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Life After Life Audiobook

Life After Life

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Publisher's Summary

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
    4/7/17
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    "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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  • Stacey
    3/29/17
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    "an unusual story that keeps you spellbound"

    not my usual read but it was recommended. i struggled with it in written form so decided on audio format. very glad i kept listening it was a lovely tale of life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CF
    3/28/17
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    "Interesting but slow"

    I generally enjoyed this story but it was very slow to start. Also, the concept is interesting but it ultimately doesn't seem to go anywhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M C
    3/2/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flint
    2/18/17
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    "The worst book I have ever bought"

    I hated this book. I tried very hard to persist with it but it was such a miserable experience that I had to give up. I never give up on a book but this one defeated me. It was a complete waste of money.

    I liked the concept but I was bitterly disappointed when I started the book. It is boring, miserable and repetitive. The monotone voice of the narrator did nothing to enhance the book but I can't really blame her because her style suited the book very well. It was like a melody of misery.

    Others have praised the authors writing style but I couldn't find any beauty or pleasure in her writing. It failed to engage my attention, there was nothing remotely interesting or thought provoking. In fact the only thing in my mind when I listened to it was the desire to make it stop!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ellie1601
    Chippenham, Wilts United Kingdom
    2/15/17
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    "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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  • Amazon Customer
    Darlington, Australia
    1/10/17
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    ""Wow! Just WOW!". exquisitely narrated.Unique, well written (understatement) story;"

    The author's phrases flowed like silk. Her descriptive ability is beyond words (for me because my descriptive ability is zilch in comparison). Her knowledge of the era & her unique way of conveying the feelings of both the emotions of the various times in history & how people's lives would/could change by the effects of an event, was thought provoking. The narrator was I am sure the best person possible for the story. She embellished an already superb story to make the whole experience exquisite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. L. D. J. Whitehead
    Coventry, UK
    11/30/16
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    "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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  • Rosie
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    11/30/16
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    "One of the best books I've read all year"
    Would you listen to Life After Life again? Why?

    I will listen to this book over and over again, along with its companion book A God in Ruins.


    What other book might you compare Life After Life to, and why?

    I'd probably compare Life After Life to A God in Ruins (which is the companion book by Kate Atkinson about Ursula's brother Teddy), and it's even better than A God in Ruins. The characters are so beautifully realised that you start to feel as if they are part of your own family.

    Otherwise, you might compare it to something like the series about the Cazalets, by Elizabeth Jane Howard (starting with The Light Years), as it is set in a similar time period and has the same family feeling.


    Any additional comments?

    This is definitely one of the best books I read this year, so I had to get the audiobook so I could listen to it over and over again. It was the first Kate Atkinson I'd read and since then I've read three more of her books - they all share the wonderful quality of being able to mix humour with tragedy and really feeling like you know these characters. So often when I'm listening to this book I would find myself saying 'Classic Sylvie' or 'Oh Teddy' as if I really knew them!

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  • H
    10/27/16
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    "Loved every word"

    Thought provoking and fascinating til the end. Became totally absorbed into the world of the Todd family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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