Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.
This book is not only Victorian, but British. Very British! There are a lot of British idioms and sayings and references that are thrown in, but after you realize Ned Henry, the main character, is just as lost as you would be in Victorian England, all the odd words just add to the humor. This is a long, slow-moving mystery, but it requires you to pay attention so you can keep up. I enjoyed every minute of it. I will likely listen to it at least 2 more times, and I am tempted to find a printed copy, just to see what word-plays I missed. The story has many layers, from wondering if cats run the world to what would have changed the outcome of the Battle of Waterloo. The only reason I gave the story 4 stars instead of 5 is that I felt the story wasn't quite finished, as if the author needed a few more weeks to to tie things together a bit better. It may just be the style of writing, I'm not sure. The story ends well, leaving you with lots to think about.
The best part, though, is the narrator. He really brings all of the characters to life.
I bought this during the $4.00 sale just to take advantage of the sale. I have been chuckling and smiling since I turned it on. I wish there were a magic charm that would show me many more books just like this, with a reader just as talented. It may say it is science fiction, but that is such a minor part of the whole that you can't even take that seriously. I am so fortunate as to have accidentally stumbled on this book.
i really enjoyed this book. i did expect it to be a little faster paced, though. but that being said, i usually listen to adolescent literature, which is by and large paced in a more manic way to cater to the young adult (and my) preference. i lived in oxford a while, so enjoyed those scenes immensely. the first half does take some plowing through though, so get ready to be a bit patient on the front end.
the narrator was amazing, one of my very favorites - and i travel frequently for work so listen to a lot of audiobooks.
I was quickly caught up in the entertaining story and enjoyed it to the end. The historic detail and the sci-fi element of time travel added depth to this light comedy. Very enjoyable.
This book is a very light episode from the Oxford Time Traveller series. It is a complicated comedy of errors and I laughed out loud many times. It's funny on its own, but even funnier if you have ever read the book "Three Men in a Boat" by Jerome K Jerome upon which it is closely based.
This story was not as expected. I tried to listen several times but just could not stay focused.
It seems like you either love or hate this book.
I loved Connie Willis' Doomsday Book, and this story takes place in the same world of academic time travelers, but this book has a new protagonist, and he's the most boring main character I've met. He spends his time worrying and fussing but not doing anything.
I love the concept of academic time travelers and the rules that govern their travel, but I don't like it when characters in time travel stories don't know how time travel works and spend their time trying to guess what might happen. These types of circular thoughts and explanations make up roughly three-fourths of the book. He worries about what might happen, then he tries to explain it to someone else, then they explain it back to him. I don't care what you think might happen. Just do something and find out!
Also: they never do say what a Bird Stump is.
My recommendation is to listen to Doomsday Book instead.
The book is brilliant, and funny and deserving of any award they throw at it, yes -- all true. The only thing is, I never would have followed the story -- got all the humor, felt the emotions that the author conveyed or come to think of the main characters as close friends had it not been for the amazing job Steven Crossley did reading it. He clearly understood the work of Ms Willis and brought it to life for me. I listen to this book often as I drift off to sleep and am taken away each time.
Connie Willis is always great, but I loved the light-hearted nature of this book. I laughed out loud at times. The narrator was great and did the book justice. If you're looking for an intelligent, fun, sci-fi book, this is it.
A complex story that slowly builds up steam and is well worth the investment of time. Narrator was wonderful! Truly talented!!!
Most characters enjoyable, or dislikable as they were meant to be. The dog could have had a larger part, and Tossie was truly obnoxious 95% of the time; Verité was a pleasure. I'll look for this author's next book with pleasurable anticipation.