The Time Traveler's Wife: Large Print Edition

by Audrey Niffenegger

Large Print Press | September 2, 2009 | Trade Paperback

The Time Traveler's Wife: Large Print Edition is rated 4.4839 out of 5 by 217.
A #1 New York Times Bestseller, A Selection of the Today Show Book Club, A Finalist for Book Sense Fiction of the Year -- A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare''s passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger''s cinematic storytelling that makes the novel''s unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 655 pages, 9.3 × 6.6 × 1.5 in

Published: September 2, 2009

Publisher: Large Print Press

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 1594133921

ISBN - 13: 9781594133923

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking, yet Beautiful I am a sucker for romance. I have a rule to always read a book before I see the movie version of it, but in this case I seen the movie before I read the book. The book was great and had me hooked in from start to finish. The storyline is beautiful, but if you're like me you will need a box tissues at one point or another! Great read and really encompasses the tale of unconditional, forever lasting love.
Date published: 2013-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Streched out - but amazing! This book is fairly long, and it might take some time to really understand the concept of time travel - but it's worth it! You get into the story and lives of the characters, feeling like you are living inside the book. It's a wonderful love story and keeps you interested!
Date published: 2012-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This I loved this book and could not put it down. It captivated me and was such a unique story. (I later saw the movie, but the book is much, much better.)
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just a warning I did like the two points of view. At first it was hard to get into but then I was hooked. It was captivating and real but some parts angered me, why did certain things have to happen the way they did? The ending felt rushed and so wrong to me that I threw the book at a wall.
Date published: 2011-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a unique romance One of my favorite books, this is a must-read for romance lovers. Beautifully heartbreaking, it kept me on the edge of my seat and stayed with me long after. Although there is obviously a time travel premise, it's done in a way that makes the reader quickly accept this as possible, at least within the context of the characters' lives. The questions that linger are about life and destiny, about relationships and commitment and loss - it is a story about love, not science fiction.
Date published: 2011-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful romance '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.' This is a wonderful and quick read that is bound to have you in tears by the end, wishing you could change time.
Date published: 2011-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Deeper Meaning of Love THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE takes the reader in a special journey through time from the perspective of the protagonist Henry and Clare. As one can infer by the title of the book, Henry is the time traveler and Clare is just a normal woman who marries him. This book showcases their lives together and how difficult it is to be with someone they truly love. Unlike the average couple, Henry always disappears leaving Clare worried for hours, days, or even weeks. The book starts off in the present, and as the story goes on, Henry goes back in time and shows the reader how he meets Clare, and how they slowly fall in love with each other. This strange concept of continuing the love story in the present and simultaneously telling the lovers’ story from the past is the beauty of the book; it does not leave the reader confused about what is going on. However, it was unfortunate that Audrey Niffenegger did not develop her characters Henry, Clare and their best friends Gomez and Charisse for after finishing the book, it left me wanting to know more about them. Overall, anyone who loves books about romance will surely love this book and will not be able to put it down.
Date published: 2011-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Fantastic!! This book was fantastic! It is so much better than the movie. I love the concept and the depth of their love for each other and for their daughter.
Date published: 2010-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blew Me Out of the Water This book has sat on my TBR pile for quite some time. The last of its kind, left over from a trip to the bookstore many, many moons ago, it sat, half-dejected, waiting to be read. It was a little on the chunky side and I had heard a lot of mixed reviews about it, mostly the you’ll-love-it-or-you’ll-hate-it mantra. Finally, I decided I had to read it before I could allow myself to go on to more recently purchased books. Now, I find myself wondering why I didn’t get to this absolutely remarkable read earlier. I loved The Time Traveler’s Wife. In fact, this is another book I will be adding to my best reads of the year, perhaps it will even be another all time favourite. Clare Abshire first met Henry when she was 6 and he was 35, but Henry met Clare for the first time when he was 28 and she was 20. Confused yet? Henry DeTamble is a Chronologically Displaced Person, given to bouts of time shifting. In situations of extreme stress Henry will disappear and suddenly find himself at some point in his past or future. This dizzying distraction of dates and times makes for a very unusual relationship between the pair, especially as Clare finds herself alone, often waiting for Henry to return from her past. “Long ago, men went to sea, and women waited for them, standing on the edge of the water, scanning the horizon for the tiny ship. Now I wait for Henry. He vanishes unwillingly, without warning. I wait for him. Each moment that I wait feels like a year, an eternity. Each moment is as slow and transparent as glass. Through each moment I can see infinite moments lined up, waiting. Why has he gone where I cannot follow?” Page 1, The Time Traveler’s Wife. Clare knows so much about Henry’s future and Henry will come to know, intimately, Clare’s past. It seems they know each other so well, yet they remain uncertain about a great many things. The only thing they are certain about is that they are destined to be together. Because the timeline changes so much throughout the book, it is difficult to decide which parts of plot can safely be given away without spoiling anything. In most books there is a linear stream of time in which you can guess in the earlier parts of the book what is going to come. With the The Time Traveler’s Wife, because of the time shifts you don’t have to guess, you know what is going to happen, or at least you think you do. I know how convoluted this sounds, but the story really isn’t as hard to follow as I am making it out to be. I can completely understand how a person could dislike this book and especially be put off in the first 150 pages or so, where there is so much jumping back and forth in time. But, somehow, with all the back and forth going on, the story is still remarkable easy to follow. Normally I get frustrated with books that use flashbacks, but the shifts between past, present and future didn’t put me off in the slightest. I actually found the first several pages to be fascinating. Niffenegger puts some of the most intriguing bits and pieces at the beginning of the story, such as Henry meeting himself at fifteen and getting a little better acquainted. “I’m in my bedroom with my self. He’s here from next March. We are doing what we often do when we have a little privacy, when it’s cold out, when both of us are past puberty and haven’t quite gotten around to actual girls yet. I think most people would do this, if they had the sort of opportunities I have. I mean, I’m not gay or anything.” Page 56, The Time Travler’s Wife. You can imagine some of the moral questions this book caused me to ponder. What would I do if I had the ability to move back and forth in time? Would I, could I, should I change things? Which things? Any book that causes me to contemplate my own existence and reflect on life to such a great degree is always a hit. What Niffenegger has presented is science fiction, obviously. But, it is not written as science fiction. It is made entirely believable by the poignant love story and the genuine nature with which Henry’s “medical problem” is dealt. The way she writes her characters is extraordinary. Not just Henry and Clare, but many of the others. Kimy is a friend of Henry’s family from way back, who looked after Henry from a young age. The way this charming, old Korean lady is portrayed is heart-warming and, at times, almost comical when she speaks in her not-quite-perfect English. The extraordinary characters, the beautiful writing, and the imagination and originality of the plot combine to make this a remarkable work. The Time Traveler’s Wife is like nothing you have read before.
Date published: 2010-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing the story is beautiful. it draws your attention, and in some places it would want to make you cry, but it was a happy yet very sad book, especially in the end, i had tears in my eyes. a very very very good story about love
Date published: 2010-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Prepare to have your mind boggled and cry like a baby all at the same time **Minimal Spoilers** The Time Traveler’s Wife is a unique love story about a man by the name of Henry and the love of his life, Clare. Now this may be a tricky a review as far as a plot explanation goes. Henry is 28 year old when he encounters a vibrant woman named Clare who is presently at the age of 20. Henry has no clue who she is on their “first meeting” while Clare claims to have known him all her life since she was 6 years old. This baffles Henry a bit, but only in good ways. As you can guess by the title already, Henry is a time traveler. The Henry that stands before Clare in present time is not the Henry she knows yet, she knows an older version of this Henry. This is the Henry of her future while he’s in his 30’s and 40’s. Henry takes good faith in Clare’s knowledge and they quickly fall into a relationship, which technically has been in the works already for years. Now it all is a bit mind boggling as to when Henry and Clare really fall in love, whether it is in the present, future or past. I think the real beauty of this story lies in faith, destiny, free will, the ability to overcome that you don’t have much control over things to come and things that have gone by. Clare and Henry’s love is realistic and beautiful. Although some parts seem to come right from a fairy tale and it seems the planets align to bring Henry and Clare together, there seems to be just as many, if not more, obstacles in their road of love which makes it all the more real. Don’t be fooled by thinking this is your every day love story. Yes you will need a box of Kleenex if you plan on reading this book from cover to cover. You will have your laugh out loud moments and your warm fuzzy feelings when you connect to that feeling of strong need and the longing wait for that one person you sense is right for you. But the author digs deeper into human problems we all deal with or are connected to at some point in our long lived ordinary lives. Things that make us actually want to time travel. But would time travel make things better or just worse? This is a good thinker book and might just make you appreciate having an ordinary life. Not knowing what’s coming or not being able live things over and over might just be a blessing. Should you read this book? Well, I think so. It’s quite an experience and filled with a lot of emotion. Even when it gets wordy you still feel yourself lost in Clare’s and Henry’s everyday lives. There are some great secondary characters roaming around too that bring some more charm to this sometimes heartbreaking tale. Some people might hate it some people might love it. I, personally, am a little on the fence. There are parts I loved and parts I hated, but I definitely wouldn’t have wanted to miss out on this read. Overall, your head might hurt a bit figuring out how this version of time travel works, it’s an addictive read and will keep you captivated until the end.
