Life After Life

Atkinson, Kate

Audiobook CD - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Life After Life
What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? 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, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on toward 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? And if she can, will she?

Publisher: New York, NY : Hachette Audio, p2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 1619696967
Characteristics: 12 sound discs (ca. 15.5 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Woolgar, Fenella


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Mar 14, 2015
  • JudithE rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 31, 2015
  • Chapel_Hill_MollyL rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A brilliantly plotted (even if it occasionally gave this reader whiplash with all of the traveling in time) book about one woman's extraordinary life. Loved it.

Jan 26, 2015
  • TheresaAJ rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found this book a bit hard to get into as the it switches frequently between dates, times, and alternate lives. Ursula Todd is born during a snowstorm in 1910 England. She has the remarkable ability to die and be reborn to follow alternate paths with very small changes. It's an interesting exploration of how small things make a difference for Ursula between 1910 and the end of World War II.

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.

May 27, 2014

Perhaps I'm not literary enough to understand what is considered to be a fabulous book, but I found this book to be disjointed and hard to make sense of. It's a well-written book, but I do not like to read a book where I have to constantly turn back just so I can remember certain things. In fact, I became so frustrated that I skipped through the last one-third of the book just to get it finished. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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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