Really enjoyed this book but found it to be much,much too long. I have felt this way about all the Connie Willis book I have listened to. However the quality of the writing and the wonderful characters make up for this and makes these books very worthwhile. You get great bang for your buck as far as your credits go!
The premise was silly, but the language used and the many misadventures were quite hilarious. I thoroughly enjoyed myself while listening.
It was funny, and had a different take on time travel than many books in this genre.
Good narration that brought across the voice of the characters, including the humor of the situation.
If I had enough time!
It led me to listen to the rest of Claire Willis's more serious time-travel books, involving World War II in England. I felt these were well researched and were an interesting take on the historical novel.
For some off-beat science fiction fun, I would heartily recommend this book. The characters are sharp and colorful, the situation unique, the story is well-paced and easy to listen to, and while it feels like a stream-of-consciousness story for quite a while, you realize when it's wrapped up that the author had a firm handle on it the whole way through.
The performance was perfectly suited to the story and characters.
If you're looking for hard science fiction, this probably isn't for you. But if you have a sense of humor and haven't exhausted your quota of indulgence for the month, give it a try. It'll leave you smiling.
Loved this book, it was great fun. I'd read The Doomsday Book --one of my childhood favorites-- and knew Willis was a wonderful storyteller. This book couldn't be more different, but it was clever, fast-paced, and a lot of fun. It made me laugh out loud throughout, and the narration was wonderful. A tight and well-constructed story with good characters and a touch of whimsical irony... quintessentially British.
If you tend to like British humor, grab this one, you'll love it. If not, this won't be your particular cup of Earl Grey.
Pseudo-historical Victorian time travel? Art-history sleuthing? Yes please!
This book is highly entertaining! (Please sir, may I have some more??)
Good time travel story with more emphasis on interplay between characters than on the resolution of the paradox that is de rigeur in such stories. Comedy gold in the 21st-century historian who is usually visiting WWII, but is suddenly sent to Victorian England without the proper briefing in how people are supposed to behave in that society. Whetted my interest in learning more about boating on the Thames, Coventry Cathedral, 19th century spiritualist hoaxers, etc.
I was beginning to wonder if I would ever find a book written for adults that could be fun, but not full of offensive sex and language. This book stayed true to Victorian standards consistent with its setting. While the intricacies and issues of the time travel in this book are still a bit fuzzy for me, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters, to say nothing of the dog - and the cat. I loved the literary and historical references. It's a good, entertaining read if you want to smile and laugh.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
Jerome K. Jerome and time travel with a mystery and a spoof of all the appropriate period literary genres. How could anyone not love this book?
He gives life to the characters and captures the sensibilities of the era.
The paradoxes of time travel and the social etiquette of the relevant time period are well done.
The chapter introductions ruined the suspense to the extent I took the earphones off and guessed when they ended, the endless interruptions whenever a character had to say something or do anything to advance the plot rendered the listening painful. One vignette that drove me to distraction was the back and forth exchange with the lockmaster asking whether the boat went up or down the Thames. Then there were the same hackneyed phrases and observations over and over again. I was relieved wen I finally finished listening to the book. Never again!
I found myself laughing out loud during several parts of the book. The characters, the plot twists and the historical details combined nicely. I'm not as much into the science of time travel as I am into the "what would it be like to live in another time" aspects, so this book was perfect for me. I truly enjoyed the performance, his voice was perfect.