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)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Arg... Long, dull, sickly sweet, little depth. Readers mispronounce words throughout. Annoying beyond words. Chick lit at its worst.
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.
"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!
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.
Thought I would be confused with it jumping about in time-but it flowed ,beautifully.
Characterization,reading the book may have confused me who was speaking.
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.
It's in the top ten.
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.
There is a film, but the audio book is much better.
"Worth a read"
Good narration and good story , very well read and pleasant to listen to .
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!
"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.
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