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)
Overall, I really enjoyed this audiobook but OH! The mispronunciations!! Seemed like every 40 mins or so there was some truly cringe-worthy mispronunciation by one of the narrators. Some of the offenders I remember were "dahlia" "Vicodin" "renaissance." Many others. The audio equivalent of proofreading would have helped a lot prior to release.
As I listened to this book I went from curious to interested to enthralled. Only at the end did I feel totally and completely let down by the author. Such a huge build up and such a surprisingly uninteresting and immediate ending. It's as if she was in a hurry and threw the last chapter together before the mailman came to ship it to the publisher.
What a disappointment.
I'm completely perplexed why people enjoy this book. The plot is full of holes and the paradoxes that his time travel would create is beyond aggrivating. The author attempts to explain away the inability for the time traveler to alter the future(and thus creating a paradox), while creating scenarios that would not exist without him traveling in time. I struggled all the way through this audio book on a long drive, anticipating that somewhere I would stumble across what people like about it ... but unfortunately it never manifested.
This was a really good book. Great story good characters, fast moving story and really well read. I love long books that are this good. It will make me see the movie for sure.
I love this book. I was very skeptical about the whole time travel thing but this is so much more. This is a wonderful love story!
I really liked this book. It took a while to get used to the characters bouncing back and forth, but once you get used to it, it is a really good read.
It's a love story told in the right order just the wrong order chronologically yet in the right chronological order. After listening to this book you will know exactly what I mean. Following the sweet introduction of Henry into Claire's life into what holds true in Henry's present is cute at moments and suspenseful at others. And as clarity comes into full picture and you know what may happen next, it gives you a different perspective as to what will be and soon the timeline really does not matter. The split of having a male and female voice actors are necessary, but especially getting Claire's perspective from a young age to an adult is a clear difference and performed very well.
It's not the best book but in the end I enjoyed it. Listening to the numerous "episodes" of the main character's time traveling was a bit tedious after a while. I think I may have enjoyed these detailed descriptions of time traveling if I was reading the book rather than listening to the audio version. Another reviewer mentioned the adult language of the book. I don't have a problem with cursing or descriptions of sex acts but I don't think the narrators were well-suited for this type of language. The saucy language just didn't flow naturally from their lips. Otherwise I enjoyed the story and was a bit teary-eyed at certain points. I don't regret the purchase at all and would actually like to see the movie now that I've heard the book.
At first I was not convinced, I actually started over because I felt as if I had missed something or was confused. With further listening, I was sucked into a world that mirrored my own childhood from Claire's perspective and found the love bittersweet. The ending was not as I expected, but does life end as you expected? Worth the read/listen and also worth an open mind. This is not Science-Fiction, Space Alien kind of reading. This is for looking outside of the box at the posibilities and dificulties of love.
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