The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler’s Wife, one of the best romance books of all time, is now available as an eBook!Audrey Niffenegger's dazzling debut is the story of Clare, a beautiful, strong-minded art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed w...


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TitleThe Time Traveler's Wife
Author
Release DateSep 23rd, 2013
PublisherZola Books
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages500 pages
GenreFiction, Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Contemporary
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Reviews The Time Traveler's Wife

  • Liz S.
    2007-08-01
    I recently read The Time-Traveler's Wife and was pretty disappointed---the author somehow manages to turn such an awesome premise (the dude actually time travels!) into something pretty flat and dull. The first hundred pages really hooked me, but after a while I started to get irritated by:1. All the name checking of hipster-approved bands in an attempt to establish Henry's supposed "punk" cred. He liked the Violent Femmes in 1991. That's why he'...
  • Danielle
    2008-01-18
    Why can't there be a negative star rating? I hated, hated this book. And yes, I did finish it. All way-too-many pages of it. But, in my defense it was (foolishly) the only book I brought with me when I was hospitalized for 24 hours after wisdom tooth surgery, and when your options are daytime soaps or this wretched book...well, at least I got to read the ending and conclude definitively that it wasn't worth it. Okay, now that I've gotten a bit of...
  • Swaps55
    2007-08-06
    Warning: Spoilery review. Short version: Hurry up and read this. Holy crap. Someone should have warned me about reading this book at work. I have been sitting here bawling my eyes out, tears streaming madly down my cheeks, flooding my eyes until the words swim into fields of glistening black lines. This book is so beautiful and anguishing to read I can't even be objective about it, because it was one of those stories that just burrowed a lot clos...
  • Shan B
    2008-03-01
    Let me start this by saying I was very excited to read this book. I thought it was going to be good. It is not in any way good. It could have been good, the idea could have soared but in Niffenegger's hands it was destroyed by laundry lists of grocery bag contents, street directions, and punk bands until I even said, out loud, more than once, "okay, I get it." He bought groceries, he knows how to get around in Chicago, Clare likes to clean her st...
  • Lara
    2008-03-17
    I am conflicted about this book. Do not let my 4 stars fool you, they are an emotional rating.I'll start with the things I really liked about it:Loved all the foreshadowing. The knowing something was going to happen, and maybe even a little bit of what it was, but never knowing or understanding fully until both characters had experienced the moment. And then all the foreshadowing of the tragic end. Once I started putting the puzzle together I rea...
  • Claire Greene
    2008-01-24
    I have a serious love/hate relationship with this book. The good stuff:I really liked the jumps back and forth in time - surprisingly, the author was able to keep it all straight and I never really felt so terribly confused that I just wanted to give up.I loved the Henry character. I really loved him. He was flawed, he tried so hard to be a good man, etc etc. I just really loved this character.I liked the love story - I felt that the feelings bet...
  • Laura
    2008-05-16
    Just because something is popular does not mean it's good. Mass "taste" is often incredibly bad. Such is the case with this book, only it's not incredibly bad, just not worth the hours it takes to read it.It seems like every fiction book I've read in the past couple of years is highly depressing, this one included. My life is full enough of it's own challenges and disappointments that I'd like to read to escape. Yes, if novels are full of heartac...
  • Emma
    2007-10-06
    If I had to define "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger in two words they would be: poignant and excessive—two words that also illustrate my mixed feelings about Niffenegger’s first novel.“The Time Traveler’s Wife” is about many things. Obviously time travel is an important feature, but this novel is also about librarians, artists, punk rock, and alcoholics. It’s also about love.Henry meets his wife, Clare, for the first t...
  • Jonathan Ashleigh
    2014-10-13
    For whatever reason, when I stared reading The Time Taveler’s Wife, I was in possession of two copies. I opted to leave a copy at work and the other at home and I read at least a few pages everyday. This meant that each time I picked up the book I was slightly lost, and wondering were I was, while I searched to find my place within the pages. One copy was older and more worn than the other, with writing in the margins and creased corners. The o...
