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The Time Traveler's Wife

Narrated by: Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (159 ratings)
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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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Tear Jerker

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Fantastic book and having both male and female narrators made it some much more enjoyable.

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

Every single chapter!

What about Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole ’s performance did you like?

They were both amazing and bought all of the characters to life.

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

Yes and I want to listen to it again and again!

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Lovely book

Great to be able to read the extended version to the movie. I was surprised how closely the movie followed the book. I would normally read the book first and then be disappointed by the movie but this way around worked much better for me

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Boring

I was really hoping for something interesting to happen but left disappointed. Maybe it happened after 14 hours of listening but I guess I will never know.

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Beautiful story

Loved the story and the writing kept me wrapped in the characters" lives. Highly recommended.

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wonderful book!

great narration, beautiful Story, a joy to read, and a heartfelt thank you to the author

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A must listen!

Brilliant! Captivating! Couldn't stop listening. Loved it! The story is captivating and well written but it is the narrators that pull you into the world of the characters. You won't want to stop listening!

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Wow!

After seeing the movie, so I decided to read the book.
The book is almost completely different and just so much better.

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Be Prepared for tears...

A great listen. A little hard to get your head around in some parts, jumping back and forth in time. WAY BETTER THAN THE MOVIE!!!
A number of teary moments, and I am not one to cry.

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Fantastic

I hated coming to the end of this story. I loved the characters and the inevitability of the story. Simply wonderful.

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A must read/listen

This book is written so thoughtfully and I've always thought it was an art peice itself.
I read the hard copy every other year and decided to get the audio version.
Their performance doesn't disappoint.

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  • Vivienne F
  • 29-11-2014

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.

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  • c
  • 13-04-2013

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.

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  • A.Delicata
  • 16-09-2015

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.

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  • Katherine
  • 23-07-2015

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.

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  • L
  • 24-02-2015

Pure brilliance!

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

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  • Mr. D Corry-Bass
  • 28-11-2013

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!

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  • Ann
  • 21-03-2014

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.

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  • C. A. Mealing
  • 21-02-2015

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!

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  • Sigrin
  • 03-02-2014

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.

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  • dreamer
  • 02-12-2013

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