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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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    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    Anne SANTA FE, NM, United States 03-07-09
    Anne SANTA FE, NM, United States 03-07-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Yuck"

    Arg... Long, dull, sickly sweet, little depth. Readers mispronounce words throughout. Annoying beyond words. Chick lit at its worst.

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  • 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. D Corry-Bass
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    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!

    2 of 2 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bella
    Somerset, United Kingdom
    3/13/14
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    "Surprise"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Time Traveler's Wife to be better than the print version?

    Thought I would be confused with it jumping about in time-but it flowed ,beautifully.


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

    Characterization,reading the book may have confused me who was speaking.


    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • wendy
    Sutherland, United Kingdom
    4/25/13
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    "Worth a read"

    Good narration and good story , very well read and pleasant to listen to .

    1 of 1 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!

    0 of 0 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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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