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The Time Traveler's Wife Audiobook

The Time Traveler's Wife

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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.

What the Critics Say

  • 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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    NICOLA 01-05-15
    NICOLA 01-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Better than I expected."

    I've been listening a lot recently and have been happily surprised by this story. I have found myself eager to listen. The performances were excellent although the plot starts a little slowly. A very enjoyable book.

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    sbings 12-31-14
    sbings 12-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Moving and all-encompassing"

    I expected this to be more of a the "chick-flick" book equivalent, and I love a good light book now and then, but it was more.

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    John David Ensminger 12-29-14 Member Since 2017
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    "My favorite book"

    The Time Traveler's Wife is not only my favorite audiobook, but my favorite book. I have listened to this book several times and I enjoy it every time. I enjoy time travel stories in general, but this book is much more than that. Apparently the author is working on a sequel as well so I can't wait!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Grey 11-20-14
    Laura Grey 11-20-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Readers sounded sarcastic"

    First, performance: I was hoping to zip through this as escapist reading, but the narrators have turned me off of the story. I can sort of understand the decision to cast a female reader who could sound as if she is six years old, however, neither reader rises to the occasion in my opinion. Both of them often sound as if they're doing a sarcastic reading of the text.

    Second: the writing itself: I may finish reading this if I happen to come across a copy somewhere. I don't mind the present-tense at all, but the constant use of passive voice gets old fast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Spokane, WA, USA 11-18-14
    Jonathan Spokane, WA, USA 11-18-14 Member Since 2015

    I have an English degree, but do not work in the field. I read and I write, but I mostly read.

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    "Wonderful! Surprisingly well crafted and modern"
    Would you listen to The Time Traveler's Wife again? Why?

    I will listen to this book again. It is well written and the necessarily complex nature of the plot suggests I have missed or misunderstood enough to stay engaged.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is incredibly original. It is not a time traveling machine, it's a disorder. It is not an adventure any more than our own lives are. Their lives are both tragic and full of joy as a result of this disorder. The philosophy I got from this book was how important it is to live in the moment. This man was desperate to live only in the moment. So often I let myself drift back to emotionally intense moments in my life and those difficult reveres result in no changes at all. Here, Ms. Niffenegger shows us a man who actually lives in those moments again, and even he can change nothing. If he works so hard to live in his real time, then shouldn't I?


    What does Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think I would have enjoyed the book if I sat on my couch instead of drove my car. Their performances were great. They presented authentic accents, perfect masculine and feminine inflection in both cases. They bring an element of drama, like all actors should.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have enjoyed it all in one sitting, but, of course, I didn't. I did listen at times I ordinarily do not, like while cooking or walking the dogs. It was very very compelling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline 10-05-14
    Caroline 10-05-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Beautiful Story! A Romance Sci-Fi That You'll LOVE"
    Where does The Time Traveler's Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've read this bk and listened to the audio. Great voices and and wonderful story!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Henry is my absolute favorite.


    Have you listened to any of Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Unfortunately no :(


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I've already seen and own the movie version. It doesn't do the book justice. But I still love them both!


    Any additional comments?

    This book in general is just rediculously GOOD! My ALL-TIME-FAVORITE! no joke! I would recommend this book to both men and women.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Murphy Natick, MA United States 09-24-14
    Christopher Murphy Natick, MA United States 09-24-14

    Hyperbole is the Best Thing EVER!!!!

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    "Low Grade Porn"

    A sexy sexy science fiction story. And by sexy sexy, I mean boring and quite useless. Everybody will tell you this is some great story. It is not. It's sometimes porn, sometimes a diatribe about the stupid, animistic nature of males and on the rare occasion females. There is no point and a great idea is wasted on a series of sexcapades and rather forced pregnancy episode.

    So think 50 Shades of Gray but uppity about it and with less-kinky sex.

    It sucked.

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    L. A. Smith Bothell, WA USA 08-28-14
    L. A. Smith Bothell, WA USA 08-28-14 Member Since 2005

    Artists, writer, keeper of cats

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    "Is it just me?"
    What would have made The Time Traveler's Wife better?

    I seem to be the only person on Earth who doesn't like this book. I was particularly annoyed by the narrators of the audiobook edition.


    What didn’t you like about Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole ’s performance?

    Her voice grated on me like nails on a chalkboard and his just bored me to tears/


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    Aniko 06-04-14
    Aniko 06-04-14
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    "Same great story with new narrators, not the same"

    I listened to this book over and over since I got it as one of my first books on Audible. Now I downloaded it to my new iPad so I can listen to it again, but it was a big disappointment. New narrators???? To me the original voices are connected to the book especially one I like so much that this one, no matter how well they read it won't be the same. I have nothing against the narrators, but it's like changing the actor's voices in a movie while the characters are still the same.
    I absolutely love the story, but now I have to dig up the original file if I have it backed up. Why fix something that's not broken?

