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)
Like many other reviewers, I found myself riveted to the story. I kept putting off listening to it until I knew I'd have enough time in the car to settle back into the story line and listen for awhile. I LOVED the whole concept, and the love story between Henry and Clare was woven adeptly around the startling premise of time travel. LOVEDLOVEDLOVED it. Contrary to some reviewers, I didn't think the occasional "bad" language was out of place. That's how people talk in the real world. (though her use of the "C" word from Clare didn't ring true to me.) I also thought the descriptions of the sex/lovemaking scenes were a good combination of graphic and tender and that didn't bother me in the least.
BUT- eventually Laurel Lefkow's narration of Clare's perspective began to grate on my nerves almost beyond endurance. All of her male voices sounded the same, and they all sounded forced and awkward. I got a mental picture of a woman with her chin on her chest, forcing her voice as low as possible- and as a result, none of the male characters had any notable inflection, or changes in tone or expression. I found myself wishing that her part would be soon over- talking back to my mp3 player saying "PUT THE GUY BACK ON!!!" It's for this reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5.
Other than that, I absolutely loved this book. This is actually the first review I've written- done because I enjoyed it that much. I was left wishing there was more- wishing the story could go on, sad that it was ended.
This is a 5-star read categorized as science fiction. However, Audrey Niffenneger's writing is so intelligent, characters so well developed and the plot so compelling I could not put down this "genie in a bottle". It has it all, a story, characters, humor, love and the heart rending sadness that lingers for days. This is a MUST READ. I will not go see the movie (coming out in Aug. '09) as there is no way it can capture this wondrous, detailed and never dull read as we walk through the lives of two people, and those they love, trapped by something which cannot be tamed - time.
I danced around getting this book, but the other reviews were just too good, so I down loaded it. It's a book you can't put down and then your sad when it comes to an end. The caracters got into your soul until you felt what they felt. The readers were the icing on a well written book. I have been a member for 3 years and have heard some very good books, but this is the first I have reviewed, I liked it so much.
Brilliantly narrated, with a compelling story and rich characters. Absolutely fell in love with this book. I'm not much for romance or sappy love stories (Nicholas Sparks makes me cringe), but this book managed to weave a love story from a fantastical concept, mysterious plot line, and genuinely interesting characters. Gorgeous work by both the author and narrators.
I love books that are character driven.. this is one of those books. I enjoyed each point of view and loved getting to know the ins and outs of each one. Bursts of action followed by long periods of inner dialogue... keeps you guessing. I saw the movie before listening to the book and as usual, the book is vastly better!
This book was very well written,and the narration, done from the perspective of the two main characters,and so with two different voices,was completely engaging. I feel like Henry and Clare Detamble are two old friends. This is a story of love and separation, but also makes time travel seem feasible. For the two weeks it took me to read it during my commute, I actually looked forward to going to work!
I love books.
I liked this book when I read it, and enjoyed it again when I listened to it. My only complaint about the narration is that some of the Chicago places and streets were mispronounced. If you are not from the Chicagoland area, this is probably a non-issue. Very enjoyable overall.
First, the book is truly excellent and is highly recommended, whatever version you read/listen to.
Both the abridged & unabridged versions use two narrators, male & female, to read the different male & female sections of the book.
The earlier audio release was abridged, removing entire supporting characters and subplots -- a huge negative.
But the narrators for the first audiobook did a better job in my opinion. It could just be a situation where the first-heard readers are the ones I associate more with the characters, but I truly think they did an excellent job.
The unabridged version narrators did a good job, but they lack a certain spark or empathy with the characters that I felt with the abridged version narrators.
So take your pick. The book itself is definitely 5-star material. I just have slight issues with both audio versions.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
I could have listened to this book in one sitting if I had the time. The story was amazing and the narration excellent. The two narrators enhance the story telling and completely draw you into their characters.
It took me a while to finally get to time to read/listen to this book, and it was well worth the wait. It kept me wanting more as the book went on. The characters are so well developed, I felt that they were good friends of mine. I was not too sure about the time travel/jumping around, but Audrey Niffenegger made it seem seamless.
"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.
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.
"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.
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.
I saw the film before realising it had been adapted from a book. The film was good, the book fantastic!
"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!
"Excellent and perfect. An exceptional audiobook."
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.
"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!
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.
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