Date published: 2010-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really good Amazing book! It gets kind of confusing, but you get the hang of it eventually. Cute love story that ends with a sad yet sweet surprise. Book was better than movie.
Date published: 2010-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Original concept, great characters, love, sex, time travel....what more can you ask for? A great read, I really enjoyed it. Looking back at it now, I don't know exactly how the author was able to do it but the changing in time periods was almost seamless and effortless. Although confusion is expected, it quickly resolved itself. The book has a lot of heart and feeling, and gives a certain spark to the real world that makes you think that there has to be more to life. I recommend the movie too, it is not that far from the original!
Date published: 2010-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger http://insubstanial.blogspot.com/2010/06/time-travelers-wife-by-audrey.html Blog for Book Reviews
Date published: 2010-06-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Actually, a 3.5, as my feelings are a little over liking it. Before I even got started reading The Time Traveler’s Wife I was struck by this overwhelming feeling that I wasn’t going to like it. There were three major culprits for this impending sense of doom. First off, the edition I got from the library had a typo on the back cover. Really? The back cover should be something viewed by multiple people before it gets to printing. How does this even happen? Of course this had me in instant fear of having to put up with careless editing throughout its 4oo+ pages. Secondly, after reading the synopsis, typo and all, it appeared that this was a sci-fi, romance novel - two genres that I tend to avoid like a sneezing grocery clerk. Lastly, one of the many captioned reviews listed at the front of the book (yes, I read these) says, “So here’s the next The Lovely Bones…” which in my opinion is a highly overrated and ridiculous story that I could barely force myself to finish… woo hoo, can’t wait to dig in to another one just like it! But I promised my friend I would read it, so I tucked in my bottom lip and bravely proceeded. Because it’s been recapped ad nauseam, I won’t waste a lot of time repeating what’s been detailed on a million other blogs. In short, this is the story of a man suffering from a rare genetic disorder which alters the chronology of the events in his life. We are privy to the trials and tribulations he is met with while trying to have a meaningful relationship with his one true love, whilst travelling sporadically through space and time. Niffenegger shrewdly allows us to see the corresponding view points of both Henry and his wife Clare by having them narrate their own perceptions, which are clearly titled with their respective ages. With out this attention by the author, the story would have been near impossible to follow. I’m pleased to report that the editing wasn’t horrible, save a few minor details, I didn’t find it to be anything like The Lovely Bones - *phew* - and the science-fiction aspects of the story were well devised and appropriately explained for my novice comprehension. The romance side of things was indeed sappy, and the sex, although soft in its detail, was in my opinion overly gratuitous, but whatever floats your boat, as they say, since I know many people enjoyed this part of it. Niffenegger’s prose was very readable, and I found myself tearing through the book. The first hundred pages had me gripped, as I tried to sort out what was happening, and how the time travel weaved its way through the present-day scenarios playing out. However, as interested as I was in trying to follow the story line, I didn’t ever form a real connection with Henry and Clare personally, only with their plight. There were many characteristics of the novels cast that felt desperately contrived. From excessive name dropping, to leftist political statements on globalization, to the meticulous details of paper making… it all just felt like Niffenegger was trying too hard to tell us who she wanted these people to be. A complete opposite of the last novel I read, Up in the Air, this book did a lot more telling, and a lot less showing. If anything Clare and Henry annoyed me. I prefer female characters to be willful and strong, independent and in control of their lives. Clare is the antithesis of all of these things. She spends her entire life as a puppet on Henry’s strings, and as a victim to fate and its decision. Who or what was to blame for this, I’m not sure, but watching it go down irked me regardless. One specific part of the novel that tugged on my nerves was when Clare and Henry are in the present discussing his previous relationship to Ingrid. Henry professes to Clare that “… Ingrid was very – patient. Overly patient. Willing to put up with odd behavior, in the hope that someday I would shape up and marry her martyred ass. And when somebody is that patient, you have to feel grateful, and then you want to hurt them.” Funny, this sounds like he could be speaking of Clare and what I observed as her ‘martyred ass,’ minus the fact of wanting to hurt her, as it is clear that he devotes himself to her as best he can. I suppose this is the point that Niffenegger is trying to make, that this scenario works for them because they are meant to be. But based on this description he offers I just had an overwhelming urge to question Clare’s blindness to Henry’s hypocrisy. To read the rest of my review please visit me at http://booksnakereviews.blogspot.com/2010/05/book-review-time-travelers-wife-by.html
Date published: 2010-05-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worthwhile I can understand why some people had trouble getting through this book. I myself struggled at times. But I'm glad I stuck with it. This book gave me the same feeling I got from Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees. Yes, it dragged at parts, but once I got to the end, it was totally worth it. The Time Traveler's Wife is a beautiful, original love story that transcends time. I've read my fair share of love stories, and this one will definitely stick with me. This is a book that has to be savoured, definitely not a book you can rush through, and it's a story you will remember. The only thing I would criticize would be that there were some lines in French or German that I didn't understand, and Niffenegger did not always provide a translation. And I could have done with a little less of the poetry, 'cause that's not really my thing. But all in all it was a book I definitely do not regret spending my time on.
Date published: 2010-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful. Poetic. One of the best novels I’ve read. Beautiful. Poetic. One of the best novels I’ve read. The Time Travelers Wife is such a lovely, yet authentic, love story with a very unique twist. It touches every emotion. I loved every minute of it. It’s the kind of novel I will read over and over again.
Date published: 2010-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Magical Love Story The Time Traveler's Wife was such a magical and captivating love story. Although a little hard to get into in the beginning, It makes up for it throughout the rest of the book. The book started off slow, Drawing in the reader. Halfway through the book when it started to get more intense, Henry started travelling more and more and i had to really pay attention to the dates so i didn't find myself getting lost. The love that Clare and Henry have for each other is so powerful, the energy is spilling out of the book. I found the ending of this book a little unfinished, It left me wanting so much more, but i loved it even so. Overall this was a powerful, lovely book. And I would recommend it.
Date published: 2010-04-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Thumbs Down It started off well, seemed like a great plot. But very soon it got to be tiresome and repetitive. I never finished this book.
Date published: 2010-04-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I don't get it. DNF. I can't get through the book (02/10). The time aspect and the raison d'etre doesn't make sense to me.
Date published: 2010-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A decent read... The Time Traveler's Wife was a nice, cozy read after all those sci-fi books lately. The characters were dynamic and the story was very well played out. There were some parts, though, that I thought were a little slow and it couldn't keep my attention for very long. But I didn't give up on the book and I finished it, and I'm very glad because the ending was a lot better than the beginning. Overall, this was a decent book, but not as great as I had hoped.
Date published: 2010-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really fantastic I admit, it took a few chapters before I could really follow the time changes, but once I had that down... I couldn't put the book down! I was hooked all the way up to the end.
Date published: 2010-03-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Book but was expecting more TTW is definitely a powerful love story and I went into it thinking I would love it. For the most part I did although I had a hard time liking the character of Henry and the story did drag on. I don't want to give anything away but I only got re-interested in the story near the end when the heartbreaking "twist" is finally revealed
Date published: 2010-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I love The Time Travelers Wife a lot! The ending was a bit stupid, and parts of the book were boring. Overall, though, it was a great read.
Date published: 2010-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Original Love Story “The Time Traveler’s Wife, was the first novel that I read of Audrey Niffenegger. Not being to sure of what to expect and from reading the information on the back my hopes were not too high when I read that it was a love story. However once I started to read the novel I could hardly put it down. The interesting and formal style of writing pulled me in, in the first chapter. Reading the love story from both sides of the main characters, Henry and Clare added a element above all other love stories. Although the story revolves around an unreal time traveler, the story line and is so well thought out and write it pulls you in and makes it almost seem believable. The lives of Henry and Clare are not extraordinary, they date, grow up, get married, have jobs and try to have a child. The descriptions and details that are shared in the their everyday experiences and thoughts are what make theses characters so interesting and loveable. The story line of a love that waits and lasts through time and ages is one that is retold, however this captivates it in a new way that is unforgettable.
Date published: 2010-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book ! This is an absolutely lovely book. Well written and just one of the best books I have read. I loved the way Audrey Niffenegger wrote this story. It kept me thinking about what was actually going on in this book. It never gave me time for my mind to wonder. The way each of the characters has its sides, really gives you a complete story. To me reading this book was unlike any story I had ever read before. It is a completely original story where a man, named Henry, disappears in time. In a library when he is 28, he meets a woman named Claire. He thinks this is the first time they have met but is surprised when she says she knows him. In fact she has known him since she was 6, when he appeared in the field behind her house. That is when their lives together begin. Audrey Niffenegger doesn’t make this a sappy love story and instead makes it feel very real, like this could actually happen and in fact is actually happening. This books isn’t all serious at time I found myself laughing at the predicaments the Henry found himself in. I really did enjoy this book and would definitely encourage people to read this book, not just because it’s now a popular book, turned into a movie, but because it’s a truly original book.
Date published: 2010-02-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too Long This book could have been cut down by 40%..the concept itself had potential but I failed to see the deep love story promised.
Date published: 2010-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different This isnt the regular boring novel that every other novel is. TTW has a special twist to it that makes it stand out. Strongly recommended.
