One of the best audio books that I've run across in quite some time.
The story is a lighthearted romp with a time-travelling hero suffering 'time lag' (which bears striking resemblance to inebriation) sent back to do something somewhere... but, due to his time lag, he's not entirly sure that he knows what that is and only belatedly realizes that it involves a misplaced housecat, an absent-minded professor, a lost piece of hideous Victorian art, and a few romantic entanglements gone awry. With a hommages to Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Jerome K. Jerome along the way, the story is historical, comedy, time travel sci-fi, romance, and a mystery... with a bright heroine, an adorable dog, and a disappearing cat along for the ride.
The narration is good throughout and the plot is lighthearted fun.
This was pleasant to listen to, and kept my attention but is not particularly memorable. I could imagine the time machine and I could see that the humor would appeal to most listeners but I think I am perhaps humor challenged. I think history buffs would appreciate the intricate details of historical events and how they all fit together. Basically, its a good story but it isn't my cup of tea.
Glass Artist listening to books while I work, that means all day long. Creative books with deep characters going through experiences while unveiling the world is what I like.
the story has a little of everything and flows great.
I love this book; I have a hard copy and have read it four or five times. This reading, however, is so slow that when I turned my iPod to 'fast' play it almost sounded normal! The deliberate, plodding pace completely wrecked all of the humor I so love in this book. I hope audible gets a new reading of this, one a bit more lively.
This book made me smille more than once, but overall the story was so trivial and seemingly endless I would have switched to a different book if I had one at the time.
The writing is good, but the story is mediocre.
A cute story with a great ending but not as good as the Doomsday Book
Tried twice, but just couldn't do it. Maybe for the right ear it works, but there was nothing in the story as it started up that could hold me long enough to keep going.
Funny, satire, just enough sci-fi not to mention the cats and the dog.
I don't know if anything compares not even her other novels about time travel I also love. This one has so much humor.
Chasing the cat. You have to remember the character has never dealt with or seen a cat before since they don't exist in his time. Very funny.
Don't miss her other books on time travel "Blackout" and "All Clear"
If you like being told the same joke a dozen times and having the joke explained to you each time in case you didn't get it, then the book is entertaining. The first three-quarters of the book are filled with the kind of excruciatingly slow, repetitive dialogue that is the sign of an amateurish writer. Dramatic moments and interesting observations about books and history are completely obscured. The solution to the mystery is so obvious early on that only author manipulation, and not the normal course of fiction, prevents the characters from seeing what is right in front of them. The protagonist, Ned Henry, is a passive milksop of a character for most of the book, arousing my impatience rather than empathy. The writer may be trying to imitate the pace of a 19th century novel but fails miserably. Events may procede slowly in the works of Dickens and Trollope, but these writers are masters of tension, dialogue, and character who do not pad their stories with tedium.
The cat and the dog, however, never discuss events and events-to-be ad nauseum and always conduct their actions promptly and without undue explanation. They are the only ones.
This book is saved by the excellent performance of the reader and the final quarter in which questions are resolved and action takes place at a normal pace.