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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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    Cynthia Ramirez 11-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderful story!"

    It's the kind of story you want to listen to over and over again. The narrator was great as well really giving each character a personality of their own.

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    Jo Martinsville, VA, United States 11-08-17
    Jo Martinsville, VA, United States 11-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Repetitive, Boring."

    It had an interesting idea for a book but was just so boring that I’m going to stop listening to it now.

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    Lynx 10-28-17
    Lynx 10-28-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Warmy recommended book that makes one reflect"

    The book reflects on a woman's life and options in the first half of the 20th century Engeland. It also explores the idea of how small choices of pure (bad) luck can drastically change one's life over the idea of reincarnation.

    I loved the narration. Fenella Woolgar has this warm rich voice and great pronounciation that made a good book great.

    It's not an action book. Often one can see what will be coming, more on less. It's bases on small captivating details. It was sometimes painful to hear the descriptions of the lifes during the world wars. It does make one think and feel though, and reflect on choices made, hope, goodness, evil... etc. I believe that that was the author's intention, not writing a thriller.

    I don't agree with reviews that find this audiobook hard to follow. The author plays with time but every time she resets the timeflow, the scene is very well set so one knows exactely when one is. The only times I was confused was Ursula's in er speech was remebering something during a scene. I guess that is unavoidable with audio books.


    I did find have some issues with the flow of the book and how the original idea of premonition was not always followed up on. It did not stop me from enjoying the read very much.

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    Teresa 10-25-17
    Teresa 10-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great plot!"

    Really interesting and unusual concept, which made for a tremendously enjoyable book. Narration was terrific as well - highly recommend!

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    Cathy 10-16-17
    Cathy 10-16-17 Member Since 2002
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    "A New Twist on Time Travel"

    This wasn't actually travel, nor was it a "Groundhog Day" repeat experience, but rather something different. The story is more of an exploration of the road not taken. The life of the heroine restarts many times, and ends many times dependant on the choices she makes. It makes me think of, say, passing an automobile accident on the highway, and thinking, "if I'd left the store earlier instead of going back for that forgotten butter I'd have been here at the instant that accident happened - maybe even in it." This is the story of a person's exploration of the many paths, the many choices and the many endings. I really enjoyed it because it was something so very different from the standard fiction formula.

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    Amazon Customer 10-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "interesting consept"

    In a market of books considered great, WW2, Nazis and Holocaust stories always seem to find their way to the top and imo sometimes for no other reason then the material they find in that time period. This book however is actually scratching at something more then just using peoples interest in history and the time period to sell some books. though I didn't review it super high (sadly I think it could have been much much more) it was a good read.

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    beckahlaine 10-12-17
    beckahlaine 10-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Tough to get through."

    The narrator was fantastic.

    That is the only good thing I can think of to say. It was so tedious and the changes between lives were sometimes so small and insignificant that it seemed a burden to have to read. I would have given up many times over if I hadn't held out hope that it would redeem itself with a fantastic ending.

    It never did redeem itself.

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    William Soghor 10-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "fascinating, great!"

    Great writing, a fascinating story, memorable characters ,and a very talented narrator, make this an
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    CCrow 10-10-17
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    "15 hours that I'll never get back"

    Interesting premise but the execution was convoluted and repetitive. Woolgar's performance was the ONLY saving grace.

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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 10-07-17
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 10-07-17 Member Since 2001
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    "Life After Life"

    Life After Life is a story of reincarnation. The lead character relives her life over and over, many times - the same life with different paths taken. In one, she lives but seconds, in others much longer, with joys and grief - but primarily angst. Example: In an early life, she dies from strangulation from the umbilical cord - in another life - many chapters later, mom is prepared with scissors. In one life she’s raped, in another life she suspects the event and avoids rape. In one life she marries an-asshole-wife-beating-jackass, in another life she meets the stranger in the same way but runs from him. That’s sort of stuff, pretty much, with one world history altering event. Hint: WWII-Germany. The author uses deja vù or sixth sense understanding rather than past life memories or discussion of reincarnation specifics.

    Liked: Narration. Fenella Woolgar is very listenable, a pleasure. I’ll try to find other works she’s read.

    Disliked: Everything else. The story is extremely hard to follow. If you’re like me, you’ll re-listen to a passage or chapter to get it straight, to understand the story or where the author is headed. This book is rewind hell - and I still didn’t get it, ergo stopped trying. Although I’m far from an expert in the theory of reincarnation, I don’t believe the fundamentals include reliving the same life and making different choices. I may be all wet there, but I think you are reincarnated to an entirely different life. Plus, the lead doesn’t always “die” - but you’ll learn she actually did because the next chapter opens with the fact that it is snowing. Really. If you’re looking for a book that delves into the conundrums of reincarnation and resulting ramifications from a scientific view, this is not the book - it doesn’t go there.

    Tried to listen, but gave up and will be requesting a refund from Audible. Eyes kept glazing over through 95% of the first 21 chapters, didn’t listen to the remainder. The audiobook is just over 15 hours, but even listening to only 2/3rds of this I know I listened at least 20 hours (rewinds). I am truly baffled by all the stellar reviews - the main reason I purchased. Beats me.

    Not recommended. Written by Kate Atkinson, narrated by Fenella Woolgar, 15.5 of listening in unabridged audiobook format. Released in April of 2013 by Hachette Audio.

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