It was was much, much too long. We could have cut out pages and pages of repetitive description. The parallel stories of a modern epidemic versus the Black Death in 1348 felt manipulative and trite. Ditto the titles of musical selections to un-subtly tell the reader what was going on. Arrrrrgh!
As much as I love history, I will look for something humorous to wash the taste out. Maybe Lord Peter Wimsey.
I loved Jenny Sterlin in her Russell/Holmes books by Laurie R. King, but she doesn't seem to even attempt to vary her voices from those books to this one. I've heard other narrators bring a different timbre and more variation. Instead, this sounded like she was using exactly the same voices as from other books. Imagine my shock at hearing "Sherlock Holmes" as an entirely different character. My husband (and fellow listener) did not care for it either.
Boredom, and disappointment that I wasted a credit. Also that I wasted so much time on it. But I have difficulty walking away from a book I have started. I keep hoping for it to get better. The writing itself was dry and flavorless.
I expect more variety and nuance.
Really enjoyed this story, it took a few chapters for me to get into it, but once I did I couldn't stop listening. Really interesting story with great characters.
Authentic, realistic depiction of time travel turning into a profound historical novel. Multi-dimensional & layered, including a small yet appropriate, positive mixture of Christian religious themes. For me, deeply moving, frequently tearful. I am excited to read/listen to her next novel.
I love Connie Willis as an author, and this book both both fascinating and exciting. She occasionally repeats herself, but that did not mar the experience. The audible reading was all right, but I'm not sure how I felt about the narrator's change of voice from character to character. It was, at times, distracting. I'd still recommend it though--especially ally to anyone who enjoys a good time travel
the story has two parallel stories that while similar themes are different. I think the goal was to contrast between today's approach and the middle age approach .. to what end .. I don't know. I enjoyed the middle age (time traveled) part of the story, but the modern parallel part of the story was .. aaa.. Too much talk about medicine and hospitals and sequencing (etc.). kind of almost projected into the future (because they have to have the ability to time travel).. medicine.. but not as captivating IMO.
still over all though.. it's a fun story if you can sit through the 26 hours of narration.
How exciting to be fully immersed in both the future and the past. And while there to discover that times may change but problems are always present. Even more important to discover that human nature - both good and bad, generous and selfish - are universal.
The premise of the story was interesting. The execution, ugh. The first 6 hours went nowhere. The story was in the same spot. I was so tired of hearing Fix, Drop and Slippage. Finally, a bare bones story started to develop but still was not very interesting, as the characters were one-dimensional, very disappointing. The author must believe repetitiveness is the only way listeners could understand her story, as it continued throughout the book.
Stop writing the same thing over and over - we get it! Develop your characters. Bring in more historical events.
I had a hard time differentiating the characters. The reader used the same voice for several of the male characters. The intonation was the same for all characters. Very snobby tones.
I love unabridged books. But this one was tortuous. I would advise passing on this book.