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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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    Jere Rock Springs, WY, USA 05-19-09
    Jere Rock Springs, WY, USA 05-19-09 Member Since 2005
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    "A must read"

    It took me a while to finally get to time to read/listen to this book, and it was well worth the wait. It kept me wanting more as the book went on. The characters are so well developed, I felt that they were good friends of mine. I was not too sure about the time travel/jumping around, but Audrey Niffenegger made it seem seamless.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Teri Concord, NH, USA 07-22-08
    Teri Concord, NH, USA 07-22-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Clever and intriguing"

    I enjoyed this book overall. The time travel angle was unique and new and utterly believable. Clare and Henry were both people I liked for the most part and I truly enjoyed the literary references throughout the book. I agree with a previous reviewer that the use of the C word was jarring and took me out of the story each time I heard it.

    I also struggled with the last quarter of the book. The very end was lovely and up lifting, but the last quarter before that was noticeably different in tone than the first 3/4 of the book and felt awkward and unnecessarily negative and dark.

    Overall I enjoyed it and would recommend it - with a warning.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 09-19-09
    Deborah 09-19-09
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    "Did we listen to the same book?????"

    "Fun" "dreamy" "well read"!?.... This book was painful in so many ways. The concept was intriguing and the collection of characters was great. BUT... the author could have done so much more to create tension between the contrasting intimacy of Clare/Henry and his disconnect with so much of life trapped in linear time. Also - Henry's nudity problem in time travel was so tedious and repetitive and distracting I could hardly stand it. Added NOTHING to the story.

    The author's descriptions of the relationship between Clare and Henry alternated between sublime,poetic at some points, and utterly crude at others. One of the terms Clare used in describing her own body is so viscerally pejorative that I stopped liking her then and there. And what was up with the "love scene" in the kitchen with Gomez and Clare? I actually really liked Gomez until this jarringly ugly scene.

    As for the readers - Clare was tone deaf; Henry was gratingly nasal and too often sounded bored and condescending. The biggest problem I had with them though was the amazing frequency of mispronounced words. Where were the editors???? In one chapter, Henry pronounces a word incorrectly the first go-round, then corrects it later on.... Huh? Go back and edit the damned first mispronunciation! It seemed so lazy.

    62 of 78 people found this review helpful
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    Tony 07-25-09
    Tony 07-25-09
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    "Star-crossed lovers trapped in time"

    This is a 5-star read categorized as science fiction. However, Audrey Niffenneger's writing is so intelligent, characters so well developed and the plot so compelling I could not put down this "genie in a bottle". It has it all, a story, characters, humor, love and the heart rending sadness that lingers for days. This is a MUST READ. I will not go see the movie (coming out in Aug. '09) as there is no way it can capture this wondrous, detailed and never dull read as we walk through the lives of two people, and those they love, trapped by something which cannot be tamed - time.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James Clackamas, OR, USA 05-30-06
    James Clackamas, OR, USA 05-30-06
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    "Time Traveler's Wife"

    I danced around getting this book, but the other reviews were just too good, so I down loaded it. It's a book you can't put down and then your sad when it comes to an end. The caracters got into your soul until you felt what they felt. The readers were the icing on a well written book. I have been a member for 3 years and have heard some very good books, but this is the first I have reviewed, I liked it so much.

    22 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    disudds SLC, UT 09-15-16
    disudds SLC, UT 09-15-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautiful"

    This book is beautifully crafted and beautifully written, quite possibly the most touching love story I've ever encountered. I'm not normally a fan of romance, and this is definitely not that, so the love Clare and Henry share at multiple points in their life was intriguing and magical to me. The audible version is very well read and produced and I am sure this is one book that is enhanced by the listening and the performance of the readers. When I finished the book, I started it right over to remember how it began. Beautiful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith 02-04-12
    Meredith 02-04-12
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    "Adored it!"

