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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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    Jia Parkland, FL, United States 04-04-11
    Jia Parkland, FL, United States 04-04-11

    I'm a teen; my favorites series are Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and Twilight by Stephene Meyer.

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    "Captivating"

    This books was captivating and very original. I haven't read much about time traveling but this was interesting from start to finish.

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    Laura Louisville, KY, United States 03-09-11
    Laura Louisville, KY, United States 03-09-11 Member Since 2015
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    "TIC TOC"

    IT IS A LITTLE CONFUSING AT FIRST, BUT THE STORY IS WRITTEN BEAUTIFULLY. I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE CHARACTERS, I WAS NOT EVEN DISAPPOINTED WITH THE ENDING?????

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    Kenneth Cary, NC, United States 02-17-11
    Kenneth Cary, NC, United States 02-17-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Not what I had hoped for"

    Not my favorite book. I enjoyed the first half of the book quiet a bit actually but the second half was kind of depressing and hard to get through.

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    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 11-09-10
    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 11-09-10 Member Since 2010

    Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.

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    "Wonderful depth of character's"

    It started a little ho-hum but wow, as the story unfolds s I was enthralled. I enjoyed the writer’s character development and depth and the narration was well paced and toned. Although the story’s time line varies, significantly back and forth in time it is not difficult to follow. I highly recommended this book; it has much more depth and emotion than the movie ever could have possibly touched.

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    Jill Franklin, CT, United States 11-02-10
    Jill Franklin, CT, United States 11-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "It had great potential"

    I was looking forward to this book. Time traveling has always intrigued me, even as a kid I loved The Time Machine and A Wrinkle in Time. This book, though, did not wow me. There were interesting parts, but I wanted to love it and didn't. I also was annoyed that some parts seemed to not make sense at the end. Oh well, I know many people love this book, and I guess I am glad I gave it a listen. The narrators were good. I agree with other reviewers about being surprised that the author chose to use such raw language in the sexual parts. The language didn't really bother me, but I didn't think it fit or even see the point of it.

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    LeeAnne Sandston, VA, United States 10-25-10
    LeeAnne Sandston, VA, United States 10-25-10 Member Since 2009
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    "If you like time travel . . ."

    You will love this book. Niffenegger comes up with an interesting twist to time travel that I really liked. Be prepared for this story to bring you to tears.

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    Christine Milwaukee, WI, United States 10-03-10
    Christine Milwaukee, WI, United States 10-03-10

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    "The Book I Couldn't Stop Listening To..."

    I had seen the movie first but had heard that there was a different ending to the book. It's like comparing apples to oranges. In the book you get to know the characters inside and out. In the movie there is so much missing. No affair, no missing feet, and no background of the characters. It did help me however to put a face to the characters. At times I was flushed when I listened and at the end a bit teary. I had grown attached to these characters and couldn't believe it was the end. It didn't have more sex than a Jackie Collins novel. I think it went to show how connected these characters were. I liked how you knew how old each character was in real time. This one is a keeper in my book.

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    David CINCINNATI, OH, United States 09-26-10
    David CINCINNATI, OH, United States 09-26-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Gripping"

    Just a quick note: As the story began I felt it was "chick lit", but I was soon absorbed in the tale. The book weaves in all the details the film version cut.

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    E. Smakman Netherlands 09-13-10
    E. Smakman Netherlands 09-13-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Bittersweet"

    A book that switches about 100 times or so back and forth in time and still manages to keep you captivated and following the story. And what a wonderfull lovestory this is. Told from the perspective of both the 'time traveller' and his wife (very well narrated btw), it follows both characters from birth till death. And even though the end is coming a mile away, you are left wanting more of this bittersweet tale of love, longing, passion, despair and ingeniousness. Because how would you deal with it if you would be snapped up in your time and space and just dropped somewhere else, completely naked....and also reliving the death of loved ones time and again when you are being dragged to that place/time ever so often.

    Read it.

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    Amazon Customer EULESS, TX, United States 09-09-10
    Amazon Customer EULESS, TX, United States 09-09-10
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    "Wonderful Listen =)"

    The book was so amazing. I've been trying to buy in paperback for months, but I thought I might try listening to it instead. Even right now, I am sitting in my office at school listening to this masterpiece some more. I absolutely love the narrators!! They make the story so enjoyable. I could just listen to them both for hours (which I guess I actually did). =)

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