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The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
ISBN-13: 9781931561648
ISBN-10: 1931561648
Publication Date: 9/2003
Pages: 518
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 113 ratings
Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 62
This is now on my list of my all time favorite books. Along with "The English Patient" and "Girl with a Pearl Earring", the quality of language and lyrical writing are a joy to read - you don't want it to end. The unique premise is thought provoking and the characters you come to know and care about - with an ending that is tender, beautiful and tragic. I never cry over books, but the ending of this one really got to me. Sorry, I'm taking my copy out of circulation as it's staying in my permanent collection and I'm recommending it highly to all of my friends.

I can wait for Niffenegger's next book. If she continues to write this well, I'll be a fan for life.
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Helpful Score: 45
Definitely one of the best books I've ever read. True, the concept of the time-traveling takes a while to understand, and I don't think you fully do understand it, but I believe that's the whole point.

It truly is a wonderful and unique story. Such a tearjerker as well. Amazing amazing book.

If you start to read this and don't understand it, don't give it up right away. Give it a little while and you'll start to understand it and enjoy it.
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Helpful Score: 25
This book is gorgeous! The story is a magnificent and unique story of, the time traveler's wife. It is a spiraling tale of two lives lived independently and shared. Their time, their past, their futures overlap. And yet, the husband lives in a world all his own with no control over when or where he is at any given moment. It is a fresh perspective on life, love, and cause and effect. This is book is a rare treasure, and a first novel at that! Kudos, Audrey! I cannot wait for your next book.
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Helpful Score: 23
This is a book I can read over and over again. I've waited for the movie to come out, but it seems that it never made the screen. The story is fascinating, funny and heart wrenching. It grabs the readers interest, and seems to glue itself to the reader's soul. This is truly one of those "I can't put it down" books. If you are lucky enough to nab a copy of this classic, do it!
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Helpful Score: 21
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The premise and style is fresh, which added to the experience of reading it. I think the author's experience as an artist added to the richness of the story. The sections dealing with making the paper and artwork fascinated me.
Two thumbs up!
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Helpful Score: 13
I give the book five stars for the premise, the details, and the writing, and then I take back 2.5 stars for the sex on every page, the constant swearing, and the general crudeness. I realize that a good majority of people really don't care (or enjoy) a bit of dirt in their books, but there are a handful of us that, if warned, would not pick up the book in the first place. To those who boo my old-fashioned values - this review isn't written for you, it's written for those who want to know these things before ordering a book.
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Helpful Score: 13
A love story, through time - sounds petty, but it isn\'t. This is a story about a man who slips through time, and on one of his excursions meets his wife that is, as the child she was. We follow them as he comes and goes, also meeting himself along he way. It works because of the skill of the writer and the depth of love and caring between the two characters. This is Wallace Stegner meets The H. G. Wells, a book about good people in very wierd situations who perform admirably.
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Helpful Score: 12
This was a beautiful and heart-breaking story. This novel covers so many themes....love, destiny, second-chances, and much, much more. When I got to the end of this book, it was really hard to let Henry and Clare go.
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Helpful Score: 11
Very clever. I heard it described as a book that was originally written in chronological order, thrown up in the air, and reordered.

I really enjoyed this.

4.5 stars out of 5
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Helpful Score: 11
A brilliant tearjerker. I absolutely love this book! It's an amazing premise that kept my interest for the whole book.
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Helpful Score: 11
This book is absolutely fascinating, and yet it's not one I would keep to re-read. It took me almost 2 weeks to get through it because even though I wanted to finish it, it didn't hold my interest strongly enough for me to read it quickly. I love the premise, of a man who time travels w/in his own life and can meet himself and visit his own past and future. I love the concept of a disease called chronological displacement. I love the storyline itself. But somehow I couldn't connect with the main characters, and that kept me from truly enjoying the story. I just felt that they were both way too self-absorbed. Still, a good one-time read, in my opinion.
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Helpful Score: 10
One of my favorite books...I just loved it. When I finished it, I couldn't start a new book right away because I needed to "steep" a bit with the story coming to an end. It was such a refreshing and enjoyable read.
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Helpful Score: 8
This is one of my favorite books. I tried to read it once and couldn't get into the first chapter. I picked it up again and I am so glad that I did. Very interesting and bittersweet. Unlike any other book I have read.
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Helpful Score: 8
I'll say it up front; the book is not perfect. There are a few moments of deus ex machina that stretch credibility - even for a time travel story - and a few sections where I wondered just where the author was going with the story. However, in spite of its flaws, I finished this more moved by anything I've read in a very long time. I fell in love with Henry and Clare early on, as the author's delicate prose sucked me in. I thought at first the 1st person/present tense, switching back and forth between the two characters, would be distracting, but it took no time at all to forget that was what she was even doing. Her voices at Clare's different ages were clear and distinct, and while I sometimes lost track of all the Henrys, I wasn't that bothered by it since frankly, Clare did, too.

I was entranced by the first two-thirds of the book, but the last third came with an ever-impending sense of doom, as the ending hinted at came barreling closer and closer. I read faster and faster, desperate to get to the full disclosure. I can't say that I regret it, either, in spite of the heartbreaking last few chapters. A keeper for my shelves, most definitely.
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Helpful Score: 8
I got this book after reading rave reviews. I could NOT get into it at all and forced myself to read more thinking maybe it would get better. It did not...I had to stop reading it and picked up a more interesting book. I just hated this. Just my opinion.
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Helpful Score: 7
I loved the concept of this book, and most of the storyline, difficult as it was at times to follow. But I found the ending to be heartbreaking, making it a difficult read to finish.
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Helpful Score: 7
Excellent book. I really enjoyed reading it. I was a bit confused at the beginning when Clare met Henry but he had no recollection of her. I (quickly) realized that he never time travelled to see her in his 20s. He was older. It truly is a love story. I cried in several places especially where Henry realizes what the future holds. There really is never enough time to do the things you want.
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Helpful Score: 6
I absolutely loved this book! It is definitely on my Top 10 best reads ever. Niffenegger did such a outstanding job of combining time traveling & romance into one book. I would highly recommend this book.
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Helpful Score: 6
I found parts of this book very vulgar. I stopped reading after about 90 pages because I found much of the language akin to an American Pie movie. If it were not for the unnecessary R rated sections I'm sure I would've finished and enjoyed this book.
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Helpful Score: 6
I agree with the previous reviewer who said that she couldn't start another book right away because she needed to "steep" after reading this one. This book is just THAT GOOD. I finished it up days ago, but it ha stayed with me, haunting me. Just a gorgeous love story.
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Helpful Score: 6
Why I don't like this book:
It doesn't meet my standards against swearing, sex scenes, etc. That's why I am sending it out the door. I don't usually step off the wagon so to speak, but I did this time and I still don't know how I feel about that.
Why I like this book:
I really ended up caring about the characters, which means they were well drawn. I was amazed a book that so broke the rules of linear story telling could hold its own standard for storytelling together so well. I rather had the vicarious experience of someone doing the occasional misdeed and understanding why they would do it, tho I would not do it in real life. The love story gripped me and I do not like romance novels, etc. This was a real love story very much like Odyseus and Penelope (which they are compared to in the book). The science was interesting and I felt I could follow it a/or accept it for the plot. The ambiguities and ironies and twists of the story were far more than one book usually holds. On a basic sentence level there were impossible sentences that only made sense within the frame of the story, otherwise they would break too many rules of the English language. They were so much fun to reread and try to grasp.
This was a pretty good book.
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Helpful Score: 6
This is the first book in a long time, that actually got me thinking. I love how the story plays out, and in the end I was near tears - which never happens. I'm going to hold onto this one for a little bit, maybe to reread it and see if I love it all over again.. I'd definitely recommend this book.
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Helpful Score: 6
Really engrossing. I found it hard to put down, wanting to find out what happens next. The movie keeps plugging away at the fact that it's a love story, which it is, but I found it to be more than that. It also goes into whether or not we can change our fate and the ramifications of a life that you can't control.
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Helpful Score: 6
I'll have to swim against the current and say this won't be on my all-time favorites list. The story was interesting, but the overkill use of the F-word and the locker room depictions of the frequent sex scenes ruined the book for me. All the characters were carbon copies of one another, all of them self-absorbed potty-mouths. They all speak exactly the same way, as if they all were the same character.

There is no loyalty or real friendship between the characters. The only one I had much sympathy for was Gomez's wife Charisse, who herself was quite pathetic for putting up with her lech of a husband. No Kleenex for me as I approached the end of the book,and then the incident at end between Clare and Gomez made me want to throw the book at the wall. Why ruin a perfectly good and sentimental ending?

The author acknowledges so many who helped were with the book. Apparently, no one cautioned her against the overuse of vulgarity. But, evidently, the masses either don't seem to care, are willing to overlook it, or are themselves used to it. An interesting book was turned to camp.

Not recommended if you are offended by repeated F-words or vulgar depictions of sex.
Sorry.
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Helpful Score: 5
For one who is not interested in love stories, I must say this is like no other. Wonderfully written piece of art on it's own. A story that will make one laugh, think, question, an of course for some cry. Truly a story I did not want to end which led me to think beyond what one my think they deserve in a relationship with others. Friends and or lovers. Book of beauty.
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Helpful Score: 5
At first I wasn't sure about the concept for this book. Henry, who involuntarily travels through time, weaves in an out of Clare's (his wife) life. After about 10 pages I was hooked. It's a love story without being sappy. Clare experiences Henry in chronologically but each time she meets him (when he is not from her present time) he is a different age, looks different. It is a beautiful novel.
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Helpful Score: 5
This is one of the few books that made me cry at the end. You'll start to view time not as a linear, straightforward concept, but as random, unpredictable gift. Much like love. You'll learn to appreciate the "time" you have with the one you care about, to appreciate the stages of development - physically, emotionally, or intellectually - that he or she goes through at his or her own pace. You'll feel privileged to simply be a part of that and to be able to participate in that, shared life. Beautiful book.
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Helpful Score: 5
I'm sure I can't say much that has not been said, so I will just say this: This book is truly a work of art. It is beautiful and terribly heartbreaking and breathtaking and an incredible journey, the likes of which we readers should all be lucky enough to experience every so often. This book is one of my rare keepers - I can't bear to part with it.
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Helpful Score: 5
Very different than anything I've ever read. Good story, though a bit hard for me to stay with with all the changes in time. The story fills itself in bit by bit as the time travel is all over the place in the characters' lives.
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Helpful Score: 5
I enjoyed the premise of the book and the unique details of the protagonist's mode of time travel. The different points of view were also interesting.

However, the foul language and graphically violent details in parts of the book hindered me from finishing it. It was like trying to wade through garbage to glean some hidden positive message.
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Helpful Score: 5
My husband and I both read this book because he has a fasination with time travel plots.
This book has a great plot line and once you get into the flow of it's unique style is hard to
put down. Fasinating premise on which the plot is based and very well written

We were both disappointed with the language used in places, the sex
or sexual talk used and the seedy stuff that has been added to this otherwise great story. We usually just read "clean" books.

We have enjoyed discussing the book and the twists, turns and surprises that went with it.
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Helpful Score: 5
The idea for this story was very creative. The characters were lovable, and there were some genuinely amusing scenarios that arised from Henry being a time traveler. However, there was a lot of language in this book, particularly, the f word, that I found wasn't necessary. Also had a bit more sex than I care for, but like I said the story was original. I give it 3.5 out of 5.
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Helpful Score: 4
This book was okay. I was excited to read it and then was just disappointed at the lack of activity throughout the book. The start was slow - just trying to figure out what was going on and how it worked. Then when I started to like it, nothing else happened. He time traveled and they fought... nothing else.

I also didn't like the lead male character very much. I have difficulty liking a book when I don't like the lead.

I enjoyed the movie much more
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Helpful Score: 4
I was so excited to read this book- and was so disappointed once I did. The concept was fascinating,and I love time-travel themes. The writing style, however, was too brash for me. A great deal of the plot seemed to revolve around the sex lives of the characters. The characters were very foul-mouthed, as well; I have never met a women who uses the language Claire does. It was difficult to like her or Henry. I will not be reading another book by this author.
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Helpful Score: 4
Dear Audrey Niffenegger,
You made me cry. Will you do it again, soon? Oh, and Claire is sexy. Can you get me her number?
Tony H

This book will disorient you in the beginning. I feel this is necessary to help you understand Henry's problem. Keep pushing on and I promise it will start to make sense. Before you know it you'll be incredibly invested in this remarkable story of a bizarre affliction that led to a Love that withstands the seriously unconventional boundaries of time. Not only do you start to realize that this could actually be happening, you start to feel like it's happening to you. A tragedy from the very beginning, this book crosses sci-fi with love-story so eloquently and with a grace that I've never before seen in literature. It's the only book that has ever made me cry. Thank you Ms. Niffenegger.
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Helpful Score: 3
One of the best books I have ever read. An extremely heart-felt and touching story. Words fail me. All I can say is that it was amazing. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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Helpful Score: 3
an interesting romantic novel that bounces back and forth through time. I enjoyed getting to know the characters through out the story as they get to know each other as they cross each other's time spectrums. It made me wonder how differently I would act if I could see how events affected me and the people around me.
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Helpful Score: 3
Dear Audrey Niffenegger,
You made me cry. Will you do it again, soon? Oh, and Claire is sexy. Can you get me her number?
-Tony H

This book will disorient you in the beginning. I feel this is necessary to help you understand Henry's problem. Keep pushing on and I promise it will start to make sense. Before you know it you'll be incredibly invested in this remarkable story of a bizarre affliction that led to a Love that withstands the seriously unconventional boundaries of time. Not only do you start to realize that this could actually be happening, you start to feel like it's happening to you. A tragedy from the very beginning, this book crosses sci-fi with love-story so eloquently and with a grace that I've never before seen in literature. It's the only book that has ever made me cry. Thank you Ms. Niffenegger.
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Helpful Score: 3
A beautiful -- and very sad -- book. I recommend this to everyone, as it seems to slip past people's normal genre preferences.
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Dear Audrey Niffenegger,
You made me cry. Will you do it again, soon? Oh, and Claire is sexy. Can you get me her number?
-Tony H

