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Life After Life

Atkinson, Kate (Audiobook CD - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Life After Life
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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?
Authors: Atkinson, Kate
Title: Life after life
[sound recording]
Publisher: New York, NY : Hachette Audio, p2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
Characteristics: 12 sound discs (ca. 15.5 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Title from container.
Compact discs.
Duration: 15:30:00.
Summary: 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?
Local Note: 15 29 33 53 57 60 71 80 118 133 143 148 149 167 177 182 198 203 210 216 222 226 242 243 244 245 263
Additional Contributors: Woolgar, Fenella
ISBN: 9781619696969
Statement of Responsibility: Kate Atkinson
Performers: Read by Fenella Woolgar.
Subject Headings: Reincarnation Fiction. Great Britain History 20th century Fiction.
Genre/Form: Alternative histories (Fiction)
Historical fiction.
Humorous fiction.
Audiobooks.
Topical Term: Reincarnation
Publisher No: DD4530
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Jul 28, 2014
  • 2juliet2 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Frigid English lifestyle - could not get in

Jun 21, 2014
  • calvoer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

They couldn’t have found a better reader for this audiobook; she catches every nuance and modulation. Trouble is, nuance and modulation is about all there is to this novel. It’s as though the plot, what little there is, was thrown in as an afterthought once the author had exhausted her supply of metaphors. And what’s up with her need to kill off her heroine over and over? At first this seems perplexing, then perverse, and finally boring.

Feb 01, 2014
  • hdcooper rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful book, wonderfully read.

Oct 01, 2013
  • danielestes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The characters in Kate Atkinson's Life After Life—and I would say in her prior books as well—are drawn so authentically that I'm willing to follow wherever she's willing to write. This is true here as well despite the story's pseudo-science-fiction framework. Normally I'm all in favor of twisty narratives that play with life and death and time, but I didn't feel as engaged with this one. Ursula, the novel's anti-determinist heroine, has so many unique chances at living that the stakes of a normal existence don't apply. It just occurred to me that with Life After Life, Kate Atkinson may have written the most elegant allegory of playing a video game that I've ever read.

Aug 29, 2013
  • winzip52 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was really looking forward to reading this book. because I've read and loved all of Kate Atkinson's other novels. This one was very disappointing. I don't quite understand why there were so many "lives". It was interesting at first to see how they ended, but after awhile it became tedious. The "lives" were all very interesting and could easily have made a stand alone novel, but having so many seemed pointless. I found it hard to finish and only did so because I wanted to see how it ended. I will say it was interesting learning what life in England was like during WWII.

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