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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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  • Munch
    England
    9/1/13
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    "Didn't manage to finish it."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure - the whole point of the book is that it is repetative, i'm not sure if the audio book format works that well for it. Also very descriptive - doesn't help combat the tedious nature of the book!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kate Atkinson again?

    I normally love Kate Atkinson!


    What didn’t you like about Fenella Woolgar’s performance?

    It's difficult to seperate the novel from the reader.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nikola
    Slovenia
    8/26/13
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    "Not that excellent as others lead you to believe"

    Interesting premise - what would happen if you could live your life over and over. Unfortunately, not taken to its full potential. Some "deaths" by main character are stretched too far, events are not really that interesting, and character insights are very rare. We feel more like an observer, watching character actions and I do not like books which don't give me at least some psychological insight...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sarah
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    7/30/13
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    "literally interminable."

    This book is literally interminable, and honestly i havent finished it, this review is a warning that in being a reworking over and over again of the main character's life, if you do fall asleep whilst reading, you will NEVER be able to find your place again and have to undertake listen EVEN MORE times to the dreaded word... "snow". I thought it would be metaphysical and questioning, but the twee middle class setting becomes grating after a while. Maybe I should try and finish it. This book is lterally... et al.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • O. J. Wilmott
    Wiltshire, UK
    7/6/13
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    "Life after life after life...(some spoilers)"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone with more patience!


    What could Kate Atkinson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    EDIT!!! Be a bit more original with the characters and settings. Explore the main idea a bit more deeply with less repetition.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator did her best to keep it lively. The voice is very 'cut glass' adding to the general feeling of a very upper middle class tale, with little genuine feeling for the characters who didn't fit that mould...


    What character would you cut from Life After Life?

    Some of the peripheral characters like the midwife and doctor, also some of the air raid wardens, whose small stories don't ring true, don't add anything, and in general just add to the length and repetition of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked Behind the Scenes at the Museum so was disappointed with this. The main characters can be very interesting at times, the ideas are extremely interesting, and there are some wonderful passages, and some very emotional ones. However overall, I found the repetitions overdone, I think she could have achieved the same feeling for time and re-birth without re-telling so many of the episodes in such a similar way. The Blitz parts felt like I had read them so often in other books, and nothing new was added, although there were some very emotional parts. (The Night Watch by Sarah Waters much better on this for me) The German parts were much more interesting and could have been longer. It really came alive in one earlier episode about a marriage which was chilling and real. <br/><br/>In general I just feel she felt at home with the very English, very middle class family with its stock characters, and they really are not that interesting to me. However there was enough to keep me going and I wanted to finish and find out how she resolved things. I think it should have ended sooner too, the last few passages felt indulgent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lesley
    Falkirk, United Kingdom
    6/26/13
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Life After Life?

    The story is very slow not helped by the monotonous tone of the narrator. Not a good choice for an audio book.


    What will your next listen be?

    Something faster paced.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Monotonous tone meant I was quickly bored.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • CD
    London
    5/21/13
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    "What a waste, Kate."

    So disappointing - I was so excited to download a new Kate Atkinson novel but this book was not the treat I was expecting. The story was so boring and, with the full intention of the author, extremely repetitive. The book had none of Kate's intricate and exciting plots that unravel and all makes sense in the end. If I hadn't been listening to it with someone else bothering to read it to me, I would never have finished reading it. Come on Kate, you can do better!

    7 of 10 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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Angela
    Stoke, Staffs
    3/29/13
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    "Challenging and deeply sattisfying"

    An excellent book! The first Kate Atkinson I've really enjoyed since Human Croquet, although this is deeper and much more complicated.



    I found the publisher's blurb "What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?" to be unhelpful, though. The story told is not about this but is the well-written details of Ursula's various probable lives, each changed minutely or wholly by her own unknowing choices - or (sometimes) the choices of others.



    This is a challenging read and although the first half, dealing with Ursula's various childhoods, were very enjoyable and I was completely gripped by it, the second half, covering Ursula's violent and difficult marriage, or in another life, her work as an ARP during WW2 where nothing - especially dead bodies and bombs - is glossed over and yet another where she starves with her child in Germany at the end of WW2.



    There appears to be no overall story to this book, no getting it "right" and no ultimate end.



    It was a wonderful read, exceedingly well-written and beautifully narrated.



    I look forward to seeing this novel as a contender for some high-profile prizes in 2013.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Clh77
    7/29/17
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    "Wonderful"

    Charming and delightful and upsetting and disturbing and intriguing and most of all beautifully written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E. Robson
    Southampton, England
    7/20/17
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    "Pitch Perfect Narration. Magical Realism with a stiff upper lip"

    I loved this book. The narrator is absolutely on pointe. It's difficult to describe just what a delicious treat this is. Very clever. By turns both delightful and awful - keeps you in suspense with a perfectly darling BBC accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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