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3.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 5 3.76 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Audrey Niffenegger Narrator: Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9781611744293
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This bestselling and innovative debut novel from Audrey Niffenegger explores the perfect marriage, one that is tested by challenges the couple can neither control nor predict. An imaginative extension of everyday life, the story asks: What if two people, who loved each other deeply, married and faced a life in which one person remained constant while the other slipped fluidly in and out of time?

This is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. It is impossible but true because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: triggered by emotions and memories, his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time. His disappearances are spontaneous and his experiences are unpredictable. Through Henry’s time travel, the couple attempt to live normal lives, but all of this is threatened by something neither can control.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “And Niffenegger’s beautiful prose and sure-handed way with character development lifts The Time Traveler’s Wife beyond the realm of romance potboilers and into the mainstream of literature that will last.”

    Denver Post

  • “[This] inventive and poignant writing is well worth a trip.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Niffenegger plays ingeniously in her temporal hall of mirrors.”

    New Yorker

  • “A powerfully original love story…[An] amazing trip.”

    People

  • “Niffenegger, despite her moving, razor-edged prose, doesn’t claim to be a romantic. She writes with the unflinching yet detached clarity of a war correspondent standing at the sidelines of an unfolding battle. She possesses a historian’s eye for contextual detail. This is no romantic idyll.”

    USA Today

  • “[A] time-travel love story par excellence…[A] soaring celebration of the victory of love over time.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Tremendous grace and imagination…A love story without softness or flinching.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2005 John W. Campbell Memorial Award Finalist
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • Selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award
  • A 2005 Arthur C. Clarke Award Finalist
  • Winner of the 2004 YALSA Alex Award
  • Winner of the 2006 British Book Award for Popular Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo Jangles | 2/12/2014

    " This is probably one of my favourite books - I loved it! I am very surprised at the poor reviews. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 2/8/2014

    " Loved the concept but sure got confused with the back and forth. Definitely a read that requires getting in the zone, rather than reading a snatch here and there. Was totally disappointed in the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virushka | 2/8/2014

    " I really enjoyed this story. Well written and just lovely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Levine | 2/1/2014

    " I still cry when I think about this book. Don't let that stop you. It is beautiful in its heartbreakingness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Morin | 1/27/2014

    " Really great book, Niffenegger does an incredible job weaving the characters and the timelines. I have to say, as a 21-year old guy, I was really touched by the story. Read the book, but whatever you do, don't watch the movie. It was, I do believe, the worst movie I have seen. It's as if the book was cut up, put in a blender, then served with spinach. Characters are missing, it lacks emotion, the plot is so confusing... but at least it has Rachel McAdams. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tabitha | 1/22/2014

    " Overall it was an okay read. At times I found it to be very slow, which in retrospect makes some sense as the general theme of waiting in prevalent in the book. Glad to have read it, but would not read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malcolm Kryptonite | 1/18/2014

    " This is actually my favorite book of all time... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nurazian Bajuri | 1/18/2014

    " Sappy and gooey...ok, it was good :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey Pittman | 1/10/2014

    " Really enjoyed. As usual, book WAY better than the movie! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy Haig | 1/1/2014

    " I loved this story until about the last 50 pages. The ending was a total let down in my opinion. There was a lot to like about the story, it was well written. But for two people who had such an interesting history, their life together was a drag. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/12/2013

    " Compelling. read some time ago so can't give a date. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Rideout | 12/3/2013

    " very slow, and hard to follow. Honestly, had to watch the movie before reading it a second time to understand it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 NancyJo Lambert | 11/23/2013

    " This book is so much better than the movie! I really enjoyed the characters and the nuances that are not perceptible in the movie. A great break from children's lit. Oh, and I listened to this on audio! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Agmashburn | 10/12/2013

    " This book is amazing! I listened to it on audible and found myself sitting in my driveway and listening to it even longer. It is a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Jarvis | 5/2/2013

    " Knowing the ending about 3/4 of the way through the book made it really hard to keep going. I never wanted to watch the movie version of this book because I had no desire to actually see the ending I had read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia Archer | 4/27/2013

    " Wonderful. I really loved the book and appreciated that it wasn't predictable. I felt like I was moving through time with Henry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dustin Heath | 4/2/2013

    " Interesting story and fun to follow. There were some beautiful moments t brought me to tears a few times. I just didn't care for the graphic sex scenes. I would have given it four stars had it not been for that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cam Matthews | 2/26/2013

    " I almost gave up while reading this novel, probably put it aside for a month or two. My head hurt trying to keep up with the characters and the time in which they were recording events. But my second attempt was successful and I fell in love with the concept. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coeli Smith | 10/8/2012

    " A very interesting concept and a great read. I couldn't help but feel bad for the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mylissa Prisner | 8/4/2012

    " I adored this book. I look forward to reading it again. I found the movie a great disappointment when I watched it recently after having such a love affair with the text. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrystal Abair | 6/20/2012

    " Although totally unrealistic, it was totally captivating! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 5/18/2012

    " I got completely lost in this book. So sorry to be through with it. It feels like I have lost a close friend. Reminded me of "Shell Seekers" Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 9/5/2011

    " Excellent airport/airplane reading (which is where I read it). In that context I'd give it a 5. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Allison | 6/30/2011

    " I couldn't get past the third chapter! So confusing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cari | 6/30/2011

    " I must be a little to practical for this book...I couldn't see how the time travel would work and saw too many issues with how things were taking place. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 6/30/2011

    " I only read half of this. Interesting idea, but I thought it started getting kind of weird in the middle and I just lost interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 6/30/2011

    " I was enthralled! Entranced! Never saw the movie...didn't want to ruin it!
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/30/2011

    " absolutely beautiful...but so, so sad...deeply sad. almost broken at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruthanne | 6/29/2011

    " After a rough start, it turned wonderful. Really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 6/28/2011

    " Interesting conceit but didn't knock my socks off. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 6/27/2011

    " Engrossing and imaginative. I picked this up while on vacation and have not wanted to put it down -- reading it for hours on end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 6/27/2011

    " Took me a while to get into it, but halfway through I was riveted. Not too much sympathy for the characters, probably the reason why it took me so long to read. Would recommend it as an entertaining read, no more no less. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 R.J. | 6/27/2011

    " Creepy, poorly written, boring. Wait, did I mention creepy? I'm never going to understand why someone would pick this up and think it was worth their time. "

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About the Author
Author Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger is a professor in the MFA program at the Columbia College, as well as Chicago Center for Book and Paper Artsa visual artist and a guide at Highgate Cemetery. In addition to her bestselling novels, The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, she is the author of illustrated novels, including The Three Incestuous Sisters and The Adventuress. She lives in Chicago.

About the Narrators

Fred Berman has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narration. A theater, film, and television actor, his credits include Broadway’s The Lion King, Law & Order, and Directing Eddie, among others. He was featured in Entertainment Weekly for his work on the Walking Dead audiobook series.

Phoebe Strole is an actress and an Earphones Award–winning narrator who was a finalist in 2014 for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in drama. She has appeared on Broadway in Spring Awakening and in various films and television series, including Hamlet 2, 30 Rock, Glee, and Rescue Me.