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.
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.
"Immaculately crafted tale"
Definitely, because I know I missed loads of stuff. It is so intricately written, with threads weaving through the past, present and future.
Don't want to spoil it by giving anything away!
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.
Both. In the abstract it seems unbelievable, but it works superbly.
Gorgeous, satisfying read. Loved it.
"So much better than the film!"
Brilliant engaging lovely
It would be a bit much to listen to all at once, but in my free time I didn't put it down !
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!
"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.
It was a bit of an ordeal, it is far too long, probably about 10 hours too long! I found the female voice very difficult to listen to which didn't help. There wasn't much of a story and it was very chaotic due to the different voices and jumping around in time. I kept hoping it would get better but it didn't. When I eventually got to the miserable and depressing end of the book I couldn't care less about the characters, I just wanted it to be over.
I will NEVER revisit this book, it is the worst and most disappointing book I've ever bought from audible.
"Excellent and perfect. An exceptional audiobook."
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.
I saw the film before realising it had been adapted from a book. The film was good, the book fantastic!
"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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
Loved them both equally
I was anxious how this book would pan out with all the time travelling but Ms Niffenegger tells a beautiful and emotional story.
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