  • April
    2008-03-19
    I adore this book. I love it with all my heart. The first few pages were a delight, a surprise, and from then on it was a sweet love affair. I wanted both to have read the book all at once and also to have it all yet unread so I could savor it. I simply didn't want it to end.The story is about two people, the time traveler and his wife. On the surface, they are like any two people who love each other in modern times, except for the fact that he t...
  • Morgan
    2007-07-14
    Rating this was really hard, because I really liked it (really, really liked it) but I have such qualms with the ending, which could very possibly be a testament to Niffenegger's writing, I'm not sure. Anyway.There were several things I wanted to talk about while I was reading it, more or less having to do with the notion of time-travel in the book. Obviously, there's always the immediate connection between Henry DeTamble and Billy Pilgrim, both ...
  • Mariya
    2007-08-31
    i feel there is a special circle of hell reserved for authors who make a fortune by blatantly ripping off better--but less mainstream--authors from the past and passing the ideas off as their own. I therefore will not review this book but instead re-direct the curious to a 1976 novel called Kindred by Octavia Butler, ostensibly a sci-fi novel but in fact a lean, precise and totally imaginative book for any alert reader. Avoid bloat, trashiness, s...
  • Tung
    2008-01-09
    There’s a reason I hate Oprah’s Book Club, and the reason is that I think she does a disservice to the millions of American women who adore her by recommending terrible books. Oprah’s problem is that rather than directing her legions of fans to classic books (or ones destined to become classics) with complex plots and fine writing, she directs them instead to crap like The Notebook. The Notebook and The Time Traveler’s Wife belong to the ...
  • Kat Kennedy
    2010-02-09
    I almost feel that the author wrote this book in two halves. The first half she wrote while at the pique of her ability and enthusiasm. The second half she wrote while on some very impressive anti-depressants.The first half of this book is sweet, wistful, beautiful and touching. The second half of this book is heart breaking, depressing and sloppily written.I finished this book wondering what the hell I'd actually gotten out of it. My not-so-star...
  • Becky
    2012-10-21
    I am not a romance reader by nature. That's not to say that I don't enjoy them from time to time, but I just don't usually gravitate toward romance. And to be completely honest, I had absolutely zero intention of reading this book, ever. But then it was chosen as my October Bookclub book, so my intentions just became irrelevant. So, now that I've read it... Umm... Well. I think that this book did have an interesting premise, and in another author...
  • M
    2007-06-11
    Before Audry Niffenegger wrote The Time Traveler's Wife, she was a art teacher at a Chicago university. Thankfully, Niffenegger believes that art should imitate life, so we get a rip-roaring tour of her life passions: punk music, the Chicago art scene, the Newbery Library, and Chicago itself. These are the core elements that add ambiance to the love story of Henry Detamble - librarian and reluctant time traveler - and his wife, artist Claire Ashb...
  • Annalisa
    2007-10-13
    I loved this book. It's not perfect, but it made me feel and think and want. It's one of those stories that pulls you into the characters' lives and leaves you wanting more, mulling over the scenes and premise for days after you've reluctantly turned the last page. Rarely is such an original idea portrayed with such vivid language so you believe the time travel possibility and the characters are almost people you know. It's about a guy who involu...
  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    2007-09-27
    Very few books have ever made me cry. Off the top of my head, only two really stand out: Charlotte's Web and Thunderwith. I am now adding The Time Traveler's Wife to the list, and to the list of books I can't get out of my head for days after. This is a highly ambitious debut novel. That doesn't mean it doesn't work. I had my doubts, I truly did. And I can never read a book without also noticing typos, editing errors etc., but although they're di...
  • Heidi The Hippie Librarian
    2017-01-31
    A big no thank you to The Time Traveler's Wife. To the legions of fans of this book, I'd like to know what you enjoyed about it. What did I miss? I see that it's won a pile of awards- I feel like I completely missed something and I would like to understand your point of view.I thought I was in for a sweet romance but all I got was a time traveler who cheated at the lottery, beat people up for clothes, and engaged in sexual hijinks with time trave...