This book will disorient you in the beginning. I feel this is necessary to help you understand Henry's problem. Keep pushing on and I promise it will start to make sense. Before you know it you'll be incredibly invested in this remarkable story of a bizarre affliction that led to a Love that withstands the seriously unconventional boundaries of time. Not only do you start to realize that this could actually be happening, you start to feel like it's happening to you. A tragedy from the very beginning, this book crosses sci-fi with love-story so eloquently and with a grace that I've never before seen in literature. It's the only book that has ever made me cry. Thank you Ms. Niffenegger.
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Helpful Score: 3
What a fantastic, engrossing, joyful book this was to read! A true celebration of life and love. Bravo!
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Helpful Score: 3
I would have enjoyed the book more if the language had not been offensive. The author was over used the F word. Too many F words coming out of the female heroine. She also referred to her private areas using the C word. I don't think a normal woman would use the C word to describe her innermost parts. Maybe a man in the company of other men but not women. I also had problems with the 41 year old Henry having carnal knowledge of the barely turned 18 year old Claire. There are other aspects of the book I did not like but that would be spoiling it for those who would like to read the book. I have always like watching movies and television dealing with time travel. That aspect of the book was enjoyable and the author did have a poetic flow to her writing. It was enjoyable to read when you didn't have to read the vulgar dialogue. For this reason I won't be recommending this book to anyone. This book is supposed to released in a movie at Christmas. I may or may not see it depending on rating.
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Helpful Score: 3
The concept of time traveling takes a little while to wrap your brain around. Once I got past that, I really enjoyed this book. It has to be one of the best books I've ever read; at least in the top 10, maybe top 5. Highly recommended!
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Helpful Score: 3
This is one of the greatest books I've ever read. I couldn't put it down!
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Helpful Score: 3
I found the concept of the book -- a man who time travels and is able to visit his wife's past and get to know her before he knows her -- to be very intriguing. Intellectually, I really enjoyed the book and wrapping my head around the plot and the timeline, which was confusing at times. However, I had some real problems with the book as well. I found some of the content much too sexually explicit. And the fact that the adult Henry starts visiting the child Clare (so he can meet the woman/child who he will eventually meet and marry in the "present") is more than a little creepy. There were also a few plot problems. By the time Henry and Clare are together as a couple in the here and now, Clare has already known him since she was a child and could have prevented certain outcomes by telling him what she already knew. Mostly I was annoyed because by the time the book ended, it seemed that Niffenegger had forgotten some of the rules of time travel that she had set, and invented new ones, to suit her purposes of wrapping up the novel. Again, it was intriguing and a very interesting book, but frustrating and creepy/gross (at times), too.
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Helpful Score: 3
You will either love this book or hate it, you will definitely have an opinion one way or the other! I loved it! I always trade my books, because I never read them a second time, but this one will be read again!

I almost stopped reading this book a couple of times, because it is disjointed, but there was just something about the writer's style that kept me engaged. After a while you get used to jumping around in the story, the pieces begin to fit together, the tension rises and you never want to put the book down.

I recommend you have a box of kleenex available.
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Helpful Score: 3
A love story at its heart with some time travel. This was a really good book. Well written and hauntingly beutiful.
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Helpful Score: 3
`I love this sort of book.It's a very unusual love story where firsts
happen over and over again and there really is no end.
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Helpful Score: 3
An utterly charming story! I was prepared to like it based on reviews and the things I read about it in the forums, but I couldn't believe how captivating it was. I was so deeply touched, I cried in parts. It is so real and so absorbing, I accepted without qualms the idea of time travel while I was reading this. I heartily recommend this to you.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is one of those great books that you think about during the day and can't wait to get back home and see what happens next. I love the concept of time as described in the book, and it gave me a lot to think about.
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Always surprising as to where Henry would be in time. Took a coupe of chapters to get into the rhythm but then the story flowed. I didn't quite find it to be a tear jerker but very poignant. An interesting slant on time travel. Enjoyed the read very much.
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Awesome book, read it in two days, but be prepared for a tear jerker.
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Fascinating story of a couple's relationship, with the husband traveling forward and backward in time. I read it in one sitting, couldn't put it down.
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This book is one of my all time favs. Don't waste your time trying to fiqure out how he is time traveling. Just sit back and enjoy the love story that is underneath.
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A great book. It was a great love story, and a puzzle that left you thinking about the different Henrys long after the book was put down. Even though the plot is purposly fantastic, everyone can see metaphors for our real, everyday lives in it. Heartbreaking in parts and funny in others with a truly unique plot.
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One of the most amazing books i've read! a beautiful love story and finally something unique! can't wait for niffenegger to write another one!
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I loved this book! I read it over two years ago and would still put it in my top 5 favorite books list!
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Unusual story of love across the years - backwards and forwards in time. I thought the style of first Clare then Henry speaking and constantly alternately would drive me nuts - but it didn't at all! Highly recommended.
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One of my all time favorite books. What a great premise! I cared so much about the characters and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Very highly recommended.
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This was a great book. Hard to follow at times but definitely worth it.
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A New York Times bestseller, a Los Angeles Times bestseller, a Washington Post bestseller, a Publishers Weekly bestseller! A love story like no other. I read this book every down time moment I had on a recent trip. Fabulous.
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The premise of the book was great. Claire lives a normal chronological life, while Henry bounced around from date to date at different ages. That was the only positive I could find...a great premise. I found the story boring and long-winded and I cared nothing for the characters. I found myself having to figure out with each jump exactly where Henry was coming from and what did he know about Claire and what did she know about him. It was a mass of confusion and it could have been sooooo much better. I was very disappointed and too happy to ship this one out.
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This book was absolutely amazing, and I don't use that term often. It's a blend of mystery, science fiction and romance. With time travel as the subject, it's bound to be a bit complicated (and make you flip back and forth a few times); but it was completely engaging and I could barely put it down. I loved trying to make sense of it all.
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Incredible, creative, insightful book, wonderfully told and full of joy. An incredible love story that will entertain both men and women.
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This is a interesting story.It really sucked me in. The time traveling is done very well so you don't get too confused. I really had feeling for these characters. Some parts were a little skeevy with the age difference thing.Overall I am really happy I read it.
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I absolutely loved this book. Oddly enough my best friend and I bought the book at the same time without knowing it until we were gushing about how much we loved it. Although be forewarned it will make you cry.
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I came upon this book by mere coincidence and decided to order it. I have a HUGE pile of TBR books, but for some reason this book was screaming to me and I could not put it down from the first page. Simply amazing. I love that the author seamlessly combimed a romance with a bit of science fiction - both genres that I adore. WOW! I can't help wonder if I will ever have the kind of love that Henry and Clare have - eternal, undying, everlasting love. I wish the author would make a sequel and follow up with the daughter and also explain more what happens in the future with these "genetic" time travellers.
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Absolutely fascinating book, very well written and totally absorbing. I couldn't put it down!
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I really enjoyed this book, and even gave it to my wife to read. It was humorous without being overdone, poignant without being melodramatic, and sweet without being saccharine. She also enjoyed the book. My wife and I normally have such different reading interests that if is a true rarity that we both eyjoy. While certainly not on the literary level of Dicken's "Hard Times" or Styron's "Sophie's Choice," or even (to choose a book with a similar concept) Octavia Butler's "Kindred," I found it to be a very entertaining piece of reading material.
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A poignant story with many twists, following a man's strange comings and goings in his own timeline. Great read! Never knew what was going to happen next! Good characters.
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I found this book a little confusing at first - as the premise of time travel baffled me. However, the writing was exceptional, and I was quickly pulled into the novel. It was not a quick read for me, but a book I am glad that I read. I found myself thinking about this book a lot. I would definitely recommend it!
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I think I have literally read this book 30 times and I still laugh, cry, and get enraptured by the story. Claire and Henry have the kind of love that we can only ever dream of finding. They have seen the worst and the best of one another all throughout their lives; they are cosmically connected to one another. If I ever believed in fate, it would be because of a story like this. Niffenegger makes you feel the longing, love, sadness, despair, desperation that Claire and Henry feel but also the joy. Everyone should read this book. It makes you think about love and romance in a completely different way.
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I put off reading this for awhile because I thought, "Time travel? Eh." But this book was really so much more than that. It was a great love story, and I couldn't put it down after I got past the first few pages. There's all these little clues throughout the text about certain things that pertain to the future, or to things that have already happened. Very clever and engrossing read.
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IT started off too slow for my liking and I didn't finish it. Others have raved about so maybe someone else will enjoy the book.
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This story is about a woman who lives a natural life span and her husband who has 'chronic displacement disorder' and travel through time. He is not able to control the time travel and mostly travels to the past. He first meets his (future) wife when she is 6 yrs old and travels back to meet her through out her life - they finally meet in the present timeline when she is 20-something, but he doesn't know her (because his time travelling to her past has not yet happened for him). Great romance story with a twist. Definitely recommend this book.
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This is an excellent book. I finished it in 2 days because I almost couldn't put it down! It is a story of a man who has a genetic disorder that causes him to travel back in time (and rarely forward in time), told from his point of view alternating with his wife's point of view. At times the book is a little difficult to follow because it jumps back and forth to different time periods. There are certain parts (like the Down's Syndrome part) that just jump out at me and feels like a stab in the heart. Excellently written and very intriguing.
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First thing i have to say, is that i was reluctant to read this book because of it's unlikely premise. Secondly, i am soooo curious as to how the author kept everything straight when she wrote this book!!!! The reader doesn't have to pay close attention to dates or the such, because it is written so that one can follow it without tediousness. I'd have to describe this book as quite intruiging, interesting and UNIQUE. A good story of the endurance of love (i, personally would never put up with such inconsistency). The book does twist in an unforseen way towards the end... Very enjoyable read!!!
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One of my favorite books. The style is so unique and the storyline absolutely beautiful. It sucked me in and wouldn't let me go until the last page. I didn't want it to end.
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This book is an incredible experiment in time organization. The author, somehow, makes everything work. She keeps situations in their places while moving people through and around time and back again. Superb workmanship!
If you can get beyond the first few incidents of jumping around time, with ages varying all over the place, it is in irresistible love story. I didnt have any problem with the dates and time, but some people might. I did find myself looking back to the dates in the previous chapter or scene to see where I was coming from, but it never caused a mental stumbling block for me. There is a lot of sex, but only a few graphic situations. Mostly, you just know what is going on. Also, there are some offensive words, but spoken in the voice of the times (60s, 70s, 80s) so I credited the author with keeping the verbiage time-related and didnt let these slights interfere with how much I enjoyed the story. I fell in love with the characters myself, and really, really fell in love with the story.
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This is one of my favorite books. I fell in love with the main characters right away. Although it's far fetched you can feel the love and heartache the characters go through. I highly recommend it and can hardly wait for the movie to premiere soon.
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This book is at the top of my short list of truly amazing books. Exceptionally well-written, the author draws you into the story through the endearing characters and perfectly-crafted plot. Don't get the impression that this is some science fiction drama, because it is far from it. At its core it is a love story, but one that is made richer, deeper, and more urgent by the involuntary time travel of the man. A touching and believable tale that will stay with you long after you've finished the book.
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I guess I'm just not sold on the idea of time travel even if it's intertwined with a love story.
I found the jumping from date to age a little distracting.
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I was 50/50 on this one. I do enjoy novels that involve time travel, and I find it interesting how events are handled when it comes to changing the past and the effect on future(present) events. In that respect, I liked the story. The past/future was intertwined in a way that I hadn't seen written in quite that amount of detail.

The details are where the novel fell a bit flat for me, though. First and foremost, the author is obviously obsessed with art/hobby of making paper. The female protagonist, Clare, is an artist who makes paper. What does this have to do with anything in the book? Nothing. Yet it is described in great detail, and is always worked into scenes until it becomes tiresome. You could have plugged any vocation/avocation into the book and it would have made as much sense. It really was an unnecessary "character" in the book, and it took up a lot of space.

I think the book could have been amazing in the hands of a good story editor. The bones were there for an incredibly mind-bending book, but it got mired down along the way. It's still an interesting read, but it will probably be a love it/hate it book for most.
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I thought this book was horrible. I bought it on the advice of a friend and just thought it was terrible.
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What a clever book - my best read of 2005.
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This is, easily, my favorite book ever. It is so well written and it manages to keep your interest from beginning to end. It seems a bit confusing at first, but if you stick with it, it all weaves together PERFECTLY!
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This is a fantastic, innovative novel. Must read!
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Loved it!!! I'm not a big sci fi reader but this was great!!
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I LOVED this book. Quite possibly my favorite book of all time. I only wish there were 500 more pages so it didn't have to end. It's so good! Everyone and their dog should read it.
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I was not into the story all that much. The story went back and forth from his and her perspective and in the past, present and future. You have to leave all logic behind. It is a love story but not as poignant as, let's say, a Nicholas Spark novel. I expected more from the book but I read it till the end even though she gives away the ending half way through the book. I am not at all sure what the author had in mind with this book, but I was disappointed.
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Many of my friends read and enjoyed this book, but I found it difficult to stay with the storyline.
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This is a magical book - one that will have you question your concepts of time, of fate, of forever. However one thing you will not question is the everlasting love between Clare and Henry, who meet and court in the strangest of ways. It takes a bit to get used to the chronology of the writing, but once you figure it out, you won't want to put it down.
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The subject matter of this book is rooted in fantasy, yet reads like an exciting mystery/romance. I was completely captivated by the author's emotional writing style and mind boggling imagination. I didn't really expect to like this book, but read every word with enjoyment.
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I loved it but was confused at times.
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I was utterly enchanted by this book, but the ending absolutely broke my heart. The last two pages were somewhat redeeming, but I cried loud enough to wake hubby up!
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Some in my book club found this a bit confusign, but I LOVED it!!! It is a time travel story, but not in the "science fictiony" most are. A wonderful love story, riveting to the end. It really kept me on my toes.
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I love this book! Every time I pick it up to reread it, I end up reading straight through. It's beautiful and wonderful.
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My daugther gave me this book. She said I HAD to read it. She just said I needed to suspend my natural desire for order. After all, it's a book about a man who travels through time and the woman who loves him through all of it. Well, I have to say this is one of the best books I have ever read. It is funny and tender and took me back to my days in Chicago. I hope you are lucky enough to get it and lucky enough to suspend your desire for order!
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I loved this book! I found it to be really well written and just plain engrossing. I was sad to mail it away!
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Great book! There was so much jumping through time that I was always looking back several to get my bearings on what's the "present". And I just love how Henry frequently visits his present self!
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Got this book at the library when it first came out. The libranian said, 'Good luck with this book'! She didn't like it at all and had lots of complaints. I decided to try and read it anyway. Guess what! It was very interesting. Kinda hard to get into right away but afer part way through. WOW! I would recommend this book but choose a quiet time to really get into it!
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Absolutely beautiful; both language and subject matter. I grew to love the characters and live with them through every word. A wonderful story!
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I loved this book. It is very unusual in that the story does not run in a straight sequence. Very intertaining and amazingly constructed plot... and a surprise ending.
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This is now one of my favorite books! It was such an easy read and kept me interested throughout. I can't wait for the movie to come out!
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This was way cool. Very original plot and well written. Loved it~
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This book was hauntingly beautiful. Quite addictive at times. It can be a bit confusing jumping backwards and forwards through time, but the story totally compels you to ignore all that and just enjoy the main characters, especially Henry.
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This is such an amazing story! I laughed, I cried, I wanted to go jump my husband. I have never read a book that is such an emotional roller coaster. Niffenegger is truly a very gifted writer. Make sure you have a box of tissues handy when you read this book (I didn't and my t-shirt is soaked with tears!!!).
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One of my favorite books of all time! The first time you read it, you will not want to put it down! You will be on the edge of your seat the whole time just waiting to find out what happens next! Or was that previously?
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I just finished this book and I'm sad that it's over. I could almost see a sequel. I always miss the characters. I thought the writing was great and the story was very intruiging. I can see why some people would say that it's a little boring, but it was not boring for me. Maybe if you're used to reading fast action books it might be a little slow but I read it in under 3 weeks. The way the book was written was very interesting. I really enjoyed how the author gave bits and pieces and then filled in the gaps throughout the story; very well written and a unique idea that exceeded my expectations. The characters were interesting if sometimes a little difficult to relate to. However I did find myself wanting them to succeed and loving them. The story is just SO fascinating!

