• Her Fearful Symmetry

  • By: Audrey Niffenegger
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 24-09-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.6 (158 ratings)

Summary

At last ---another brilliant, original and moving novel from the author of The Time Traveler's Wife. dearest e,
I told you I would let you know - so here it is - goodbye.
I try to imagine what it would feel like if it was you - but it's impossible to conjure the world without you, even though we've been apart so long.
I didn't leave you anything. You got to live my life. That's enough. Instead I'm experimenting - I've left the whole lot to the twins. I hope they'll enjoy it.

Don't worry, it will be okay.
Say goodbye to Jack for me.
Love, despite everything,
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Julia and Valentina Poole are normal American teenagers - normal, at least, for identical 'mirror' twins who have no interest in college or jobs or possibly anything outside their cozy suburban home. But everything changes when they receive notice that an aunt whom they didn't know existed has died and left them her flat in an apartment block overlooking Highgate Cemetery in London. They feel that at last their own lives can begin...but have no idea that they've been summoned into a tangle of fraying lives, from the obsessive-compulsive crossword setter who lives above them to their aunt's mysterious and elusive lover who lives below them, and even to their aunt herself, who never got over her estrangement from the twins' mother - and who can't even seem to quite leave her flat....
With Highgate Cemetery itself a character and echoes of Henry James and Charles Dickens, Her Fearful Symmetry is a delicious and deadly 21st-century ghost story about Niffenegger's familiar themes of love, loss, and identity. It is certain to cement her standing as one of the most singular and remarkable novelists of our time.
©2009 Audry Niffenegger (P)2009 Random House Audiobooks
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Critic reviews

"The incomparable Sian Thomas gives Elspeth the husky, sexy voice of Joan Greenwood, and throws in a guttural Dutch accent, several distinct posh English ones, light young American girly tones, a mid-Atlantic middle-aged female and, for good measure, a walk-on part for Nigel, a Brummie. Her reading is irresistible."( Independent on Sunday)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
2 out of 5 stars
By Justin on 28-12-09

Abridged version - not good!

I loved time travellers wife; this book I downloaded without realising it was the abridged version, and unfortunately even though the story was good it just did not work for me in this short format, my advice wait untill the full version is available.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on 27-11-09

Her fearfull symmetry

I loved this audio book as much as the time travelers wife. Wonderfully read too, but a shame it been abridged nevertheless it was still fab.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Customer Reviews

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1 out of 5 stars
By Clarice Muller on 02-03-16

Very disappointing, wasted my credit

What disappointed you about Her Fearful Symmetry?

This has to be one of the most silliest and futile works I have come across. After 2 hours I was getting fed up but persisted to listen as I thought this should hopefully better. After 4 hours in just couldn't anymore!

What do you think your next listen will be?

Nothing written by Audrey Niffenegger

Which scene was your favorite?

none

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Any additional comments?

The narrator is excellent! Very talented

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2 out of 5 stars
By juliet on 10-08-14

Worst ending ever!

What disappointed you about Her Fearful Symmetry?

I was left wondering what happened and did not believe the ending. Maybe it was because this was the abridged version.

What was most disappointing about Audrey Niffenegger’s story?

The ending.

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

No but Sian was spectacular! I would happily buy a book just to hear her again.

What character would you cut from Her Fearful Symmetry?

I'm not sure, it was not the characters that were disappointing.

Any additional comments?

I loved the time travelers' wife. It is one of my all time favourite books and I have listened to it about 30 times. I was so looking forward to another of Audrey's books and this one, although quirky (but that is Audrey's style), was going well until that ending.
I will now wait till Audrey's next book to see if I remain a fan of hers. Thanks for the opportunity to rate books.

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