Date published: 2010-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing...a unique spin on the concept of time travel! I've read a lot of stories about time travel. This had to be one of the most interesting and inventive time travel stories ever! How Henry zips in and out of places is so hard to pick up on at first - even though I am a pro at understanding the time travel scenarios. The love story between Henry and Clare is so intense and so real because of the circumstances. That's what makes it such a wonderful love story to read. Henry's pain from the loss of his mother is so tragic and written so beautifully. This is a sad, yet inspiring novel. I really enjoyed it. The author took an overused and unoriginal concept and created a really unique story. Bravo!
Date published: 2010-01-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terribly disappointing writing framed by good idea This is one of the most overrated books I've ever read. The sad part is the unrealized potential of the central motif - a genetic disorder that causes involuntary time travel. There are so many interesting ideas this book could have explored, but didn't. Instead, it focuses entirely on a shallow love story between two completely unlikeable characters, supported by a colourless, irritating cast of stereotypes. As I read it, I wished dearly that a better writer had come up the idea first, a writer who could have explored the ethical questions about Henry's self-fulfilling prophecies, and of the deterministic trap Clare is drawn into. Is she not smart enough to realize how trapped she is? Apparently she isn't. All she thinks about is sex with Henry, and about her womanly longing to have a child at any cost, even though that child will almost certainly inherit the disorder that has ruined her husband's life, and her own. The time-traveling device not only masks a lack of depth and character development, but also an almost complete lack of plot. The inherent non-chronology almost stops the reader from noticing that nothing leads to anything else in a significant or intelligent way. Plot points are raised and then dropped. What happens to the (pretensious, irritating) daughter, who also time travels? Who knows. What happens to Clare after Henry dies, in her mid-thirties. Who cares? And the tear-jerking ending is the worst of all. Even when he dies, Henry manages to keep poor Clare caught in his web. Perhaps worst of all, Henry uses the word "lo" in casual conversation more than once. Because he's deep and smart and oh yeah, a punk? We know he's a punk because he goes on for boring, boring pages listing punk bands he's seen live. And he has long hair at one point. And dates a Courtney Love look alike and takes drugs, before he's reformed by true love. Without the time-travel device, this novel would never have been published, or would have been a grocery-store romance. Instead it was a bestseller, turned into a movie, hyped beyond belief. There are lots of good books out there. Please, read one of those, instead.
Date published: 2009-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing love story... The Time Traveler's Wife is a fantastically satisfying love story that leaves the reader full of emotion by the end. Henry and Clare's love is beautiful and utterly consuming. Audrey Niffenegger weaves a wonderfully creative story full of rich and humanly flawed characters. This is definitely part of my collection of books that I will read over and over and over again, I absolutely loved it.
Date published: 2009-12-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from BORING I didn't get the appeal.......thought it was going to be great considering how people raved about it, but would've saved my money had I known.
Date published: 2009-11-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wasn't A Fan After receiving this as a gift I decided to sit down and read this but only after almost a year of it sitting on my bookshelf It wasn't that I didn't understand it.. I did and I liked it but after awhile it got really redundant but I stuck with it and hoped it would get better... It didn't
Date published: 2009-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written I loved this book absolutely amazing and beautiful. Very sad at parts and made me cry. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves an old romantic relationship. I loved the charcters and their personalities. I loved emotion in this book and the story line its self. I loved the ending as well, I really wish there was a sequel to it. I think Niffenegger did a really great job on this book and I am looking forward to reading her other books. This book is A must read!
Date published: 2009-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming Love Story This book might be a little hard to get hooked on. The beginning was a little confusing and slow. Actually the whole book was slow, but incredibly romantic. If you're into romance, I would definitely suggest this novel. I've watched the movie and you can't get even a tiny portion of the amount of emotion you get from the book. Once you're into the story, which happened around 1/2 way for me, you won't want to put it down. Incredibly romantic and really makes you wonder if that kind of love could ever exist.
Date published: 2009-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Closest To Perfection, Ever. Of all the books I have ever read, this book will stay close to my heart as the closest to perfection and as one of my favourites. The writing style is astounding, although, I wouldn't recommend it to younger teens. The characters and plotline were very well thought out - the idea of time travel actually seemed possible whilst reading the novel. The ending is perfect; tears came to my eyes. It takes a certain amount of maturity to handle the content in the novel, but I absolutely recommend it to anyone who is interested in a romance/sci-fi novel. Also, if you do read it, take your time, because you'll be upset when it's over - I considered re-reading it as soon as I finished it.
Date published: 2009-10-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I wasn't in love with it I have to admit. I saw the movie first. Prior to that the book didn't interest me all that much, but when I saw the movie I decided why the hell not? So I've just finished it and I have to say that, while I did like it (hence the star rating of 3), I wasn't blown away by the writing. Or the storyline for that matter. Sometimes I wonder if this has to do with the fact that I saw the movie first and therefore wasn't all that surprised. The way the story was broken up was interesting. I can't say that it was the most easy to follow, but I think that was one of the things that kept me reading. Because I wanted to see what sort of ages everyone would be in different chapters. I am not in love with the point of view switches. Even with little headers. I like a story being told (especially if it's in first person) from one character's eyes and one character only... unless there's a vast difference between the two characters voices. Clare and Henry sound like the same person when you read them. Either Henry is a little girly or Clare is too masculine. I'm not sure. It wasn't a bad book. It had its moments. But I'm not in love with it. And I probably won't read it again.
Date published: 2009-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! A really great book! While repetitive in some parts, over all it was really interesting and very touching. Can't wait to see the movie!
Date published: 2009-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally awesome! This no doubt the best book I've read in a long time. I read a lot, but this book was one in a million. I simply could not put it down! I normally can't read while in motion, but I went through a car ride (not driving) and a plane ride without notice! Simply amazing!
Date published: 2009-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved every moment!! what can I say about this book? it was the best romantic novel I have read in along time. There is nothing like this and I dont think any thing will.
Date published: 2009-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Yes, a few things were a bit explicit, but it is an absolutely wonderful read for people who actually like a bit of a twist from the usual romantic stories. Definitely worth the while to read.
Date published: 2009-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful This is a unique, bizarre, and beautiful love story. I found it confusing in the beginning, trying to catch on to the time travelling, but by the time I felt that I was following it, the book moved right along into the story. It was a perfect pace. Near the end of the book, I found myself longing for my lover, even though she was right beside me. I had never read a love story before - if the rest are like this, I am hooked!
Date published: 2009-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I really loved this book! It was an accidental find (I liked the cover, and read the back, and decided to give it a shot), and well worth it. I have a more in-depth review on my blog, here - http://eclecticbookshelf.com/?p=7
Date published: 2009-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Really good story, at first it was kind of inconvenient to keep going back and forth, but I got used to that fairly quickly. I enjoyed the sad ending and how much they loved each other. I recommend the book.
Date published: 2009-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book but... I loved the story and could not put the book down! My 13 year old daughter wants to read it but some of the language used I found inappropriate...just my opinion.
Date published: 2009-09-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing Because of the great reviews, I expected a lot. The concept was fantastic and I was left wishing I could get more time travel and less relationship between Clare and Henry. The beginning of the book was really choppy and tough to follow, the middle got interesting, but once the trials of married life started, it completely disinterested me. The end was certainly sad, but that can be found in shorter and less complicated books. I'd leave this one on the shelf unless you're desperate for something to latch on to.
Date published: 2009-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A thoughtful, provocative read As with many people, I became intrigued when I watched the trailer for the film. It was...mysterious, fantastical and romantic, so when I heard it was a book, I had to read it. And what a read it was! The thing with this book - why some people may not like it - is that it touches on several controversial issues like fate and free will. In retrospect, after reading the book, you begin to wonder if Clare had free will, or if it was fate that she ended up with Henry...but does fate exist? Thinking about it will only confuse you and take you in a circle, so a piece of advice: don't. Added to how deeply the book explores human love and misery. Because, let's face it, when your husband is a time traveler there is bound to be those two emotions in spades. But if you can look past any of your personal issues and just take this book for what it is, just go along with the story and accept it, then you will be guaranteed a wonderful read. Be warned, though, this is NOT a light read. If you want something easy and light-hearted, this is not the book for you. Overall Synopsis: The most striking thing about this book was how breathtakingly, and almost wistfully, romantic it was. Romance isn't my favourite genre, but the two main characters were developed so well that I couldn't help but be drawn in and feel for them. I do however wish that the author developed the secondary characters a bit more. They seemed interesting, but kind of faded into the background in terms of the emphasis she put on them.
Date published: 2009-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and to the point A really interesting but necessary writing style for the book. I haven't yet seen the movie but fear I will be dissapointed after such a good read. I recommend this one for sure.
Date published: 2009-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A magical romance! I am nornally not a fan of fantasy, but The Time Traveler's Wife had me hooked on the story of Clare and Henry from the first chapter. I fell in love with this sweet and complicated couple. While the premise is far-fetched, their romance is realistic and idealistic.