    Brilliantly narrated, with a compelling story and rich characters. Absolutely fell in love with this book. I'm not much for romance or sappy love stories (Nicholas Sparks makes me cringe), but this book managed to weave a love story from a fantastical concept, mysterious plot line, and genuinely interesting characters. Gorgeous work by both the author and narrators.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah LubbockUS Minor Outlying Islands 10-26-09
    Sarah LubbockUS Minor Outlying Islands 10-26-09
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    "Great for character lovers."

    I love books that are character driven.. this is one of those books. I enjoyed each point of view and loved getting to know the ins and outs of each one. Bursts of action followed by long periods of inner dialogue... keeps you guessing. I saw the movie before listening to the book and as usual, the book is vastly better!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vivid Visions Pix Southold, NY United States 08-12-09
    Vivid Visions Pix Southold, NY United States 08-12-09 Member Since 2012

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    "It was a lovely journey"

    This book was very well written,and the narration, done from the perspective of the two main characters,and so with two different voices,was completely engaging. I feel like Henry and Clare Detamble are two old friends. This is a story of love and separation, but also makes time travel seem feasible. For the two weeks it took me to read it during my commute, I actually looked forward to going to work!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 08-08-09
    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 08-08-09 Member Since 2009

    I love books.

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    "Good read, good listen"

    I liked this book when I read it, and enjoyed it again when I listened to it. My only complaint about the narration is that some of the Chicago places and streets were mispronounced. If you are not from the Chicagoland area, this is probably a non-issue. Very enjoyable overall.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Mrs
    5/13/17
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    "Alternative love story"

    Great love story. Stands out from the rest with the time travel and its issues.

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  • kat
    5/9/17
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    "5 stars"

    IT WAS BEAUTIFUL.
    I CRIED SO MUCH!
    I found the voice actors to beautifully express the characters better than the actors of the film. I highly recommend to listen to it rather than watch it to grasp the full effect of it. It was adorable how they adapted to Alba's voice and overall just superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ROCHESTER, United Kingdom
    4/11/17
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    "Clever"

    Not my normal choice of book it was a daily deal I went for and so glad I did. Well laid out and with all the comings and goings I was surprised I didn't get lost as it was cleverly put together. Recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • danieldiver
    3/22/17
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    "Loses pace at the five-hour mark"

    More tedious than I remember. I must have skipped chapters when I read it a decade ago. Scenes with Claire seem to read like filler between Henry's more dynamic journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    LEEDS, United Kingdom
    3/9/17
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    "Outstanding!"

    This is my favourite book. I have read it many times in paper copy so was cautious to listen to the audible version in case they ruined it (like the film). However, it was brilliant and I loved it just as much. Enthralling characters and great plot. Love it!

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  • Anna Haighton
    3/8/17
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    "amazing story- terrible narration!"

    I LOVE this book- I've read it 5 times. the performance by the female narrator has ruined it for me- especially the very last part of the last chapter. What a shame- it just didn't do it justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • anonymous
    London, England
    3/2/17
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    "Engaging, moving, and cleverly written"

    I enjoyed this book a lot. The time travelling is dealt with skillfully. In essence it's about trying to lead a normal life under abnormal circumstances that mix foreknowledge/inevitability with destabilising uncertainty. Ultimately a very human story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Isabel Bintcliffe
    1/9/17
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    "Would recommend"

    Very enjoable, good narration. I would recommend as a relaxing read although in places is a little sad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maggie
    1/8/17
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    "Good story, well performed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I had already read the book and had seen the film and just wanted to listen to the story when driving. Well narrated and unabridged.


    What other book might you compare The Time Traveler's Wife to, and why?

    The author has a certain style and her other book My Fearful Symmetry is of the same genre but worth a read too.


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

    I did like Ingrid's character - I felt sorry for her and her craziness. I wanted to thump Mark!


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

    No idea!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • paula
    1/8/17
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    "heartbreaking, unpausable, compelling, beautiful"

    could not stop listening, sacrificed many an hour of sleep just to keep going, beautifully narrated, heartbreaking, Great twists, absolutely beautiful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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