They are making this book into a movie and I believe it will show sometime late in 2008 or early 2009. I am very excited because Rachel McAdams will be playing Clare and I really like her. - I don't know if I can post links here, but I'm going to try; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0452694/
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An interesting story but I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. Hope the movie is better.
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Fantastic Read! Easily one of my most favorite books. I couldn't put it down.
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Extremely interesting - took the idea of "time travel" into a new direction. Page turner.
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I couldn't put this book down... it was really engrossing. I had to flip back and forth several times b/c of the shifts in time as Henry travels in time. This could be annoying to some, but the markers of the date and character's ages at the beginning of each section make it possible to keep track of who is who and when it is happening!! Very unique kind of love story. Made me really think about the consequences of time travel... in the same way the movie Somewhere in Time (with Christopher Reeve) did. I recommend it.
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Fabulous book! There were times when I had to go back and re read parts to remember what was going on but I didn't mind. A wonderful book and I am looking forward to her next one.
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I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did, but after the first couple of chapters I couldn't put it down. A unique love story about a man who is involuntarily thrown through time to visit moments in his past and chooses to take advantage of the quirk by getting to know the love of his life during her childhood and watch his mother who as lost in a tragic accident. As he struggles with uncertain and often dangerous situations every time he travels he learns to do whatever it takes to survive. Well written and surprisingly well rounded novel.
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This was an incredibly rich and textured story of love and relationship in a world where nothing is certain. Clare's husband, Henry, has a disorder that causes him to have uncontrollable "seizures" that carry him physically out of the present to other times and places. Henry's story weaves in and out of the past and the present and the future while Clare's narrative follows a linear path of time and place. Clare never knows when Henry will leave or how long he will be gone. This story reminded me why I love my husband so much. There were moments in this novel that were so true- loving someone else is never simple or easy, but it is so worth it.
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Excellent, well written...a good read.
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Wow.. I didn't want to put it down. Great story, wonderful writing. A real tearjerker.
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I really had to go out of the box and let my imagination run with this one. Well told and not too hard to follow, despite the flipping back and forth with time travel. Very well written.
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I would give this book 3 stars out of 5 because the story became a little dull at times. I kept waiting for a climax, but one never came. Instead it chronicles a love life for better or worse from their first meeting to their last time together. There isn't really a place where the story comes to a head or resolves itself. However, the concept was fun and the characters were well developed.
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Wonderful! If you can make it through the first, confusing, 50 pages or you, you'll be unable to put this book down. Parts of it made me cry -- and I'm not sentimental. This was the first selection for a new book club I joined, and it was a nice surprise to see what a wide variety of people immediately latched on and loved it.
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This is my favorite book ever! I loved the story of Henry and Clare. Audrey made is so easy to love and hate all the characters. Any Chi-town native can really identify a lot of Chicago locations and a true punk rocker can recognize some local Chicago bands. I totally enjoyed this book and recommend it.
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I was disappointed in this book. I didn't feel an attachment with the characters and was glad to finish this it and move on. I wouldn't read it again or recommend it to a friend.
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I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book. I had wanted to see the movie, but as soon as I saw the book, I knew I had to read it first. I'm glad I did. I'm not into romance novels, and I don't think this would qualify as one, but the story is incredibly romantic. Imagine meeting the person you are going to marry when you're a girl and actually meeting the man, not the boy who will become the man. It's a story of love that truly transcends time and I could not put it down!
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"Henry De Tamble, a rather dashing librarian at the famous Newberry Library in Chicago, finds himself unavoidably whisked around in time. He disappears from a scene in, say, 1998 to find himself suddenly, usually without his clothes, which mysteriously disappear in transit, at an entirely different place 10 years earlier-or later. During one of these migrations, he drops in on beautiful teenage Clare Abshire, an heiress in a large house on the nearby Michigan peninsula, and a lifelong passion is born. The problem is that while Henry's age darts back and forth according to his location in time, Clare's moves forward in the normal manner, so the pair are often out of sync. But such is the author's tenderness with the characters, and the determinedly ungimmicky way in which she writes of their predicament (only once do they make use of Henry's foreknowledge of events to make money, and then it seems to Clare like cheating) that the book is much more love story than fantasy."~Publishers Weekly

I could not put this novel down. I am fascinated by time travel and this book dealt with the realities of someone being able to time travel. I was sucked into the life of Henry and Claire....
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I think I am amoung the minority. I didn't like the switching back and forth through time. Made it difficult for me to follow.Could not get into the characters at all.Don't usually give up on a book but I was bored with this one so I have passed it on.
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I really loved this book. I did have to do some backtracking for dates to keep track of it all, the didn't keep me from becoming absorbed by it. It was one of those books that won't let me start another until I had this one out of my system. I read it because the idea of time travel intrigues me, but I loved it because of the love story between Claire and Henry.
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I have to say I really enjoyed this book. From the first page I was hooked and couldn't put it down. I read it in record time and truly didn't want it to end. I loved Henry and found him to be charming, funny, witty, and of course tragic. I thought the story flowed well, and I enjoyed the flip flopping of traveling back and forth in time. Only a handful of times did I get confused and needed to back track to keep on top of dates etc. I enjoyed the love story portion of the book between Henry & Clare but honestly that wasn't my favorite part. For me, the parts where Henry would vanish and end up in weird & exciting places (like naked in the library & especially naked in the cage) and he'd have to scramble to avoid being arrested, or stranded etc was where I got the most enjoyment. Henry was so likeable a character that I found myself sad not to know him in person, in real life. TTTW is an incredibly entertaining & fairly well written, fast paced book that for the most part you will thoroughly enjoy. That being said there were definitely areas that could have been better:

The character development of Kimy, Gomez & Charisse was lacking. I wanted to know more of Kimy. And certainly Gomez had huge holes in development. I picked up early on his feelings for Clare (when all 4 were in the book store together and he looked at her longingly and Clare `chose Henry'). Why didn't the author explain more about his feelings? Why wasn't there more conflict between the dynamics of the group? I find it hard to believe that all 4 were so close when most everyone at one time or another knew of Gomez's desire for Clare?

Henry talks a lot of his angst at having to return and watch and re-watch his mother's death. Not once is this explored in the book, given how often he time travels why do we not get to go and explore this and delve deeper into how this affects him?

The author goes over and over in mind-numbingly boring detail descriptions of a game of pool, how she designed and made wings for Henry, or directions from one street to another. I really had to skip over these parts. These annoyances were not enough for me to rate this book 1 star, the way others have but they were certainly enough of a distraction that they propelled me to skip pages which is something I really don't like to do when reading a book.

Lastly I'm not sure how to explain this part, or put my finger on exactly why I feel this way but the ending was anticlimactic for me. I felt the beginning and middle and of the book was very well thought out, fast paced and kept me wanting more. As the book neared the end (especially the portion where Henry gets thinner, older and is near the end) I found the book was moving too fast and didn't allow the reader the respect or time we deserved. The last few chapters and the end all fit a little too neatly into a perfect box with a perfect ribbon. I wanted to know what Henry was feeling as he was getting older and thinner. What was each time travel experience like in comparison to his previous younger years? How did he feel about having a daughter that had the same issues/problems as him? How did he feel beyond the predictable anger of losing his feet? And how did he feel about his end coming so soon? Why was all this not explored enough? While I enjoyed the book immensely and rank it as one of my top 5 favorites and I would recommend it to anyone who asks, I still feel it wasn't 100% there and given the talent of the author I would have expected a little more effort with these small details.
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I found this book to be a surprisingly wonderful story. I hesitated about reading it because I do not read romance and the title implicates a possible romantic tale (boring). Upon finally picking it up, I was drawn in immediately. It's woven in a way that most of it is from Henry's (the time traveler's) perspective. As he bounces into different time periods (mostly, but not always, within his past life) he is able to visit with the people in his past and even frequently visits with himself. Not being able to control these jaunts into time, he also encounters the complications and difficulties caused. Going into the reasons he does this or the difficulties he encounters would give away too much. But it is a thoroughly enjoyable read and a beautifully woven tale-and I laughed and I cried-and I loved it! Highly recommended!
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I loved this book. Showed that love can over come any odds...even time travel.
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Masterful first novel! Niffenegger weaves time matrices, plot lines, and passion masterfully. A must read that made year's best list on many PBS discussion forum posters.
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I didn't have any expectations when I started reading this story. Frankly, I didn't even know what it was about. I believe I got the book because of a rec from PBS, but it had been sitting on my shelf for a better part of two years. I gave it to a co-worker to read and she insisted that I needed to read it. Well, I finally did and all I can say is WOW! What a great book. It's basically about a guy named Henry who time-travels, his relationship with his wife, Clare, their inability to conceive and the attempt to stop or, at least, control Henry's time-traveling. Henry cannot control when he goes or where he goes. I experienced many emotions while reading this book: happiness, sadness, laughter, wonder, awe. It's a beautifully written novel that will stay with me for some time. It's definitely one of the best books I've ever read.
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I read this book quite a while ago. Still, I have fond memories of the ride it took me on. This is a tender love story with a twist; the Time Traveler alluded to in the title. Time travel is used as a device in which a man, through some kind of freak disease, is able to travel to different points in a woman's life. In fact, the man has no control over where in time he's going to end up.

The book is funny, yet moving. exhilarating, yet contemplative.
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My book of the year for 2007. Excellent story, well written, great characters. An unreal subject written in such a way as to appear completely plausible.
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This book was just OK. I found it creepy the way the man kept appearing to the young girl. The characters were not very likeable and the character development was lacking. I finished it, but was very dissapointed.
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The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Genre: Fiction

Henry DeTamble is just your thirtysomething average guy â he's a librarian, is in a relationship, and likes to go out and have a few drinks â except he time travels at any given moment and leaves a pile of clothes behind, and when he comes back he is absolutely naked!

Clare Abshire is your average little girl â she has picnics in the meadow, goes to school, and lives in a huge house â except a naked older man shows up in the meadow one day and tells her he's a time traveler!

The first time Clare meets Henry he is time traveling â 14 years later she meets him in his present time. A romance grows between them and Henry and Clare attempt to work out a life together dealing with his time traveling.

I was dreading the end of this book as it approached. I became so attached to Clare and Henry that I didn't want it to end. I must warn you, this book is a tear jerker â at several points throughout the book. I absolutely loved this book. The characters are so real, true events are used, and the basic rules of time travel are addressed as well. The 600 pages just flew by! The book is also written in a humorous way â just wait for the part about Henry's dreams, I couldn't stop laughing.

I would recommend this to anyone â men and women alike â everyone will find something to enjoy.

5 out of 5 stars
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I loved this book.....I am so happy to hear that it's going to be a movie starring Eric Bana, I believe he will make a perfect Henry.
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There are plenty of reviews here already so I'll try and stay away from plot-related comments and just offer my personal reaction. I put off reading this for a long while. Partly because I seem to have a natural aversion to anything surrounded by hype, and partly because I knew it was going to be a tear jerker, and I think maybe because I read in public so often, I don't always feel comfortable with books that make me cry. It had been sitting on my shelf forever, and I finally decided it was time (though I saved the end for the comfort of my own home). I can see why some might not like it, but I fell into the camp that did. Was it perfect? Definitely not. But as a story, I found it extremely compelling, extremely moving, and one of few books that I could see myself reading again. I don't say this often, as I usually just read and then pass it on, but this one's staying on my shelf. The themes stay with you after you're done reading.
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Very few books have had the privilege of hooking me from the opening line. "The Time Traveler's Wife" is one of them. I first set out to read "The Time Traveler's Wife" because it fit into my Eponymous Challenge, and because I wanted to read the book before the movie came out. (By the way, the movie "The Time Traveler's Wife" is in production right now. It stars Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams and is set for release some time in November 2008.)

"The Time Traveler's Wife" is the story of Henry and his wife Clare. Henry has the ability to travel through time. However, he does not have the ability to control his time travels. This enables him to see his wife Clare as she's growing up, but it also forces him to re-live painful experiences over and over again.

