The back and forth with the characters taking turns in telling the story. The time jumps are also phenomenal. They bounce around but the story still maintains its path to the end.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole – was your favorite?

    Both of them are fantastic. The blended very well together.I had first listened to another version with different performers and they were exceptional as well (I forgot their names. Sorry).


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The times where Henry talks about and is with his mother. I can't say any more without giving things away.


    Any additional comments?

    There are spots of comedy in the story but mainly it is fulfilling love story. A story that could go on forever jumping back and forth in time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    january huntersville, NC, United States 02-12-13
    january huntersville, NC, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    647
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    141
    93
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    99
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book in both print and audio!"

    I remember when this book was new and on the big front table in the book store. I picked it up and read the summary and thought, "You've got to be kidding me!" It sounded so outlandish that I couldn't imagine it being any good. Then someone gave it to me for Christmas and I felt like I had to read it just so I could say that I had. I was blown away. I'm not usually one to cry over a book, but cry I did.

    The ideas in this book are certainly out there, but the story is so well told that you find yourself having no problem accepting that this reality is possible, even reasonable. The characters are so well developed and likable that you could imagine being friends with them.

    I've read some of the negative reviews for this book and I found myself thinking, "Wow. I must be really naive to have fallen for a book that so many people find predictable/cheesy romance masquerading as literature/too long/boring." Then I realized, who cares! I love it! And I had a great time reading it and listening to it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lori POLAND, OH, United States 02-11-13
    Lori POLAND, OH, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Engaging"
    What did you love best about The Time Traveler's Wife?

    Character development


    What did you like best about this story?

    The concept if knowing pieces if the future before it happens in the story.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole – was your favorite?

    Claire


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.