The Time Traveler's Wife

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Narrator: William Hope , Laurel Lefkow
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Published In: April 2011
# of Units: 16 CDs
Length: 18 hours
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The New York Times bestseller is now available in an unabridged edition.

Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

Clare and Henry's story unfolds from both points of view, depicting the effects of time travel on their marriage and their passionate love for each other. They attempt to live normal lives, pursuing familiar goals'steady jobs, good friends, children of their own. All of this is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control, making The Time Traveler's Wife intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

Reviews (56)

Written by Melanie hopper on June 25th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

lovely story! nice to listen to.... very well read.

Could've been so much better

Written by Monica from Lewisville, TX on June 9th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I wish I could give this book two different reviews – one for structure, one for content. By structure I mean that the plot is fascinating and the actors are excellent – 5 stars! By content I mean the characters are insipid, self-absorbed, annoying, and their lack of development ultimately rendered the entire effort meaningless –1 star. Overall, I did enjoy the book. It kept my interest and made my commute more bearable for a couple of weeks. However, when it was over I ended up feeling let down by the author. Her plotting was so complex yet smooth that I kept hoping Claire and Henry would end up becoming something more, growing or changing somehow. But alas, they just slog along until their time runs out. So, I’m splitting the difference and saying 3 stars for the book.

Must Read This Or Life Will Be Incomplete

Written by Ruth from Clover, SC on April 22nd, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Thank goodness I listened to this book before I watched the movie. They are noting alike and if you've seen the movie, read the book because you were ripped off. So little of the story made it to the book.

Moving Book, a Bit Long

Written by Anonymous on January 5th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Overall I thought this was a moving and pretty good book. It is a little long and does drag out a bit, so I would recommend the abridged version. It is good to listen to (versus read on paper) because the readers' difference in gender. The ending is very emotional. Overall a pretty good book.


Written by Heather from Woodstock, GA on March 21st, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Nothing about this sounded like a book I would be interested in but a friend highly recommended it. I'm soooo glad I read it. This was a wonderful story and the audio version made it so easy to follow.

Time Traveler's Wife

Written by Anonymous on March 11th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book! The time travel make the book interesting and fun! Claire was every man's dream - kind, full of love, caring, understanding and accepting.

Hard to follow

Written by Anonymous on February 1st, 2011

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I found this really, really hard to follow and just confusing in general. I didn't even finish it unfortunately.

Audio book superior format

Written by Lindsay from West Caldwell, NJ on December 14th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I'll say this for the audio version of The Time Traveler's Wife--the reading was excellent. Both actors were easy to understand and read the book in an engaging way. In fact, I would say that listening to the novel is superior to reading the book. The novel is supposed to jump back and forth between Claire and Henry's perspective, only the writing is so poor that, from dialogue alone, I would often forget who the subject was. On the audio version it's easy to keep track because a woman reads Claire's chapters while a man reads Henry's. I found the book itself dreadful--it's a mediocre chicklit-esque romance novel dressed up with time travel to try to be something more than it is. Both characters are utterly unlikable--snobbish, pseudo-intellectuals who act with complete disdain and disregard for everyone else in their lives. I have no idea why this book became so popular. But, if it's made your list of "Must Reads" I would argue for the audio version over the written any day.

The Time Traveller's Wife

Written by Anonymous from Kansas City, MO on November 1st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

At first, I was really drawn into the story. Time travel is such a fascinating topic and the characters were interesting. I liked the way the story is told from both main characters' points of view and the narration was good. However, as the end of the story became increasingly evident, it really started to drag.

Time Travller's wife

Written by Do. on September 21st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A wonderful love story. It left me dreaming and wanting more.

Author Details

Author Details

Niffenegger, Audrey

Audrey Niffenegger is a visual artist and a guide at Highgate Cemetery. In addition to her bestselling debut novel, "The Time Traveler's" "Wife", she is the author of two illustrated novels, "The Three Incestuous Sisters "and "The Adventuress". She lives in Chicago.