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The Time Traveler's Wife Audiobook

The Time Traveler's Wife

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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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    David 01-13-15
    David 01-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "My fav book!"

    Between reading and the audio book, I must have read it 20 times. Highly Recommend.

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    Deanna D 01-12-15
    Deanna D 01-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good enough"

    This kept my interest, but wasn't life changing. The narration seemed very Young Adult - probably my biggest issue with it, especially regarding the girl's voice. I suppose she had several ages to span, but I felt it cheapened the book. Overall, good enough though. Glad I read it. This book was good because of its different idea/format. It's almost like a mystery novel because you wait for parts to reveal themselves. I felt the characters were somewhat flat though. Didn't move me, even at "emotional" scenes which makes it very fluffy to me. Wouldn't highly recommend it, except maybe to my friends who do like many fluff novels and get sappy over just about everything.

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    Garoleen Wilson 01-10-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A different kind of love story."

    It first I wasn't too sure I was going to like the story. As it unfolded I was drawn in. I enjoyed the characters. I liked that you hear both sides from Henry and Clair.

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    Amazon Customer Newton, NJ 01-09-15
    Amazon Customer Newton, NJ 01-09-15 Member Since 2015

    MamaGaech

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    "The Notebook meets Dr. Who"

    A gut wrenching tale of love, loss, longing and time-travel. It was a David Tennant Dr. Who minus the weeping Angels, Daleks, and space stuff, with Rose waiting and wanting...

    Suspense, action, lust, longing, and an emotional roller-coaster.

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    carina 01-06-15
    carina 01-06-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Well written but not for everyone"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only to those under 50.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting: Harry, the time traveler and all his adventures.Least interesting: 1) The involved details of sexual acts, miscarriages, and pregnancy labor/birth. 2) Music titles and artists that only the current pop/punk followers would recognize.


    Have you listened to any of Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard these two readers before. Both did an outstanding job, made the characters believable.


    Could you see The Time Traveler's Wife being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I remember this book was made into a movie a few years ago. I didn't see it.I think it would be interesting to see how much would have to be left out of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Audrey Niffenegger is a great storyteller/writer. I was impressed with all the details. She reminds me of Stephen King's discerning descriptions.

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    Rosie 01-05-15
    Rosie 01-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing characters who live in these pages"

    I'm only half way through this book and it is amazing! These characters are deep, complex, loving, strange and although we learn more and more about them they are real because we will never know it all. They are amazing enough and that's just the characters. The plot line is on a whole other level. Must read/listen!

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    NICOLA 01-05-15
    NICOLA 01-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Better than I expected."

    I've been listening a lot recently and have been happily surprised by this story. I have found myself eager to listen. The performances were excellent although the plot starts a little slowly. A very enjoyable book.

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    sbings 12-31-14
    sbings 12-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Moving and all-encompassing"

    I expected this to be more of a the "chick-flick" book equivalent, and I love a good light book now and then, but it was more.

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    John David Ensminger 12-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "My favorite book"

    The Time Traveler's Wife is not only my favorite audiobook, but my favorite book. I have listened to this book several times and I enjoy it every time. I enjoy time travel stories in general, but this book is much more than that. Apparently the author is working on a sequel as well so I can't wait!

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    Laura Grey 11-20-14
    Laura Grey 11-20-14 Member Since 2011

    lolaphilologist

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    "Readers sounded sarcastic"

    First, performance: I was hoping to zip through this as escapist reading, but the narrators have turned me off of the story. I can sort of understand the decision to cast a female reader who could sound as if she is six years old, however, neither reader rises to the occasion in my opinion. Both of them often sound as if they're doing a sarcastic reading of the text.

    Second: the writing itself: I may finish reading this if I happen to come across a copy somewhere. I don't mind the present-tense at all, but the constant use of passive voice gets old fast.

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