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)
I'm so sensitive to the narration in Audio books and I'm always skeptical - both Mr. Hope and Ms. Lefkow narrated this story beautifully. What initially sounded like a hokey story line was so expertly spun into an enjoyable read. By nature of the story there are hops around in time, pay attention to the "Henry is 42; Claire is 18" headers at the beginning of each chapter. There is a certain amount of willing suspension of disbelief, but it's worth it.
I enjoyed this book very, very much. I enjoyed the twist on fate the author gave me. I think the narrators did a great job. I really enjoyed them. Laurel Lefkow did an especially good job when narrating Clare through the years of her life changing her voice "attitude" to fit that of the age of Clare.
This was my very first audio book ... probably not the best book to start out with because of the time travel but once you get used to it, I couldn't put it down. I love books ... love reading them. I wasn't sure I could do the audio but now I am hooked.
I love the story - what a great idea. William Hope did a good narration job. Laurel Lefkow was good with the female voices, but not so good on male voices which was a bit distracting at times. Great listen for my commute! I think I want to listen to it again once I finish to see how the time line was handled from the start.
The inter-connectedness of this book is dazzling! Niffenegger is a genius! The story is the story of three people who face real challenges but their challenges are unreal as well. Two of them live outside the grip of time, but that release from the bounds of time also poses extreme danger and trouble for them.
Imaginative beyond belief!
The narrator for Henry was a little too snarky for me to connect with or be very interested in.
I found this book to be very confusing, trying to keep up with the who knew whom when. I was somewhat unimpressed with the ending of the book as well. I got this because the overall reviews were that this was a very good romantic book, but it is hard to follow. In retrospect, I wouldn't have purchased this book.
There was a point where I was going to abandon the story but it got better as it went along. This writer took her time building the tale and in the process put together and developed interesting characters. By the end of the book I felt I knew the central characters.
The actors did a great job.
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