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 usually like stories about time travel, but his one was just too contrived for me.
I read this book at the recommendation of a friend and also because I had seen the movie. The story was a great read. It was well narrated and the characters were well developed.
It is a little confusing with the jumps back and forth in time if you don't pay attention to the story, but I followed it well enough.
Due greatly to the performers and the authors excellent phrasing, I felt like I was a fly on the wall in the life of two interesting, well-rounded, likable people. Unfortunately, the end smushes that feeling. There wasn't enough why and how for me. The journey was enjoyable even if the destination was less than desirable.
This book is fantastic and the narrators are superb especially the girl. I loved the lisp she gave to the young character. a brilliant concept . much much better than the movie which i quite enjoyed. Really loved the descriptions . Beautiful prose.
I loved this movie and heard from several people how good the book was, but I am not a fan of the audible version for sure! I don't like listening to the male's voice, it is like nails on a chalkboard...I didn't finish it, can't get thru it!
I was looking forward to this audio book, but as soon as it started I wanted to turn it off. The narrators voice is not right for this book at all. I still haven't been able to bring myself to finish it. For this one, I definitely suggest you read the book instead of listening to it.
This was a very special read - I was totally immersed in the story from the very first word. The narration by Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole was faultless. They brought the story to life and effortlessly carried the listening along, weaving back and forth through time with patience and passion. Audrey Niffenegger's detailed description and all encompassing use of language made this book an absolute pleasure. A love story for all romantics who believe that anything is possible.
At first you have to get used to a few concepts: 1. Having 2 good readers, 2. The dates, and 3. The characters' ages. After a few chapters, you stop focusing on the characters' ages and the actual dates; and more about the story, and the "time" the chapter was being told from. The story was very interesting. It definitely grabs your attention. The time traveling is a bit far-fetched, but instead of focusing on that and getting distracted, just accept it as fiction and get drawn into the story. It was entertaining, but the ending was a little lackluster. I wanted more. It felt like it just ended. **SPOILER ALERT** If a time traveler dies, does he actually go away? He's always time traveling so does that mean he lives forever? That's the part I couldn't really come to terms with.
Lover of history, travel, and MP3 players (to distract me from things I'd really rather not have to do)!
I loved the premise of this novel, and Niffenegger does a masterful job of creating time-traveling "rules" that stay consistent throughout. Even when we're pretty sure how things are going to end, I was riveted to the narrative to find out how all the pieces fit together. Thankfully, Clare and Henry had their own narrators, which really helped keep everything straight. My only complaint (thus the 4 stars) is with performances of the readers. They weren't terrible - far from it - but William Hope particularly seemed to lack a spark (surprising, given the number of high profile books he's narrated). Also, they both made some odd pronunciation choices in a few places. But overall I found this to be an excellent audiobook, well worth "reading" to the very end!
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