The Time Traveler's Wife (Unabridged)
by Audrey Niffenegger
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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.
Intruiging, Compelling and Very Well Written
The Time Traveler's Wife takes place in and about Chicago, Illinois and is narrated by the two main charatcters, Henry and Clare. The tale unfolds as they each take turns relating their experiences, each prefaced by a date. The feelings the characters have for one another are poignant and vivid and the rich imagery and dialogue give life to the world in which they live. Niffenegger uses Time Travel as a literary device to explore what makes us love, what makes us scared and what makes us real. This provides the characters with a way of interacting that transcends memory and introspection. As readers, we live vicariously through the characters, especially Henry, as our younger selves encounter our older selves as mentors, teachers and friends. It is a compelling story which makes it a quick, enjoyable read but the emotions, ideas and characters will remain with you long after you read the last word. A superb book!
The Time Traveler's Wife
This is one of the best audio books I've listened to. I loved switching between two narraters and found the story to be intensly innovative. I was a little disappointed with the ending -- they didn't seem to learn from the mistakes of their parents, but overall found this book to be a refreshing change of pace.
The book is astounding, the recording is revolting
This book is absolutely amazing, a classic yet modern burst of fresh, excellent literature that I encourage everyone to read. Key word there, READ. Out of curiosity I checked out the audio recording and was shocked at how bleak and mundane the story became. How can I describe the easy, beautiful imagery created by reading Audrey Niffenegger's words, or how the short, simple sentences combine so beautifully into an easy conversational tone in one's mind? You just can't get that from a recording.