Date published: 2009-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most beautiful addicting love story ever written. When I read this book I got so lost in its pages that I didnt stop reading it untill I was finished save for a few bathroom and food breaks in between reading. I sat in bed all morning, day and night laughing, swearing, crying and even sobbing. The story just gets under your skin and pulls you in, its amazing and so unique that you couldnt duplicate what this makes you feel with anything else. You cant even imagine the magic in this untill it sweeps you away. The life of the characters will almost make you want to change the way you live your life and love more then you thought you could before reading it. This is a life changing story with magic that everyone should experience.
Date published: 2009-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never Read Anything Like It the time traveler's wife is probably my FAVOURITE book as of right now. i love the story audrey niffengger has created. i love romance novels but i must say the romance in the time traveler's wife was beyond compelling for me. i felt a greater emotional attachment to this book then any other romance novel i have ever read. if there is anyone who is contemplating reading this book i say GO AHEAD because it's AMAZING (especially to people who love romance novels) i'm very anxious to see the movie now. i hope it's even half as good as the book! :)
Date published: 2009-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Magical Love Story I absolutely loved this realistic love story. Audrey Niffenegger created a tale that ventures into the high and low points of a relationship. Unlike many love stories, this one goes past the honeymoon. Some may find this tale to be sad, but I thought it was rather hopeful. Niffenegger tugged at my emotions, but her writing was insightful as well. The Time Traveller's Wife is magical. Niffenegger shows off a great deal of imagination in her writing, but her ideas are not coming from far out in left field. The story is somehow also very believable.
Date published: 2009-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I couldn't put this book down. It was fantastic and fresh. I loved the characters and the highs plus the lows. I was on edge the whole read. The love story was intense and easy. Loved it. Must read....
Date published: 2009-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Beautiful! This is such a beautiful love story! While reading this book I laughed, cried and even missed my stop on the subway by a long-shot because I was just so wrapped up in it's story. Definitely reminded me of just how beautiful love can be.
Date published: 2009-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Unforgetable Read The Time Traveler’s Wife was nothing short of amazing. The idea of time traveling and reading about the characters all at different stages of their lives and trying to remember what events have occurred in the past or the characters’ presents was a bit intimidating. However, Audrey Niffenegger did a fantastic job making the text both understandable and very intriguing. This novel is easily one of my favorites.
Date published: 2009-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A journey through the unknown world of time traveling... Meet Henry DeTamble, time traveling extraordinaire. How does one person become so lucky or so unlucky to experience the world of time travel? Experience this quest through Henry's eyes. Henry has seen his past and seen his future. He has seen who he will marry, if he has kids, watches his mother's death and more. Can Henry change the course of life's events or will he even try? A unique, one of a kind novel that must be shared among all those in the reading community. Audrey Niffenegger has written about time travel as though it has never been written about before. She has crafted an incredible story of life, love and survival. The Time Traveler's Wife showcases a world of both joy and sorrow. Note: I found the writing style very different. A bit difficult to get into but pushed my way through the first 100 pages and got absolutely hooked.
Date published: 2009-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really really great book. After seeing the previews for the new movie, I figured I would read the book first and WOW, what a book. I loved the style of writing the author used and how complex her characters are. I'm not even sure if I still want to see the movie. I'm afraid I'll be really disappointed! Really quick read.
Date published: 2009-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Great book--funny, sad, poignant--fantastic read but get out the hankies--the ending left me bawling like a baby!!
Date published: 2009-08-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Flat and Boring. Although the story idea was intriguing, the writing was boring and flat. There seemed to much more concern with developing the various surroundings than creating characters worth caring about. Sadly, the scenes with the daughter and the final few pages were the only time I felt like the author had touched me emotionally. Wouldn't recommend buying....maybe borrow it first.
Date published: 2009-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I didn't want it to end... I had this book on my bookshelf for three years and finally read it before seeing the movie. Even though it's such a long book, it's really so engaging that I lost myself in it. It definitely could've been much shorter, but at the same time, as I was getting close to the end, I could see the benefit of it being so long -- I was so wrapped up the two characters' lives that I wanted the book to go on and on forever.
Date published: 2009-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED this book I only read this book because I wanted to see the movie, but I had to know how the story was supposed to go first. I was hooked from the first page. I couldnt bring myself to put it down, and it was all I thought about for days. At some points it gets a little wordy, but tough it out, its worth it!
Date published: 2009-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific Read - but disappointing Ending It has been a long time since I have read a book which I so thoroughly enjoyed. The only downside was the unsatisfying ending......
Date published: 2009-08-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Time Killer I picked up this book after hearing about the upcoming movie. I thought the plot sounded quite intriguing. I didn't like the way the narrative was set up, but it wasn't as hard to follow as I thought. The book was rather bulky upon the touch, and I would have appreciated it more if it had shed a couple hundred of pages, because the story seemed to drag on and on in several different places. It wasn't as engaging a read as I had hoped. It was a book I only used to kill some time with, even then I was a bit reluctant at times to pick it up. The movie in all its adaptation stayed true to the book; both slow and disappointing.
Date published: 2009-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book I have to say this was one of the first books that really drew me in. It was almost impossible to put this book down. At first i thought the jumping threw time part would be quite confusing, but it just blends in so well and it is really easy to follow. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. Such a beautiful love story between Henry and Clare that while your reading this book, you feel like your actually one of the characters. Great, easy and enjoyable read.
Date published: 2009-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from On the Fence! I had heard so much about this book that I decided I wanted to read it before it came out as a movie. I have to say that I loved the idea, but I found it confusing at times and boring at times and down right depressing at times. I can appreciate the amazing love story but it lost me in the telling and then the ending seemed to take for ever. I just saw the movie and I liked it much better. They did change the movie
Date published: 2009-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A delightful read To be completely honest, I cannot count the number of times I have been told to read this book. However each time I picked it up, I could not get past the ridiculous sounding plot, despite the fact that the cover is fantastic. The now infamous story is of Henry, who has been genetically afflicted with random bouts of time traveling (diagnosed later as a Chrono-Diplaced Person) and Clare, the woman he eventually marries. Although the challenges of their love story are superficially unconventional, they manage to remain familiar to those of us who are non-chrono-displaced readers. I can hear the “I told you so’s” in my mind, but I must admit that as soon as I committed to reading the first page I was hooked. Of course I was immediately seduced into thinking about how my own life would unfold if I made similar trips to my own past. Given that Henry’s journeys were somewhat random, I had to wonder what past events I would revisit. Although this book has often been labelled as a work of science fiction, it is truly a love story; one which is largely entertaining and somewhat intriguing. Niffenegger is a talented story-teller whose writing does not interfere with her ability to regale the reader with an interesting tale.
Date published: 2009-08-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit of a disappointment... I've heard this book was suppose to be amazing, however I was disappointed. It was long and was very confusing at times. The story just seemed to drag on and didn't keep my interest. I have a feeling the movie will be better.
Date published: 2009-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Time Travellers Wife Thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was a little slow in the middle but picked up half way through. So keep reading it. Loved the characters, Clare was so strong through the whole book. Any chance there will be a book about Alba.
Date published: 2009-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Darn Good! I really did like this book, I echo some of the reviewers that stated they didn't feel emotionally connected to the characters, as i also felt this way, just a little bit though. I did feel the book could have conveyed the sex and passion felt between the characters without using the graphic language. I am an adult, and I have been known to use strong language at times ;) but I felt this was a little much and the connection could have been created just as well using softer and more intimate words, but that's just my opinion! Otherwise, I would recommend it and I can't wait to see the movie, I think both the actor and the actress chosen fit in nicely with the images in my imagination!
Date published: 2009-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! And surprisingly believable! I absolutely loved this book. I was dubious at first, as they premise sounded far too science-fiction-ish to me. But it is an incredibly romantic story, and Niffenegger somehow manages to render the premise entirely believable and realistic. I felt that I really got to know the characters, and grew very attached to them. There is no emotion that I didn't feel reading this book: happiness, excitement, nervousness, sadness, anger. It is one of those books that when you get to the end, you wish that you hadn't, as you already miss the characters, and want them to stay with you forever.
Date published: 2009-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love story for the Ages. The Time Traveler's Wife was one of those books that I would usually sit down and read in one sitting, but once I began reading it I wanted it to last longer. I wanted to linger in Chicago. I wanted to wander the rooms of Medowlark House, wait in the meadow for Henry to arrive, browse the Newberry library... I wanted to immerse myself in the setting and jump into the minds of Henry and Clare and be privy to the intimate thoughts that transpire between two lovers whose story is for the ages. Henry DeTemble involuntarily slides back and forth through time, and in the process he meets Clare Abshire, and gives her a life I wouldn't wish on anyone, and at the same time I hope that everyone gets to love the way they love each other. It's a beautiful story, which I hear can be difficult to follow for some, but if you accept that time is not important, only events are important, then you shouldn't have any problem with the spontaneous time shifts. It is reminiscent of The Notebook in a way, as it is an epic love story that one cannot help being touched deeply by. I loved this book, and I think you will too.
