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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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  • Em
  • 11-21-15

All over the place

It was slow with characters I just didn't care about. I really wanted to like it because so many of my friends reccomended it.

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  • Miss C S Broome
  • 07-07-15

Tedious

Struggled to get to the end. Concept was clever but wasn't drawn to or able to care about the main protagonist - around which the entire plot revolved.

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  • Ap
  • 06-02-15

Boring

I didn't enjoy this book at all, I found it quite boring. I found the story was quite dull, there was no excitment or anything to draw you in and keep you listening. not what I was imagining at all. I returned the book and got something for capturing.

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  • Fran Lowe
  • 03-18-15

When will it ever end?

An exercise in perseverance. But it did end eventually thank goodness. Not sure it was worth the struggle though.

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  • Dave
  • 02-18-15

Boring

Boring and nothing happens at all. Even the OK bits are sub par and it's really difficult to get into the characters

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  • Janice
  • 02-12-15

Life's Too Short...

... to read a book like this. It's an interesting writer's device, to write the story over and over again with different endings, but really, I got bored after a while. By the time I was 3/4 through I could predict the story lines and would have been happy to abandon the whole thing except I find it difficult to leave a book unfinished. Even so, I found myself skipping sections. The bad thing was that it didn't matter if I missed out.

As a story of a family's journey from 1910 to 1960's, focusing particularly on one member of the family, Ursula, it could have been written in half the time and been reasonably interesting. Characters were well drawn but the re-hashing of storylines seemed to be a self-indulgence on the part of the author - showing how many different storylines she could think of!

Its generally a gloomy story and the reader's voice matched the general air of dread.

Overall, not a pleasant read.

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  • Koen Denolf
  • 01-16-15

tedious

Would you try another book written by Kate Atkinson or narrated by Fenella Woolgar?

don't think so

Any additional comments?

Maybe I should have given it more time, but after 1,5 hour it still didn't grip me, it felt like a long and tedious introduction, so I decided to stop the ordeal and ask for a refund.

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  • L. H. De Laune
  • 03-27-14

Life's too short...to waste time reading this book

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Such a frustrating read, as soon as I got engrossed with a story line the heroine died. Her relatives seem to carry on their lives in parallel with all of hers, - which really didn't make sense. A series of short stories that all lead nowhere.If I hadn't been on holiday with nothing else to read I would have given up and when I got to the end I really wished I hadn't bothered!

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  • sora
  • 03-23-14

Very engaging performance.

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

I read this book about a year ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, although I found the ending unsatisfying. The performance of this narrator was excellent and it was very pleasurable to listen. I think the book makes more sense the second time through, and listening to it really brings it alive.

What did you like best about this story?

The central character is very likeable, and all the characters are believable and have depth. The way the story explores different paths through life, what might have happened had something quite trivial been done differently or different decisions been taken, is fascinating. The social history is also very well done - informative without being didactic.

Which character – as performed by Fenella Woolgar – was your favourite?

It has to be Ursula, although Izzy came a close second.

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

No.

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  • Justine
  • 02-25-14

Disappointed

What disappointed you about Life After Life?

I was really looking forward to this book after enjoying other ones by the same author. I was disappointed with this one. It just keeps reliving the same story slightly differently, not in a fascinating way, but just repetitive.<br/><br/>I kept drifting off whilst listening it was so boring! Have given up on it now.

What will your next listen be?

the book thief

How did the narrator detract from the book?

A bit monotone

What character would you cut from Life After Life?

Can't even remember their names

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