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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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    Jan Woodbridge, VA, United States 05-02-11
    Jan Woodbridge, VA, United States 05-02-11
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    "Good Book, Great Potential, But OK Ending..."

    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.

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    Mayita 04-11-11
    Mayita 04-11-11 Member Since 2011

    Lover of history, travel, and MP3 players (to distract me from things I'd really rather not have to do)!

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    "Brilliant novel, so-so narration"

    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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    Louise Galt, CA, United States 04-07-11
    Louise Galt, CA, United States 04-07-11 Member Since 2016
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    "A touching story with an unusual twist"

    This has become one of my favorite books on tape. The characters come alive and the bouncing through time is a fun element.

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    marti richmond, va, United States 04-06-11
    marti richmond, va, United States 04-06-11 Member Since 2011
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    "We're all time travelers"

    Audrey Niffenegger has written a most wonderful book of love that knew of no time as it's boundaries. The Narrations done by William Hope and Laurel Lefkow makes the story seem so real as if this is something that had really happen. love every second of this wonderful Audio book.

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    Jia Parkland, FL, United States 04-04-11
    Jia Parkland, FL, United States 04-04-11

    I'm a teen; my favorites series are Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and Twilight by Stephene Meyer.

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    "Captivating"

    This books was captivating and very original. I haven't read much about time traveling but this was interesting from start to finish.

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    Laura Louisville, KY, United States 03-09-11
    Laura Louisville, KY, United States 03-09-11 Member Since 2015
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    "TIC TOC"

    IT IS A LITTLE CONFUSING AT FIRST, BUT THE STORY IS WRITTEN BEAUTIFULLY. I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE CHARACTERS, I WAS NOT EVEN DISAPPOINTED WITH THE ENDING?????

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    Kenneth Cary, NC, United States 02-17-11
    Kenneth Cary, NC, United States 02-17-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Not what I had hoped for"

    Not my favorite book. I enjoyed the first half of the book quiet a bit actually but the second half was kind of depressing and hard to get through.

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    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 11-09-10
    Melissa Dayton, OH, United States 11-09-10 Member Since 2010

    Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.

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    "Wonderful depth of character's"

    It started a little ho-hum but wow, as the story unfolds s I was enthralled. I enjoyed the writer’s character development and depth and the narration was well paced and toned. Although the story’s time line varies, significantly back and forth in time it is not difficult to follow. I highly recommended this book; it has much more depth and emotion than the movie ever could have possibly touched.

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    Jill Franklin, CT, United States 11-02-10
    Jill Franklin, CT, United States 11-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "It had great potential"

    I was looking forward to this book. Time traveling has always intrigued me, even as a kid I loved The Time Machine and A Wrinkle in Time. This book, though, did not wow me. There were interesting parts, but I wanted to love it and didn't. I also was annoyed that some parts seemed to not make sense at the end. Oh well, I know many people love this book, and I guess I am glad I gave it a listen. The narrators were good. I agree with other reviewers about being surprised that the author chose to use such raw language in the sexual parts. The language didn't really bother me, but I didn't think it fit or even see the point of it.

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    Casey33956 Sandston, VA, United States 10-25-10
    Casey33956 Sandston, VA, United States 10-25-10 Member Since 2016
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    "If you like time travel . . ."

    You will love this book. Niffenegger comes up with an interesting twist to time travel that I really liked. Be prepared for this story to bring you to tears.

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