About a couple of months ago I was introduced to an app called BorrowBox, a way to rent audio books from the Library. I’d struggled to get into a book recently (I was studying, working and interning – so a busy few months!) and listening to an audio book fitted perfectly, either on my commute or walking to and from the train station.
The first book I listened to was Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, I book I’d heard good things about and was slightly daunted by the large size.
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 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? And if she can – will she?
Star Rating – 3.5 Stars
Just a heads up, this audio book was around 15 hours. I also found, much like a book, I preferred to end it at the end of chapters, although once or twice I paused the book after a paragraph (is there even a way to listen to audio books?! aha)
Anyways… back to the story.
So I liked the idea of someone being able to go back and change things in order to get a different outcome. And this was written so well that even though some chapters appear out of sync, as in she doesn’t die and her story starts all over again, rather you start some and finish others and it’s a bit of a puzzle piece (hard to explain!) but it all works and flows rather well.
Ursula is a fab character and at some points, I have to admit, I cried, it was so sad! But then when she gets a better ending, you’re happy for her and so her story goes on and on, repeatedly through different moments of time.
I’m glad I read it via audio, and would probably pick the book up next time I wanted to read it, but initially listening to it whilst I was on trains and in my car meant that I could whizz through a larger book, something which I’d been putting off reading due to the size.
A story of love, loss, family and a slight fantasy element to it, a fab historical read!
As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read the book and what you thought of it. And if you haven’t, will you be adding it to your TBR pile? Will you listen to the audio?