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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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  • 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

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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.

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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.<br/><br/>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.

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  • VG of London
    9/29/16
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    "One of the best books ever"
    What made the experience of listening to Life After Life the most enjoyable?

    I LOVED this book. Fantastic idea exquisitely written and brilliantly narrated. So interesting ......


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  • K. Payne
    UK
    9/20/16
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    "Witty, deep and clever storytelling"

    This is a long story with the mystery of Ursula's reincarnation kept refreshing by having different perspectives each time she lives her life again. Sometimes very sad, sometimes witty but always captivating. It kept me going during my long journeys to work.

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  • Amazon Customer
    8/21/16
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    "Book club August"

    Harrowing in parts particularly the domestuc violence and child deaths. Evocative - the descriptions of the bombing raids were vivid but not sensationalist. Sometimes confusing - which is the nature if the style which itself was quite an interesting concept. Does anyone have the chance to live their life over again? Would read again .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison audible
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    8/16/16
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    "A fantastic listen"

    This is a compelling story - and one that repeats! As Ursula's life takes different routes the history of the first half of 20th century is reflected in her personal experiences. The book is made by the brilliant narrator who managed to deal with the many characters with subtle changes that are consistent throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • keziah
    8/10/16
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    "Brilliant "

    Brilliant from beginning to end! I enjoyed this story a great deal and would recommend. .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jlo
    8/9/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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