Date published: 2009-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down!! A great read! In the beginning you do have a hard time trying to follow the dates that jump back and forth... but then you follow it and can't put it down! The story of Henry and Clare is truly romantic, sad and amazing!!! I can't wait for the movie to come out!! Best thing - READ THE BOOK FIRST! I'm sure the movie will have a few of the good parts eliminated and you may be lost in the storyline.
Date published: 2009-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming This book is beautiful to say the least. It's about waiting and believing and trusting in things other than yourself. Clare waits for Henry from the day she meets him until forever and Henry in turn waits to become the man she knows he is. Although this is a love story it reads so differently from any sort of romance I’ve ever read. My favourite book.
Date published: 2009-08-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Thought It would be better... I bought this book because the trailer for the movie looked amazing, and I've heard alot of good things about the book..but i didn't exactly like it. It was really hard to get into at the beginning, and I had a hard time sticking with the book. I got to around page 300 and I just wasn't wanting to read it anymore. Although, I really like the characters and the whole idea of a man who can time travel, along with the strong love story. It just wasn't a book that I enjoyed reading, Though, I am interested to see the movie, and see what happens in the end.
Date published: 2009-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Timeless Love Story It took me two years to pick this book up and read it. I am glad that I waited so that I could be in the right head space to do so. The story of Henry and Clare is one of my all time favourites EVER. I had a difficult time putting the book down, and was a little depressed when I was finished. Clare has known Henry since she was 6. Henry meets Clare for the first time in his 20's. How confusing, but how perfect. The title in and of itself at first turned me off, but the idea of time travel within this story is amazing, and sorrowful. The love story created is timeless. It is almost as if their love continues to go in circles. The ending broke my heart but at the same time warmed it. It definitely left me wanting more Henry and Clare. An absolute must read, I can't wait to see the movie I hope that it does the story justice!
Date published: 2009-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well done! Well done! This book had the potential to be very confusing and complicated to follow, but Nifenegger made it simple, engaging and hard to put down. For my full review, click here: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2010764/book_review_the_time_travelers_wife.html?cat=38
Date published: 2009-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant, An Absolute Must Read! I loved this book, the beginning was a little strange and hard to get into but once I started I was hooked. I read the entire book in two sittings and want to pick it up and start right over again. It was a wonderfully written love story.
Date published: 2009-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tragically Beautiful This book was a tragically beautiful love story. In the beginning, it was hard to get into the book because I wasn't quite sure what was going on but after I got into the flow of it, I couldn't stop reading. Henry and Clare knew the inevitable truth - what was eventually going to happen - but there was nothing they could do which made the book so tragic. Even through loneliness, hardship, and all the years of waiting, the love between Henry and Clare remain strong and beautiful. This book is truly a book about love, destiny, and tragedy.
Date published: 2009-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I read this book a long time ago when a friend of mine recommended it to me. THANK GOODNESS he did! Although the whole idea of time travel is far fetched, you never feel like the story couldn't be happening. I told my sister she had to read it and had to really convince her it wasn't a sci-fi story. Once she read it she loved it! You will ball your eyes out and laugh with happiness.
Date published: 2009-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching story I saw the pre-view for the movie that is coming out soon with Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana and that's why I bought the book. The story was really unique and beautiful. I thought it flowed very well but I have to say that I was a little disappointed with the ending. It just seemed a little too cliff-hanger for me. It didn't quite wrap it up for me. Although, that's the way life goes sometimes and we don't always get our way lol. Altogether a very good book, but the plot could have been tightened just a bit.
Date published: 2009-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting and Touching I have to say, that I had great expectations for this book, but it fell flat for me in the beginning. I didn't become too attached to the characters or their story, had a 'meh attitude about reading it, but thought that the concept was very interesting (not enough to keep me hooked, though). After getting about mid-way (250 pages or so) I became hooked. I don't know what did it, but I just could not put this book down and finished it within the next 2-3 days. The character development is not fantastic, but the love story and the role that time plays for these two lovers is so intriguing. It is very endearing how that unique, and often volatile role brings Henry and Clare together in love, and is the demon in their downfalls.
Date published: 2009-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredibly Moving Henry DeTamble has a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel without cause or control. He bounces back and forth through time, seeing both the past and the future. But for Henry, this is far more problematic than it is beneficial. His body just vanishes from the present time and appears naked at some other time. With no clothes and no control over where/when he winds up, Henry finds himself in trouble more times than not. Clare Abshire at age six, meets a naked man in the meadow... Read more at: http://justkickinit.ca/2009/07/the-time-traveler%e2%80%99s-wife-by-audrey-niffenegger/
Date published: 2009-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from book club pic I am part of a book club. This was the book of the month. After reading the back of the book i was intrigued. I must say i enjoyed the book a lot more then i thought i would. I did however think the book went a bit too far when it started talking about Henry playing with the young self. I didn't really think that was needed. I would recommend this book to anyone in a book club. My club had so many different views of this book and kept our conversation rich and interenting all night long. Ever one of us loved the book. I would read it again. I am also interested to see what the upcoming movie will be like. I am hoping that it stays true to the book and doesn't ruin it.
Date published: 2009-07-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Please let the movie be good! Sorry everyone who loved this book! I hated it! I found it frustrating and difficult to finish, in fact I rushed through the last half just so I could be rid of it. The only reason I decided to finish it was because of being in a book club. Then parts of the ending was sooo messed up and unbelieveable that I just thought what a waste of my time. This is one book I think they can only improve on in a movie. Unless they stay true to the book! I hated the language she used to describe the sex in the book as well as what she used after Clare had her baby and she was sore from it. I hate that word! I didn't like the book before that and many parts in the end made me so angry and frustrated!
Date published: 2009-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read this book was amazing..i can't even the right words to discribe this book all i can say is go right now a pick it up.
Date published: 2009-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely and worthwhile Slightly difficult for me to get into, the book begins by slowly drawing in the reader and yet throwing them into the story at the same time. It is difficult to follow the jumping dates and I often found myself going back to find where we were in time. Some hilarious moments make it easier to deal with the difficulties that Clare and Henry face due to the circumstances. The end is beautiful and unclear all at once. Certainly recommend by myself, I was intrigued by the store after seeing the film's trailer. I love Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana and I hope that they are able to reproduce the love between Clare and Henry as well as the harmonic beauty of the story.
Date published: 2009-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book read in 2008! Although perhaps a little dated, this seems appropriate to write now that the movie is coming out soon... This book was fantastic, and I was unable to put it down. A true love story, without the Disney-effect. This book was a hit with my whole book club, which is a rarity. Read it before you see the movie, it is worth it!
Date published: 2009-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A chronologically-challenged love story Niffenegger has created a love story with one of the most interesting obstacles - time travel. Clare, an artist, has known Henry since she was six. This is the first time Henry time travels and collides into her life. Growing up, Henry literally pops in and out of her life, until they finally meet in 'real time', where they eventually marry (I'm not spoiling anything, as the title suggests this). Henry, a simple librarian, has been "chrono-impaired" since he was a child. It all started around the time of his mother's death, one of the many points in time Henry revisits. He never knows when or where he is going to come or go, which makes it a very frustrating disorder to have. I don't want to say too much for fear of giving anything away. This was a great love story, filled with longing, frustration, and a lot of thought. I could hardly put this book down. ***SOMEWHAT SPOILER*** For those who read the book: Personally, when Niffenegger used the "C" word (closer to the end of the novel) I found this very out of place. I get what she was trying to do, but I think it would have come out better using the "P" word instead. When she said "C" I felt like I was suddenly reading Gomez's point of view rather than Clare's. Anyone else have an opinion on this?
Date published: 2009-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing story of love outside the bounds of time The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger captures the reader in the first few pages, and refuses to let them go. The story is brilliantly written with beautiful descriptions, and the order of the dates is chosen well to build a greater effect. It is a romantic story that gives a different take on a time traveler's life. There is sorrow, and a lot humour. The pages pass by unnoticeably quickly, and I liked how there were many references to other literary works. The novel created a world that I did not want to leave, so I am glad it was long. It is written in first person, through the eyes of Clare and Henry, and it takes place in Chicago and Michigan. It is a story of love, waiting, and uncertainty. Clare Abshire, an artist, first meets Henry DeTamble, a librarian, when she is six-years-old, in the clearing behind her house. Clare has been waiting to meet Henry again, but Henry first meets Clare when he is twenty-eight, although he is only born eight years before her. Henry's life is a loop: from the future he goes back in time and does something in the past that creates the future that he already has. Being chronologically-displaced has its downfalls too though. Henry is afraid for his life with each time traveling adventure. Will Clare and Henry's love survive? What problems will Clare and Henry face together? Will Henry ever find a cure for his genetic disorder? What struggles does Henry encounter during his time travels? 5/5
