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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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    Judy Arlington, TX, United States 01-16-13
    Judy Arlington, TX, United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2016
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    "I just didn't find much of a story."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I found this repetitive and a little boring. I kept waiting for something big to happen.......but it didn't !


    Has The Time Traveler's Wife turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will still listen to books of this genre. I have discovered that it is ok not to enjoy all of them.


    What about Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole ’s performance did you like?

    Not much due to lack of story


    Do you think The Time Traveler's Wife needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.......please


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    Bonnie 01-13-13
    Bonnie 01-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Compelling. Not to be forgotten."

    If you are looking for a Sci-Fi book like “Back To The Future” or "Quantum Leap" this is NOT the book for you. While fiction, I would not call it Sci-Fi.

    It is non-linear time and pops back and forth over decades. I found it confusing at first and almost quit reading. Then I just stopped concentrating so hard on the dates and ages, lighten up, and everything fell into place.
    I loved the fact that the story was written from two different perspectives, both that of Henry and Clare.

    I did not like the fact that so much time was spent deciding to going to one eatery or another. I did not like the use of acronyms such as CSO - only to later discover that this was the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. I am from Chicago, have been to the Symphony many times, and did not recognized the acronym. Although Clare is an artist that works with paper, I felt that the paper making descriptions were much too long and of no relevance to the plot.

    I wish that some of the characters had been more developed such as Gomez, the brother and sister-in-law and especially Ingrid. I think the story could have benefited from a more detailed look at her as well as these other characters. It would have enriched the story.

    Loved the ending. I knew the climactic scene was coming. It was touching and sensitive but I did not want to read it.

    I have to count this book as one of the more interesting books I have read but it is not amongst the best. I would, however, recommend it. It is a book that has cemented the characters in my mind. Niffenegger did an excellent job of telling the story of a phenomenon. It is a well-written, romantic, suspenseful, and compelling.

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    alicedonut 01-02-13
    alicedonut 01-02-13
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    "Fun Journey"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Time Traveler's Wife to be better than the print version?

    Can't say, I have never "read" the book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alba - her experience was richer as she was able to talk about it with her parents


    What about Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole ’s performance did you like?

    Yes, they matched the voice of the characters as I imagined them


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I enjoyed the book but I wouldn't characterize my experience as "extreme"


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    R. Mitchell 12-31-12
    R. Mitchell 12-31-12 Member Since 2016

    I love good books.

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    "Great Read, really enjoyed the characters."

    Really enjoyed this book. The characters and their development was very fun to experience. Plus, chronology of the book was good, it allows the reader to experience time in an unique perspective. If you watched the Movie the book is always better. This is an adult book and sex plays a central role in the characters and the book.

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    Duane 08-01-12
    Duane 08-01-12 Member Since 2013
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    "better than expected"

    my wife was reading this for a book club, so I listened to it so I could relate with the book club party - we hosted the review for this book. damned if I didn't end up enjoying the heck out of it and ended up heavily participating in the book club discussion. what an interesting concept making for a different than normal read.

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    Sherri 07-24-12
    Sherri 07-24-12 Member Since 2012

    Sherri

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    "WORTHY!"

    This book is SO MUCH BETTER than the movie. The story is sooooooooooo good & it made me want to cry! I read it knowing how it would end but listened anyway - it was WORTH the listen!

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    Ellen Columbia, MO, United States 07-16-12
    Ellen Columbia, MO, United States 07-16-12 Member Since 2013

    Susan Elizabeth Phillips is my go to for fun. Harry Potter - just because. Loved the Magic of Tidying Up and Shakespeare

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    "Beautifully Heart-wrenching"

    I love the characters and the depth of their feelings for each other. I sobbed afterwards. Every person deserves this kind of devotion, but it comes at a cost.

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    mickey GEORGETOWN, TX, United States 07-04-12
    mickey GEORGETOWN, TX, United States 07-04-12
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    "Great Narrators; So-So Story"

    Great narrators. Even when the author dissolves into overly flowery prowse, both narrators do a wonderful job sounding involved in the story.

    I loved the concept for this book and was very excited to finally listen to it. It started out slow, but mainly due to the authors use of overly detailed descriptions and even a few lapses into other languages, all meant to establish the romance and deep beyond time love of the main characters. It dragged until the middle, then the story started to really develop and I started to care about the characters. Towards the end the book took a dark and almost macabre turn. The rest of the book followed suit. I went from just liking the book, to really disliking it.

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    Robert pittsburgh, pa, United States 06-26-12
    Robert pittsburgh, pa, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A Love-Hate Read"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There were things in this book I love and things that I hated. Most books take a while to like the characters But like Henry, my feelings for him and Clare jump around. By the end of the book, I didn't care about them as much.

    I have read a lot of the other reviews. Some felt cheated while others called it gloomy and depressing. I can argue. I wanted to like this book, but the characters made it tough.


    The author did however, do a good job of connecting the points in time together. This story must have been difficult to write


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This book is a movie. I prefer the book to the movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Most of the reviews for this book are favorable. This is one book you will have to make up your own mind on.

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    Sandra Tailem Bend, Australia 06-03-12
    Sandra Tailem Bend, Australia 06-03-12
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    "Loved it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definately


    What about Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole ’s performance did you like?

    Loved them too, they did a great job..........totally beleivable wonderful characters


    If you could rename The Time Traveler's Wife, what would you call it?

    Wouldn't change


    Any additional comments?

    Really loved the whole thing, I didn't want the story to end

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