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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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    Ian Tempe, AZ, USA 02-26-07
    Ian Tempe, AZ, USA 02-26-07 Member Since 2006
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    "An Amazing Book"

    This book was a pleasure to listen to, and you can be certain that I will listen to it again several times. The narration/acting was dead on perfect for each role, and really brought depth to a book which is already brilliant to begin with.

    I could go on about the content and writing of the book, but I would just echo the already glowing reviews found all over this site and others on the web. I will say this though - as I was listening to the book I noticed that I still had about 12 hours to listen to, and I said, "YES!" out loud! I don't think I can give a better review than that.

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    Primedesign Austin, TX, USA 08-24-06
    Primedesign Austin, TX, USA 08-24-06
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    "different"

    I enjoyed the two voices, I think it would be hard to follow without that since you are already trying to keep up with the "time". It is really a love story with some twists not a thriller as I expected but I enjoyed it none-the-less.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Morton, PA, USA 03-09-10
    Amanda Morton, PA, USA 03-09-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Can't stand the narrators' voices"

    I'm sure the actual print book was good, but I couldn't get into the Time Traveler's Wife audiobook because the narrators annoyed me so much. William Hope had a monotone voice that sounded too old for Henry's character. It seemed to confuse the image the book seemed to want to paint of him. I only got halfway before I gave up.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli Spencer, IA, United States 12-01-09
    Kelli Spencer, IA, United States 12-01-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Liked the Story but..."

    I really enjoyed the book and narration but found myself cringing everytime the characters used unnecessarily vulgar language. I don't feel the dialogue would have been hurt at all if fewer vulgarities were used, and I felt that some of the sex "scenes" and the emphasis on those was somewhat gratuitous and I would have enjoyed the book and story so much more without that element.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cis Sanibel, FL, USA 10-19-09
    Cis Sanibel, FL, USA 10-19-09
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    "Time Travelers Wife"

    I found this book hard to follow, it jumped around a lot and it was difficult to keep the ages and times straight.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alissa Kenai, AK, USA 08-23-09
    Alissa Kenai, AK, USA 08-23-09
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    "voices don't fit"

    I read the first half of this book on my own, and then transitioned into the audio to help me get through it more quickly. This made it difficult to get into the audio characterization. It didn't seem to fit the characters that I had already formed in my mind from script alone. The audio personalities seemed to conflict, in my opinion, with what the author put on the page. Maybe if I had started audio from the beginning i would have felt differently.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Coppell, TX, USA 08-04-09
    Vicki Coppell, TX, USA 08-04-09
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    "Loved it!!!!"

    This audio book kept me totally engaged. I didn't think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did, but it was wonderful. I love the intense relationship between Henry and Claire. They are so perfect together.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melvin las vegas, NV, USA 06-29-06
    Melvin las vegas, NV, USA 06-29-06
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    "A WONDERFUL TIME"

    THIS BOOK LEAVES ME WITH HOPE FOR THE FUTURE. AS MUCH FUN AND AS WARM AS ROBERT HEINLEIN'S WORK. SINCE HE DIED I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR AN AUTHOR WHO COULD FILL THE VOID. WHEN I FINISHED THE BOOK I WISHED FOR MORE. EXCELLENT WRITING STYLE, COLOR AND DEPTH. I HOPE TO SEE MANY MORE FROM THIS WRITER. THANKS FOR A WONDERFUL TIME.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    bjkim Keaau, HI United States 06-19-06
    bjkim Keaau, HI United States 06-19-06 Listener Since 2006

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    "Interesting but . . ."

    After reading the summary and the reader's reviews, I thought it was going to be a very interesting and moving story. I thought the mix of sci-fi and love story was very clever. I think the writer tried to make the characters believable. Well, with any time-travel stories, there are several logical problems and paradoxes with time-traveling in the story, such as free will vs. determinism. Some of these illogical connections in the story made it difficult for me to follow the story.

    I felt that many parts of the book were not much useful or helpful in developing the characters and plots. Much of them could have been left out, I think.

    I did find the blending time-traveling with love story was very interesting. However if you are not very much into romance novels, this may not offer any deeper levels of relationships and life.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu 09-03-13
    Lulu 09-03-13

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

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    "Almost Too Sad to Finish"

    It took me several years to buy and listen to this book. It just never sounded that interesting to me. I finally purchased it when it was on sale. I am very happy I did. I can't say I enjoyed the book, because it seemed obvious from the start that it would not end well. But I can say that the characters quickly caught my attention, and won my sympathy. I loved that he was not a moralistic hero. He was a very human man with very human failings struggling in a situation that no human ever faces. He learned to survive and survival wasn't always pretty.

    I became emotionally invested in the characters, even though I knew the ending would be much harder to bear. By the time I finished I wished I had stayed detached. There was nothing "feel-good" about the end to me.

    The story moved quickly, I sometimes had difficulty tracking with the time periods and who was what age when. I don't know how that could have been avoided though.

    I did not finish this book with a warm feeling of satisfaction. But I can still say it was well written, because the author took a totally unbelievable situation and made me believe in it enough that I felt the heartbreak that her wonderfully crafted characters felt.

    The narration was good. Both narrators gave very believable performances.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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