Everytime I listen to (or read) this book I am blown away by how smart and funny Connie Willis is in her writing. You have to appreciate the subtle writing and the hints of other books she includes, including many of the classic mystery writers. After reading this for the first time I HAD to locate a copy of "Three Men in a Boat", and I'm very glad I did (also available on Audible). She also has brought to life two of the BEST animal characters in literature, I dare you not to want an English bulldog after reading this book, and, needless to say, she has captured the cat personality perfectly. But, more than the great characters, animal and human, this is a book that opens your mind to the thought that small actions can have consequences beyond our imagining. A delightful listen or read that you will return to time and again!
Great story with dry british wit and a great story that kept you engaged. If you are not a big SF fan, you will still love this book. If you have read any Woodhouse stories, these are similar but updated.
I kept remembering the things I liked about the Hitchhikers series years ago. Not wacky in the way that was, but a great entertaining read with good wit and a story you wanted to pay attention to.
The beginning of the book when the hero first returns to victorian times and isn't quite adjusted jet.
In the future, there is a time-travel company and in this case they travel back in time. Time travel in the first place can be funny, and this book explores it all (except doppelgangers). The story is long, a great deal for 1 credit. This book has the same silly, slapstick humor similar to the old "Arsenic and Old Lace" movie. I can't imagine any other narrator, it would NOT be the same. I am sitting here giggling as I write this review. This is the first Connie Willis book that I have listened to and it will be not be the last. It makes me happy just thinking about it. Good, clean, clever humor without swear words or graphic sex.
I can't imagine any book that would not be improved by this narrator.
Hmmm.....although he was more Edwardian, there was a Wodehousian quality to a lot of the dialogue and the funny situations with eccentric, mostly idle characters in a country manor house. If Plum had written sci-fi or time travel fiction, he might have ended up with something very like this, only somewhat funnier. But this was still very droll, very charming.
I would say Terrence, the literary quote-tossing romantic. He reminded me a lot of Young Bingo Little.
Can't come up with one.
Love this narrator, and would listen to him read the train tables.
I ordered this on a whim and had no idea how much I would enjoy listening to the story. At first I was a bit overwhelmed by the length of the narration but as I listened I was sucked in and couldn't get enough. It has a good mix of comedy, Victorian era grace, mystery and suspense. Oh and I love Cyril and Princess Arjamund. Good listen!
I really liked this story, although, it did take me a bit to feel captured by it. It was quirky and a bit silly in the way that is entertaining. I could see it being played out in my mind as I listened. I did feel that I always knew what the characters were trying to figure out. Then you just keep feeling the anticipation of their own revelations of what was really going on.
I would recommend it to a friend who likes the whole time travel idea, although, that all seemed like a side note to the developing love story.
Good book. I very much enjoy listening to these Oxford Time Travel books. I hope the next two are as good as the first two.
I would probably recommend this as an addition to the Connie Willis library. While it's not as compelling at Doomsday or Blackout, it's a much lighter approach to time travel. It's a nice easy listen.
The ending was well fleshed out - all the loose ends were tied up.
I really like Ned and Bain.
Not really, First of all, it's really long. But it was well suited to my daily commute.
As mentioned, a lighter, more humerous side to time travel. This might be a good entree into the science fiction side of literature for those who haven't wanted to try it out.
an absolute pleasure to listen to, a book full of humor and adventure. absolutely loved it. the fact that it ended was almost painful. my only regret is that i don't own it on paper (which seems like my next purchase)
Mother, Wife, Cultural Anthropologist, always a scholar and lover of books!
The characters, story line, and mystery kept me inordinately interested. I'd love to see more from the main characters!
Beware! This isn't a normal book choice for me, and I simply could not stop listening until it ran out of words! And now I want more! I haven't felt that way about a book in some time. I loved it!