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Life After Life Audiobook

Life After Life: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can - will she?

Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original - this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.

©2011 Kate Atkinson (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Janet Wolcott 08-02-16 Member Since 2011
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    Absorbing evocation of the quest to grasp the nature of time and existence. Excellent narrator.

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    Christine 08-01-16
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    "Marvelous story"

    Atkinson is one of my favorite writers. I read this novel and listened to it at the same time. For those unused to jumps in time, the storytelling may be tricky to follow in audio alone. But once one gets the gist of how the narrative works, it ought to be fine.

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    JayLynn 07-01-16
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    "Best of the year?? Really?!"

    This was a horrible book. I can usually get through a book this size in a weeks time at the maximum. This took me two and a half weeks. I had to struggle to the end, and it was the worst let down in my literary history.

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    Sandra E. Chatelain delray beach, FL, USA 06-11-16
    Sandra E. Chatelain delray beach, FL, USA 06-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Read it twice in a row"

    Writing exquisite. Creativity of story line most unusual. Reader delightful. A gem about war, family, integrity.

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    Sunny Webb Buda, TX United States 06-06-16
    Sunny Webb Buda, TX United States 06-06-16 Member Since 2011

    I love it when I have no idea what's going to happen next.

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    "best narrator ever!"

    oh how I wish I could give performance more than five stars. This is definitely an interesting book dealing with life consequences as well as themes of reincarnation and the "butterfly effect." but, as many other viewers have noted, what really makes this book stand out is the narration. how the narrator is able to switch between different accents, different genders and different languages, is beyond me. this is simply the best narration I've ever heard.

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    Breann Hudson, IL, USA 06-02-16
    Breann Hudson, IL, USA 06-02-16 Member Since 2006
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    "climax was not a climax"

    I liked the book in general though the ending wasn't satisfying. Not enough plot devoted toward the awareness and then execution of the heroine's special abilities, especially considering that's a main talking pound about the book. But I did enjoy the leadup and slow subtle reveals of the details of her lives as they unfolded and refolded. Beautiful writing, nuanced characters.

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    Sylvia H. 05-06-16
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    "Incredible narration."

    I could listen to Fenella Woolgar read the text on a cereal box and I would be utterly rapt. Her voice can insinuate a multitude of complexities in the most simple sentence. The story was very good but made superlative by the most amazing narrator imaginable. She is beyond brilliant.

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    louise e. schwartz englewood, new jersey, US 03-18-16
    louise e. schwartz englewood, new jersey, US 03-18-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Lives"

    The satisfying thought that given enough chances it is possible to get life right. Just when you are reduced to tears you start again. Wonderful book beautifully written. Thoughts not usually voiced - are.

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    Joan 03-13-16
    Joan 03-13-16 Member Since 2016

    I love a good story. Audible allows me to be outside, hiking and walking and keeping up on great literature.

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    I loved the twists and turns, and simply the whole premise of the story. It took a little to get into at first, but I quickly became enthralled.

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    S. Varble Los Angeles, CA 03-08-16
    S. Varble Los Angeles, CA 03-08-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Born again, and again.... And again!"

    I just did not like this story at all. It had such potential for me, and just fell short. But I'm not sure how valid my opinion is.... I hated the movie Groundhog's Dog! That's pretty much what this story is, the same thing over and over. If there had just been a few less long drawn out birth scenes, I think it would have at least been a little better. Would never recommend this and would sooner poke out my eyes than read it again.

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