If you've read "The Time Traveler's Wife", I'd love to start a discussion with you. If you haven't read "The Time Traveler's Wife" yet, I am fearful to say too much in my review. But I highly highly recommend that you read the book before the movie is released in (or around) November.
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Hands down the best book I've ever read. MUST read it a again. Toughtful, creative, heart-rending. I had trouble even seeing the last few pages through my tears. Don't even know how to describe.
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This book was the worst I have read in awhile. I do feel it's a good story and worth telling but I think this one breaks the golden rule the movie will be better than the book.

I will note that this is partially because I hate the writers style of writing. The plot line was great just the style was horrible.
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I didn't think it possible to keep me entertained with the redundant "time travel" concept...but I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it played on a new twist of time travel. The main character in the book travels unwillingly through time due to a genetic problem. He shows up in a different time naked, hungry, and often frustrated. he meets his future wife when she is just a child and he is in his 30s and 40s. I recommend this book.
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Wonderful! I haven't seen the movie, because there's no way it can top the book!
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Given the recent crop of books entitled The So-and-so's Relation, The Time Traveler's Wife is not the best title for this unique beautifully written and moving story. It is more about the love between two people: Henry, for whom time travel is migraine-like in its involuntary onset and uncontrollable duration, and Clare, his once-and-future-wife who grew up with periodic visits from an older Henry since the age of six. Niffenegger succeeds in portraying Henry and Clare as multi-dimensional characters in each stage of their time together, convincingly demonstrating their love is a triumph of love over time instead of a science fiction laced Lolita. This type of time travel lends itself to more meditative reflection on different selves over time rather than free will, space-time continuum, and technology. It masterfully suspends the real-life notion that life is defined by more than love for one other. In summary, it's a deeply meditative tale of joy and disappointment, anticipation and longing, which pulls on the heart strings with the strength of giant waves which keep Odysseus from Penelope.
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Interesting book.Quite enjoyable though a bit confusing at first.
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What a great love story.I really loved this book.I also loved seeing him time travel from different stages of the girls life.The ending will make you cry.
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I had passed by this book in the store numerous times but recently got it on paperbackswap cause I saw the movie was coming out and I always like to read it first. I was very pleasantly surprised. It was romantic, a bit erotic, and I thought she did an excellent job with the time-space continuum. I highly recommend this book.
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A beautiful love story. One of the few books that I cant seem to part with.... I've re-read this book so many times and fall in love with Henry and Claire everytime. Get and read this now, you wont regret it!
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This was a read selected by my book club, and honestly, I would never have chosen it for myself. The book intrigued me, but I can't say that I loved it or suggest it as a must read. The storyline was hard to follow, with all the jumps in time, I often forgot what was happening. The love story was beautiful and unique, but they sure do love to get intimate! I kept thinking of Quantum Leap and the Journeyman, as I read. It'll be interesting to see as a movie, maybe it will make more sense then. I did like the way the author sets up the rules for his time travel. Great way to get around anachronisms and it also provides for some humorous incidents.

Overall, an interesting read, but not my favorite. Unique premise and setting.
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I loved this book! At first it is a little hard to get into because the time traveling is confusing, always jumping backwards and forwards in time, but that's what makes this book truly magical. This book did make me cry though....so be prepared.
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I finished this book five days ago and am still thinking about it. As others have noted, it is a strange premise and sometimes a bit hard to follow. But that is precisely what kept me interested. The characters are developed well, resulting in a compelling book.
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Loved, loved this book. It is so much better than the movie, but then the book usually is.
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The Time Traveler's Wife is a love story about a man who involuntarily travels through time and the woman he loves. While the time traveling is an important aspect of the story, it is not the focus of the story. It is really about the love story and how a relationship evolves and survives amidst the trials and tribulations of life, both everyday struggles and those introduced by his condition. I enjoyed the book a lot. I related to the characters and liked how they were not without flaws. It is a beautiful story that I think does a great job of representing a marriage and relationship as it evolves over time.
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In The Time Traveler's Wife, Clare and Henry endure a unique relationship. Sometimes they are married. Sometimes they are not. Sometimes Clare is a little girl and Henry is an middle-aged man. Sometimes they are the same age. Sometimes Clare remembers their long history together, while for Henry it is as if he has only just met her.

These two people have the typical relationship except for one aspect: Henry has an unusually disease----spontaneous time travel.

One moment they will be sitting at the dinner table and the next moment Henry has simply vanished. He has traveled somewhere else in his lifetime. Clare will finish her meal and wait for him to come back. Later he will return, sometimes in good health, sometimes shaken from the dangers of traveling through time.

Is this novel a love story or science fiction story? It's a normal romance except for one thing: Clare endures Henry's chronal infirmity with nomality. She lives through his time travel episodes as if it were something more well-known like an epileptic fit. A true love exists between them.

What a beautiful love story and a heartbreaking tale. Definitely a must read. Despite a lot of time traveling, I didn't feel mixed up at all. The author, Audrey Niffenegger, does a great job of keeping the reader on track.
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I had no intention of reading this book because I'm often disappointed by the popular trends of contemporary lit. However, I've read/heard/seen such mixed reviews on the novel, that I had to find out for myself. And, I was pleasantly suprised. Overall I thought it was a good novel and a fresh, unique idea. Niffenegger is a good writer, and I look forward to reading more of her work. I've heard that others were confused by the time traveling and had a difficult time keeping track of dates and events, but I didn't find that to be a problem for the most part. I was wrapped up in the story and couldn't put the book down.

A couple things I didn't like: I felt their relationship was unrealistic. Obviously, when dealing with a story based on time travel you have to keep an open mind, which I did, and I think it's a cool concept; but, I didn't have much faith in their relationship. Which brings me to Henry himself. I feel like he was portrayed as a sleazebag. He drank too much, treated women horribly, slept around, did drugs, stole, was arrested multiple times, and because of these things, he had a horrible reputation. To top it all off, he was a time traveler and was never around! Tell me, what did Clare see in him!? If he didn't have all of those negative qualities, then I could understand why she waited around for him.

That was my biggest frustration. This review is getting too long, so I'll end by saying that, despite my skepticism, I thought it was really good, and I'll probably reread it in the future.
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I did not really care for this book. Some of the time travel was very confusing, and I agree with a previous reviewer that there was unnecessary vulgarity. It didn't seem to fit in.
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I LOVED THIS BOOK!

I found it a little hard to understand in the beginning but the more I read the less I wanted to put it down.

A wonderful story about a mixed up life and the trials of loving someone with their faults.
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Very interesting way of creating a story. Definitely a love story with a twist. I enjoyed the way Audrey developed the characters. Didn't want to put the book down.
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I personally did not like this book, it did not keep my interest at all. pretty boring to me
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I didn't see the point. The book was interesting to read once you understood what was going on, but why did it happen? I kept waiting for the interesting thing we were supposed to learn. We could have at least learned why Henry travels through time, or why he had rules about it, or what lessons we could have learned from it. I couldn't see that there was a point. It just happens. Everyone who knows about it is fine with it. They don't seem surprised with it or ponder on it. They just accept it. That didn't seem realistic. None of his friends thought too much about it.
It was easy to read. It was kind of interesting. But, . . .so what?
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I really liked this book! It is a love story with a fantasy twist. I don't usually reach for that genre - but I'm glad I did!
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This was a great book. It was a little difficult to get into at first. It was confusing at first with the time changes and going back and forth between the main characters, but it was well worth sticking it out.
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Completely engaging! This book is in my top five favorites.
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I adored this book. Honestly, I don't think there are words to describe how wonderful it is. Just read it for yourself.
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This is the best book I have ever read! I don't say it lightly either because I have read a lot of books and this one is by far the best. I would highly recommend it to anyone but please don't see the movie before you read it because the movie is horrible!!
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One of my all time favorite books. It sometimes was hard to follow chronologically, but was extremely interesting.
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I saw the movie first before reading the book. I thought the movie caught the essence of the book. This story does mess with your mind though because of the the jumping back and forth between times and ages. It does make you wonder what happens when the principle characters are dead. But not a bad story after all as I wasn't expecting too much.
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An excellent book!
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A difficult read if you're tired or just want something breezy, but a very good book! Clare and Henry are living with what they were given, and making the most of it. Very real and very moving.
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This is a very touching love story that employs some interesting narrative techniques. Worth a read for the experience of seeing an atypical chronology in work; you will find yourself waiting for things to reappear and become excited when they do.
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This was a wonderful book. Completely original from any other time travel novel. It's not a fast read, you really have to pay attention to watch is going on but it is well worth it. A must read.
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Ehhh....I had high hopes for this book. It was raved and raved about. I wanted to read it before watching the movie, so I finally got my hands on a copy. And I was not impressed. The story was pretty interesting, but I was mostly disturbed by the "F$#%" word used OVER AND OVER AND OVER. I do not swear and I hate books that are filled with it. I don't know if there were more then maybe a handful of chapters without the word F*@# in it. Come on! Just removing the foulness and the crewdness of the language would have improved this book.

The main concept was great. The time travel was nifty. The language stunk.

I really hope the movie doesn't have the same crude language...
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Cleverly written story, good use of humor in appropriate places, and characters you can care about. I did not give it 5 stars because it's a little bit repetitious in the storyline, which makes it about 100 pages too long.
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Very interesting concept for a book. It took me quite a while to get into this one. It jumps around quite a bit and is a bit confusing, but forced my way through it and it got better the more I read. Truly beautiful love story with a tragic ending. Can't wait to see the movie. Hope it's as good as the book.
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I loved this book. From the first chapter, I could hardly put it down. Though the premise of the story is just a bit far-fetched, the author does an excellent job of fleshing out the characters and making them believable. The story goes back and forth in perspective between Henry and Claire - it's an interesting mechanism for keeping the reader in the middle of the action. You'll find yourself still mulling over some of the issues that the book raises weeks after you've finished reading it. My best swap so far!
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Thought it was very good. If you've seen the movie, the book is much better - much more involved and complicated, and a bit darker/edgier, than the movie.
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I really enoyed this book. I thought the author did a fantastic job of creating the time line and keeping the story interesting and moving. A wonderful, enduring love story and entertaining to read.
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I really enjoyed this book. It was nothing like I thought it would be (not sappy at all).
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Great, great story!
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Very interesting read. I have never read a book about time travel before
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This was a really interesting and unique book. Although it was a bit unbelievable at times, it is well-written and engaging.
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LOVE this book. Almost gave up on it as I'm an impatient reader (life is too short to read books you don't love) but I stuck in there and it was WELL worth it. The book was a bit of a slow-starter, and left me wondering what the point of the story was, but it picked up and I enjoyed it very much. The book itself is NOT a "love story" as the movie adaptation would have you believe, but rather a well-crafted tale of how a man who involuntarily travels through time deals with every-day life. There's a puzzle aspect to it too, and when I saw it all start to come together, i was hooked. One of my all-time favorites.
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This story was a little too much for me. I thought it would be a mystery, but was actually just kind of weird. If you are seeking a good love story, this book's for you. Otherwise, it's ok to pass on.

Update: The movie is just as weird as the book.
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A most untraditional love story, this is the celebrated tale of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who involuntarily travels trhough time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate affair endures across a sea of time and captures them in a impossibly romatic trap that tests the strength of fate and basks in the bonds of love.
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It was well written and with believable characters. But to me it was depressing. The whole idea that the main character time-traveled spontaneously was kind of dumb to me. I couldn't relate to it.

The fact that they are married for like 11 years and he doesn't remember their first "time" together until he's 41 and she's 18 is just...well...weird. Gross weird.
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Love travels thru time and makes this a truly wonderful read. I give it 5+ STARS.
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This book was enjoyable, however the reader really needs to pay attention because it can get confusing with the time travel and keeping track of the different ages of the characters. Overall it was a good read.
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--I Couldn't Get Into This Book--

Everyone raves about this book but after reading several chapters I really have little desire to finish it. From what I read, it reminds me of Nicolas Spark's books (which I also didn't like). Am I missing something?


Someone left a review stating, "If you like time travel you will like this book."
Dumb.

This book really isn't about time travel, although that unique element does it apart from other Romance/Tradgedy books.

The Time Traveler's Wife is well written and has well structured characters. It just wasn't able to keep my attention.
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A great first novel by an instructor at Columbia College in Chicago so her descriptions of the city and museums are right on. Loved this book, but it helped to have seen the movie first. It's an easy read with "chapters" written based on date and chapters subdivided by the person telling that part of the story, Clare or Henry. The book includes some sex scenes left out of the movie that don't add anything to the storyline. Expect some tears towards the end of the book!!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. While it was, at times, a little confusing to follow, I thought the premise was original and the story was really captivating.
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I loved this book and could not put it down. I loved all the twists and turns.
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This is an excellent book. I never wanted to put it down! Very well written!
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An unusual and well-written twist on timeless love.
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This book sat on my to be read bookshelf, so long that the movie came out. I watched the movie instead. I loved the movie. Then I picked up this book and by watching the movie, I really had no trouble understanding the time travel and sequence of events. This a long book over 500 pages and I just flew through it.

My 18 year old daughter read my copy of the book 1st, and watched the movie second. She said the book did a better explanation of the daughter and of time travel.
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I thought this book was interesting, not a book I couldn't put down but it is interesting enough to see through to the end. It is certainly a good summer read. There is sex and violence which didn't really add anything to the story. It was easy to read and follow.
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I have wanted to read this book for a long time. I must say that I was disappointed because I couldn't get past the first chapter. I will try to read it again at a future date.
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I just finished reading this book and I'm almost at a loss for what to say about it. I loved it! It was captivating, an elegant story and style, and the depth of feeling, emotion and empathy that comes from reading this is amazing. I found myself sobbing into my husbands shirt as I read the ending, moved and touched as I haven't been in a long time. Even though the author tells us the ending before it comes, it takes nothing away from the moment when it actually comes full circle. Nothing I say here could possibly do justice to this novel ~ It has quickly become a favorite.
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All the jumping around in time was just confusing and didn't work for me. I disliked this book and will not be reading it again, though I did finish it.

