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The Time Traveler's Wife | [Audrey Niffenegger]

The Time Traveler's Wife

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.
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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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    Yvette VANCOUVER , WA, USA 08-10-06
    Yvette VANCOUVER , WA, USA 08-10-06
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    "Looking for the next one."

    "The Time Traveler's Wife" listener's wife and I both thought this was a great listen. It made me want for the ample room left open for a sequel. After all time travel is the most open of all plot devices. I soon watched Slaughterhouse 5 from 1972 and saw a huge number of similar devices and even one character. Take out the war and the alien planet from the movie and insert music and pop references from the book and you'll see what I'm talking about. Where that movie was hoeky this book was awesome. The characters were real. The time travel was handled well but did not cover how Henry is able to somehow always land on the Earth rather than the absolute position in space he just left at the beginning of the time travel event. Rather it touched on other difficulties of a time travel event. Other than this single nitpicking, it left me wanting to see the grandfathering of events and people into a brand new set of characters and circumstances and problems.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nannette Layton, UT, USA 09-11-09
    Nannette Layton, UT, USA 09-11-09
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    "Liked it with reservations"

    It was a fascinating story that kept my interest but the author liked to use a specific swear word that I really found offensive.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Tahne Lutz 09-10-09
    Tahne Lutz 09-10-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Obscene Language and Vulgar Content"

    I had to stop listening to this audiobook when I was only about halfway through. I simply couldn't handle hearing the obscene language and vulgar content anymore! The F-word is used many, many times, and a number of scenes are too graphic for me to continue reading. THIS BOOK SHOULD BE "RATED R," and I wish I'd known that BEFORE I wasted hours listening to half of it!

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Otsego, MN USA 02-10-10
    Amazon Customer Otsego, MN USA 02-10-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Why, why why . . . ."

    It started out with some possibilities, but quickly turn into titillation wrapped in a loose story. One of the original premises was interesting; Henry time traveled back to a time when he was 6. He met himself and taught his younger self how to pick pocket. Now how did he learn it to begin with? Anyway, from here, downhill it went. How about this? He is 15 and 8 months old and travels back to when he is 15. He meets himself and because he is just sexually coming of age, decides to have sex with himself. Cool huh! NOT! If you are interested in writing soft core porn, label it as such.

    I will be contacting Audible to voice my concern about not having adequate rating information before I purchase. If there is no mechanism to rate books, I should have an opportunity to by return the book, get my money back and not support those authors.

    This was a DNF (did not finish) book.

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    dave SAN JOSE, CA, United States 08-01-11
    dave SAN JOSE, CA, United States 08-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Benjamin Button-Esque"

    Dare it say it: Niffenegger just might not yet be a great writer. I appreciated the concept and the depths to which it was explored. I found some of the ideas within this book very romantic, as well. However, like "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," the result of something that could've been a masterpiece was instead surface-y and underwhelming.

    Like others, I thought the character development was a bit stale. Instead of painting a true portrait, the author instead threw in mild personal eccentricities with no real meaning nor justification. And the storyline as a whole seemed to lose its luster once the time travel concept was fully established.

    Afterward, I watched the movie. Verses the book, I enjoyed the movie more. It really seemed to cut the clutter. It simply deletes the more dispensable scenes within the book.

    I urge Neffenegger to keep writing, but maybe under the mentorship of another. (Personally, I'd recommend Ken Follett; his talent of character creation could really help Neffenegger. But that's of course simply my personal bias.)

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    matthew williams 01-11-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Trash"

    I bought this book because I heard good reveiws about the movie. I was beyond disappointed. I just wish it had stopped there. This book was vile. I would burn this piece of trash if it was an actual book. It is writings like this that make it very hard to decide what books you want to spend your money on. Just what is it about foul, perverted, degenerated writing that publishers think readers want. And to top it off; it wasn't even that well written. I am furious that I spent my money on this book. Hopefully, this will save someone from making the same mistake

    5 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Fredericksburg, VA, United States 12-29-12
    Judy Fredericksburg, VA, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about The Time Traveler's Wife?

    The story sounds fascinating. I stopped listening after a couple of chapters. Even though the characters are married - later in time, I don't care to listen to descriptions of their sexual activity.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was good, the little I listened to it.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mama bear Ogden, UT, United States 04-26-10
    Mama bear Ogden, UT, United States 04-26-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Great except for the language."

    I've noticed this book on the best seller lists for a long time and finally bought it. It was very different and fun to listen to. I enjoyed the narration and despite being a little confused in the beginning, I began to look forward to my workout time so that I could rejoin the story. The story was engaging and I loved watching the characters develop over time. I would have given it 5 stars, but the author used the f- word to such an extent that it was distracting. There is no way that these two well bred and educated, main characters would have lacked in vocabulary to the point of needing to use that word. Maybe it was a case of "R ratingitis" where film makers put in the f- word so they can pump up the rating and get a different movie going crowd. The language was the only drawback to this book.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Brady New York, NY United States 04-09-10
    Kathryn Brady New York, NY United States 04-09-10 Member Since 2006
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    "not worth it"

    IMO, this book was a stupid waste of time.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 04-06-09
    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 04-06-09 Member Since 2008

    Married, middle-age, owner of 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.

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    "hard to put down"

    If you cry easily, you will need a large box of tissues. I listened to this story several months ago, and I still think about it. It reminds me of other stories, notably Outlander, but this one is unique. It was also *very* hard to put down.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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