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?
Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original: this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.
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I'm an artist and listen to audiobooks while I'm working on my artwork. I have no trouble getting immersed in the stories I read. This one, however, left me confused throughout. I never truly connected with the characters. I cannot say that it was uninteresting. I just didn't connect to the story line to the point of finding much satisfaction in the story. A little disappointed.
Time shift is annoying
The story moves back and forth in time. Why? I can’t think of a adequate literary reason. It’s not interesting it’s annoying.
The narrator is exemplary which is why I am finishing the book. Any one less and I’d give up.
I listened to this book as audio without the benefit of a print copy. I found it confusing a few chapters in so looked up a summary.
Once I read the concept everything fell into place & found it to be very enjoyable story.