  • Maggie Stiefvater
    2008-06-17
    What I love about THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE is that Niffenegger absolutely nails the relationship between Henry and Claire. For all the book's faults (in particular a draggy middle), I haven't read a book yet with such chemistry between the two main characters. Add to that Niffenegger's beautiful use of language and dry sense of humor and this is a book I keep going back to. ***wondering why all my reviews are five stars? Because I'm only reviewin...
  • Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨
    2016-09-29
    ★★★★★★★★★☆[9/10] I place my finger on her forehead and say, “Vanish,” but it is she who will stay; I am the one who is vanishing. The allure of time travel is timeless. It is classic. Too many authors have tried their luck at making time travel the backdrop of their novels and they have always been rewarded with a huge success. Unlike many other time-travelling heroes, our Henry DeTamble isn't a mastermind that invented hi...
  • Jean
    2013-06-30
    The Time Traveller's Wife was published in 2003. It was Audrey Niffenegger's first novel, and is a surprisingly accomplished feat, involving a complicated time structure and alternating first-person perspectives. The two main characters, Henry and Clare, are introduced by way of a Prologue. The couple meet in a library in Chicago, but while Clare clearly knows Henry very well, and has done for a long time, Henry does not seem to know who she is. ...
  • Amanda
    2007-11-16
    I'm finally finished! I have several problems with this book, many of which were laid out by my friend Liz's brilliant post (thanks for lending me this read--I think). First of all, it's way too long. The plot is not so action-packed that it merits 600 pages and hour upon hour of my time. Why you ask? Because nothing happens! There were about 400 pages where Henry just floats back and forth through time, Clare is annoying, and no plot advancement...
  • Sharon
    2017-01-22
    This was one of those books that I'm not overly sure about as I found it to be an interesting read, but I also found it a bit confusing in parts. Time travel books are enjoyed by many people, but I'm afraid I just can't quite wrap my head around them. Having had a quick glance at some of the reviews for this book it seems that some people really enjoyed it and some were a bit like me, so for those who do like reading these kinds of books I sugges...
  • Melissa
    2008-09-09
    I don’t actually hate this book or maybe I do; I can’t make up my mind. There were plenty of things in this book for me to hate about it, that’s for sure. I hated the consistent cussing—-every cuss word in the dictionary from mildly bad to absolutely unnecessary is repeated too often. I hated some of Clare’s choices. I hated some of Henry’s choices. I hated the miscarriage chapters—-ugh too close for comfort. “Save me” is the be...
  • Huda Yahya
    2013-02-19
    ♥~♥http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgDJbA...♥~♥وبصفتي فتاة رومانسية نحنوحة مسهوكةًفإنني أحببتُ هذه الرواية الدافئة كثيراالرواية بسيطة ليست ذات أبعاد ولا تناقش فلسفة معينةهي فانتازيا رومانسية جميلةوعلى الرغم من ذلك فهي أكثر من مجرد تسلية وإضاعة للوقتتتسم الرواي...
  • Frankie
    2016-09-19
    This story was really cool but it was far too long for what it was!I liked the idea of the time travelling, and the book started off really good. But it either went downhill or I lost interest by the end. Didn't really like Henry or Clare.I love short chapters in books but this was almost too choppy for me. And don't get me started on the dream parts. I just wouldn't read them. I don't care. So many chapters could have been taken out this book wi...
  • Hippo dari Hongkong
    2008-07-04
    OK, to be honest, I'm having a hard time reviewing this book. I had a mixed feeling that sometimes I like this book and sometimes I dislike this book. There were moments when I just want to throw this book and moments when I suddenly realized that I'm having a hard time putting it down. It's difficult to write the review cause somehow I want to tell you everything.Henry has chrono-displacement disorder, and he will be sucked backs and forth in ti...