Date published: 2009-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something For Everyone When I first was given this book to read, I was thinking it was going to be some proper English ("posh") book. How wrong I was. Claire and Henry are people I know. Art students, Music lovers, coffee Fiends, who are deeply in love. And it's not like a romance book, where it's all sappy love, that seems to perfect to be real. It feels real when you read it, like looking into someones life. Into their dreams, and sorrows. This book really does have everything. good touching book, really funny, kinda smutty, witty, and bittersweet. Oh and GREAT MUSIC!
Date published: 2009-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! And I'm not one for romance... I only read this book because all my friends had and I felt out of the loop. I am not the type of person who actively seeks out romance novels, but I absolutely loved this book! Somehow the author manages to take a really odd concept such as time travel and makes it so real and emotional. I think she finds a perfect balance of being romantic but not too mushy. This book makes me love love again, and I recommend it to everyone! A must read!
Date published: 2009-04-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't go anywhere... ...perhaps because I gave up about 40% of the way through. But, I gave it a good shot and it really did not seem to be headed to anything that I was interested in.
Date published: 2009-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fell in Love with the Time Traveler's Wife I hadn't planned on reading this book. Ever, really. I didn't think it was my thing. But it was a pick for my bookclub and so I had to. I fell achingly, hauntingly in love with this book. I wish that Henry and Clare could continue to be in my life - and was sad that the book had to end. Such a beautifully told story - and I must also say that I have never - ever - shed so many tears over so many pages while reading a book. And the devestation - the sobbing - was also welcome. All in all a perfect reading experience and I can't say enough good things about it!
Date published: 2009-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just read it. Beautiful. Plug your ears and don't listen to what anyone says about it. Just read. Every time I read it, it always manages to make me cry.
Date published: 2009-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too much hype I really think sometimes a novel can suffer when the accolades are too over the top. That was the case here. This is a love story and not much else. Not something I expected. It’s written well, but sluggish at times. The main characters are just ok, not memorable or overly likable.(the baby obssesed Clare really annoyed me and did not recover). The ending is very predictable but handled in a touching manner. Overall, it was an ok read, but I’m in the minority when I say this novel didn’t blow me away.
Date published: 2009-02-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book was okay. The only thing is that it was a bit slow and I didnt really get into it until more than halfway through. It's mainly a love story and I prefer more action but overall, it was okay. I would recommend it.
Date published: 2009-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved it!! A great story of love, passion, faith and time travelling. i found this book very interesting and was addicted to it after reading only a few pages. As Henry and Claire narrate their own story, you get to see their diffrent point of view and how they are connected together. The past, present and futur are all connected and through time Henry and Claire always manages to find each other.
Date published: 2009-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great story about love, longing and loss This book is a heart wrenching tale of love, longing and loss. Though Henry is the tragic hero displaced in time, the heart of this story is Clare, the woman who loves him and gives his existence some semblance of normalcy. Her love and longing for Henry is what gives her life meaning, yet it is also her tragedy. Her existence is, in effect, more displaced than Henry. Wherein he has the ability to relive moments with her, she is unable to control her own fate. Her life is lived in suspended moments, forever waiting and wanting. The ending will leave you with a heavy heart, unable to forget Clare's endurance and loss. Check my blog http://time-travelers-wife-book-review.blogspot.com/
Date published: 2008-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable This was a fantastic, difficult to put down read. Without giving too much away, this is not an overly science-fictiony story of a man who is "chronologically displaced"-- Henry is unwillingly pulled from past to present to future. This is how he meets his future wife. The story is told from both their perspectives, which is how I came to love the couple, and feel for them in their times of joy and pain. I found this to be a funny, hopeful, fascinating, and at times, desperately sad/nostalgic story that is difficult to get off my mind once I've put it down. (Yes, I've read it more than once!) I hope you like it, too.
Date published: 2008-12-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting Concept I like time travel novels, but I found this one lacking a bit. Somehow I felt that the author, although writing in the first person as a male, missed the boat in conveying his character to the reader. I often wondered what kind of "guy" would think and behave like this?! So I finished reading it, and found it to be merely OK. There are better reads out there for people interested in time travel......namely Outlander series.
Date published: 2008-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Believable By far one the most amazing books I have ever read. I will recommend it to everyone. It is a beautiful story and it makes you believe. A great love story without being mushy!! Parts brought me to tears while other made me laugh out loud.
Date published: 2008-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Touching Love Story I loved this book. It was recommended to me by a lady working in the book store. It takes a few chapters to get in but once you do that's it. The characters are so real, there are moments of tenderness, grittiness and I found myself feeling different emotions about the characters, sometimes I liked them and sometimes I didn't. But it was so well written that you end up emphathizing with the characters so much and the love story between Henry and Clare is very powerful - you can't help but root for them that it will all work out in the end. I did cry in this book and did have trouble putting it down. It is not a science fiction book so if you are putting off reading it because of the whole time traveler outline don't! This is a just a good old fashioned love story! Read it if you get the chance!
Date published: 2008-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I have ever read This is the type of book that you cry over the fact that you've finished reading it. I love that the book follows her entire life, from youth to old age. It was so wonderfully written and so real that I laughed, cried, loved, giggled, and all other emotions. I really really recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a great wonderful story to read.
Date published: 2008-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! There aren't many words other than "superb" or "innovative" to Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife. Her creative writing mixed with her complex plot and subplots, produce something magical, some may even argue, timeless. The main characters are Clare Abshire and Henry DeTamble , who has a very rare genetic disorder, which comes to be known as Chrono-Displacement , which enables him to jump forwards and backwards through time. Here's the catch, it only happens unexpectedly. The story centers on how Clare copes with it, proving even after all hardships and obstacles, how love can still be eternal.
Date published: 2008-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book! 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.
Date published: 2008-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended, wonderful escape Don't be scared-off by the pseudo-sci-fi premise on which this book is based. The Time Traveler's Wife is quite simply a beautiful, touching romance. I have recommended this novel to many people with widely differing literary tastes and all have loved this story. Those who have memories of the concert scene of the 80's will get a particular treat in this novel!
Date published: 2008-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extraordinary! WOW.. the first word i said after I finished this book. Once you get past the first 20 pages of the book it just catipults you into the most wonderful stories ever written. A strange yet beautiful love story one would think impossible, but the kind of love you hope for in life. Beautiful from beginning to end. Now its being made into a movie.. hopefully it would measure up to this amazing novel (fingers crossed)
Date published: 2008-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all time favorites! This book is one of my all time favorites. I found the story spellbinding and thoroughly enjoyable from start to end. I absolutely love a great book, but cannot wait for this one to be made into a movie as well. I am also anxiously awaiting the author's next book.
Date published: 2008-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all-time faves When I first picked up The Time Traveler's Wife, I was skeptical--a love story? Involving a guy who randomly travels in time? How could this be good. Oh, but it IS. I started reading and it was interesting enough in the beginning to keep me going, but by around page 200 I was hooked and that was it. I fell in love with the story of Henry and Clare, and after I was done I recommended this book to all my friends, and any customer looking for a good read. Niffenegger deserves all the praise she can get for this book--I literally have not encountered a single person who's read it and not at least liked it, let alone loved it. By the end, I was wishing there were more... you will too. Read it!
Date published: 2008-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Words cannot describe ... I have read my share of moving novels in my life, however there has not been one that moved me to the point of tears (aside from Harry Potter, of course ... But I digress). That is, until I read "The Time Traveler's Wife." This novel tells a timeless and simple story of undying love with such passion and beauty it is hard not to fall in love with the two main characters as a reader. Niffenegger's language and writing style is such that the characters do not seem like people on a page, but people that could live across the street from you, which makes the story that much more powerful. Without a doubt one of the best books have I read in a while.
Date published: 2008-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Fabulous Loved it, loved it, loved it! Such a great book! The premise of the book is so unusual but fascinating. It was also beautifully written and easy to get through. A new favorite for me!
Date published: 2008-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright This book was a little confusing at first, but once I forgot about trying to sort out dates and ages, I enjoyed it more. Near the end I got very intrigued, and it was a good ending. I would recommend it to other people, but just try not to get so involved in the dates and ages, it will just confuse you.
Date published: 2008-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Time Travellers Wife I loved every second of it. Great love story, unlike any I have ever read.
Date published: 2008-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Timeless Novel This book leaves me at a loss for how to best describe it. Captivating, gripping, and consuming all spring to mind. The two main characters, Henry and Clare, are so charming - even in their flaws. The reader is catapulted through time with Henry and lingers in the present with Clare. You never want to leave their side. The author, Audrey Niffenegger, entwines the lives of these two characters effortlessly. The reader is ensconced in the past, present and future so seamlessly that the record of "time" becomes, ironically, insignificant somehow. Truly a "timeless" love story, but perhaps even more importantly, an extremely well written tale.
