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What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.

What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, she finds warmth even in life’s bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here is Kate Atkinson at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.

©2013 Kate Atkinson (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks

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  • ms
  • 04-07-17

Superb

wonderful book ...the best I've read this year ...confirms so much. Superior Narrator which makes all the difference in audiobooks....

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  • M C
  • 03-02-17

One of the best writers writes one of (2) the best stories

I was so enthralled by the story, history, (my father in law was rear gunner in Wellington Bombers), and clever plots. I love the psychological element as well. And it's sequel/prequel, A God In Ruins of course. Brilliant. Not many as good as this/these.

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  • Ellie1601
  • 02-15-17

Beautifully woven and clever story

Ursula lives her life over and over again. I was wondering how this would work as an audio book, and it worked brilliantly. I kind of "let go" of having to studiously retain details and let the magical rhythm that the story has unfold. Beautifully written, perfectly narrated, I was sad when it finished, and delighted to find its sister novel "A God in Ruins".

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  • Clare
  • 12-22-16

Just wonderful

Fantastic, compelling story; wonderfully written prose and beautifully narrated. My favourite Audible recording so far.

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  • Mrs. L. D. J. Whitehead
  • 11-30-16

Confusing

Narration and interpretation brilliant. However storyline confused by all the repeated versions of Ursula's life. what was the point of the book?

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  • Valerie
  • 09-15-16

Like listening to the tide turning

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This was recommended to me as a "must read" and I thoroughly concur. The building momentum of imperceptibly changing tides on the narrative was so well crafted.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. You need to take each away and think about it.

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  • Trish Evans
  • 09-02-16

superb in every way. There are many ways to live

Superb in every way. There is not but one way there are many ways to live and die.

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  • sandy
  • 08-30-16

concentrate

if you're reading this review, then chances are you read the synopsis. I didn't ... and almost gave up on the listen - the characters rolled into one, scenes repeated, and timelines jumped all over the place.

unbeknownst to me that was the idea. a great idea and the audio reader did it well, but I'd like to read the book now to be able to understand it a lot better.

remember the movie 'changing doors'?? the crucial moment on the train? well that happens in this book every 10minutes!

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  • Jlo
  • 08-09-16

A wonderful telling of life and war

Perhaps the best book/audiobook I have read/listened to this year. This is far more than just a reworking of Groundhog Day or reincarnation, it's a beautiful, clever examination of the first half of the twentieth century, the horrors of war, and of causes and consequences. A joy.

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  • avid reader
  • 03-24-16

A very tedious affair

A very long tedious and pointless read, not sure why the author thought it was necessary to repeat so much of the story - this is a rather fanciful plot to kill Hitler - not recommend even if you have loads of time and are extremely board.

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