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The Time Traveler's Wife [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Audrey Niffenegger , William Hope , Laurel Lefkow
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1 Aug 2005
The phenomenal international bestseller is read by William Hope and Laurel Lefkow This is the extraordinary love story of Clare and Henry who met when Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty. Impossible but true, because Henry suffers from a rare condition where his genetic clock periodically resets and he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. In the face of this force they can neither prevent nor control, Henry and Clare s struggle to lead normal lives is both intensely moving and entirely unforgettable. (Note US spelling of title)

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  • Audio CD: 4 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; New edition edition (1 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563504838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563504832
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,311 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 459,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Audrey Niffenegger is an exceptionally creative writer and visual artist who has achieved enormous success in both worlds. Her debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife, has sold nearly five million copies worldwide and has been translated into thirty-three languages to date. A Richard & Judy book club choice in the UK, it has been a huge bestseller all round the world. In the Daily Telegraph's readers' poll of the 'Top 50 Books of All Time' it appeared at no. 11. Niffenegger is also the author of two 'novels-in-pictures', The Three Incestuous Sisters(2005) and The Adventuress (2006), both published by Cape.

Her graphic novel The Night Bookmobile was recently serialized in the Guardian and will be published soon on the Cape Graphic list.

A Chicago native, Niffenegger received her MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Northwestern University. Her art has been widely exhibited in the United States and is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress and Harvard University's Houghton Library.

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"I was ridiculously entranced by Audrey Niffenegger's big, reckless novel - utterly convincing"--Daily Telegraph

"Niffenegger exploits the possibilities of her fantasy scenario with immense skill: no wonder this novel has spent weeks on the bestseller lists in the US. This is one of those books that makes you want to eat it up from start to finish"--The Guardian

"Pick up Niffenegger's book and you'll experience a visceral thrill that only a few novels provide - an elegy to love and loss."--Independent on Sunday

"Magical - memorable... poignant, amusing and intensely moving portrait of a unique relationship - quirky, romantic, and kept the right side of cute"--Mail on Sunday --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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272 of 287 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've read in ages 29 Jan 2004
By Liz
Format:Hardcover
At first glance, this book might seem like a gimmick book - the idea of a man who time travels to various parts of his own, his wife's, and other's lifetimes seems like a plot gimmick that won't hold up beyond the first chapter, but it's not! In fact, the whole time-travelling thing is just a vehicle for one of the most moving, tragic love stories I have read in quite a while.
The Time Traveler's Wife tells the intruiging story of Clare and Henry, who meet when Claire is 6 and Henry is 36 but marry when Claire is 20 and Henry 28. It describes in dramatic detail, their unusual meeting, and their lives together and not. Their story is full of up and downs - Clare can never be sure when Henry will disappear next, where to, or when he will come back. This adds a certain fleetingness and intensity to their relationship, particularily the earlier parts. As the book continues, it adds more flesh and detail to the two central characters; their friends, family, and relationships before and after they met each other. This ensures that the characters are well developed and described - not just reflections of each other.
This book is beautifully written, poignant and incredibly moving - I would recommend it highly.
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374 of 400 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, moving, original 16 July 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought this after browsing through people's book lists on this site (a great place to find new books!) and finally started reading it yesterday. And finished reading it. It's a massive book so that should give an indication of how much I enjoyed it!
Reading other reviews here should have already given you an idea of the story's content, so I suggest you do what I did and just buy it. I tried not to let myself be too influenced by the reviews here, other than by being convinced that I would enjoy it - and I was right. I really, really enjoyed it and read it on the outward and return journeys on the train (3 hours each way).
The story is highly original and told from the points of view of Clare and Henry at different points in their lives. This is quite confusing at times but you soon get used to it. What's different and intricate is that you're reading the story out of synch, because Henry can exist in different times as he time travels through his own history. This in itself makes for an intriguing read.
But for me - the crux of the story is about love. Call me an old (young actually) romantic but I just loved this aspect of the story. Before you assume anything, I'm not your typical chick-lit reader - in fact I avoid it like the plague - but this is not typical chick-lit. It's so moving and beautifully told that I had to try not to cry on the train, and spent a long time thinking about it after I'd finished.
I know this review doesn't really say much about the plot but that's because I really think you should buy it and read it with an open mind. Prepare to be entertained - you'll laugh, wonder, and probably cry.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was lent this by a friend, and I actually thought that I might not enjoy it. I am often put off by American authors, and it had the look of either sci-fi or a wishy washy romance novel. It was neither. An extremely powerful novel that provides a beautiful portrayal of love under difficult circumstances, and people at different stages of their lives. I couldn't put it down, and was in tears at the end, even though you're prepared for what happened. A marvellous novel. I'm lucky I didn't judge by appearances and ignore it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless 29 Mar 2005
By Ella
Format:Paperback
I have just finished 'The Time Traveller's Wife' and I am still reeling from the fact that there is no more left for me to read. I enjoyed the book so much I just didn't want to finish it, and tried in vain to put off reading the last few chapters, as a pathetic attempt to make the experience of reading the book last longer!
It was one of the most original, touching stories that I have ever read in my life. The tale of Henry and Clare's romance was so unique and intensely interesting that I will have trouble ever forgetting it.
The words 'time-travel' would normally stir up thoughts of science-fiction and Michael J. Fox, but the book effectively uses the concept as a way of playing out a romance over the course of several years. Henry has a rare condition that causes him to randomly time-travel to different points in his life, something which he has no control over. As Henry moves back and forth throughout different decades, Clare must wait for him, patiently. Never sure when he will appear and never sure of when he will disappear, Clare's love for Henry reamins a constant, steady force in a world of instabilty and disruptiveness. As the years pass and their love grows stronger, Clare must learn how to cope with a lover who never stays in one place for very long.
A complex intelligent novel, Niffenegger's first work of fiction is a rare thing - a truly orignal story that keeps the reader gripped to the very last page. What's more, the book is a deeply romantic love story which raises intelligent questions about the concepts of time, fate and destiny. I am not an overly-romantic person, but I must confess that I was blown-away by the story of Henry and Clare's love for each other, and I was moved to tears more than once.
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