Date published: 2008-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely LOVED it Absolutely LOVED this book! Cried my eyes out for the last few chapters I did not want this book to end but on the other hand I couldnt put it down without knowing what happened. Its really easy to feel the emotion of the story and a great read for the romantic in all of us. Can not WAIT for the movie! Bring your tissue boxs if you go see it !
Date published: 2008-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all Time Faves!!! The characters in the book I thought are wonderful, I fell in love with the book so much I read it in 1 weekend
Date published: 2008-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Kind!!!! My friend told me about this book, and I was iffy about reading it, because to be honest I judge a book by its cover, and the back...even tho i liked the cover the little blurb about it made me iffy...but she lent it to me and i said why not. Once I started i was hooked and reread it, and then went out and bought my very own copy. i had to have this. even now a year later i still go back to it and read it. its an amazing book. truly one of a kind.
Date published: 2008-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My all-time favourite read, by far! I was also recommended this book to read, and will all the hype I was hearing from others, I decided to give it a try. This is normally not the type of book I would voluntarily pick up myself, but since I was borrrowing, I thought " Why not?" Right away, I was hooked! My advice others reading this book is that the best way to enjoy this book is to no dwell on trying to rememeber and decifer the dates the main character is going to/from, just enjoy the book and the story, and it will all come together and make sense at the end. I tell everyone I meet how great this book is, (I should be a PR person for this title!! LOL!) ...that is how much I rave about it. When I finished the book, I felt sad that it was over, and immediately went out to try and find another engaging read. With no luck, I just wandered aimlesly around the book store wishing she wrote something else that I could pick up. In the end, I bought the book, and I am pleases to say that is the first book I will ever re-read! I have to experience it again! I can't wait for the movie.
Date published: 2008-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from thrillingly beautiful, remarkable story. this book was recommended by a complete stranger. i was in doubt at first, and it took me a while to get into the book. it was a bit confusing to begin with. but eventually i was captured into the love story, and simply could not stop reading. it was sad yet exciting. definitely very well written.
Date published: 2008-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! Great book! This was recommended to me by a co-worker's wife and what a fantastic recommendation. It was sometimes difficult to follow all the jumping around due to the time travelling, but it all made sense in the end. Very sad at times as well, but necessary to the story. It actually reads quite quickly considering all the switching between times, and I am not a fast reader. The struggles of the main characters are very easy to identify with, even though time travelling is not a part of today's culture. Definitely a worthwhile read!
Date published: 2008-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is well worth the read. It is an unconventional love story that is impossible to put down.
Date published: 2008-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can make you cry Here comes another book that would definitely make you cry. Fascinating. Highly recommended. Henry had a time displacement disease which makes him go back and froth through time uncontrollably. A story of love, of how against all odds a person could maintain his love with his wife.
Date published: 2008-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I've read this year! This book is a page-turner right from the start - I couldn't put it down. Despite the somewhat science-fiction undertone relating to the idea of time travel (which I normally don't like...), I couldn't help but fall in love with the characters in this book. Very enjoyable, well written novel.
Date published: 2008-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astonishingly Original This book was brilliantly written. Perhaps the best writing I have ever read. It is absolutely incredible how Niffenegger was able to weave together such a beautifully complex story and was able to keep the reader engaged through each and every one of the 518 pages. The book is an incredible love story that no review can justly proclaim. An amazingly original story. I was so sad to that is was finished, and plan to re-read the story again soon.
Date published: 2008-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Wonderful" I have read this book many times, and every time I find something new to love about it. It follows the journey of a time traveling man and the girl he meets when she is just six years old, who eventually grows up to become his wife. With Valentine's Day coming up, or anytime you just want to read a good, classic love story, you must buy this book. After borrowing it from my college library, I immediately bought it. It intertwines classical love story telling with a modern twist, and time travel is not what we've been told about before. For everyone with a mind for adventure and a heart for romance, I recommend this book!
Date published: 2008-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Commitment required - but worth it! This is an amazingly unique and creative story. The main character as a result of a genetic quirk 'jumps" into and out of different times in his own lifetime. This happens without warning and wreaks havoc on his "current" life. The constant in this bizarre situation is the little girl he fell in love with as a child and eventually marries. Whenever he jumps from one point in his life to another, he locates her and she helps him get acclimated to what part of his life he's jumped into. It sounds odd, but the character development, the storyline and the ending are smart, sweet and romantic. Worth reading!
Date published: 2008-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is an amazing story that will make a believer out of any skeptic. This books pulls the heart strings with every page and makes me believe that anything is possible. A mixture of fantasy and reality that takes you to places you wish you could visit. If you miss reading this book in your life time you will miss a treasure.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from : : : the greatest love story ever : : : you know how some books speak to you? this is one of those. you lose yourself in it and really feel the love and loss and heartaching emotion of the characters. it's awesome. read it!
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This is a book that I at first was very skeptical of; the title and cover led me to believe this would be a sappy sort of chick-lit/sci-fi extravaganza. When I finally got to reading it, after having it recommended multiple times, I was absolutely captivated. This is a gritty story about a situation that is completely unfathomable, but woven into a tapestry so fine that you hang on every word and can't help but believe in the characters and the ordeals that come with living as a chronolgically impaired individual. Clare and Henry are about as wonderfully flawed as characters can be, but it only adds the the charm and realism of the story. The plot skips along at an alarming rate, making the book end far sooner than I would have liked, and by the last few chapters when the inevitable outcome is fast approaching, the sense of tragedy is nearly tangible. You finish this book feeling like time travel is indeed possible, and that love can indeed transcend the ages; this is a book I would reccommend to anyone.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'd give it six stars if I could I've read The Time Traveler's Wife three times now and I'm blown away by how emotional I get each time. The story is so well woven together.
Date published: 2007-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love in the Past, Present, and Future Clare Abshire is six when she meets her future husband, Henry DeTamble, who is thirty-six at the time. Alternately, Henry is twenty-eight when he meets Clare, twenty. Confused already? Henry is the time traveler of the title. He can’t command it, can’t direct it, and he can’t bring anything with him on the trip, which means he leaves a pile of clothes on the ground when he jumps to and fro. If you can navigate the time changes (which are aided by dates and ages) and swallow the intrusive narrator switches and simple language, “The Time Traveler’s Wife” can be a satisfying read. Audrey Niffenegger creates characters who, perhaps because of their circumstances, are interesting; whenever Clare and Henry are in time, Niffenegger shows us new dimensions to their relationship. To be adapted for the screen by Jeremy Leven and Bruce Joel Rubin.
Date published: 2007-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unlike any book I've ever read... Rarely have I read a book in my life where when I'm finished I would sit and think "Wow, that was unlike any book I've ever read. That was truly a unique story". In fact, in my life so far, this has only happened once. "The Time Traveler's Wife" is a complex and captivating story about Henry and his wife Claire. I initially picked up this book not because of curiousity or word of mouth endorsement... in fact I picked it up before any hype started. I read it simply because our store manager wanted someone on our staff to read it and give their opinion on it. I went into this story blindly; I had no expectations and in all honesty wasn't very excited to read it. However, within the first chapter I was hooked. Imagine being Henry, the main character, an ordinary person who was born with genetically altered DNA. First of all, you must not get the wrong idea, this is not one of those books that focuses on science and scientific modifications or DNA manipulation. This story is just the opposite, Henry is born with a different DNA structure, and because of this he can time travel. Unfortunately, he has no control over how, when, where he goes, or who he will encounter. The story follows the amazing life of Henry and his relationship with his wife Claire, whom he meets at age 36, but also in his early 20's. Although this has the potential to be confusing, Audrey Niffenegger provides readers with handy chapter starters such as (Date , Henry is 36, Claire is 13) and then as if in a play lists whose voice the story will continue with. This story is dynamic, diverse, and surprising, The characters are amazingly well thought out and each has a distinctive voice. The reader cannot help but connect to and begin to care for these characters who are put into such an odd situation. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and was astounded to discover that it was Niffenegger's first book to be published. I think that this is one of the few books that would stand up to a reread. Niffenegger's debut is breathtaking and a recommendation I would make for anyone searching for a story that is truly original.
Date published: 2007-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read A book unlike any I've read before. At first a little tough to follow but book does develop it's own flow. Captivating, one of those lock yourself in your room and read til it's done books. A terrific escape. Niffenegger is a master story-teller!
Date published: 2007-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I've ever read I read this book 3 years ago, and it is still by far, one of my most favorite books. It's so well written that you can feel every emotion that the main characters are portraying. It touches on an interesting topic of time travelling that makes you think "what is it like to enter someone else's life at a different point in time?", but more importantly, it's the relationship between the two main characters that is so inspirational and moving. The author makes their love seem so real. It brought me to tears! - both happy and sad.
