It is nothing special. It did not bore me. I smiled about 15 times, laughed aloud 3 times and frowned and grimaced the rest of the time while driving from Durban to Johannesburg while listening to this a part of the way.
I enjoyed this book a lot and was hooked from the first words. When I got to the end of the "first half" I was thinking I missed downloading the second half of the book. I was waiting for an ending, maybe I missed it? I would have rated this 5 star except I felt I needed a conclusion of some sort.
The hero debunks channeling with channeling, in the name of skeptical rationality. It is or it ain't. Connie Willis wants it both ways, and she dumps her ending, as if she pushed her novel out a window. Way stupid, for a smart writer. Narrator good.