Looking back on the book now, from a distance of several years, all that remains is a strong feeling of distaste and dislike. I can't help feeling that it has been greatly overrated and that some of the overrating is due to people's being (mistakenly, IMHO) impressed by the sheer novelty of the idea of Henry's malady. Novel, it is, but it is not enough to compensate for the book's bad qualities: confusion, constant obscenity, and poor writing (cardboard characters, for one thing).
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I loved this book. The storyline was original and inventive, I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a great romantic read!
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One of the best books I have ever read. It has all the qualities of a good contemporary literary novel with all of the qualities of the classic summer page turner. Audrey Niffennegger is truly gifted. She has crafted a beautiful love story that reveals how people learn to love deeply in spite of the hardships that can tear others apart. The suspension of disbelief might be difficult for some, but the story triumphs even over that. I absolutely loved it. I haven't read a book that could make me laugh and cry like that in a very long time.
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This is a great book about the power of love to conquer time.
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This book was amazing. I read it slowly as to savor the action. I enjoyed how the author took chances with her characters, she didn't make each one seem like saints without flaws. I fell in love with the characters and found the story very believable (well except maybe the time traveling part :) ).

Its a very intense book that deals with some major issues in a relationship. It left me contemplating and thinking about things.
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An intresting writing style kind of odd really but I think it was purposeful because henry is down to his very Dna eccentric. Clare I loved clare and felt for her. I didn't like the taping the kid to the tree scene it felt out of place and seemed to go againist everything the author tells you throughout the story. I loved all the side characters too! It was a compelling complicated read well worth your time!
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I really loved this book. At first I was not convinced, but Niffenegger makes the characters so believable and so real that at the end I felt like I knew the characters. I highly recommend.
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A pretty good read. I did struggle at times to follow the time travel. It took me over a month to finish. I just couldn't stick with it.
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Interesting concept and well written. The authors use of words makes the scenes vivid and real. To be totally honest I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about the book, I know I liked it but I'm not real sure as to what degree. I think it is one I will have to think about and possibly read again in the future.
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This was an extremely difficult book to part with. I wanted to read it again the minute I finished.I only posted it because over a thousand folk here are wishing for it and keeping it seemed selfish (and I'm getting right back on the wish list!)
It's been a fairly long time since I happened across a book I LOVED. Especially a book ABOUT Love---But love this book I did & do.
The story contains an improbable premise which by the end transcends metaphor to seem metaphysically (& quantum physics-ally)not only possible but accurate.
There's a large dose of Truth (capital "T" most definitely) in these pages.
Love, longing, humanity at it's best and worst--Joy & pain overflowing.
"World enough and time" indeed. I laughed aloud and sobbed even louder --- this writer may not even know herself how deeply she understands longing, love. & the metaphysics of Time and the Soul-- but to this reader it got through completely.
I hope Ms. Niffenegger writes again-- I'll be waiting.
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Finished it in one day! Personal, and brilliant- I loved it. Remarkably different.
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I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was written very well and the story really kept my attention. I love that it switches back and forth between the perspectives of the two main characters. I thought the whole book was so well planned out. I love it when books hint to things that are coming later in the book so when it happens it all seems to fall into place. There are lots of things going on and I'm sure I missed many things my first read through but no worries since I will probably read this again someday. My only disclaimer in recommending this book is that there is some harsh language and sexual conent. I especially noticed that not only do they have a lot of sex and talk a lot about sex, but the manner in which they do so is a little crude. Aside from this, very interesting and entertaining! And I'm definitely not a science fiction kind of person, but this has just the right amount so that it's not really a science fiction kind of book. This is going in my favorites list!
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perhaps i didn't give this book a chance but i was board and confused from the beginning and after several chapters...i simply gave up.
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I absolutely loved this book. You really get attached to the characters and feel like you know them. After finishing the book, I'd frequently find myself waking up and wandering what those charaters were doing that day. Sounds funny when I write it, but if you read the book, you'll understand!
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beautiful...I can say enough about this book it was absolutely wonderful!!
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best book ever. i am not into time travel so i didnt want to read this book. i am happy i did. i loved it. now one of my favorite books.
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Just read this for my book club. It was very interesting and overall our whole book club enjoyed it as a selection.
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I rank this book up with "Atonement". It was a wonderful, sad, and deeply impacting.
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A very ambitious read. I was a bit lost at first but once you get the flow of the story and the method of her writing, it is a wonderful trip. I am in awe of the story line and am fascinated about how this first time author wrote such an intricate story line. If you get a bit confused at first, hang in there. It becomes a book that you will think and talk about for weeks.
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I bought this book randomly three years ago in the summer of 2006 and I have read it at least five times and still laugh and cry in all of the best parts. While trust me there are some parts that I am not too crazy about, however overall the love story between Claire and Henry is captivating, it is a love that spans time and space.
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I have recommended this book to at least 10 people I know. I finished it and still (a year later) can't get the story out of my head. Well written, jumps out at the beginning and sucks you in.
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Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. I will admit that in the beginning I had to keep going back to previous chapters to get the time line straight but once I got the feel for the book it all fell into place. I highly recommend it.
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I really liked this book when I read it a few years ago. It IS or already has been completed as a movie. Starring Eric Bana as Henry. I love him...Hunky in "The Other Boleyn Girl." I'll definitely be seeing the movie. BTW, my coopy of this book just was sent out to another member on Friday.

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I loved this book, it is adnitted hard to "get into", I read the first few chapters once, then when I understood the "when" of it, I re-read from the beginning. Each chapter has a heading that tells you how old the characters are at the time, & once you "get" it, you will love this book. It is a wonderful love story, I sat and "blubbered" quite a while upon finishing it. I can only hope the soon to be released movie does it justice.
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This is a story that you will either fall in love with, or not get at all. I recently re-read it, and am considering a third time. If you do get into the story, it becomes one of the most romantic novels of recent years. The comings and goings, and the knowledge and non-knowledge of the characters, along with the twists of time travel, make it a joy to read (and re-read)
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I could not put this book down. It has been a long time since I have found a book that I wanted to read into the early hours of the morning. I did not know what was going to happen next. A real page turner. The writing made the story believable and brought you right into it.
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This book was a very strange read for me. I didn't really care for it, but I couldn't put it down either. I am not sure I understood it, or any message the writer was trying to convey. I will say it is a completely different romance story from what I usually read. I would give this book a neutral rating.
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I really enjoyed this book. I actually miss it and wish it was longer! It is a beautifully written story about this man who travels through time to different parts of his life, and his wifes life. I fell in love with the characters in this book, it is a touching love story with a twist. A must read!!
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A must read if you claim to be an avid reader. Definitely in my all time top 10.
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I flipped through the pages with ease. I recommend this book;of course to people with patience and a great imagination.
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Truly unique story that will not disappoint.
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I absolutely loved this book! It is refreshingly well-written, and the non-linear storyline should only serve to keep you alert and engaged in the plot. I found it hard to put this book down and still wish it could have lasted longer.
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I liked this story a lot and even shed a tear at the end, but it was relatively easy for me to put down, also. At first, it's hard to get a handle on how the time travel works, and as you get into it, you don't even notice it.

I was intrigued by the idea that Henry spent so much time (when he traveled into the past) visiting his wife as a little girl. The result is that when they finally meet in the present, she has known him basically her whole life and he's never met her. I liked that the visitation of a forty-something man to a little girl seemed just like part of the love story and not Humbert Humbert-ish. Well done. The characters seemed very real and human, but it's written in such a classic style that the occasional use of a glaringly "modern" word as part of the characters' speech really stands out. Would recommend it, and will re-list it after I lend it around to friends.
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Excellent book, interesting concept.
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This beautiful love story sucks you in right from the start and does not let go! I couldn't put this book down. It is an unique love story between a time traveler and his wife, who he first meets when she's only 6 yrs old. Both characters take turns telling their story, which is easy to follow, and gives you insight into their thoughts, feelings and amazing connection. Truly a great novel!
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I have never read a time travel book like this one. A friend recommended it and I must say, it was very well written and a very interesting look on time travel. But that isn't the main storyline. Anyone who likes a book about getting through life and the twists and turns it can take will like this book. Even if all you're going for is a good love story, this books fits the bill. I never would have looked for this book on my own. But I'm glad I was able to experience it.
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I read this book expecting more. It was a good book, but not as exceptional as I had hoped for. Although it was hard to put down. I have never read a book of this type and am glad that I did read it. I kept on reading it waiting to see what would happen next. I definatly had mixed feelings after reading this book. I liked the way Niffenegger incorporated time travel into a romance. It ended with no surprises though which was a bit disappointing. I would recommend it hoping that someone else would enjoy it more than I did.
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I thought it was an exceptionally good book!! Had a hard time putting it down. Kept you wondering what was going to happen next. My heart went out to Clare. Highly recommend it!!!
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This was a book club read for me. And I absolutely loved it. I found the back and forth / time-traveling a bit confusing at first. But then I just made myself let go and just absorb the story. I actually stayed up until 2 am to finish it. I cried and I laughed and I just thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've never read anything else quite like it.
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So, so good. It took a little bit to fully "get into" the story, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. It was one I kept reading well into the night (much to my husband's dismay). Well worth it!!
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This is one of the best books ever! I have read it twice and recommend it to everyone@
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Fantastic book - very creative story that is extremely well told - will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what happens next.
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This is the only book I have ever read twice. I loved it beyond words!
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Easily one of my absolute favorite books of all time. I've read it twice and picked up on different things each time.
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Wow. At first I kept wondering what all the hype was about. The book just didn't "capture" me the way other readers had said. BUT THEN--about 2/3 of the way through, it got me. And when it got me, all of a sudden I loved the first 2/3 too. If you read this book, you can't try to "figure it out," the how's of time travel. You just have to assume/believe it, and enjoy the book. The relationship between the main characters is tender and touching and entirely wonderful. Just read it--you have to see it for yourself.
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This was great love story, by the end of the book I couldn't put it down.
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I just finished reading this book and I cannot stop crying. This is definitely my new favorite. I don't know how to describe my experience...Past two day while reading it I "lived" in it! Excellent read!
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I loved this book so much, I read it twice. I definitely recommend it. There's a lot of back and forth between time so there were definitely times when I found it a little confusing and I had to go back and check some things. So if you have a hard time following story details, this probably isn't the book fo you. However, it has a little of everything in this book, there's action, love, mystery, adventure, comedy, etc. I really applaud this work. Can't wait for the next book by this creative author.
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I really loved this book. I have not seen the movie yet but am looking forward to it. If you start it and you are a little lost just hang in there and it all becomes clear.
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This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I laughed, I cried, and I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book!!!
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This was an enjoyable book. I did however find it a bit long winded at times.
It's a nice tale, but be sure you do read what year and ages the two main characters are when indicated. It does jump dates frequently.
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This was a wonderful book I havent read a book so good in along time Im sorry to say I wiil be keeping this one on my bookshelf at home.It is a must own book!
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This was a national best seller when it came out back in 2003. (Or at least that is the copyright date on the copy I have.) Reviews are a bit mixed, with many loving it and some hating it.

In something of a rare event for me I am going to come down on the side of the masses and say I really, really liked this book.

To explain why, though, I need to directly address what I think is the big complaint against it: problems that result from the main plot device. And note that I'm not giving anything away here... no spoilers.

There are two main characters - the entire book is told from the POV of one or the other - the time traveller and his wife. Niffenbegger saddles her hero with a real doozy of a problem: he can't hang onto his place in time and space with any reliability. With some frequency he just disappears to some other time and location - poof - leaving everything he was carrying and wearing behind. He'll return to the place he left eventually, but it may be hours before he does so, or just seconds. The process is unpredictable. The heroine, though, is totally normal in her relationship with time and space.

That's a challenge of a premise, and I think it - and a number of things that fall out of it - are what most of those who dislike the book are bothered by. But for those of us who like fantasy or science fiction literature, it's not a problem. The willing suspension of disbelief came easily for me, particularly because the rest of the book is so wonderful.

What The Time Traveler's Wife is actually about is the relationship between Henry DeTamble and Clare Abshire. It's a well written love story, with interesting characters and real situations, set against background of uncontrolled time travel.

Of course all the classic issues presented by time travel are present too. Can you meet yourself and what happens if you do? Can you change the past or the future? Niffenbegger has answers for these questions and more in her world, but they come up naturally in the course of watching a couple meet, fall in love, and build a life together.

In this case Clare meets Henry for the first time when she's only 6, and he meets her for the first time when he's 28, but he's only 8 years older than she is. Understanding that, and all that goes with it, is a lot of fun.

Recommended.
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Great book! It's one of my favorites. Sometimes it's a little confusing with the time travel but it's so worth it! I can't wait to see the movie and hope it doesn't dissapoint me.
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One of my all-time favorite books. The concept of the time travel is a little confusing at first but once understood the book is wonderful. The writing style is beautiful and the characters are well developed. I was sad when I finished the book because I wanted it to go on an on. The story is a funny, sexy, suspenseful, heart-breaking and hopeful love story. I can't wait for the movie! A must read in my opinion.
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Its been a long time since a story gripped me so much. I could hardly wait to put the kids in bed. Audrey Niffenegger's book is at once unique and old. The concept of the story is such that it ties the story so well together. The reader is able to experience both protagonists' emotions and heartaches. The love story is classic without being sappy. I totally enjoyed the book
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I enjoyed this book since it was unique and consistent in terms of time travel. I also grinned a few times because I lived in Chicago during some of the same years described, and she got it spot-on. Kind of dragged for me about 3/4 into it, but overall I liked it.
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A great story about love; I actually cried during some parts of the book.
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I have a new theory in which I don't read books until after I have seen the movies so that I don't get disapointed. But there is no way to make this beautiful story any better, even with moving pictures.
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While an original love story that twists and turns through time and makes the reader question the issues of fate vs. free will vs. determinism vs. God, this novel ultimately peters out at the end and falls flat. Honestly, it is to be expected for a first-time novelist who took on such heavy, literary material mixed with science fiction. Good endings are difficult to write, and how satisfying could an ending be for these two star-crossed lovers who are trapped by time? Having said that, the rest of the epic journey is well worth the ride, albeit a long and winding one.
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Great read! I cried like a baby. I don't normally write reviews for books, but this one was very touching. For those who are put off by the whole time traveling thing, don't be. This is, in no way, a sifi book. It is a love story that defys time. Give it a chance, you won't be disappointed.
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This is a romance novel of a different sort than I am accustomed to. Henry time travels and meets his current wife, Clare, when she is 6 years old and he is 34. The entire book is kinda like a his and her diary. There are incidents written from Clare's point of view and some from Henry's. It is very interesting but a really slow read with all the time traveling backwards and forewards and trying to keep track of where (and when) everyone is.

