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)
This was my FIRST audible purchase. The only reason I dind't give Time Traveler's Wife 5 stars overall is the book's reminiscence of punk music genre throughout. I've never been a punk fan, and found it sometimes difficult to connect with those references. But the story as a whole was extremely touching. The loving relationship that develops between the primary characters is unique. His peculiar condition presents some most interesting scenarios, and I really like the way Niffenegger approached time travel. Making it a genetic mutation rather than a technical advance added a level of familiarity to the story, brought it to the level of us non-techies. Thoroughly enjoyable yet tragic story.
Once you understand the central device of the book and get past the "that's a cool idea" moment, the book does not deliver anything more interesting than that.
I felt she could have gone much further with the story, but instead stayed on the well-trodden ground of this boring love relationship. Sure, it was refracted by the jumbled timeline, but was ultimately as unfulfilling as a meal of iceberg lettuce and white bread.
Furthermore, I found nothing charismatic, interesting or even likeable in the central characters.
If you like more literary writing (Geraldine Brooks, Barbara Kingsolver), skip this one.
Cheli In Texas
When one "reads" an audiobook, it's so much more than just the words. The reader/narrator is very important too. There are books I absolutely love but absolutely hate the audiobook version because of WHO is reading the material. It truly is an art to read out loud. Some people have "it", some don't.
So, that said, this version with Fred Berman is not as good as the version with William Hope. William Hope did a fantastic job of bringing Henry to life. William Hope's version is my absolute all-time favorite audiobook (although Dunkle's The Hollow Kingdom read by Jenny Sterlin is a close second).
This is a very good book in and of itself, but from the excerpt I've listened to here, Mr. Berman is no Henry De Tramble. Find the William Hope version instead. Or just read the book yourself.
Just my opinion.
Interesting, creative storyline.
Unfortunately, the actual story telling was extremely tedious and often boring. The writer managed somehow to provide long and vivid descriptions of situations and events without ever really developing the characters as someone you felt you knew and understood. I finshed the book, but only because I didn't have anything else to listen to at the time.
It was a little hard in the beginning to get into but as the character's started to develop, I enjoyed it. The narration was superb and believable. Now I can watch the movie and see how they compare. I think it was worth my time to listen and will most likely listen to it again next year.
The story idea behind this book is great, but I couldn't finish it. I was finally overwhelmed by the disgusting. The author apparently doesn't realize that while sex may sell, most people have enough of an imagination that they don't want details, especially when it made disgusting. Furthermore, constant use of foul language makes you question the author's capability with vocabulary.
Very entertaining book. I liked the jumping back and forth in time and the different readers. Both were perfect for their parts. Bit of a tear-jerker here and there, but that is ok. I really didn't want it to end.
I loved this book. I found it intriguing, sweet and bittersweet, and sad and joyous. My imagination was totally taken over and I felt as though I was taken on a interesting adventure with the characters. Audrey Niffenegger's descriptive writing on her characters' surroundings really hit home to me. I live in Chicago - born and raised. I enjoyed her placing me in the various neighborhoods and sites (Hyde Park, Lincoln Park, Art Institute, etc.). Yes, it was a very lovely love story and an adventure.
I turned on my computer, waited for it to boot up, went to my online book club, I clicked on the title "The Time Traveler's Wife", I Clicked on review< I started typing......so on, so on, so on. Way too detailed. I would fall asleep while listening to it, wake up and could pick up the story where ever it was and not be lost at all. If it wasn't for my quirk of needing to finish what I started, I wouldn't have finished it. Good story idea, just too boring. Language was offensive, unnecessary and not appropriate at all.
This story could have been an incredible story - one you would be proud to call friends/family and encourage them to read. However, when 70-80% of the book is sex, drugs and crudeness that is utterly revolting I can't even permit it to play when anyone is around for fear what they might hear. I wanted to get through the story to find out what happened but could not understand why the author could not just run with her good story and leave the sex behind.
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