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The Time Traveler's Wife

605 Ratings: 2.5
A book by Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife is a 2003 novel by Audrey Niffenegger. It is an unconventional love story that centers on a man with a strange genetic disorder that causes him to unpredictably time travel, and his wife, an artist who has to cope with his … see full wiki

Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Publisher: Findaway World Llc
Date Published: 2003
70 reviews about The Time Traveler's Wife
review by . April 13, 2010
In her debut novel, "The Time Traveler's Wife," Audrey Niffenegger has managed to create a unique work of fiction that transcends many traditional genres. Time travel is one of the most common science fiction tropes, and until I read this book I thought that I have already seen everything that can be done with it. However, by combining it with a drama and love story, and by making it a form of medical condition, Niffenegger has managed to breathe fresh life into this motif, and do it in such an …
review by . February 08, 2010
Pros: Fast paced, unique use of time travel, beautiful descriptions of love and sexuality, incredible ending     Cons: None for me     The Bottom Line: An unforgettable love story combined with fun trips to visit previous and future decades in the lives of our lovebirds. The Time Traveler's Wife is one of my favorite books.           Did you ever have a dream that felt so real, yet when you thought about it later, you …
Quick Tip by . December 27, 2009
This is one of those books that keeps you up all night just so you can finish it.
review by . November 29, 2009
Ok... I actually took a little humorous flak for reading a "chick lit" book... The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. True, I probably wouldn't have picked it up on my own, but it came recommended by someone who has a good track record in recommending books for me to read. And again they were right... I didn't see the novel as something that would only appeal to women. Yes, there is a strong romance undercurrent to the story, but the constant time traveling and event shifting made it highly …
review by . July 24, 2009
I didn't write a review for this when I read it years ago but since the movie is coming out I felt it necessary to revisit my thoughts.    This was one of the best books I have ever read. The incredible organization needed by Audrey Niffenegger to keep the characters lives and paths in order is amazing. But while reading it, it was rarely difficult to keep track of things.     Every chapter began with clarification of what time frame each character was in …
review by . October 03, 2009
I am not a science fiction reader, as a rule. I do like time travel stories though - I enjoyed Replay, for instance. I first read The Time Traveler's Wife a few years ago when a bookclub I was in wanted to read it. I read it again on my own several months later because I think it really is a book you get more from the second time you read it. 2 other bookclubs I'm in since them have read it, so this is my 4th time through.    I still count this as one of my favorite books. It …
Quick Tip by . September 12, 2009
One of the most touching books I've ever read. A page-turner that I did not want to end. Can't wait to see the movie!
review by . February 06, 2009
Although it sounds bizarre, this book is truly amazing and is easily one of the best I've ever read.      Niffenegger gives us a whole different perspective on time travel with her story about a man who pops back and forth in time without any control over when or where he goes. While the story itself is fascinating and original, what really sets this apart are the characters. The love story that builds around the time traveler and his wife is disrupted by many of the usual things …
review by . April 02, 2009
My book club chose this as our next selection and I thoroughly enjoyed the read. I didn't even notice how big the book was compared to shorter reads. It's a beautiful story that is both exciting and romantically moving.     Give yourself to read it while commuting, curled up in bed or on the sofa or on a beach. But be careful in the end that you aren't smack dab in the middle of the subway during rush hour ;) Just a warning.     The book deeply moved me to …
review by . March 05, 2009
I rate this book right up with the best books I have read on Time Travel (The Mirror, Replay, Time and Again) with an interesting new twist!  In this book there are no such things as paradoxes.   In this book even though characters may know what is about to occur, they are powerless to do anything to change things (in those situations they are like in a "dream-state," powerless to act).   Thus, we have a time traveler, Henry, who can go back in time many times to the same place …
review by . September 08, 2005
