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)
Intriguing, unique, relatable
It takes a different approach to time travel and introduces new perspectives, both from the time traveler and those who stay in current time. I also like that it's a sci-fi story but somehow relatable to the everyman.
I thought they really portrayed the true essence of the characters - particularly Phoebe's performance. It was easy to drift in and out of each character as the point of view changed while still remaining in touch with the relationship they had to each other.
Several moments touched me. Alba in the art center was a great scene. The letter in the desk at the end made me cry. I don't cry easily.
This was a great book. I became completly engrossed in this plot. How did the author come up witb such a great story? Okay, I have to confess I actually cried while reading this book (thats pretty rare).
This was one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. I managed not to read the book or see the movie because I expected the story to be sappy and unbelievable. The audiobook was on sale at Christmas time so I thought I would take a chance. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a real gem! The narrators were excellent. They brought the characters to life and made the story line warm, funny and bittersweet. I was honestly sorry to reach the end.
Marvelous novel. Is it a love story or is it science fiction? I bought it as sci-fi and found myself comparing notes on time travel with other writers. But, I enjoyed it as a romance novel (oh no, a chick book).
It is a well-woven story. It is one of my favorite so far from Audible.
Henry, naked in the basement, saying hello to Alisha.
I wouldn't say I had a severe reaction no. But I thought it was a sweet story. Several parts near the end made me cry.
Entertaining and unusual. This story was unusual, but still an entertaining and good read. The author did a good job of getting my attention and keeping it throughout the book.
Not only will I listen to The Time Traveler's Wife again I will listen to it a fifth time! When the movie came out I wanted to see it as soon as possible. It was good. But, when I bought the audio book I couldn't stop listening to it. It has been at least my fourth time that I have gone through and listened to it at work. Every time I pick up a little more insight to the story.
The back and forth with the characters taking turns in telling the story. The time jumps are also phenomenal. They bounce around but the story still maintains its path to the end.
Both of them are fantastic. The blended very well together.I had first listened to another version with different performers and they were exceptional as well (I forgot their names. Sorry).
The times where Henry talks about and is with his mother. I can't say any more without giving things away.
There are spots of comedy in the story but mainly it is fulfilling love story. A story that could go on forever jumping back and forth in time.
I remember when this book was new and on the big front table in the book store. I picked it up and read the summary and thought, "You've got to be kidding me!" It sounded so outlandish that I couldn't imagine it being any good. Then someone gave it to me for Christmas and I felt like I had to read it just so I could say that I had. I was blown away. I'm not usually one to cry over a book, but cry I did.
The ideas in this book are certainly out there, but the story is so well told that you find yourself having no problem accepting that this reality is possible, even reasonable. The characters are so well developed and likable that you could imagine being friends with them.
I've read some of the negative reviews for this book and I found myself thinking, "Wow. I must be really naive to have fallen for a book that so many people find predictable/cheesy romance masquerading as literature/too long/boring." Then I realized, who cares! I love it! And I had a great time reading it and listening to it.
The concept if knowing pieces if the future before it happens in the story.
The story is thought-provoking, and stuck with me for weeks after I had finished listening to it. This version of the story goes much deeper into the implications of Henry's time travelling than the movie. Reflecting on the movie, it feels like it's playing in fast forward compared to the book.
Henry is my favourite character because he's imperfect but does the best he can with the broken life he is given. On the other hand, I found Clare's unfailing goodness and her unshakable dedication to him rather frustrating. I found myself wanting her to do something he wouldn't approve of.
I thought at first that having two people narrate the story would be jarring, but it ended up bringing the story to life. They did a great job, though sometimes Berman's female voices sounded a little forced.
I would definitely love to pick Henry's brain. His experience and knowledge of time travel would be a fascinating conversation.
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