Date published: 2007-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book This is an amazing book. The writing is wonderful, the characters seem so real you feel you know them and you get a real feel for the place and time. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2007-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! This book was wonderfully written. The author did a great job of putting together a time line to make this book very enjoyable. Writing about a time traveler can really complicate the flow of a book, but she made it easy to follow throughout the story. This book is well worth the read!
Date published: 2007-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE SAME BUT DIFFERENT THE BOOK WAS AWESOME . HAS ANYONE NOTICED THE SIMILARITY BETWN THIS BOOK AND THE NEW SHOW THE JOURNEYMAN.???
Date published: 2007-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mezmorizing. This is one of my favourite books. I became so attached to the characters that when it was over, I felt as if I had said goodbye to my two best friends never to see them again. It's a brilliant story of love with a twist that will glue you to every word. I can only hope that Audrey Niffenegger will, someday soon, write something half as fantastic.
Date published: 2007-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read. This book was a great read. I couldn't put it down, it just pulled me through all the way to the end. Before I knew it, I had finished the book with no effort and wanted more. It puts together something as supernatural as time travel and something as basic as love and in reading it, you feel that you could be reading about the family next door. I would definitly recomend it to a friend.
Date published: 2007-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! OMG -I absolutely LOVED this book. The first few chapters had me wondering if I was going to be able to finish the book. However, forge through the first few chapters if you have to..stick with it, you will not regret it. Once I got into the story I had a very hard time to put the book down. Once I finished the book, I was sad that it was done. I wanted to keep reading about the characters.
Date published: 2007-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engrossing, wonderful I savoured every minute spent with Clare and Henry - what a wonderful, quirky, heartrending, funny, sad book. I loved it.
Date published: 2007-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked! Once you get past the whole idea of time traveling without trying to understand it, you will be totally engrossed. The story on a whole is a little bit twisted, and really far fetched but the passion and the love that Henry and Claire share is not lost. It was a great read and once you pick up this book it will guarantee to have you hooked and believing that love endures everything including time.
Date published: 2007-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life changing! This is a story that will force you to look at your own relationships and wonder if you are where you truly want to be in life, or if you are just settling. Could Henry and Clare really exist? Their love, their connection, their fire. The story is tender, funny and scary, and though you won't be surprised in the final chapters, you will cry for a good hour! My advice....You can only read this book for the first time once, so read each page, each word, each moment they share, for the first time, for the last time..and savour it!
Date published: 2006-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exquisite... This is the most intricate, engaging, beautiful, yet heartbreaking novel I have ever read. I'll admit I cried, and though I am a sap at movies this is the first I've ever shed tears over the pages of a book. Though it revolves around two people in love, it so much more than just a love story, and I urge you to read it even if romance isn't your thing. It was one of those books you read impatiently because you can't stand to not be at the end of it, but at the same time, you try and pace yourself because you never want it to end. Once finished, I wished I was still in the middle...so my only piece of advice should you choose to pick it up is make sure you savour every page!
Date published: 2006-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will bring tears to your eyes The author knows how to play with a reader`s feelings. I had a smile on my face for an important part of the story, and ended up crying like a baby at the end. Felt like I lost a part of my life when I turned the last page of the book ... 5 out of 5!
Date published: 2006-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from new and interesting This book is a completely different type of read for me. I loved it. The story seems a bit hard to follow at first, but once you get a handle on what is going on (and dont forget to pay attention to section headings!) You fall in love with it. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a different type of read that they can loose themselves in. The story is sweet and wonderful.
Date published: 2006-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Passionate and sweet Henry and Claire are vivid characters who draw you in from the first page. The idea of time travel is ridiculous and far-fetched but the author makes you not only forgive it, but but believe it. I adored Henry and completely empathized with Claire. This is a lovely "take to the beach" book that will take you to a new place.
Date published: 2006-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astounding! You are put into the minds of not just one person but both people in love and see both of their points of view on things. You get sucked into a world where you must know what happens. A book any romantic would enjoy. The tests of love and how people may just be destined for one another.
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book!!! A truly beautiful love story! I wish I could read it again for the first time. I loved it so much. The characters are beautiful and the story enchanting. A must-read!!!!
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I couldn't put this book down, it was so interesting and sooo well written. Just a great read to kick back and relax.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great reading This is a very original and intriguing novel, a definite page-turner. I have been anxiously awaiting a new release by this author, hopefully a sequel!! Get this book as a gift and for yourself.
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! This is by far the best romance I have ever read. Its power was unexpected, and the characters are remarkably realistic, especially suprising as Henry is able to time travel. It's quite easy to become very emotionally attached to the characters, and I was sad to see it end. This is beautifully written and powerful prose, and I strongly reccomend it.
Date published: 2006-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Refreshing twist on a love story "The Time Traveler's Wife" is surely captivating and a refreshing twist on a the regular love story of two people. Most interestingly, the book makes the reader question the meaning and value of time and one's place in the word.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My New Favorite Book I have been a book lover my entire life and I read all different types of books. I picked up this book based on a friend's recommendation and am I ever glad I did. The story is told in such a unique manner, which I worried would be difficult to follow. Not only was I wrong but the steps throughout time did nothing but add to the wonderful progression of the story. I absolutely fell in love with these characters. I could not imagine living a life as they faced and despite it all there was complete love and devotion. As I neared the end of the book, and the ending which I already knew was inevitable, I had to lock myself into the bathroom to finish reading it alone. I came out with tears streamind down my face and my husband asked what was wrong. All I could choke out was, "It's such a good book..." A few hours later we discussed it again and I told him that it was my new favorite book. He asked what my old favorite was and I realized that although I had read many books that I had enjoyed and I never really had one I could call a favorite. This is a huge compliment to Niffenegger. I have now passed this book on to numerous friends and they all love it as well. A wonderful story of love despite all of the odds.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking One of the best books I've ever read. I could not put this book down. When it was over, I was at a loss. I did not want this book to end. A love story for everyone. The author describes everything so perfectly; you feel you are one of the characters. She covers love, despair, tragedy, happiness, innocence.... She is capable of convincing you of the unbelievable. A definite must-read.
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A page turner that pulls at your heart strings This book was one of the best I have read in a while. The style of writing was refreshing and the story line always kept you wanting to come back for more. I would highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2006-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! This is one of the best books I have read in a very long time -- easily a couple of years. It is unique and touching. The characters are well developed and the plot is creative. I couldn't put this book done, I even cried in public! This book is the perfect choice for when you need to escape from your own reality. I'm positive you will enjoy it!
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book ever!!!!! This is my favourite book ever. I never in a millions years would have thought that a book about a man who travels through time would grip me like this one did. After I got throught the first chapter and used to the time sequence i was hooked! You know those books that you stay up all night to finish reading. I stayed up all night because I had to finish it, and then when to work with big puffy red eyes from lack of sleep and the tears from the story! I had gotten the book from the library ( sorry heather) and at lunch the next day I went to chapters and bought the book - the hard cover copy - full price ( minus the irewards of course) . I didn't want to story to end!
Date published: 2006-06-05

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The Time Traveler's Wife: Large Print Edition

by Audrey Niffenegger

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 655 pages, 9.3 × 6.6 × 1.5 in

Published: September 2, 2009

Publisher: Large Print Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1594133921

ISBN - 13: 9781594133923

About the Book

Simplified Chinese edition of The Time Traveler's Wife. A whimsical novel of a husband and wife whose love endured despite their age difference - sometimes the wife is older than the husband; sometimes the husband is older - much older. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.

From the Publisher

A #1 New York Times Bestseller, A Selection of the Today Show Book Club, A Finalist for Book Sense Fiction of the Year -- A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare''s passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger''s cinematic storytelling that makes the novel''s unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant.

About the Author

Audrey Niffenegger (born June 13, 1963 in South Haven, Michigan) is an American writer and artist. She is also a professor in the Interdisciplinary Book Arts MFA Program at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. Niffenegger's debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife (2003), was a national bestseller. The Time Traveler's Wife is an unconventional love story that centers on a man with a strange genetic disorder that causes him to unpredictably time-travel and his wife, an artist, who has to cope with his frequent and unpredictable absences. The film version, starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, is due for release in August 2009. Her latest fiction novel is entitled, Her Fearful Symmetry.
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