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The Time Traveler's Wife | [Audrey Niffenegger]

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.
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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)

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    Lajuan Idabel, OK, United States 07-29-09
    Lajuan Idabel, OK, United States 07-29-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Read but really different"

    I have listened to this book several times. It was difficult for me to wrap my brain around it. But I truly enjoyed it. I wanted to read/listen to the book before the movie. I still have questions about some aspects. Well written

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Lawrence, KS, USA 03-27-09
    Tracy Lawrence, KS, USA 03-27-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Suspend your disbelief"

    I really enjoyed this book. Some parts are pretty sappy, but it is a love story told in an original way. The narrators weren't outstanding and sometimes mispronounced words, but they weren't terrible, either. I am a biologist and I had a little trouble accepting the author's biological explanation for time travel. But when you let those things go and accept the story as fiction, it was very entertaining.

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    Tamara Boston, MA, USA 02-22-09
    Tamara Boston, MA, USA 02-22-09
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    "A Real Love Story Through Time"

    This is such an engaging book. The premise is highly intriguing and excellently executed. The beginning seems to jump around in time a lot but as you settle into the story things become more linear and the two time lines are like second nature. I originally thought that this would be a sci-fi novel but it reads more like a love story and I would recommend it whether you like sci-fi or not. At a certain point around about 2/3 into the book I got a pretty good guess at the ending but not at the circumstances surrounding it; so even if you think you have it figured out, keep listening. The narrators do a very good job, they have clear voices and portray voices of other characters well. There are some funny mispronunciations several times of words such as trapezoid and Vicodin but overall it is excellent.

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    "The Time Traveler's Wife"

    Good love story but strange. It was hard to keep up with so much time travel that made the whole plot seem strange. You almost forgot that the book was about the travelers wife. I did appreciate their love and hopes for a normal life.
    Thought the medical side of the story very interesting. Good narration. Recommend only if you like time travel theories.

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    Kirk Waxahachie, TX, USA 01-11-09
    Kirk Waxahachie, TX, USA 01-11-09
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    "Excellent Traveler"

    This book was great. I couldn't stop listening. I couldn't wait until the next time I was able to put the headphones on again. I fell in love with Henry and Claire and laughed when they laughed, struggled when they struggled. This book is a wonderful journey not to be missed.

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    Matthew Mebane, NC, USA 12-19-08
    Matthew Mebane, NC, USA 12-19-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Listen / Read"

    I was about half-way through this book and I thought to myself, "I think I know how it ends". Usually, that kills a book for me, but for this one it didn't matter. I was still riveted to it. It's not even the hard-core Sci-Fi/Fantasy I normally like, but it is GREAT. I feel like I grew up with the characters. I didn't want it to end. As far as figuring out the ending early...maybe you'll be right, maybe not. More importantly, you won't care. It is definitely a talent to write a book with an intertwined timeline. The author pulls it off brilliantly.

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    Dana E. Warren Alberton, Montana USA 11-02-08
    Dana E. Warren Alberton, Montana USA 11-02-08 Member Since 2008

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    "different but long"

    I enjoyed this unique story. It was a bittersweet love story. It did get quite long in the end.

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    Cynthia Shaulis 07-03-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved it!"

    This book was a wonderful love story with a twist. It was a little hard to follow at first, but then you kind of understand how it "works". The only disappointment for me was the juvenile language the author reverted to for any sexual reference. This was a very literary read until scenes that required any sexual content--then she reverted to teenager-like locker room language. It just wasn't necessary to such a wonderful story. Other than that, I LOVED it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer San Francisco, CA, United States 07-02-08
    Jennifer San Francisco, CA, United States 07-02-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Wonderful!!"

    The unique delivery of a unique plot. Elements of a mystery, in the complexity of how the characters lives evolve, mixed with the sweetness of a romance. Makes time travel believable, something more than a science fiction / fantasy romp with time. Poignant. And if you know the locale, it will come even more alive.

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    Laura Sylvester Pendleton, IN United States 03-08-08
    Laura Sylvester Pendleton, IN United States 03-08-08 Member Since 2008
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    "different and wonderful"

    very unique. I loved it.

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