02 July 2006

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Fiction: Science Fiction (?) Unabridged Audio from HighBridge Audio. Published in 2003. Recorded in 2005. 17 hours and 43 minutes. Read by William Hope and Laurel Lefkow. Purchased at Audible.com

I'd seen this book floating around on Audible for a while, but couldn't get myself to want to listen to it. Then, one day I was hunting around on Audible, unable to make a decision, so I just decided to give it a try.

Some of this book makes no sense to me. I understand that one must suspend disbelief sometimes, but there were parts that were not really explained well enough for me to even do that.

Our time traveler, Henry, is able to reduce how often he time travels by exercising. He runs as much as he can. Sex also seems to help, so there are quite a few relatively descriptive sexual encounters in the book as well. Not rated G.

Parts of the book were quite touching. The bits right before he knows he is going to die got me pretty choked up.

Publisher's summary:
Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

Clare and Henry's story unfolds from both points of view, depicting the effects of time travel on their marriage and their passionate love for each other. They attempt to live normal lives, pursuing familiar goals: steady jobs, good friends, children of their own. All of this is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control, making their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

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