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.
"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)
I guess I'm more comfortable with the kind of narration that each role has the same voice throughout the book. This book keeps changing narrators because of the different views of the roles so the voices of each role differ by the narrator and it's kind of confusing for me, especially when the story itself has a very complex timeline...(well, it's a time traveler's story..) I think this could be dealt better.
I have enjoyed all my downloads (usually classics like the Fountainhead or the Count of Monte Christo with a sprinkle of fun in between, short novels like Pi or the Gospel According to Biff or The Help). This was a story I could not connect with and neither its narration or story line (was there one? I am unsure...) kept my mind from drifting off. Perhaps I will give it a go in print but not any time soon, there are too many other wonderful audible titles to choose from to listen to on my long DC commute.
I did not expect to like this book. Maybe enjoy it, but guiltily, in the way I enjoy chick flicks and chick lit. But I did enjoy it immensely and was thrilled by the little touches that show the writer is more punk than easy listening. The characters, for example, love punk music and attend concerts. The main character is an artist, creating paper-molded masterpieces. Above all, however, the story, with its skips through time, its nonlinear resonances and its consistent characters amid an inconsistent time structure, is somewhat challenging but so worth it. In some ways, the audiobook may be easier than the book, since the male and female characters are voiced by different narrators.
This is a well crafted story which can be easily listened to by both men and women, but I would not recommended it for younger persons, under 18 years of age, as there are some adult matters.
I actually saw the movie first, but liked it so much I bought the print book and this audiobook, and they are both as enjoyable as the movie!! I recommend this story very much!
I'm so sensitive to the narration in Audio books and I'm always skeptical - both Mr. Hope and Ms. Lefkow narrated this story beautifully. What initially sounded like a hokey story line was so expertly spun into an enjoyable read. By nature of the story there are hops around in time, pay attention to the "Henry is 42; Claire is 18" headers at the beginning of each chapter. There is a certain amount of willing suspension of disbelief, but it's worth it.
I enjoyed this book very, very much. I enjoyed the twist on fate the author gave me. I think the narrators did a great job. I really enjoyed them. Laurel Lefkow did an especially good job when narrating Clare through the years of her life changing her voice "attitude" to fit that of the age of Clare.
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