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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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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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    Erica Orlando, FL, United States 08-28-09
    Erica Orlando, FL, United States 08-28-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Read before seeing the movie..."

    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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    Tamesha Dallas, TX, USA 08-25-09
    Tamesha Dallas, TX, USA 08-25-09
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    "Recommended"

    Love the male voice, but the female voice not so much. The book itself is great! I really enjoyed listening while the story unfolded. I even fell asleep listening!

    5 stars!

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    laurie versailles, KY, United States 08-24-09
    laurie versailles, KY, United States 08-24-09
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    "So wonderful, I listened twice."

    It's one of those books I couldn't put down. It was unusual. The way it twisted and turned was so amazing, lacing together nicely at the end. I listened to the book before seeing the movie. Thank goodness. However, the movie was beautifully done. They managed to put all the important things in the movie. However, it could not compare to the book. I loved it so much, that I listened to it twice in three weeks. My husband thinks I'm crazy.

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    Erica Pleasant Hope, MO, USA 08-19-09
    Erica Pleasant Hope, MO, USA 08-19-09
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    "Wonderfully read audiobook!"

    This audiobook is outstanding. The performances of the readers are fabulous and the story is one of the most original I have encountered in quite some time. While some have complained about the less than joyous ending, I think it anchors the story and keeps it from becoming cliche and meaningless. The difficulties the characters encounter and overcome keep this book from being an assembly line faerie tale and boring, artificial chick-lit. If you like the work of A.S. Byatt or Iris Murdoch you should check this out.

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    Sean gresham, OR, USA 08-18-09
    Sean gresham, OR, USA 08-18-09
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    "Incredible"

    This book is awesome. The way that Audrey Niffenegger describes everything is like eating an amazing meal and enjoying every moment of it. The way she writes is like painting a fine water color that everyone can enjoy but wasn't just a paint by number. "Read" it. You will love it. I can't wait to see the movie. It's not a children's book, there is some foul/slang language in it, but its stuff that everyone uses everyday. I could barely turn my iPod off. I enjoyed every minute of this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy Rosepine, LA, USA 08-16-09
    Dorothy Rosepine, LA, USA 08-16-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Falls Flat"

    I feel as though I mised something in this book since it seems to be highly rated; however, I did not like it because it seemed slow in the telling. I had to force myself to finish the book because I kept expecting something would change with a grand ending. It fell flat for me. I would NOT recommend this book to anyone.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Havertown, PA, USA 08-01-09
    Donna Havertown, PA, USA 08-01-09
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    "Disappointing"

    I found this book hard to put down but was then very disappointed with the ending.

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    Shawn napa, CA, USA 07-31-09
    Shawn napa, CA, USA 07-31-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Very Entertaining"

    very enjoyable,you fall in love with this couple! hope the movie is half as good.

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    Lajuan Idabel, OK, United States 07-29-09
    Lajuan Idabel, OK, United States 07-29-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Read but really different"

    I have listened to this book several times. It was difficult for me to wrap my brain around it. But I truly enjoyed it. I wanted to read/listen to the book before the movie. I still have questions about some aspects. Well written

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    Tracy Lawrence, KS, USA 03-27-09
    Tracy Lawrence, KS, USA 03-27-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Suspend your disbelief"

    I really enjoyed this book. Some parts are pretty sappy, but it is a love story told in an original way. The narrators weren't outstanding and sometimes mispronounced words, but they weren't terrible, either. I am a biologist and I had a little trouble accepting the author's biological explanation for time travel. But when you let those things go and accept the story as fiction, it was very entertaining.

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