There really doesn't seem to be any point to the time travel. It appears that he just pops in and out of time to meet Clare at these different points in both their lives. I found this to be rather boring and had to force myself to finish reading it.
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Fun read. As a person with epilepsy, it's fun to see another spin on seizures!
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I wasn't sure if I'd like this and to be honest it does get confusing at times, but the characters are so charming that you don't mind the time muddling.
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I picked this up quite a while back and put it back down, thinking I wouldn't like it. I must've been crazy--I loved it! This is so well-written. It puts you into an alternate universe that reads as so plausible that you can truly believe in its existence. The story goes back and forth between Henry and Clare, the time traveler and his wife, as well as jumping around in time. Sounds hard to follow, but it isn't. Fascinating. Can't wait to see what they do with this on the big screen...
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I agree with everyone else - this is one of the best books I have ever read. I was sad when I finished it because I didn't want it to end. I hope that Ms. Niffenegger is writing another book - I will certainly be purchasing it.
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I could not put this book down. This is not my typical style of book, but it held my interest till the last word!
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I really enjoyed this book. It is well written, entertaining, and kept my interest until the last page. Would be a wonderful book club book. Great discussion piece.
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This book took a little getting used to in the beginning. The book is written in 2 person, and jumps back forth in time. Once I got used to the way the book was written, I enjoyed it very much. It is different than any book I have read before, and it is a beautiful love story. Towards the middle of the book, I couldn't put it down!
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An engrossing book about the challenges of a relationship and then marriage of two people given unconventional circumstances...the husband involuntarily time-travels. I loved how the husband was able to go back in time and meet his wife when she was a young girl and learn things about her in the future that she was going to live through. Sad, funny, endearing and haunting. This book was the basis of the short-lived TV series "Journeyman" which I was sorry to see cancelled by NBC.
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Best book I've read in a long time. I'm not a fan of sci-fi books, but this gripped me from the beginning and I fell in love with the characters. I would recommend this book be on everyone's TBR list!
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I loved this book!!!! I really enjoyed how each chapter was written from either Henery or Clare's perspctive. This was an interesting theory of how time travel happens and why and what that could mean to those involved. This also had a good take on what a soul mate can be.
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Good. Not great per say, but pretty good.
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This is one of the greatest books I've ever read. I couldn't put it down!
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I felt manipulated by the time I reached the end of this book. Very creative, interesting premise, but I wasn't impressed by its execution.
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Dear Audrey Niffenegger,
You made me cry. Will you do it again, soon? Oh, and Claire is sexy. Can you get me her number?
-Tony H

This book will disorient you in the beginning. I feel this is necessary to help you understand Henry's problem. Keep pushing on and I promise it will start to make sense. Before you know it you'll be incredibly invested in this remarkable story of a bizarre affliction that led to a Love that withstands the seriously unconventional boundaries of time. Not only do you start to realize that this could actually be happening, you start to feel like it's happening to you. A tragedy from the very beginning, this book crosses sci-fi with love-story so eloquently and with a grace that I've never before seen in literature. It's the only book that has ever made me cry. Thank you Ms. Niffenegger.
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A love story about two people who travel back and forth in time. It's an amazing trip.
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This book became my most favorite after I read it. Its doesn't have action scences or suspense but you grow to love the characters and want to know what happens so badly you will not put the book down.
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A very interesting read. Henry can time travel. The book is about his complicated relationship with life, his wife, and the many problems that ensue. A unique story.
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One of my very favorite books. I love love love this book.
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I dragged my feet so badly about reading this book. I had to return it to a friend in a couple of days so I said,"What the heck? If after 50 pages, I don't like it, I won't read it."
It was so good!!! I cried my eyes out in the end. I am always disatisfied with ending like this but I kind of expected it so it was easier.
This was a really sensational and emotional "journey".
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Another book suggested by one of my closest friends, it was on the bottom of the reading list until I saw one of my other friends reading it. She gushed over it, and I finally found myself a copy. Once I started, I couldn't stop; I stayed up all night reading it. Usually, books that don't have a set time frame (from beginning to end) are massively confusing, but this one somehow wasn't. Somehow, it was enrapturing; you get caught up in the story, trying to see if love will prevail. I hear they're going to make a movie out of it, and I can't wait to see it.
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Loved it! Probably one of my all-time top ten!
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A very different love story
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Dear Audrey Niffenegger,
You made me cry. Will you do it again, soon? Oh, and Claire is sexy. Can you get me her number?
-Tony H

This book will disorient you in the beginning. I feel this is necessary to help you understand Henry's problem. Keep pushing on and I promise it will start to make sense. Before you know it you'll be incredibly invested in this remarkable story of a bizarre affliction that led to a Love that withstands the seriously unconventional boundaries of time. Not only do you start to realize that this could actually be happening, you start to feel like it's happening to you. A tragedy from the very beginning, this book crosses sci-fi with love-story so eloquently and with a grace that I've never before seen in literature. It's the only book that has ever made me cry. Thank you Ms. Niffenegger.
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I saw the movie first and loved it so I then listened to the book. It was even better! Not quite as neat and tidy as the movie but so much more layered. Loved the characters and the way the idea of time travel is explored. Great read!
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good read....great to read if you are home sick.
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this book was creative, inventive and a wonderful read. You had to pay attention but it was a combination of a wonderful love story with time travel and questions about fate. Read it 2 times despite its length
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I absolutely loved this book! The story unfolds through the eyes of two different people, and time is explored and handled excellently. Well written and captivating.
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I couldn't put this book down! One of the best books I have read in a long time. While the premise behind the story may seem farfetched, Niffenegger's character development and writing will have you saying, "Why not?" I cannot wait to read her next book.
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Wonderful read! I don't usually like novels that are not linear; but, this is wistful and charming
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I think I may be one of the only ones who didn't love this book. I finished as I thought I "needed" to but I struggled to not put it away. Too unreal and unbelievable for me.
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This was the most amazing book I've read this year, and really in a long time. It's beautifully written, and although may be difficult to get into at first, is well worth the wait. I knew I would cry like a baby at the end, so I waited until I was alone and could sob in peace!
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If you liked the movie, "The Lake House", you will love this book.
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I loved it. It's quirky and also has a "real" love story
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Interesting concept, but sometimes lost me with the flipping back and forth.
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I was quite ambivalent about these characters, and couldn't ever really get comfortable with them. But, the plot was interesting, a good twist on the typical time-traveler story.
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interesting book about a man who can travel through time - and the girl/woman who stands by him on his journey
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Marvelous read --- a little hard to get used to the back and forth, but well worth the effort.
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this was an interesting book about time travel and meeting the love of your life in different times at different ages.
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Great story, loved it. A most untraditional love story, this is the celebrated tale of Henry DeTamble, who involuntarily travels through time and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life follows a natural sequential course. Not a traditional "love story" it is written for men and women alike. My husband does not enjoy "chick lit" but loved this book.
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Whew! I'm exhausted! I was captivated from the beginning and shed a few tears at the end. (I'm really an emotional sap when it comes to books.) The one thing that bothered me was that I had a difficult time keeping track of Henry's time travels in the beginning. I was overanalysing his and Clare's ages and when I finally just let that go and focused on the story I enjoyed it more.

Love truly transcends space and time - at least that's what I took away from this book. I know I am 'late to the dance' on this one, but I will be recommending it to a few friends.
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LOVED this book and the characters therein. Such a beautiful story. Niffenegger is an amazingly gifted writer and I cannot wait for her next read!
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I read this book in 2 days. Couldn't put it down. I really believed in time travel at the end. A great story!
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Beautiful love story. Even if you are not a fan of "sci-fi", do yourself a favor and read this book!!!
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I had a hard time getting into it. The first person perspective got old in a hurry.
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Hard to say...I started off mesmerized, got fairly bored pretty quickly, then really interested again, etc. But, it got to the point I was more interested in the technicalities of the plot than I was of the characters...not good. And this author is great with plotting and twists. Ex: a pregnancy; meeting up with dead people. But for me, there are rules of time-travel, even in fiction, and she broke them. That took a lot away from the book for me.
However, that said, it is worth reading.
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Written in first person, which is not a favorite for me. SWtory was too boring even the time travel sequences couldn't keep my interests.
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A vastly overrated book. Sorry I wasted the time reading it.
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Enchanting tale about a man who is "chronologically displaced" over the course of his lifetime. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. Although it is pure fantasy, it does not have that "fairy tale" feeling as very real things happen to Henry and his wife Clare, happy and sad things, as well as some mundane things. Highly recommended!
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Slow at first, but excellent read! I would defintely recommend this book!
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A wonderful book. It will make you a bit emotional.
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I could not even get into this book. I knew the basic plot, but it jumped around too much to hold my interest. I hear the movie is better, I will probably see it. Many will like this book, and I guess you just need to really concentrate, but I have difficulty when you have to re-read just to keep straight who, what and where.
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an enjoyable read - far from the romance i had imagined it might be, it was a sweet and sad tale that left me wanting more.
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A great time travel futuristic book. One of my favorites of all time.
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I loved this book! I found it to be such a great story although at times I thought it was very sad. Great book!!!
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I liked this book, found it a little confusing at first, but then it made sense. Sweet love story.
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A great love story and writing style! I love how this story skips around and tells it how it is from both character's sides! A great read!
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I recommend the book. It is very detailed and the movie leaves a lot of stuff out. I really enjoyed reading this book and it is one of a kind as far as subject matter and time setting goes. A must read.
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This is the most creative book I have ever read!!
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This was a wonderful book. Very imaginative and engaging.
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Great read! Loved it!
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I loved this book! It took a while to make sense of what was going on, but it was worth it! I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy/time travel or a good love story.
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This immediately went on my list of top ten favorite books!
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Lovely tale - took a little while to get into it, but it was enthralling once I did.
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LOVED IT! And I am not a sci-fi or a romance fan!
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This is my new all time favorite! I fell in love with the characters in a way that might be unhealthy :)
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Not being a fan of science fiction, I was not sure if I would make it through this story. Much to my surprise, I loved the book. The beginning of the story was a bit rough with the constant shifts of time, and I was too focused on trying to keep track of the exact dates and ages of the characters to be sure the author was not playing tricks on the reader. Through all of that however, Audrey Niffenegger quickly builds depth to the characters, offers a non-sci-fi explanation for the time travel, and builds an unconventional, beautiful love story. The plot contains many clues to foreshadow the things to come, which are offered from the perspectives of both the time traveler and his wife. Audrey Niffenegger builds a nice intensity to the story, and a longing for more time for its characters.
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Not my normal fare, but it was a very interesting love story. I really enjoyed the book.
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I really enjoyed this book, a lot more than I thought I would. You will be in tears by the end, and you will have a new appreciation for the "normal" life you lead.
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I really enjoyed this book. It took me some time to get thru it but I'm not the best reader. Once I did get rolling I couldn't put it down. There is a lot of back and forth so you have to pay attention. Its a love story and who doesn't love those.
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Loved the story, but somewhat difficult to follow. Jumps around a lot. Interesting concept.
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I loved this book! It's much better (and very different) than I thought it would be. Loved the way the author set it all up. An awesome sci-fi/love story all in one.
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This is a really thought-provoking book that is perfect for a book club discussion.
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What a beautiful story. I have to admit, there was a point in this book where I was questioning everyone who said this was such a great book...it got a little slow and boring for a little bit. But as the characters grow older, get married and face their obstacles, it really got interesting. The author does a wonderful job creating the characters and you even get emotionally attached to them, especially Clare. I'm really glad I got this book and will probably read it again and again.
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If you have not read this book, you should!

Forget the romance (which is remarkable, but not the only plus side) and look at a novel that examines the mind of a man who travels through time, often meeting himself in the journey. This book also examines the feelings of those around him dealing with his "disorder"

A FANTASTIC read!
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I loved this book, I couldn't put it down.
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I didn't like the way the book jumps back and forth, made it a little difficult to follow; you had to pay attention.
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Great and original story!! I loved this book!!
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I loved this book!
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SOOOOOOO amazing!!!!! I couldn't put it down. I read it before I saw the movie (which completely sucked compared to the book) and I finished it in one sitting. It can be a little complicated with dates and all the time traveling, but if you pay attention, it is so worthwhile!!! I loooooved this book!
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Excellent book! One of my favorites. It held my interest from beginning to end. A fun read about a man who unwillingly time travels (his clothes stay behind!) and the hillariuous circumstances he finds himself into.
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Excellent!
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Have not seen the movie yet. Enjoyed this book!
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Definately a love story- not a lot about travel. Science fiction centered-- Good book.
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This book is amazing. I could't put it down. Clare and Henry have a love that tests time and reality. Great love story and would make a great movie.
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I absolutely loved this book. Even though I read nearly 5 years ago, it still remains in my mind. My daughter brought it on a family beach trip and once I picked it up we fought over who was going to read it. My daughter in law also read it this week and she gave it to her mom and sister to read. Needless to say we all loved it. While sometimes a love story, I laughed and cried numerous times through out the book. I only hope that the movie will be half as good as the book was. I look forward to rereading it as soon as I see the movie.
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I did not like this book. The characters and the story fall flat. The idea is interesting, but this book was boring. The relationship between Clare and Henry, bland. Not captivating at all. The movie trailer looks very intersting, and seems to have a better angle on this story.
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I couldn't get into it. However, many people thought it was a great book.
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Would recommend to anyone who thinks time travel is an interesting subject.

Different - interesting flow. A scenario with time travel that I had not considered before. Fun to explore the idea and see how it effects the man and woman.

Memorable characters.

