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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mandi 05-12-12
    Mandi 05-12-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting Concept"

    Throughly enjoyable. I didn't know what to expect with this selection, but I was hooked right to the end.

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    mayola sacramento, United States Minor Outlying Islands 04-24-12
    mayola sacramento, United States Minor Outlying Islands 04-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "It was very interesting to have a story of love to"
    Where does The Time Traveler's Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It,s about number 3


    What did you like best about this story?

    The love part .How they was able to have a baby..How each time he traveled and lost his shoes and clothes. How he came back, the fact that he enjoyed reading, the wedding
    how his wife waited on him as a young lady and after he lost his leg. her unconditional love for him


    Which scene was your favorite?

    him being in the look cage with no way out naked.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Time Traveler's Wife and why?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    The sex they always had, them loving coffe. how she was able to remember. How he was able to see in the future how he explained to the doctor about his pregnant wife about their son disabilty. How the doctor was very skeptical how did he know. how the doctor did not believe him, then decide to help the have a baby even after all the miscarriage.

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    Mary 04-18-12
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    "Too unbelievable"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I usually like stories about time travel, but his one was just too contrived for me.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance


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    Deb New Milford, CT, United States 11-10-11
    Deb New Milford, CT, United States 11-10-11 Member Since 2014
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    "A Good Story"

    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.

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    Darcy Atlanta, GA, United States 10-20-11
    Darcy Atlanta, GA, United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent preformers make the ridiculous sublime"

    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.

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  • Vivienne F
    11/29/14
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    "Immaculately crafted tale"
    Would you listen to The Time Traveler's Wife again? Why?

    Definitely, because I know I missed loads of stuff. It is so intricately written, with threads weaving through the past, present and future.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Time Traveler's Wife?

    Don't want to spoil it by giving anything away!


    What does Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The narrators are superb, and add loads to the story. The only complaint I have is with the sections in French and German, which I really couldn't understand, probably due to the very strong American accent, and I've taken off a star for that.


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

    Both. In the abstract it seems unbelievable, but it works superbly.


    Any additional comments?

    Gorgeous, satisfying read. Loved it.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • c
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    4/13/13
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    "Amazing story"

    I absolutely loved this audiobook. I hadn't got around to reading it and had be told how wonderful it was. At first I thought the jumps in time would be confusing, but it flowed so well and I fell in love with the characters straight away. I could be convinced this story was real and never wanted it to end. The two narrators worked perfectly together. I giggled, sighed and cried. I even made my car journeys longer just to keep listening. I will be picking up the book next.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A.Delicata
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    "Beautiful story, wonderfully read."

    Don't give up if you find the story hard to get to grips with, due to the time travelling.
    Persevere and you will be rewarded.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine
    New Malden, United Kingdom
    7/23/15
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    "Excellent and perfect. An exceptional audiobook."
    What did you like most about The Time Traveler's Wife?

    Both narrators worked together extremely well, the story is so well crafted and there really aren't enough ways to say that this really is an amazing audiobook.

    Get it. You will not regret it.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • L
    2/24/15
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    "Pure brilliance!"

    I saw the film before realising it had been adapted from a book. The film was good, the book fantastic!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    HUNTINGDON, United Kingdom
    3/21/14
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    "Beautiful"
    Would you listen to The Time Traveler's Wife again? Why?

    I would defiantly listen to The Time Traveler's wife again, having a beautiful story read out to you as you draw is incredibly relaxing the time just flows by and you find your ideas smoothly flowing along with the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't really have a favourite character I loved the way that they interacted together, it was there togetherness that brought out the best parts of them!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Enjoy is a funny word, I laughed out loud when he first meets Claire in his time stream because it was such a real response! and I almost cried (except for the fact I was on a train) when you realise that he knows when the end is and tries to protect Claire


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I'm time poor and so sitting for 17 hours and listening to a book is something I can't really afford, equally its a very long time! I did listen to it in fairly long stints because once you get into the flow of a story its hard to break off.


    Any additional comments?

    When I was younger my mother read to me and brought me book and tapes which I wore down through listening to so often. It wonderful that I can still listen to 'adult' books because you get so much from somebody's voice telling a story and this story in particular with two voices is just beautiful.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. D Corry-Bass
    UK
    11/28/13
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    "So much better than the film!"
    If you could sum up The Time Traveler's Wife in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant engaging lovely


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It would be a bit much to listen to all at once, but in my free time I didn't put it down !


    Any additional comments?

    This book as read brilliantly, I loved the film, but now in comparison it seems week after reading the book with I followed with keen interest a range of emotions and always thinking 'just one more chapter'
    I would definitely recommend this read!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • C. A. Mealing
    Brighton UK
    2/21/15
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    "Very human story with a twist"

    I read the reviews of this when it was first published and had it on my list. I found the concept of time travel fascinating and it added something truly unique to an enduring love story. My only criticism is that I found the voice of the young Claire rather irritating, and initially thought it would spoil the book for me. But it didn't overall, so if you find the same, persevere!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sigrin
    Valdisere, France
    2/3/14
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    "Beautiful lovestory"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Time Traveler's Wife to be better than the print version?

    Do not know, but the film I thought was good until I read the book and realised they had only told a third of the story.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole – was your favourite?

    Loved them both equally


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I was anxious how this book would pan out with all the time travelling but Ms Niffenegger tells a beautiful and emotional story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kuriszuta
    12/2/13
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    "Nice surprise"
    Where does The Time Traveler's Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top ten.


    Have you listened to any of Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't, but I found that both of them did a wonderful job narrating the story. As I understand, reading the book it might take a while to figure out who is talking at the moment - with the different voices in the audio book it was of course no problem.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There is a film, but the audio book is much better.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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