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    Unknown 05-15-14
    Unknown 05-15-14

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    "So Dramatic!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    The book has such a cool concept. But the writing is so dramatic and overly descriptive. It reminds of a teenage girl writing in her diary. There are so many short dramatic sentences that are painfully apparent by the overly dramatic performance.

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  • Vivienne F
    11/29/14
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    "Immaculately crafted tale"
    Would you listen to The Time Traveler's Wife again? Why?

    Definitely, because I know I missed loads of stuff. It is so intricately written, with threads weaving through the past, present and future.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Time Traveler's Wife?

    Don't want to spoil it by giving anything away!


    What does Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The narrators are superb, and add loads to the story. The only complaint I have is with the sections in French and German, which I really couldn't understand, probably due to the very strong American accent, and I've taken off a star for that.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both. In the abstract it seems unbelievable, but it works superbly.


    Any additional comments?

    Gorgeous, satisfying read. Loved it.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • c
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    4/13/13
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    "Amazing story"

    I absolutely loved this audiobook. I hadn't got around to reading it and had be told how wonderful it was. At first I thought the jumps in time would be confusing, but it flowed so well and I fell in love with the characters straight away. I could be convinced this story was real and never wanted it to end. The two narrators worked perfectly together. I giggled, sighed and cried. I even made my car journeys longer just to keep listening. I will be picking up the book next.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A.Delicata
    9/16/15
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    "Beautiful story, wonderfully read."

    Don't give up if you find the story hard to get to grips with, due to the time travelling.
    Persevere and you will be rewarded.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine
    New Malden, United Kingdom
    7/23/15
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    "Excellent and perfect. An exceptional audiobook."
    What did you like most about The Time Traveler's Wife?

    Both narrators worked together extremely well, the story is so well crafted and there really aren't enough ways to say that this really is an amazing audiobook.

    Get it. You will not regret it.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • L
    2/24/15
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    "Pure brilliance!"

    I saw the film before realising it had been adapted from a book. The film was good, the book fantastic!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    HUNTINGDON, United Kingdom
    3/21/14
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    "Beautiful"
    Would you listen to The Time Traveler's Wife again? Why?

    I would defiantly listen to The Time Traveler's wife again, having a beautiful story read out to you as you draw is incredibly relaxing the time just flows by and you find your ideas smoothly flowing along with the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't really have a favourite character I loved the way that they interacted together, it was there togetherness that brought out the best parts of them!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Enjoy is a funny word, I laughed out loud when he first meets Claire in his time stream because it was such a real response! and I almost cried (except for the fact I was on a train) when you realise that he knows when the end is and tries to protect Claire


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I'm time poor and so sitting for 17 hours and listening to a book is something I can't really afford, equally its a very long time! I did listen to it in fairly long stints because once you get into the flow of a story its hard to break off.


    Any additional comments?

    When I was younger my mother read to me and brought me book and tapes which I wore down through listening to so often. It wonderful that I can still listen to 'adult' books because you get so much from somebody's voice telling a story and this story in particular with two voices is just beautiful.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. D Corry-Bass
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    11/28/13
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    "So much better than the film!"
    If you could sum up The Time Traveler's Wife in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant engaging lovely


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It would be a bit much to listen to all at once, but in my free time I didn't put it down !


    Any additional comments?

    This book as read brilliantly, I loved the film, but now in comparison it seems week after reading the book with I followed with keen interest a range of emotions and always thinking 'just one more chapter'
    I would definitely recommend this read!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • C. A. Mealing
    Brighton UK
    2/21/15
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    "Very human story with a twist"

    I read the reviews of this when it was first published and had it on my list. I found the concept of time travel fascinating and it added something truly unique to an enduring love story. My only criticism is that I found the voice of the young Claire rather irritating, and initially thought it would spoil the book for me. But it didn't overall, so if you find the same, persevere!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sigrin
    Valdisere, France
    2/3/14
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    "Beautiful lovestory"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Time Traveler's Wife to be better than the print version?

    Do not know, but the film I thought was good until I read the book and realised they had only told a third of the story.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole – was your favourite?

    Loved them both equally


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I was anxious how this book would pan out with all the time travelling but Ms Niffenegger tells a beautiful and emotional story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kuriszuta
    12/2/13
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    "Nice surprise"
    Where does The Time Traveler's Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top ten.


    Have you listened to any of Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't, but I found that both of them did a wonderful job narrating the story. As I understand, reading the book it might take a while to figure out who is talking at the moment - with the different voices in the audio book it was of course no problem.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There is a film, but the audio book is much better.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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