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Life After Life

Lu par : Fenella Woolgar
Série : Todd Family, Volume 1
Durée : 15 h et 28 min
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Life After Life is the latest release audiobook by master of contemporary fiction, Kate Atkinson and narrated by English actress Fenella Woolgar. The story follows that of Ursula who is given infinite chances at life. Most would believe that the value of life would be lost should the chances to live it were endless but it is with this profound gift that Ursula sees how desperate the need is to protect Earth from human destruction. This is a story that is so cleverly constructed in its plot and deep in its meaning you will be enchanted from the opening words. Available now from Audible.

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What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.

What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, she finds warmth even in life’s bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here is Kate Atkinson at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.

©2013 Kate Atkinson (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Julie
  • 25/05/2013

Intriguing and fascinating

I think this is my absolute favourite Kate Atkinson. What are the pivotal episodes in our lives that alter everything to come? Who can determine the purpose in their own life? An absolute thought provoking narrative.
Excellently performed by Fenella Woolgar

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  • Chrissie
  • 22/04/2013

A puzzle - is it worth the effort?

If you could live your life over time and time again, would you/ could you ever get it right? That is the central question of this book. The next question posed is if this ability to relive your life would be a gift or a curse. This is a book of fantasy and historical fiction. It poses philosophical questions concerning how life should be lived.

Atkinson's writing is clever, both the questions she poses and her ironic, satirical, sarcastic and often sardonic humor. Don't expect good-natured laughs based on happiness. It is solely because of the writing that I have chosen three rather than only two stars.

The book is confusing. Not only does the reader jump back and forth in time but also into different versions of the same story, the point being that there is not just one story. The stories overlap at points only to later go off in different directions. The reader must continually figure out if they have been dropped into a different version or a different time period of an earlier version. In addition, many characters are not introduced. When they are first mentioned you have not the slightest idea who they are.

By the end everything is interwoven. Picture a twine of yarn that is split at several points, each strand going off in different directions. The reader hops back and forth to different segments. Is there one "correct" ending? Is there one preferable ending? Is it possible to choose the final destination? Most importantly, what is the message of the book? Was the message worth the confusion? In my view, the answer is no.

I thought the author magnificently described life in London both during the Blitz and after the war. I enjoyed the segment set in Obersalzberg, at Hitler's residence Berghof, near Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany, meeting up with Eva Braun. This IS a book of historical fiction. Events of both WW1 and WW2 are covered.

The audiobook narration by Fenella Woolgar was exemplary. Irish, British, American and French accents are all perfectly executed. I believe the audio version further enhances how people of different cultures "think".

You must keep a paper and pen nearby to jot down the date of the episode you are listening to. In addition, I recommend you read this book quickly; if you read a little each day you are sure to get lost! Good Luck!

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  • Heather
  • 29/11/2014

A mind altering book

What made the experience of listening to Life After Life the most enjoyable?

The trick to this book is to stay with it. It is 1910 and snow is falling and life starts. And starts again.Kate Atkinson is simply one of the finest writers today. This book is a literary wonder - earthed by beautiful characters and a solid English country home - and yet delving into the questions of life and time and choice. World War Two vividly evoked. Ethereal and captivating. Don't miss it.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 13/07/2014

I REALLY enjoyed this

What did you love best about Life After Life?

It's such a creative story! The characters were so easy to attach to and the reader has such talent for telling the story, not just reading.

What other book might you compare Life After Life to and why?

It's such a creative story. I can't compare it to anything because I've never read/listened to another story quite like it.

Have you listened to any of Fenella Woolgar’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I had not listened to Fenella before but her voice is so fantastic for audio books that I will definately be looking out for more of her books.

If you could take any character from Life After Life out to dinner, who would it be and why?

This is a hard one. I'm tossing up between Ursula and Izzy. Izzy would be highly entertaining, but Ursula would the character I would be most interested in chatting to.

Any additional comments?

Thank you to the author for such an entertaining story.

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  • Shevaun
  • 14/01/2014

Mesmerising!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The story draws you in from the very start. Over and over the story is retold and the path of her life is rewritten. It's gentle and sad, uplifting and wistful. I really enjoyed it.

