Life After Life

Life After Life

[a Novel]

Audiobook CD - 2013 | Unabridged.
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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
1619696967
Branch Call Number: CD FIC ATKINSO
Characteristics: 12 sound discs (ca. 15.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Woolgar, Fenella

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Kirb
Feb 01, 2021

D/l audio

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Raun
Oct 20, 2019

What was the point?

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randyleroyfowler
Aug 11, 2019

SoSo

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dovershiner
Dec 08, 2018

Kate Atkinson Life after Life an audiobook read by Fenella Woolgar
This book explores Ursula’s life choices and fate, reincarnation, and revision. Love it or hate it this book tends to evoke strong reactions which to my mind is the hallmark of a good author. Fenella Woolgar does a great job of narrating the book.
Ursula is born on a snowy night in 1910, during the course of the book she dies at various times always being reborn on the same snow night. The book is a little confusing at first, Ms Atkinson skillfully draws you along Ursula’s path.

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AureliaReads
Nov 03, 2018

Surprising, subtle book, when it begins. Makes one think of all the roads not taken, the coincidences or seemingly trivial events in life that have far-reaching consequences. But then it bogs down. The oppressively grim telling of WW II, over and over would make excellent reading in history classes about the real horror of wars. But the whole Hitler sub-plot felt forced and silly. Narrator of the audio book is wonderful.

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eileenlufkin
Aug 24, 2018

my sister recomened

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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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