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 couldn't help thinking this was a little creapy in a Lolita sort of way. Actually, cross Lolita with the short lived series Journeyman and you have this book exactly.
This was a great listen and I was very sad for it to end.
Sometimes the woman readers voice got on my nerves, but it fit well enough to tell both sides of the story.
Absolutely loved it.
This was enjoyable to listen to and I liked the fact that there are two narrators for this story. There are times when I thought it dragged a bit and some of my friends said the constant changing of times became confusing for them. If you struggle with time lines, you might prefer to watch the movie.
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found the book difficult to follow, jumped around to much. In a book that makes it easy to get confused, if your not paying full attention. This type of story does better in a movie setting where it is easier to portray the jumping of time without as much confusion. Love the story line, but if you are out for an easy listen this is NOT the book to try and do it with.
The Time Traveler’s Wife is a mind-bending love story that keeps the listener happily suspended somewhere between the past, present and future. It took a little while to orient myself, but once I understood the mechanics of time-shifting, I was able to give myself over to this compelling narrative technique. Ultimately, that's what the time traveling boils down to – a narrative device to tell the love story of Clare and Henry, who, with the exception of Henry’s unusual "disease", are an ordinary couple, faced with normal life challenges. The story is capably narrated by Maggi Reed and Christopher Burns, and the overall experience is solid. If you’re in the mood for a well-told, mind-trippy love story, this is a good one to try out.
I really enjoyed this book. The time travel was enough to keep one's mind occupied and never fully satisfied pondering the paradoxes and turns. I had a hard time getting into it at first, but I stuck with it, and am glad that I did. I really want to see the movie now. Another reviewer noted (and perhaps I read disapproval into it) that no big social issues were address and that it was a nice stroll through middle-classdom. And I say hurray! I am tired of social issues shoved down my throat, and I am happily and unembarassedly middle class. It was an enjoyable romance with a good mix of ups and downs. The characters are likeable and memorable.
Superbly written and narrated. It has a little bit of language in it, but certainly shouldn't put off the casual listener - especially in light of the quality of the story line. Even though the author lets you know quite early on where the book was going - you can never quite figure it out. And knowing how it ends simply builds the suspense. I couldn't stop listening for the last 6 hours, and had a lump in my throat that whole time. I don't re-listen to books. But I will this one. S.U.P.E.R.B.
This is a well-read story of two star-crossed lovers kept apart through time and circumstance. You know what's coming, and at times you just want the story to finish, but it's well worth the wait! Make sure to have the tissues ready, you'll shed a few tears!
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