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  • EssDee
  • 30/05/2013

Stunning story and performance - Missing it!

What other book might you compare Life After Life to and why?

One Day, The Last Letter from Your Lover

Have you listened to any of Fenella Woolgar’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, she's new to me, but I'll be looking into her other performances.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I never wanted to reach my destination in the car and turn it off. I miss it since I finished listening.

Any additional comments?

I've recommended this to my friends. I just loved it.

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  • Karen Campbell
  • 27/03/2013

So tedious

I really wanted to like this because I love everything else Kate Atkinson has written. So I kept trying and re-trying to slog through it. But it is so, so boring. The characters are bland, the setting is bland and every time her life started again, I groaned because I knew there was just more blandness coming. Really disappointed

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  • Marianna
  • 20/09/2019

Less profound than it claims

Struggled to finish it and was very annoyed by the end. I missed the wit and the comedy that interlaced so well through profound themes in Atkinson's other books.
Narrator had bad German pronunciation, but that will probably only irritate German speakers.

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  • Mark Fletcher
  • 19/10/2016

Wonderful.

The combination of magical realism and a family narrative works fantastically work. Each live relived presents different dramas, joys and sorrows, such that by the end you feel you have inhabited a life with all its possible outcomes. Totally satisfying.

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  • Susan Copas
  • 07/08/2015

Extraordinary

Fenella"s extraordinarily gifted talent for narration brought life after life to life again and again

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  • Susi
  • 18/12/2013

Immer wieder einen Neustart haben?

Ich fand die Idee nicht so ganz neu, das Konzept gab es auch schon in anderen Büchern, aber nachdem Life after Life bei goodreads so gut abschnitt wollte ich es wagen.
Worum gehts?
Eine Frau wird geboren, in einer kalten verschneiten Winternacht. Und jedesmal wenn sie (verfrüht) stirbt, geht es wieder von vorne los, und die kleinsten Unterschiede bewirken lebenslange Folgen. Das macht die Autorin echt gut, die Geschichte ist amüsant, manchmal herzzerreissend, manchmal traurig, manchmal hat man genau wie die Hauptperson echt die Nase voll von diesem Leben - und zack, geht es wieder von vorne los.
Und an der Stelle schwächelte das Buch doch: diese Beliebigkeit....mal kommt die Hebamme zu spät, dann der Arzt, dann ist eine Schere zur Hand, dann nicht...ganz ohne Sinn. Das empfinden manche sicherlich anders als ich, aber mir waren all die Leben zu fremdbestimmt.
Und zum Ende...naja. Ich hätte gerne eine ausführlichere Variante des vorletzten Lebens gehabt, und es hätte für mich auch das letzte Leben bleiben könne.



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(und na klar, als Deutsche kann man sich nur umbringen....das nervte gewaltig)

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  • My Shaloma
  • 07/07/2017

Schwer zu verstehen als Hörbuch

Die Idee, ein Leben so lange wiederholen zu können, bis alles so klappt wie es sollte, klingt faszinierend. Doch nach circa 30 Minuten habe ich das Hörbuch aus zwei Gründen abgebrochen:
1) Man versteht die Handlung nicht. Man realisiert nicht, dass da jemand immer wieder sein Leben neu anfängt. Es wirkt einfach nur sehr chaotisch erzählt. In Buchform ist die Geschichte vielleicht besser zu verstehen, wer weiß.
2) Die Sprache ist wie bei Jane Austen, was ich schon immer anstrengend fand und was nie mein Fall gewesen ist.

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  • Gipfelstürmer
  • 22/06/2015

Ein großartiges Hörbuch

Tolle Idee, tolle Geschichte, toll geschrieben, großartig eingelesen.

Nur bei der  langen Beschreibung des Lebens auf dem Berghof habe ich mich unwohl gefühlt. Ich kann nicht gut Deutsch anhören, dass von einem englischen Muttersprachler gelesen wird, und auch inhaltlich war es für mich als Deutsche eher langatmig und  die Anekdoten über Hitler als Privatpersonhabe ich natürlich schon x Mal gelesen oder im TV gesehen. Davon abgesehen ein absolut empfehlenswertes Hörbuch!