Life After Life

Life After Life

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2013
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On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, and lets out a lusty wail. As she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny?
Publisher: New York, NY : Hachette Audio, p2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781619696969
Characteristics: 12 audio discs (ca. 15.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Woolgar, Fenella

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eileenlufkin
Aug 24, 2018

my sister recomened

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jevans14
Mar 19, 2018

I was disappointed. I thought it was a very interesting premise, but the execution left something to be desired, and I almost stopped reading the book several times, but I didn't have a chance to run to the library to pick up something better. Many of her "lives" were dreary and I would wait for one to end, hoping that the next life would be more interesting or less hopeless-sounding, but often it wasn't. Toward the beginning there was a sense that she was aware of her life-reliving tendency, which disappears in the lives in the middle of the book, and then all of a sudden at the last life she mysteriously pulls it all together, figures out what has been going on this whole time, and becomes a heroine when in most of her previous lives she languishes as a victim. Not that I expected action every second, but the character development seemed forced and did not elicit my sympathy or interest.

SPPL_Anna Mar 10, 2018

This is a great audiobook, absolutely lovely narrator. The premise is very cool too, but after a point it can get to be a little much with the repetition. So it drags in parts while listening, and for some people, myself included, reading it in print might work better.

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susanchyn
Nov 16, 2017

Interesting premise; addictively atmospheric, but the storytelling is at times annoyingly protracted and over-the-top. The ending is abrupt and weird.

Ursula’s constant quoting of various poets, and her corrections (even in her own mind) of other characters’ misquotes, is heavy-handed and detracts.

The audiobook delivery is solid.

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spiderfelt_0
Sep 13, 2017

I was surprised by how immediately this book swept me up. The last several audiobooks I've tried either bored or frustrated me, and I was expecting this one to be the same. Despite revisiting elements of the same story, Atkinson kept uncovering new layers of the story, recreating the characters with unexpected variations.

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jackieparker
Apr 17, 2017

I admit, I put this on my For Later shelf ages before I read it, so I'd forgotten entirely what I was getting myself into. This meant that since I was reading the audio version, without visual cues, that I was completely disoriented for a bit before I caught on to what was happening. Overall, it was brilliant. Difficult, at times, especially the versions of Ursula's life that were especially realistic and devastating (abusive husband; German husband), but the reoccurring threads and characters that repeatedly touched her story in different ways was fascinating and sometimes charming. More than just an exploration of how many decisions an author makes - it's a question of choices and fate, reincarnation, and revision.

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lborror
Jan 31, 2017

Loved this book, so well written! It does not spell everything out, you have to figure it out as you go but I enjoyed that challenge so I would highly recommend. The reader is very soothing but may take some getting use too.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 09, 2016

I think I might have been able to follow the time changes better had I not been listening to it but I found life after life to be a very unique and thoughtful story. I would have given it more stars but I'm just not all that thrilled by WWII settings.

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Sssincaol
Sep 02, 2016

found this on Goodreads.. while I was looking up 15 life of harry August... Sounds interesting.. 9/2/2016

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JudithE
Mar 14, 2015

I found this book fascinating and thought-provoking. Small choices can bring about big changes, and not always the changes one hopes.
It kept my attention to the end, and I would have been happy to follow along for a few more hours.

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