Memorable story line.
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I did not like this book at all. The concept was almost boring and repetitive at times. I could not see the great love story behind it. Sorry.
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Great book!
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A tearjerker of a love story. Wonderful.
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This is one of the best books I have ever read.
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very good book
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It was not what i expected but I liked it. The ending made me cry!
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This took a while for me to get into due to the non-linear plot, but it was GREAT. Such a wonderful novel, really makes one appreciate and take notice of each moment we have in life.
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Very intriguing. I enjoyed its unexpected twists.
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This is a great read for anyone facinated about the idea of time travel.
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A really different love story. The concept is laughable, but fascinating.
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Readers will enjoy the fast pace. The dialog, reading from both lover's viewpoints captivated me. This is going to go down as one of the all-time best love stories.
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A friend highly recommended this one to me. I didn't like it quite as much as she did but it was an enjoyable read.
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Hard to follow in the beginning but once you catch on it's a gripping story. It's hard to put down!
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This book has an interesting concept, and the bond between the two main characters is well-expressed, but I did not enjoy the overall writing style; I would certainly not read another book by the author.
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This was a fast read for me - even though I had to flip back through pages to review items told out of sequence (which is part of this book's charm). I really liked this book though. The narration was each character telling parts of the story in their own thoughts/words as they went along, basically in the style of journal writing, which was interesting. Some people might say it was confusing and I wont lie, it was at times but I still read it quickly and at times had a very difficult time putting it down. I laughed and cried with the characters and felt like it moved along well. I am not sure how the movie will play out as I cannot see it being made into a movie with all the moving around and time changes but we will see. All in all, a good book that was entertaining and kept me thinking about it even after I finished it.
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It took me awhile to get used the shifting storyline from present to past to future with Henry as well as the shifting POV between the two main characters--but I did enjoy this book. If you like time traveling stories or a good love story (with the constant tinge of sadness always in the background) than you will enjoy this book as well.
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Plenty to think about, though a pretty easy read.
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Liked the concept. Complex relationships. Good book.
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An enchanting debut and a spellbinding tale of fate and belief in the bonds of love.
The Time Traveler's Wife is a heart-wrenching account of a time traveler named Henry, who spontaneously "travels." He
cannot control when the time travel happens and it leads to a very unpredictable life. Henry meets Clare and thus begins
a love story of two people who can never be completely together. The Time Traveler's Wife will stay with you well after
you've read the ending. Melancholy follows the two lovers and propels you to keep reading. There is deep symolism in
the novel, though the circumstances around the two main characters is outlandish, the feelings behind it are real. How
can you truly be 100% with someone who can never be there for you? It's a question a lot of relationships face and
Niffenegger answers it beautifully.

I think what impressed me so much about this book was the way time traveling was handled.
It did take some getting use to, and if you keep trying and just read the story for itself. Once you do that you will find
your self engrossed.

The novel is also crafted on a very literary level, with eloquent sentences and descriptions that merit this being
a contemporary classic.
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I love, love, love this book. I don't read much fiction, but since I like science fiction, I decided to try this one. The author has brilliantly written the fabric of time into the storyline. We are travelling with Henry; we jump from year to year, and yet it all makes sense and we can follow the thread of his and Claire's lives. I listened to the audiobook in my car, and I couldn't wait to get into my car each day to find out what would happen next. The love story is tender, the science fiction compelling. I feel like I know Henry and Claire. I feel like they are friends. I will miss them.
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The book was a little confusing and sort of hard to follow but I'm still glad I read it.I was curious after reading other reviews but it was ok.
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I really enjoyed this story and I didn't realize it was an abridged version until after I had finished it. The only issue I had was that there was a lot of language (the f-word, the c--- word, yikes) which is easier to overlook on paper than coming out of my iPod! There were some really graphic sex scenes, but the only one that bothered me was NOT between the time traveler and his wife! If you liked the movie, you will probably enjoy the book. It is a sweet story.
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Fascinating story!
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This is the kind of book you never want to end......and I'm sure it will just as good the second time I read it!
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I really enjoyed this book. It's great, but you have to listen to it. No intruptions. Like small kids :)
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Interesting premise,really enjoyed, kept me turning pages to see where he landed next, some humor. Am looking forward to seeing the movie
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Couldn't put it down...I was sad when it ended. Surely makes you think.
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I just finished this book and it keeps running through my mind. At first I was hesitant when I read the beginning of the book and realized that it was from two different perspectives. But I ended up enjoying seeing the world through Henry and Clare. This book took a bit of effort, which I also enjoyed, because of the jumps in time. It was if they were starting off on separate ends of time and met in the middle. I liked the challenge of actually thinking about the book and how certain moments were possible, how Henry was able to be in one place while in another and how it effected the people in his life. The love of Henry and Clare is heart wrenching and yes, it is a tear-jerker and a little obscene in parts, but it all comes together. I haven't seen the movie but I can't imagine it moving me as much as the book has. I'm sure I'll end up reading it again. Now that I know the whole story, it will help me understand the little moments that were left in question.
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I 'read' this on CD.. . . it made the book come alive for me. Try to put a feminine or masculine boice to the characters as you read. You will find yourself getting very involved with their experience. A fabulous book.
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I had a lot of trouble keeping track of what was going on in this book!!! A lot of going back & forth in time, but i was determined to see it through, & i did!!!! Now to see the movie!!!!
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This was the best book that I have read in years. I laughed, I cried, I begged for things to stay the same, to change, I don't know just to not end. I can't believe it's over.
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Very enjoyable, I founf myself envious
of Henry and Claire's undying love.
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I found this book completely boring and just couldn't finish it. There was no real story here except some guy that time travels. I kept waiting for something to happen and when I was more than halfway through the book I felt like ok, I get it, he time travels. I kept reading thinking there has to be some plot here but there just was no story. The characters were boring and all the conversations were very blah.
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Absolutely one of the most well crafted, intriguiing, genuine books of the past two decades. Do not allow the thought of it being a love story sway you from reading, it will keep you rapt from beginning to end. Incredible.
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I LOVED this book. Took it out of circulation so I can read it again whenever I want.

Henry is one of the bravest characters I have had the pleasure of reading about. I have recommended this book to 2 different family members who have found it rather therapeutic. The theme of courageously dealing with unpredictable limitations in life, and the very precious quality of normal family life is quite poignant.

Real tears here, but worth it.
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A wonderful book! It'll leave you teary-eyed at the end.
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The story is very engrossing and the relationship between Henry and Clare makes for a great romantic read but I found it a little hard to keep track of the story because it jumps all over the place in time. I had to go back to certain parts and re-read them to fully understand what was going on. I would still recommend the book though and hope to see the movie too.
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I loved this book. I was expecting something along the lines of Nicholas Sparks, but this was very different. I felt like we were given what would be a pretty realistic view of how hard life would be if you could time travel, but couldn't control it. The hardships experienced by the narrator made the romance so much sweeter. This was a unique and well told story. It is not being reposted, because I lent it out to a neighbor, who couldn't put it down, and I think want to read it again.
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Strange and enticing. Wont want to put it down. I true love story with a twist.
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This was a fabulous book. The plot is original, the characters are real, and the writing "sucks" you in quickly. I found myself considering the story and its elements long after I'd put it down. Great Sci-Fi and a great love story. It's been a long time since I read a 500 page book in less than two weeks. It's a book I'll read more than once.
However, some "romance" scenes and extra use of the F-word will keep me from handing this one to my sixteen year-old.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's one of my all-time favorites. What I like about it is that it's a melding of two genres that typically aren't done very well: romance and science-fiction. And yet both are done well here. The romance is not idealized, and the time travel mechanics are not allowed to distract from the story or the characters. Admittedly, it might not be for everyone. The time travel can get confusing, the characters aren't always likable, and there are some pretty graphically disturbing scenes. But if you can get past all that, this is a very enjoyable and touching story.
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I loved this book, and it just might be my favorite book. Niffenegger creates so much depth around the characters. The characters feel real, and there is something so compelling and honest about the time traveler's wife (Clare) becoming jealous of her own past self. Definitely worth reading, and much better than the movie.
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A very unique story, you have to really pay attention sometimes, but a great love story!

Leslie
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I thought the promo was interesting. I did not like this book at all. I do not believe a really good story or really good subject needs grafic sex to sell or make it interesting.
I did not even get through the first chapter.
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I tried to read this book on at least five different occasions and never could get through it. I have finally given up. It takes a lot for me to quit on a book but for this one, it was the only decision left. I know I'm in the minority but I really didn't care for it at all.
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Great fun getting to know the characters and getting my mind around the unusual theme of this book.
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i absolutely loved this book
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JUST AMAZING. KEPT ME SO INTERESTED I COULD'T PUT IT DOWN!
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Very uniquely written. This one kept me on my toes, you really need to pay attention to this book b/c of the time line.
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I loved this book, but you can't think too much about the science end of it too much. It makes the reader think long and hard about time and how precious it is. A great love story!
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This is the second book I've read by Niffenegger. I love this book. It is fantastic. I cannot wait to watch the movie, although the books are always better.
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I loved this book! Once I was able to get past the "this couldn't really happen" aspect in my head, I was able to really delve into this novel and just enjoy it.
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I really enjoyed this book. It does get a little confusing with the traveling back and forth but otherwise it's a great love story!
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I became curious about this book after seeing movie previews. Once I got a hold of the book, I had a hard time sticking with it. It can be a bit hard to follow and it just wasn't as intriguing as I had hoped. My overall reaction after finishing it was disappointment.
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Wonderfully romantic. Keep a box of tissues on hand.
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Loved it! This is one you can't put down.
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Great and unique storyline
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Fantastic. This book transported me to a different world, where time travel is possible but more importantly where love trumps all obstacles. It made me want to grab ahold of time and not let it run through my fingers.
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I loved this book! It was interesting and definitely kept me wanting more and more. As the main character is a time traveler, the book is not in chronological order, but I did not find it difficult to keep things in order while I was reading it. It's an adorable love story that I most definitely recommend.
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A good book with a great plot device. Stick with it a while and it will make sense. Adult themes so definitely not for your 13 year old reader.
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I loved the characters of Henry and Clare. They both have their strengths and flaws. The author gives them each a distinct voice and personality. So I felt like I really knew them. I could understand how they fell in love. How they complemented each other. How they frustrated each other. Their relationship seemed real and substantive to me, and I found myself fully invested in these characters.
It's a tragic story that weaves so much love/pain/joy/disappointment that it bursts with emotion. Read it!
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Someone take this book off my hands. It was on my wish list for a long time and I couldn't wait to start reading it. Within thirty pages, I was cringing at how horrible the dialogue was. Somewhere along, I thought, it must get better, because I'd heard good things.... Um, no. It did not get better. The story idea was clever, but the characters were so corny and contrived that it was downright embarrassing. The movie must be better than the book. I wish I'd spared myself and just watched that.
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This book is different but interesting. Henry travels through time but has no control as to where or when. One time he will be in the year of 2001 and maybe the next time of 1997. It is a love story when he meets a six year old girl and comes periodically to see her until she is of legal age and eventually they marry. Gosh what a marriage, she never knows when he might leave or return.
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Great Book
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I think that The Time Traveler's Wife was an excellent book. It felt like the characters, Henry and Clare, were talking directly to me about their lives. They both felt extremely personable, and I loved the way that the story progressed through Niffenegger's choice of writing style. The foreshadowing was simple and yet extremely powerful and although having seen the movie before reading the book, I was not let down. The movie was close to the book's content, but the book gives so much more detail and character development than the movie did. It is a good, quick read.
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this book broke my heart... but in a good way :)

really, it was a heart-wrenching tale, but beautifully written and once you get your head around the time travel concept it was interesting. very well written. highly recommend.
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I found this book very hard for me to read.
This is a book that would be one for me to
probably understand the movie much better.
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Beautiful book. I mourned the loss of this one for days after I finished reading it. I missed the characters, the unpredictable next scene. A great read full of love.
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I absolutely love this book. I had seen the movie when it first came out and loved that, and when I finally got to reading the book, I was amazed at how much better it was. The book gives so many more details than the movie (like usual). I love Henry and Claire so much. They are just adorable. This is a must read for any romance reader!
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Good read for a cloudy day. Characters well formed, interesting. Sometimes confusing keeping track of dates, going back and forth.
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I had seen the movie and had not realized it was originally based on a book. Unbelievably good! I definitely recommend reading this book. Even though I had seen the movie first, it was like I had not.
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Awesome book! I loved the back and forth between the past and the present. Would reccomend it to everyone who likes a romantic story line.
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I found The Time Traveler's Wife thoroughly engrossing. I had not viewed (or even previewed) the movie, and was lucky to just jump into the book with few preconceived notions. Telling the story from the alternating viewpoints of the two main characters as well as their respective time lines could have easily gotten disorienting to the reader. Instead,the way Ms. Niffenegger wove the story together keeps you in the moment instead of guessing plot points. She did everything she needed to for readers to understand where and when and to whom the events are happening as they unfold, even though they are not unwound in typical chronological fashion. The special circumstances encountered by the characters due to time travel make for several uncomfortable scenes that stimulate a lot of fascinating thought, and could easily generate discussions one wouldn't have had in the past. Although the premise is quite sci-fi, the story and characters and scenes are all absolutely realistic and engaging. Two warnings: Don't begin reading this book if you have other things to which you must attend, or you may neglect your duties to spend time finding out what Henry and Clare are doing; There is a liberal dose of obscene language, so be ready to skim if you find it offensive.
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This was one of those books I just could not put down. Very romantic, heart wrenching story. I'm keeping this book to read over and over again. The author was able to weave the threads of time back and forth into a coherent story that became more and more gripping as more was revealed. Definitely recommend this great book!
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Wonderfully written. Definitely one of the top books that I have read. Will definitely recommend. Read book before watching movie.
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Oh, my, goodness, I loved this book. Saw the movie, too, but it was not nearly as good. Loved how the author weaved stories and time from future, past and present into the narrative. I ended up really loving the characters, especially the little girl and the Asian housekeeper.
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I saw the movie first, but the book is always better! This was a great read, kept me interested all the way through!
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I loved this book! It's a wonderfully moving combination of romance and fantasy.
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Interesting book, Henry is a very memorable hero.
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This is a truly unique story. I really enjoyed reading this book which is a love story about a man who travels through time - unexpectedly and involuntarily - and the woman he loves. At first it's a little difficult to follow, but once you go with the flow, things begin falling into place. If you're tired of the same old stories regurgitated with different names, you will enjoy this book as a breath of fresh air. I highly recommend the book.
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One of my all time favorites - I had the re-read the first chapter to help understand that the time travel was not sequential and once this concept was firm, the book was a fast read. I was expecting the typical time travel from something like the Galbadon books (which are also exceptional) but found that Niffengger's method helped the book move in a good way.
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Disappointing....this book was ok, but it was not anything special. It definitely does not live up to all the hype! Took me about 2 months to read because I just found it kind of boring. I usually read books really quickly but couldn't get into it. I had really high hopes since it got such good reviews, but I was sadly let down.
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It took me a while to warm up to this story, but I couldn't put it down after I'd finished the first third. A fresh and thought-provoking take on a love story, and excellent writing.
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After being in my To Be Read pile for a while, I finally got around to this one, and I must say that I am glad I did. While I am not normally interested in "sci-fi" books, this one is soooooo much more than that. Even though the main premise of the book is the time travel (the main character is a time traveler due to a genetic defect), the underlying theme is one of undying love that spans across time. It was funny, sad, shocking, confusing, and wonderful. Don't let the confusion of the time travel with the character jumping back and forth throw you off... the story is worth a little confusion!
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This story will remain with the reader for a long time. It is a love story--but it is more than that---a must read.!!
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Best love story I've ever read.
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This book was really hard for me to stay interested in. The whole time travel concept is confusing for awhile but eventually you tend to get the idea. But there really wasn't anything exciting about the book. Very different type of love story but i felt no emotion from the sotry... like as if the author was monotone through the whole book... if that makes sense. Not at all what I was expecting.
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I loved reading this book and thought the idea was unique and creative. I didn't rate it the full 5 stars though because the constant foul language was not necessary and actually made the book less appealing. There were several times that I almost stopped reading the book because of the language.
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This book was definitely a tearjerker - I probably cried from the second chapter to the very end, whereupon I used an entire box of tissues. So, if you need a good cry - this book is it.

