UNUSUAL TIME STRUCTURES

Plots that play with past, present, and future
The most powerful literature arises from the intelligent meeting of form and meaning. But these books below go a step further: here the form IS the meaning (or at least a very large part of it). Each of these novels has employed a uniquely specific time structure to illuminate and inform their central purpose and message, be it that the apparent pace of life is an evolving thing, that a magical do-over could result at the same end—or the total opposite, or that each person’s spirit is as different as each day.
    • A Gentleman in Moscow

    • A Novel
    • By: Amor Towles
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
    • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21,025
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 19,493
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19,423

    In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

    • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Life After Life

    • A Novel
    • By: Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
    • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,952
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,562
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,571

    On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Exhilarating, breathtaking book

    • By Kareol on 08-13-15

    Regular price: $28.50

    • A Dog's Purpose

    • By: W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,413
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4,882
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,879

    A Dog's Purpose shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Dogs Purpose

    • By sara on 02-16-17

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Hours

    • By: Michael Cunningham
    • Narrated by: Michael Cunningham
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 341
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 196
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 195

    The Hours is the story of three women...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very literary, intentionally slight plot

    • By Steve on 12-02-03

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Cloud Atlas

    • A Novel
    • By: David Mitchell
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5,418
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,393
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,412

    In his captivating third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre, and time to offer a meditation on humanity's dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I laughed often with the kindly Mr. Cavendish

    • By Aaron on 08-23-12

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Einstein's Dreams

    • By: Alan Lightman
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 113

    A modern classic, Einstein's Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Inspirational

    • By Kaleb Biladeau on 09-22-16

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Every Day

    • By: David Levithan
    • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,636
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,465
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,461

    Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Conflicted after the ending

    • By Sarah on 07-26-13

    Regular price: $26.60

    • Everything Matters!

    • By: Ron Currie Jr.
    • Narrated by: Abby Craden, Hillary Huber, Mark Deakins, and others
    • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 216
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 117

    In infancy, Junior Thibodeaux is encoded with a prophecy: a comet will obliterate life on Earth in 36 years....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Don't Give Up On This One

    • By fred on 08-14-09

    Regular price: $31.50