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The Time Traveler's Wife

by Audrey Niffenegger

Review of The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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       This was a fascinating book. It is long and seems long, but the character development is so strong, that a year and many books later, I feel I know the two main characters like old friends.  Romance, tragedy, science fiction, and mystery blended well.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger reviewed by BCH

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       I absolutely loved this book!

       If you saw the movie please oh please get the book because it is 100 times better!!

       This book is so detailed and the rhythm in which it is written keeps you wanting more. You feel sympathy for every character even when some "not so expected" things happen. It truly touched my heart and I believe you should really read it. It's one of my favorites!!

       Henry and Claire are made for each other...they're meant for each other...they take the meaning of "destiny" to an entire different will understand what I mean when you read it....fate and the unknown seemingly brought them together...their love is difficult but is so overtly right that no other outcome seems plausible!!

       I hope you read and enjoy!!

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger reviewed by bmcgrew

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       This is a 5-star read categorized as science fiction. However, Audrey Niffeneger's writing is so intelligent, characters so well developed and the plot so compelling I could not put down this "genie in a bottle". It has it all: a story, characters, humor, love and heart rending sadness that lingers for days. This is a MUST READ. I will not go see the movie as there is no way it can capture this wonderous walk through the lives of two people trapped by something which cannot be tamed-time.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger reviewed by Tony Whitaker

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       This is a fantastic book! I haven't read a book for so long that actually moved me to tears.   It is so cleverly crafted and the characters have something so identifiable about them.   I highly recommend this book.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger reviewed by K Chalmers

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       This was a fantastic read if you can get past some of the parts that seem to drag on.  The author uses vivid language to set the stage and the characters are very detailed and easily lovable. It is a great love story and I recomend reading it.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger reviewed by Taylor

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       I first want to say, that I think it's outrageous that this woman is getting an advance of 5 million dollars for a second book.  Especially during a time of political and economic unrest in the US.

       The Time Travelers Wife, though innovative in it's story telling, left a lot to be desired in it's writing style.  Her use of swear words such as "Fuck" for every character was just uncalled for.  I don't mind this type of language if used for a specific character, but if you are going to use it across the board for everyone, well, to me that just says that the author doesn't have a very good grasp of the English language.

       When education and health care are under budget cuts both at the state and national level, to pay this woman millions of dollars for swear words is a total travesty in my book.  I will never read another one of her books.  Ever.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger reviewed by L.D. Bronson

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Clare met Henry when she was 6 & Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 22 & Henry was 30. In essence, the pair met before they met – seemingly impossible, but made reality because Henry is unique. He suffers from Chrono-impairment, a genetic anomaly which makes staying in the present incredibly difficult & Henry finds himself randomly dragged into the past or future where he discovers that you can’t change the future because, like the past, it has already happened. What unfolds is a love story that transcends time & leaves Clare playing a waiting game which starts when she is only a little girl & lasts throughout her adult life.



Before picking up this book, I really thought that the highly unusual premise would make the storyline feel fragmented, that the jumping back & forth through time would cause confusion, but I was pleasantly surprised at how the smooth storytelling style carried me the right way & I never once felt lost in the folds of time. This was also aided by the headings strategically placed (“Clare is 17 & Henry is 41” along with the appropriate date).


The duality of the plot made for interesting reading, letting me see the story first from the perspective of Henry & then of Clare at different points in time as they eventually all pulled together, each struggling to make sense of their meetings till the other is able to fill in the holes at a later date. It gave the whole thing a curious sense of longing as I, like the characters, had to wait to get the answers I wanted.


Within the ebb & flow of their lives, Niffenegger have cleverly woven many contrasts together & it is at once engaging, inviting & warm, yet it never shies away from harsh reality. While showing a grim sense of inevitability, the reader is also given hope with the adage that all is cyclical. The consequences of time travel, along with the ethics of the traveler, are all brought to the fore – are events caused because Henry tells Clare about them, are they self-fulfilling prophesies, or would they have happened anyway? How much should he give away about their future lives? Who, if anyone, does he tell of such a condition, & who in their right minds would believe him if he did? What are the genetic implications in the possibility of children? And what happens to the people left behind, waiting for his return?


I found myself deeply moved by this classic tale of star-crossed lovers given a brand new twist, saddened when the characters suffered, & uplifted during their joyful times. It really reached into my chest & twanged the heartstrings till I was nearly in tears near the end of the book. A heartwarming read & a fascinating study in how time travel affects both family & friends.


The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger reviewed by Kell Smurthwaite (On the Shelf Reviews)


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