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  • Paperback: 655 pages
  • Publisher: Large Print Press; Lrg edition (Sept. 2 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594133921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594133923
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 177 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This clever and inventive tale works on three levels: as an intriguing science fiction concept, a realistic character study and a touching love story. Henry De Tamble is a Chicago librarian with "Chrono Displacement" disorder; at random times, he suddenly disappears without warning and finds himself in the past or future, usually at a time or place of importance in his life. This leads to some wonderful paradoxes. From his point of view, he first met his wife, Clare, when he was 28 and she was 20. She ran up to him exclaiming that she'd known him all her life. He, however, had never seen her before. But when he reaches his 40s, already married to Clare, he suddenly finds himself time travelling to Clare's childhood and meeting her as a 6-year-old. The book alternates between Henry and Clare's points of view, and so does the narration. Reed ably expresses the longing of the one always left behind, the frustrations of their unusual lifestyle, and above all, her overriding love for Henry. Likewise, Burns evokes the fear of a man who never knows where or when he'll turn up, and his gratitude at having Clare, whose love is his anchor. The expressive, evocative performances of both actors convey the protagonists' intense relationship, their personal quirks and their reminiscences, making this a fascinating audio.
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“Thought-provoking and very moving. Plus there are several mentions of punk-rock bands such as the late, great Clash!” Huffington Post Books
 
“One doesn’t normally associate science fiction with true love, but my favourite romance is Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife.... Heartbreaking.... It’s an introspective and deeply moving tale of sacrifice--and, incidentally, a stunning example of the book being far better than the movie.” The Globe and Mail
 
“Ms. Niffenegger not only conjured two memorable characters, but also created an affecting story about the magical ability of love to transcend time.” The New York Times

“Highly original novel.... The Time Traveler’s Wife has it all: an innovative plot, intriguing characters and compelling writing.” Chatelaine

“Niffenegger’s storytelling is bold and entrancing. Her prose is warm and inviting. And her characters are created with heartfelt sincerity. There’s a lot to love in this book…. The Time Traveler’s Wife is an engrossing read that keeps both emotions and intellect entertained.” The Times-Colonist 

"The Time Traveler's Wife is a very old love story: wonky, sexy, incredible...but charmingly, inventively retold." The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In all my memories of all the books I've read (well, in the last 15 years or so), I still think this is the book that captured me - spellbound me - the most while reading it. I just absolutely loved it.
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Wow. Normally I really don't like books whose plot lines jump all over in time. I'm not a strong enough reader to be able to handle that. But this is an exception, and why? Because it is such a beautiful, simple story. One of a strong, fantastic love. What I loved about the book was how it all worked. I found myself sitting back thinking "well, this could never happen because...." and a few pages later she'd shatter my doubts, and this continued to draw me into the story, allowing it to seduce. The male characters are as strongly defined as the female, which I find rare when a book is written by a female and has such a strong male presence in it. This is one of the best books I have read this year!
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Rating Edit- 4.5 Stars

I normally do not start my book reviews with the rating, but I need to address this right at the beginning, because I feel that this will give you an idea of how I feel about the book.

I have given this book 4.5 stars out of 5. Now, I have my concerns about the whole rating system in the first place, coz at times it is very difficult to give a numerical value to how the book made you feel, but that is a post for another day.

Having said that, do not be fooled by my 4.5 stars. This is an emotional rating. I have oscillated between 4 and 5, and settled on a 4.5. A month from now, I might lean towards a 4, but I just can’t bring myself to do it at the moment. Sigh. :(

The Plot:

The story is about two people – the time traveler (Henry), and his wife (Clare). On the surface, they are just like any two people who are in love with each other, except for the fact that Henry travels through time.

Henry is a CDP (Chrono Displaced Person); he has a genetic disorder that makes him involuntarily travel through time to various points in the past and future of his own life, and inexplicably, to Clare’s childhood.

He cannot hold onto any of his possessions when he time travels; which means – no clothes, no food, no money, and goodbye identity! Sometimes he is gone for minutes, sometime for hours, and at times, even for days together. Throughout it all, Clare is at Henry’s side, faithfully waiting for him to return to her, and their life together in the present.

You’d think the time-travel aspect would make this more of a science fiction book, but this is essentially a romance, an epic romance at that. It is a love that transcends time and place. :)

Read the full review at SHANAYA TALES DOT COM.
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Firstly, I usually don't come to write reviews on books i've disliked, I usually don't waste my time, but this one struck a cord and it bothered me. I know hate is a strong word, but I feel no such love towards this book. The writing style of the book just runs into paragraph long thoughts that seem to end into a mixed emotion or thought. I mean at times, the writing was professional and book reader worthy, but then the author threw in vulgar words and slangs, and what really annoyed me was writing paragraphs in another language without even explaining it to people who actually only speak english. I am done with the complaints on the writing styles, I digress. As for the storyline, I didn't care for it. It was pretty depressing, and confusing at times. I really hate romantic stories that end horribly wrong. Spoiler...I also hated how almost to the end of the book the main character, Clare, decides to just out of the blue think about sleeping with Gomez and then just having to tell Henry.. almost at the end of the book. I don't know, cheating on you're girlfriend/boyfriend is an awful big deal breaker for me. Anyway, i'm done. I didn't like it. end of story. end of review.
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I stayed away from The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger for a while. The reviews seemed to range from brilliant to people not enjoying it at all. Now I add myself to the group of readers who love this book. With its most unusual concept - a man who can travel through time - the book is not at all futuristic or bordering on science fiction. I loved the writing style throughout the book and, while it took me a few chapters to get used to the time shifting, it was utterly amazing to learn how everything unfolded to fit together as more and more of the story was revealed through the various timelines. The movement back and forth through time was not at all confusing. Ultimately, this was the amazing love story of Clare and Henry. Deeply sad in some ways, it was also very moving. This was definitely one of the most different books I've read in a while and also one of the best.
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This book is one of the few enthralling books that I just could not put down. It is indeed the one book that is deeply enchanting and very touching to the point where it brought tears to my eyes. I am not much of a romantic novel reader, but I am quite glad that I was able to read this well-crafted original book. The title of this book is "Time Traveler's Wife" which of itself attracted my utmost attention because I am somewhat a "time traveling" buff to which I love to read books and watch movies about people traveling through time since I first read H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine" and first saw the TV show called "Quantum Leap."

In this beautiful novel, the author did a truly remarkable job weaving many people with strengths and flaws to which they have been portrayed to be what it means to be human. Throughout the book, the author have used two unique perspectives, that of Claire and Henry, to tell the story in such a profound way and to reveal such a powerful bond between Claire and Henry through time. This novel is truly an original love story, with an excellent clarity, in the world of sci-fi. And, I almost did not believe that this novel was Niffenegger's first.

Audrey Niffenegger is truly a talented author and a wonderful storyteller. And, with my enthusiastic and humble opinion, I strongly recommend this book.
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