I might, if it were not as long. Normally I love long listens, but I have to agree with other reviewers that this one dragged, particularly on the 'contemporary timeline' side.
The idea was certainly interesting, and the depictions of the Middle Ages were very good. The parts set in the 'present' were definitely too stretched out and some jokes made over and over, losing their charm.
I think she did a very good job with Kivrin and with the young characters. Her Agnes was very good. Unfortunately she did a deplorable job with the American accents; I just had to try not to pay close attention during these parts.
Unfortunately not. At the end I have to say I was glad it was over. Although I found the arc of the story quite interesting each part just took too long. I liked the characters but often wished they would just get on with it. I recently listened to "Just One Damned Thing After another"-- a book that may have been inspired by this one. I have to say it would have been a fitting title for this book as well.
I thought this was going to be an interesting read with a sci-fi twist on the plague years of the 1300s in England. But it just goes on and on with political infighting between academics at Oxford & whose fault it is that the time travel went awry. OK, I get it, but after hours of listening I still don't get the story line. I just gave up. Back to the present.
Hope within hopelessness
Yet you'll revel in the how those during the Black Death approached it in a human compassionate manor.
The author's knowledge of medieval life, culture and society turned an otherwise Sci-fi book into a moving human story. The author and performance weaves the lives of Kivirn, Father Roach, Agnus and others in the village together to where you experience their joys, fears and horrors.
I really enjoyed Jenny's performance and firmly believe she made the book come to life. I have not heard her performance before, but hope to again.
I don't want to give anything away from what the listener will experience but I'll say how Kivirn deals with death is as much important as how she deals with life.
I will say that at first I was hesitant about this book. It isn't the typical sci-fi book I'm used too. However, I'm very glad I stayed with it. Soon, I couldn't stand not knowing what was going to happen next. It will be one of the few books I'll listen to again. I look forward to listening to other of her books.
Getting to listen to it whenever I was driving
Not sure. For me it stands alone.
The female main character
Experiencing the plague.
I listened to this book about 5 years ago (just re-joined Audible) and have never forgotten it. It is so fascinating, looking at life in the middle ages, juxtaposed with the near future which enables them to send people back in time. I think it's well-written and really well-performed. I would recommend it to anyone, as it keeps your interested, no matter what period of time you may be interested.
The reviews of this book show that people seem to love it or hate it, or have either feeling at different times in the book. I've never read abridged books, but this one could be a candidate. There is much repetition, to the point where several times I thought the recording had skipped back to something I'd already heard. But, the story is interesting and very well written. All the characters end up having a purpose, even those who you can't imagine why they are getting so much air time. I do wonder where Kivrin's parents were, though.
Absolutely. I was absorbed from the first 5 minutes to the end of the story. An intellectual goes from detached intrepid time traveler to compassionate, outraged witness to the plague. Meanwhile the folks back home suffer their own related outbreak. Great listen!
When a healthy Kivren recognizes that the blackguard thief who found her feverish in the forest on her first day is in fact the priest she came to admire later for his compassion and dedication to service.
Excellent voice characters. Ms. Sterlin adds a rising sense of panic to the building action, and a mood of profound despair the survivors.
The scene where Kivren hears the last rites of the priest.
Wish I could experience the audiobook for the first time all over again.
I have loved this book since I first read it and was quite happy to see it as an audio book. I just finished listening to it and came to several conclusions. One: this narrator should *never* again try to do an American accent. She's really a good narrator, but every time she tried to do one of the American characters I just winced. (That said, the narration was overall quite good.) Two: listening to this so many years since it was written, I'm amazed at how different (and faster) this story would have gone if they'd had something as simple as *answering machines*, much less cell phones. Three: despite some very outdated concepts, the story itself holds up very well. The characters are fascinating, and the ending packs a huge wallop.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
This was an OK story. I felt that it could have been done so much better.
Story - The story was alright. I felt that it was a little bit formulaic in a way. I was never in any doubt at all about the ending. I never really cared about the characters and I felt that the main character responded in such a way that she would never have done with her training and the time she came from. I also fail to see why if time travel is possible why are there still archaeologists and to a lesser extent historians?
The Narrator - Connie Willis does a pretty good job here. The only problem that I have is that I could see her face throughout the entire thing. Her character definitely intruded onto the telling of this story. For me that was not a bad thing because if it hadn't I probably would have given up.
Individuals who like moody, depressing literature that deals endlessly with details of horrible infections and loss of loved ones
Jim Butcher's Skin Game
Does a good job with the emotional aspects. Obviously there are more problems with emulating male voices. Some voices were identical but the story context kept them separated.
Depression at the amount of pain and loss. Irritation that the author felt it necessary to detail agonizing deaths and illness over and over. Distress that everyone loses. The heroine is rescued but at the expense of nearly killing her aged mentor and damage to her own psyche.
Not a book nor an author that I ever wish to read or listen to again. Disappointed the blurb describing the book didn't give adequate warning of the bleakness of the novel. Would not have purchased if the description had been more accurate.
Different, engaging, quirky
nursing the ill
bringing the plague to life
I accidentally downloaded this one, go figure. Turns out to be a really good book. Totally apocalyptic. (quote from the book)