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!
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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.
clever idea and well delivered but slightly difficult to keep up with how old each character is in each scene.
"loved this favourite audio book so far"
this was amazing to listen to the narration is perfect and the story is moving funny and thoughtful I would say this is a love story but no to basic and is deeper than chick lit romance
it is so lovely in places I rewound to listen to a description..
"one of my favourite stories"
I've read the book, some years ago, and thought the concept was fascinating, and also a very beautiful and strange love story. Ever since then, I've been recommending it to everyone!
I've seen the movie, and as usual, was very disappointed (our imagination is always greater than that of the people making the film!).
I've downloaded this audiobook immediately as I saw it as a daily book deal, literally jumping from joy, but was a bit apprehensive to start listening to it, afraid of being let down, and having my myth destroyed. So, after some time, I couldn't wait anymore. I've listened to all of it in 3 days and it was wonderful! Both performances are great, and it was a very good pleasure to be reacquainted to Henry and Claire. I'm missing them already, especially Henry,!
defo worth a listen. some heartbreaking moments but a lovely story. very easy to listen too.
"The Time Traveler's Wife"
Brilliant story, the narrators were great and it reduced me to tears at the end.
"A truly good book"
Original, inventive story with wonderful prose and very well developed characters who you care about. Not something I would normal go for - more of a crime / thriller sort of guy, but very glad to have listened to this.
"Really lovely story, well written and spoken"
I liked the mystery of it and the way the author revealed the 'laws' of time travel. I did get more than a little confused about the order of things as the plot does jump around in both time and space but that is part of its charming mysteriousness. It's a worthy story for this time we live in of global travel, time changes and easy communication across great distances.
From the first word to the last, leaving you with a craving for more. A masterpiece.
One of favourite books of all time. Audio version exceeded my expectations. Great readers who captured the characters brilliantly.
"Good Love Story"
A good love story but a bit slow in parts. Very romantic but sad too.
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