Life After Life

Version: Unabridged
Author: Kate Atkinson
Narrator: Fenella Woolgar
Genres: Suspense, Literature, Detective Stories
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books
Published In: April 2013
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 15 hours, 30 minutes
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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.

Reviews (3)


Written by Janet G. on November 3rd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was challenging in the beginning as its premise is so amazingly fresh. Not your usual storyline! Definitely worth sticking with it as it will change the way you think about time...Love the author's writing style and the narrator was perfect for this piece.

Written by Marsha Scanlan on September 10th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved this book! Enjoyed it thoroughly. Was riveting from beginning to end.

Different, but I liked it

Written by Anonymous on May 3rd, 2014

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This has a very odd plot - the main character keeps dying a being reborn in the same life. I've never read anything quite like it. It kept my interest. The writing was good, the characters were believable. Not exactly a page turner, but a very nice book

Author Details

Author Details

Atkinson, Kate

Kate Atkinson is the author of six novels - "Behind the Scenes at the Museum, "which won the Whitbread Award for Book of the Year; "Human Croquet; Emotionally Weird;" CASE HISTORIES; "One Good Turn;" and "When Will There Be Good News? "- and a collection of short fiction, Not the End of the World. She lives in Edinburgh.