I just finished this and all that I can say is... WOW!! I am completely blown away by this story. It grabbed me right away and I never had trouble getting into the story or following it. This author is an amazing talent!! The love of Henry and Clare is so heartwrenching and so touching. Many times, thoughout the book, I would stop and just think to myself - what if something like this were to really happen - can you imagine?! Beginning, middle and end - the entire novel was just unbelievable. I …
review by . October 30, 2004
I was drawn immediately into the wonderful and tragic life of Henry and Claire. Claire has known Henry virtually all of her life--decades before he eventually becomes her husband, thanks to his uncontrollable ability to "time travel." Genetic anomaly that he is, Henry is afforded glimpses into the future that Claire longs to share...in addition to constant revisits to his past. Henry meets Claire naked in the meadow at her home when she is a very young girl. He explains his presence as simply as …
review by . September 30, 2004
The Time Traveller's Wife is, as my students would say, totally awesome. The story line is engrossing, but what makes this book masterful and unique is the intricacy of the plot. The theme of time travel has been done to death, but this novel is an original in every sense of the word. The characters are human and believable, though not especially likeable. But the emotions are genuine and run the gamut from love to hatred, from faith to incredulity, from joy to grief. A roller coaster ride of a …
review by . August 29, 2004
This very unusual story introduces us to Clare, a young girl who meets an older man, Henry, many times during her childhood as he "appears" out of thin air in the meadow behind her house. Henry has chrono-displacement, which causes him to spontaneously time travel, usually into the past. Clare grows up adoring Henry, yet a little intimidated by his knowledge of her future and a little uneasy about how Henry's constant presence in her life is going to change her.    Without a …
review by . April 11, 2004
Science fiction today is not necessarily found in the science fiction section of the local bookstore, a very sensible state of affairs indeed. After all, this is not 1955; the future is not fifty or a hundred years away anymore, it's next week. At that time, we will be dealing with the same problems, and calling upon the same inner resources, that we have now, which was always the case, but it's more obvious these days. The only difference will be in the tools we have at hand. Our souls will be …
review by . March 10, 2004
I rate this book right up with the best books I have read on Time Travel (The Mirror, Replay, Time and Again) with an interesting new twist! In this book there are no such things as paradoxes. In this book even though characters may know what is about to occur, they are powerless to do anything to change things (in those situations they are like in a "dream-state," powerless to act).Thus, we have a time traveler, Henry, who can go back in time many times to the same place and event without disrupting …
review by . January 18, 2004
I bought this book on the basis of the high reviews, and I found it entertaining enough, but in the end I must say that I feel that the story lacked something critical. And that critical gap is the entire story in itself.This may seem a strange thing to say, as it is quite a hefty tome, but essentially very little happens in this book. It is a love story indeed, but I feel that the elements of the main characters' love for each other are not well developed, and as other critics have observed seem …
review by . December 06, 2003
While this novel is about a lot of different things, it is primarily a love story with a wicked twist. Henry meets Clare and falls in love, she is six, he is 36, and 14, somewhere. Henry, it seems has a problem. He bounces around in time willy-nilly with no control over where he goes. Clare grows up knowing Henry, and then meets him when she is 20 and he is 28-the catch is Henry doesn't know her. And so it goes.This is a clever, fast-paced, and very entertaining novel. While we are bounced around …
review by . October 08, 2003
In "The Time-Traveler's Wife", traveling through time is handled seriously by author Niffeneger as a disease where the victim, Henry, because of some aberrant chromosomes on his DNA strand flips, without control, in and out of a window of time that encompasses his own life span plus or minus some 50 odd years. The condition comes hand in hand with the usual drug side effect stipulations, no driving, no television and no deliberate revealing of the future.     As interesting as …
review by . September 01, 2003
This is an extraordinary novel with a unique premise, an exploration of the unknown in this expanding century, where the impossible becomes possible. It would be a mistake to label The Time Traveler's Wife a romantic fantasy, although it is a romance and it is based on a fantastic premise: time traveling. But this author adds a healthy dose of realism throughout the novel, keeping her character's feet grounded in the reality of every day life.The extended love story between Henry and Clare is indeed …
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