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The Time Traveler's Wife Audiobook

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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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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    sara Sonoma, CA, United States 09-03-10
    sara Sonoma, CA, United States 09-03-10 Member Since 2010

    I am very much into post-apocolyptia, as my Dad calls it, but I also just love a good story; from Earth Abides to Art of Racing in The Rain

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    "Could not keep going"

    I could not finish this book, I just could not get into it. Kind of strange considering I did enjoy the movie, it is usually the other way around. The book came across very scrambled. I gave it a couple chapters then just moved on to my next book.

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    Belbot San Francisco, CA United States 08-10-10
    Belbot San Francisco, CA United States 08-10-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A great listen"

    I was originally skeptical of this audiobook, since other reviewers said it was distracting that the male and female voice actors played both the male and female leads interchangeably. While it took a few minutes to get used to it, the voice actors are such experts that you very quickly become accustomed to the style.

    I'm surprised that there's an abridged version, I can't imagine leaving any of this story out! It would probably be too confusing.

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    Jo A Lapointe Charlottesville, Virginia, United States 08-02-10
    Jo A Lapointe Charlottesville, Virginia, United States 08-02-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved it!"

    I have to admit I had already read the hardcopy and I wanted to have it read to me. I feel the story was easier to follow as an audio book because you always knew who was speaking because of who was reading. I got another level of understanding by listening to it.

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    Rob Erie, PA, United States 07-23-10
    Rob Erie, PA, United States 07-23-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Disturbing, And Not In a Good Way"

    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.

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    Amanda Corvallis, OR, USA 07-16-10
    Amanda Corvallis, OR, USA 07-16-10
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    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.

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    Kelly Stear 07-05-10
    Kelly Stear 07-05-10 Member Since 2014
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    "entertaining but not one of my top picks"

    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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    Tammy Sonora, CA, USA 07-03-10
    Tammy Sonora, CA, USA 07-03-10
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    "so entertaining!"

    I just love this book! no, its not easy to follow....but not hard either. It;s an awesome book! I love it!

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    Heather Shelbyville, TN, United States 06-29-10
    Heather Shelbyville, TN, United States 06-29-10 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "better suited to a movie than a book"

    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.

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    Jamesie Atlanta, Gabon 06-22-10
    Jamesie Atlanta, Gabon 06-22-10
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    "A compelling mind-bender"

    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.

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    Dianne Dallas, TX, United States 06-18-10
    Dianne Dallas, TX, United States 06-18-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Can't get into it!"

    Just couldn't get into this in audio, maybe the movie is better...

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