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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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    Frank David Obelnicki 01-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "bit of a slow start and then wham!"
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    This book by its nature took a long time to develop, but i feel like it was more then worth it. By the end I was totally in love with a number of characters and crying like a baby.

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    Bernadette 12-26-16
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    This story was written beautifully. It's a story that shows an incredible connection between the smallest actions to the biggest events. I was invested from the very beginning.

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    D. Millson Virginia 12-10-16
    D. Millson Virginia 12-10-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Fascinating!"

    Filled with memorable characters and fascinating accounts of life during World War II in England and Germany.

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    Amazon Customer 12-07-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Kate Atkinson and/or Fenella Woolgar?

    I'm a fan of Kate Atkinson, but if there were another book written with this type of story line, I wouldn't buy it. The Narrator was great, giving voices to the characters that aged as they did. It was astounding how she pulled that off.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kate Atkinson again?

    I've read or listened to everything she's written that I could get my hands on and I'm always watching for her new releases.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There really wasn't any that stick out. This is the kind of story where the only memory I'll have of it will be how disappointed I was in spending time slogging through it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Life After Life?

    Pretty much all of it except the last hour or so, which would have made a tolerable short story.


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    Reading the story summary, I was hesitant to spend a credit on it, but reading all the positive reviews convinced it it would be worth it. It wasn't. I wouldn't say it was a complete waste of time, because I liked the characters and I did get a sense of knowing them. For me, it wasn't enough though, to sustain any positive connection with the book. The ending was a blessing, because it was finally over - however, it left me feeling hollow. But then - I guess, with a story based on circular/parallel story lines of rebirth & countless deaths -- an ending that tied up loose ends shouldn't have been expected.

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    Raeker 11-07-16
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    "Excellent book, excellent performance"

    Overall a really excellent book that I very much enjoyed. I thought the narration performance in this book was better than any other audible book I've heard so far.

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    Essi Isomäki 10-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Utterly magnificent!"

    I love period dramas, historic novels and so have read or watched on tv quite a selection of this type of content. This book and it's ingenious structure was something new, something so great I cannot help but give it full 5 stars on everything. I recommend it to anyone into well written historical fiction. Especially to people like myself who prefer to be surprised and drawn into a winding story. And as a bonus, the reader of the audio recording is magnificent.

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    J. Rose Arkansas 10-24-16
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    loved it may even listen a second time. everything was lovely such a sweet story that keeps you on your toes.

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    Sherry L. Wright Flower Mound, TX United States 10-09-16
    Sherry L. Wright Flower Mound, TX United States 10-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Disconcerting"

    I should have read some of the reviews so I knew right up front what to expect - overall I found it very hard to follow and even harder to "get into" since by the time I'd get comfortable in the new setting it would change again. The performance is great and nice to "listen" to - but didn't make it one bit easier to figure out where/what/when....

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    Amazon Customer 10-03-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Kept waiting for something to hold it together"

    Numerous different story lines, nothing but death to hold them together. No over arching redemptive action to explain the purpose? I held out hope to the end but felt very let down making it to the end.

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    Cassie 09-24-16
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    I suspect that reading this story would have made the jumping around in time a little easier to follow. The premise was very interesting, and though the actor's voice was easy to listen to, I kept getting lost in which part of the story we were in.

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