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!
So, it does seem somewhat pointless to write a review about a book that so many others have already written about. My hope is that other people will also write purposeless reviews, so that if their taste seems to match mine, I can follow their recommendations.
Time Traveler's Wife is really a love story, in fact, awfully similar to the original "Love Story," with some time traveling literary license. Problem for me is, the characters are somewhat unbelievable, and the story is way too long. I say this despite the fact that I live on audiobooks, and happily devour 100 hour sagas on a regular basis. This one is purposeless at times, with rare artsy descriptions and digressions that are annoying and seem completely separate from the rest of the narrative. Other than these, the author's main descriptive power seems to be in the endless insider naming of streets and bars in Chicago, most of which are mispronounced by the narrators. In fact, this is also a major downpoint to the book; audible and other publishers are making millions on these books, but the narrators can't seem to garner enough effort to actually investigate words they're unfamiliar with. Street names, along with words like "tra-PEE-zoid" and "vi-CO-din" appear with alarming regularity, and are distracting from the listen. Otherwise, it was ok, but I am confused by the rave reviews.
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.
"Good Love Story"
A good love story but a bit slow in parts. Very romantic but sad too.
"too X rated for my taste"
too X rated for my taste, and far too much use of God's name as a swear word; both of which ruined what might have been a great novel.
"Confusing at times"
Confusing, reading would be easier look back at previous parts. A great story though, enjoyable and good performances. I would have liked the man and woman to narrate their own voices rather than speak for the other one when reading his or her "diary". I will listen to this again, probably several times.
It's such a beautiful story and it's amazingly well narrated. yes it is a love story. But don't think that makes it a typical romance book. it is beautiful and meaningful and dark. It's a gorgeous piece of art.
Loved the original storyline
Incredible performance by both narrators and a superb production. This has got to be my favourite audiobook so far :) Highly recommended
I really, really enjoyed this unique book I didn't want it to end. The memory of it will stay with me for a long time.
"Wow this book was amazing!"
I have just finished this book and I'm absolutely devastated it's finished! I couldn't stop listening, it has reduced me to tears. What a story! So sad , so happy and so brilliantly written and narrated.
I really enjoyed this book. I'm going to watch the film and then listen to it again.
Really recommend this.
A few years ago I tried to read this story in paperback, and just couldn't. I would get muddled with the dates and times. But audible;as always pulled the story together. It is brilliantly narrated and I now can't wait to see the film.
This is a fascinating book, it could so easily be confusing trying to keep up with the different characters as they shift back and forth through time but Niffenegger handled that very skilfully and I only ever felt "lost" when that was clearly the intention of the author to leave you guessing. I was impressed by the level of research the author had done too, making a fantastical story actually quite believable, even to a scientist :). A masterpiece and I thoroughly recommend it!
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