I was, however, disappointed a bit that the characters didn't do anything more with the time traveling part. No real experiments to see if the future could be changed, both characters were so paranoid about not changing the future. Which I thought was rather silly. If I could time travel, I'd have done A LOT more with it than this guy did.

Finally, I couldn't really relate too much to the female character. For one thing, I'd run from such a relationship like the plague, true love or not (I'm too realistic, I suppose). For another, some scenes were pretty creepy in terms of her husband - especially one of the sex scenes. In general, aside from the whole time travel bit, he didn't seem like good partner material to me.

All in all, though, if I ignored the above, I did enjoy the book.
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The idea of time travel and all the complications that involved was very interesting to read about. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the characters and how they meet at different ages. The part I objected to was some of the language and the frequent sex scenes. It is in our high school library, but I wouldn't recommend this book to any teens.
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I loved this book! I held on to it so long, not wanting to give it up. I am finally parting with it though, as there are so many books I haven't read that I don't think I'll get back to re-reading this anytime soon.
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Great story! Well written! Captivating!
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Loved it... much better than the movie :)
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Loved this book!
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Really enjoyed it, and when I saw the movie it was easier to understand.
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such a toucing love story. great book to loose ur self in on a rainy day! =) happy reading
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One of the most entertaining books I've ever read. Which is not to say one of the best, because it's not. It was fun, serious and silly, a sweet love story that made you want to keep turning the pages. If you're looking for some very good but light reading, this is a great book. I truly enjoyed it... until the end. It has a terrible ending that made me sad, mad and regretful, and I thought, excuse my language, that it sucked. Still, until then it was a really good and original (I think) story. Have fun, and expect to shed a few tears!
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Excellent book. Wonderfully written..the best book I have read in a long time. Beautiful love story, you won't want it to end.
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Loved it
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Surprisingly, this is a romance. The hero, Henry DeTamble, and the heroine, Clare Abshire, love each other passionately. For both it's the love of their lives. Henry is a time traveler who encounters Claire at a very young age. As she grows up they get to know each other. They marry and after many miscarriages, they finally have a daughter, the much loved Alba, who is also a time traveler. I loved the ending. While many people really like this story I liked parts but thought it moved slowly in other parts. With the editors' help I think the tale could have been told about 300 pages.
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I watched the movie before reading and I am glad I did. Sometimes having the back and forth between young and old was confusing.
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If you are looking for a clean book, this is not it. I read through to the first 2-3 chapters, and the first love scene was too graphic for me.
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Interesting concept, parts of the book are fun, parts heartbreaking. Worth the read.
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Very believable characters in a gut-wrenching situation. I couldn't put the book down.
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Could not put it down! I was hooked as soon as I opened the book.
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It was an okay read - kind of disappointing for what I was expecting.
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Liked this book a lot, is a little confusing but its really good.
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Pretty good read, but it did become a little tedious jumping back and forth in time. But that, I suppose, is the point of the book.
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No lie, I only picked this book up and sped-read through it in order to watch the movie a few days later with a best friend.

The story is intriguing, presenting an interesting view of a time traveller, not only from his perspective but also from that of his family. Switching between perspectives and timelines, this story was a good read, but sort of dragged on longer than it needed.
During the first book, I literally did not want to stop reading. The story of Clare and Henry was grasping, being allowed glimpses of the future and past at the same time. Around the middle of book two, though, I was ready for the story to come to a close.

I would recommend this book, though, because it is a good story. Avoid the movie, though, it's just disappointing in comparison.
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I enjoyed this book greatly! It was a little hard to follow sometimes with all the jumping back and forth in time....it was an amazing love story, unique and thought provoking. It did not translate well into movie form... but the book was wonderful!
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I really enjoyed this book! I love the way it ties all the ages of the characters together. Though you have to pay close attention with the jumping around in time, it all flows wonderfully.
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One of the best books I have read in some time. I was totally immersed in this bizarre love story and actually cried at the end - something I have never done with another book.
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Awesome book. Definite page turner!
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Great book, and after reading it, the movie did not disappoint me to badly!
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I just started reading this book. At first it was a bit confusing as it goes back in forth in time but is rather amusing as the main character finds himself in some rather awkward situations through time travel and meets his wife at different stages in their lives.
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I bought this book when the movie came out and I saw the trailer. I absolutey loved this book. I have never read anything like it. The story was wonderful from beginning to end. I loved how the author brought the story full circle. You begin reading when the female character is young and meeting the time travler for the first time, and that's all I will say or I will ruin it.
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This is one of my all time favorite books. I couldn't put it down! The timeline thing can be a little confusing but makes it all the more interesting.
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Interesting storyline, allowing many twists and turns as the characters develop. I enjoyed the time travel aspect and constant surprises.
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One of my favorite books! It took me a few pages to understand what was going on but once I did, I was hooked. I recommend it to everyone. Read the book before you see the movie (if you haven't seen it yet)!! While the movie was good, it just didn't have the time to go into enough detail to really develop the characters, and they are well done in the book.
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I originally got this book to use in my classroom, but I quickly realized that it was not suitable for young adults (at least in a classroom setting). However, I absolutely loved this book! Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. The complexities of time travel made for interesting reading and really kept me wondering what would happen next. Awesome book.
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Loved this book! One of those books that was really hard to put down.
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I think I had heard too much about this book and expected it to be better than it was. I don't know. I wanted to love it, but I didn't. It was interesting, original...and kind of fell flat for me. Had to push myself to finish.
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Awesome love story! Pulls you in at the beginning and you never want the story to end!
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One of the best books I've read!!! It might be a bit tricky in the beginning to get in sync with the different time periods but once you get on track.....it's an amazing ride!!!!
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Best book I've read this year.
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I didn't think I'd like this book, but was pleasantly surprised that I did. A very imaginative and romantic love story that had me in tears before I finished it.
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this is time travel and i did not care for it,
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I really liked this book. Very different kind of time travel book. While this book is easy to read, it is complex in the sense that you don't get all of the information about what is happening at once.
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I enjoyed this book. It took me to a different place. It is well written and I had a hard time putting it down.
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One of the best books I've ever read.
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A time travel love story that captures your attention.
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This is an awesome book! I would suggest this book to everyone to experience! It is a very very touching story!
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romantic,humorous,sad. what a wonderful story!!!
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Very good reading!
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This is an amazing book. I couldn't read it fast enough, yet didn't want the end to come.
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LOVED this book. Could not put it down! It is one of the few books I have decided to keep and not post.
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This book was a quick and fun read! It takes some paying attention to and it will make your head spin but it is fantastic!
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Wow, this is an interesting book. Very nice read.
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This book was so well written! A wonderful love story mixed with plausible science fiction made this an entertaining book that was hard to put down!
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Could not put it down!!
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The story of Henry -- an involuntary time-traveller -- and Claire -- his wife forced to live in serial time. This is one of the most romantic and unique stories I have ever read.
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Excellent book - the author, Niffenegger, somehow manages to keep all of the dates straight and should get an award just for that! A Wonderfully complex love story. The writing is very real and Niffenegger doesn't shy from using strong language (rare, but appropriate when used) or from painting the harsh circumstances of difficult situations in the dark colors they warrant.
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Loved this book. Usually don't like sci-fi stories, but this was not at all.
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Wonderful writer, her scenes and dialogues convey deep insight into people and relationships, as well as what is truly of value in life.
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A well told love story.
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A most traditional love story,this is the celebrated tale of Henry DeTamble,a dashing,adventuresome librarian who involuntarily travels through time,and Clare Abshire,an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course.Henry and Clare's passionate affair endures across a sea of time and captures them in an impossibly romantic trap that tests the strength of fate and basks in the bonds of love.An enjoyable read.
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Romatic story of a couple who "travel" through time as the husband lives in different years at different times throughout the book.
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I loved this book. The characters are easy to relate to despite their unusual circumstance. Very romantic and touching and an excellent read.
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This is one of the best books I've ever read. The main character is a time traveler but has no control over when he pops in and out of a given time. He meets the love of his life during a traveling episode. The only problem is that she is a child. They do end up married but he continues to travel throughout time. Great writing - I'm not sure how the author managed to keep everything straight!
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It was a good read in terms of flow and style, but I couldn't wrap my mind around the scifi aspect of the book, time travel just isn't one of my interests, I guess!
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I loved this book. It is a very unique love story which invokes many questions and begins great conversations. It was a great book club reading this book.
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This is a wonderful story. It's not what I thought it would be and I couldn't put it down!
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This is one of my all time favorite books, that I had to buy an additional copy to share. The writing is so full of life it's hard to stop once you start the journey. Enjoy!
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WONDERFUL book! What a love story! It was everything I heard it would be!
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An excellent and complex story
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Excellent book!
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Excellent. Wonderful story - wonderfully written.
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Probably one of the best books I have read so far this year. I loved it and didn't want it to end. So beautiful.
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Untraditional love story between a dashing librarian and an artist. Great!
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Great story!
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A beautifully written, emotionally powerful story. At times, I got a bit mixed-up by the logistics of the time-travel as they influenced the plot, but I blame myself for that. A lovely book, and well worth a read.
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Unusual and spellbinding love story. I really enjoyed this book.
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A very interesting and unusual book! Extremely clever! I enjoyed it.
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Great Summer read! I loved it :)
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Wonderful book. Is romantic, funny, dramatic, and oddly disconcerting (in a good way.)
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Well, this is just an amazing book, a great love story, and not incidently, a wonderful book about Chicago, my hometown, which is a nice surprise.
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I thought this book was excellent. Realy an inovative way to tell a story.
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A really fascinating book once you get into it. It's hard to put down!
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I did not care for this book. I read the reviews and it got great reviews by it's readers. Figured I would try it. I don't see why some people would say it's one of the best books they have read. For me it did nothing. I forced myself to finish it and give it a fair chance. Only part I enjoyed was the last couple chapters. I found the book to be slow. To be fair though I am into a different style of book.
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Excellent story--it will stick with you. Beware of some language/sexual scenes. I was disappointed to find these in this otherwise great book.
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Fabulous love story of a couple who met through time travel.
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very interesting
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I was definitely NOT a fan of this book overall. I found the story overwought and overdramatic, and the constant POV changes very distracting. The relationship between these two characters was not only unbelievable, but also boderline creepy. As in pedophilia-creepy. Not only that, but the majority of the dialog was painful to read. No thanks, Audrey Niffenegger. :(
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Really didn't think that I would be able to get into this book with all of the dates jumping back and forth but I tried to not focus so much on the dates and just read the book. I LOVED IT this was the sweetest book I wanted to cry all the way through the last part of it just how much two people can love one another is a wonderful sight to see.
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The Time Traveler's wife is a beautiful story of the love between two people who are separated periodically by time travel. I loved the frequent point-of-view changes, but it got a little confusing at times and I had to backtrack to see what was going on. Otherwise this book is beautiful, and perfect. It's not a very good beach/lazy day read, though. I cried for a long, long time.
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I loved this book. Couldn't put it down, fascinating the way it was written, going back and forth in time.
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This was a unique twist on a love story!
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I loved this book. The loving relationship between Claire and Henry is a story in itself. The Chrono-Displacement Disorder is a facinating plot line to follow.
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Henry DeTamble is chronologically impaired, subject to involuntary and unpredictable jaunts in time, into his past, into his future, back to the present--all grounded by his love affair with Clare Abshire, a six year old, twentysomething, thirtyish...child/bohemian/artist/wife.... "Time Traveler..." is a most unusual story of love and fate--sad, funny, hopeful, puzzling, challenging, terrifying but most of all a lovely, lovely love story. Ranks in my top ten list of recent literary fiction.
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This is one of the best books I've read in a long time! The premise is very interesting, but somehow works in this context! I LOVED it!
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Inventive and well written
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Great book, very engaging and hard to put down. Interesting concept, thoughtful, deep characters that are easy to care about. Had me in tears towards the end, but I giggled throughout.
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LOVED this book. It is such a unique love story that captivates you from the very beginning! This is one book that I will read again and again!!
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A beautiful and bittersweet love story, engaging and well written. Recommended!
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Wow! this book has a bit of a learning curve as you learn to get used to Henry's ping-ponging through time. It's worth the effort, though. I started out very "meh" about the book in the first few chapters, then was in tears and in love by the end. It's one of those books where you are sad when it ends.
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This story had me hooked from the first page. A very different kind of love story.
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this book is nicely written but can be complex to follow because of main character skips around the timeline of his life I had to pay attention closely or