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Publisher's Summary

Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

Clare and Henry's story unfolds from both points of view, depicting the effects of time travel on their marriage and their passionate love for each other. They attempt to live normal lives, pursuing familiar goals: steady jobs, good friends, children of their own. All of this is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control, making their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

©2003 Audrey Niffenegger; ©2005 HighBridge Company; (P)2003 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.

Critic Reviews

  • Alex Award Winner, 2004

"Highly original first novel....Niffenegger has written a soaring love story illuminated by dozens of finely observed details and scenes....It is a fair tribute to her skill and sensibility to say that the book leaves a reader with the impression of life's riches and strangeness rather than of easy thrills." (Publishers Weekly)

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Tried to finish it, couldnt

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I havent a clue

What was most disappointing about Audrey Niffenegger’s story?

Had this story been shortened by about 2/3 and had the characters actually done something interesting it may have been ok but it was excrutiatingly long and

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrators were fine, the book was not.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Time Traveler's Wife?

About 2/3 of them. They were repetitious and non-engaging

Any additional comments?

I have a thing where I feel the need to finish a book even if I dont like it. I couldnt finish this one.

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TOO LONG, TOO BORING, NOTHING HAPPENS

What disappointed you about The Time Traveler's Wife?

the characters are unrelatable, the story is unnecessarily long, & there is no point to the story.

What was most disappointing about Audrey Niffenegger’s story?

I feel that the author was trying to prove she's smart and cool with this book. We know Henry likes punk and Claire is smart as it's established early in the story but then she keeps references books and music that play no role in the story whatsoever. It was really annoying.

Also, the characters don't mature or learn anything about themselves or life or the world. They have no arch.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

made it interesting.

What character would you cut from The Time Traveler's Wife?

all of them but Gomez.

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Story of everyday people, despite the premise

Even though the main theme of the book is unexpected and unusual, the story itself is rather ordinary one in the end. Unfortunately, the depth of it doesn't go very far and what I lacked the most is the reflection of the characters on their condition, their relationship and effects it all has on people around them. All in all, something crucial is missing to have it all click together, and the main story could have been told in so much less words since we do not get to know much more about characters even if they keep appearing and appearing again... Some interesting questions can be glimpsed underneath it all, shame that we do not get a chance to explore them further with the characters. However, doing it on your own is not a bad point for this book, and I urge you to find your meaning in this ultimately everyday story.

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Excellent and moving

Exceeded expectations. I just kept hoping to learn more about the time after Henry died, about Claire and Alba too.

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Not really into it

The girls voice who was reading the story was way too soft and hard to hear I was constantly turning the volume up and down to be able to hear the two different narrators

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lost interest

Thought I would be able to finish this book but I just lost interest in the characters. it is way too long and too much unnecessary detail. very confusing story line.

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  • John
  • Streamwood, IL, United States
  • 05-08-15

Wonderful reading of a timeless love story

The voice work and overall performance of this story is outstanding.

The story was an interesting take on an old idea but the story is in the telling and in this audio book I was intertwined start to finish.

Also helps to be a Chicagoan as the story made me think of times past

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Great idea for a book... just didn't quite deliver

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story was interesting in theory. I absolutely hated the words the author chose to use to describe sex. It detracted from the overall story and wasn't even necessary.

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I luv the book and the movie.

I didn't want it to end when it did. I watched the movie as soon as it went off.

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One of my all time favorites!!!

I have listened to this over and over and over yet again. I love this book. The creativity, the detail and how human the characters are bring it to life. This book takes the reader on a journey and is actually a part of the story. You are not a reader / listener, but a part of it. The detail of the scenery is so amazing that you can feel the cold, the wind and can perfectly picture your surroundings. Though the detail is a great part of the story, it never bogs the story down or keep it from moving along. That is a unique gift of this writer and what, in part, makes this a great book. The book is well paced and when it ends, it's exactly the right time. Leaving you to review your emotions and put them in check. It's a book after all. Enjoy!!