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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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    Michael Glenview, IL, USA 04-16-10
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    "The time traveler's wife"

    Outstanding! Just loved it!

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    Allison Wu 04-08-10
    Allison Wu 04-08-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Story is good but Narration is a little confusing."

    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.

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    Catherine Marshall, VA, USA 04-06-10
    Catherine Marshall, VA, USA 04-06-10
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    "Oh Hum."

    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.

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    Beth 03-30-10
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    "Powerful love story"

    The first few minutes are not indicative of the quality of this book. Keep going and you will be hooked. My husband enjoyed it as much as I did.

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    Glorianne Broomfield, CO, USA 03-19-10
    Glorianne Broomfield, CO, USA 03-19-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Rich and enrapturing with an indie touch"

    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.

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    Eric Yakima, WA, USA 02-25-10
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    "Fantastic!"

    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!

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    Joseph 01-29-10
    Joseph 01-29-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Fantastic"

    Very creative and very well done. A wonderful love story with a fantastic story line. Equally appealing to readers of both sexes.

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    Erica Essex Junction, VT, United States 01-24-10
    Erica Essex Junction, VT, United States 01-24-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Highly recommend this one"

    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.

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    Shanna Navarre, FL, USA 01-20-10
    Shanna Navarre, FL, USA 01-20-10
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    "Interesting"

    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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    April carol stream, IL, USA 01-18-10
    April carol stream, IL, USA 01-18-10
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    It good but it dragged for a bit. Not my favorite book. Sorry!

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