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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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  • Vivienne F
    11/29/14
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    "Immaculately crafted tale"
    Would you listen to The Time Traveler's Wife again? Why?

    Definitely, because I know I missed loads of stuff. It is so intricately written, with threads weaving through the past, present and future.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Time Traveler's Wife?

    Don't want to spoil it by giving anything away!


    What does Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both. In the abstract it seems unbelievable, but it works superbly.


    Any additional comments?

    Gorgeous, satisfying read. Loved it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • c
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    4/13/13
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    "Amazing story"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A.Delicata
    9/16/15
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    HUNTINGDON, United Kingdom
    3/21/14
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    "Beautiful"
    Would you listen to The Time Traveler's Wife again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    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


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • L
    2/24/15
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    "Pure brilliance!"

    I saw the film before realising it had been adapted from a book. The film was good, the book fantastic!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. D Corry-Bass
    UK
    11/28/13
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    "So much better than the film!"
    If you could sum up The Time Traveler's Wife in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant engaging lovely


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It would be a bit much to listen to all at once, but in my free time I didn't put it down !


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine
    New Malden, United Kingdom
    7/23/15
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    "Excellent and perfect. An exceptional audiobook."
    What did you like most about The Time Traveler's Wife?

    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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • C. A. Mealing
    Brighton UK
    2/21/15
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    "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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sigrin
    Valdisere, France
    2/3/14
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    "Beautiful lovestory"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Time Traveler's Wife to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole – was your favourite?

    Loved them both equally


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I was anxious how this book would pan out with all the time travelling but Ms Niffenegger tells a beautiful and emotional story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kuriszuta
    12/2/13
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    "Nice surprise"
    Where does The Time Traveler's Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top ten.


    Have you listened to any of Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't, but I found that both of them did a wonderful job narrating the story. As I understand, reading the book it might take a while to figure out who is talking at the moment - with the different voices in the audio book it was of course no problem.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There is a film, but the audio book is much better.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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