I'm a fan of time travel books, this one was pretty decent, takes place in Oxford and bounces between 21st and 14th century, in a place where historians travel through time. One historian is stuck in 14th century mabey forever while the 21st century deals with an unexplained pandemic.
Toward the top of my list.
One particular moment isn't really important, it is the way they are weaved together that makes the book interesting and enjoyable.
No, I liked to process a bit. You get to look at history in a different way and it deserves time.
Well worth your credit.
I know this is an excellent story because I read it when it was first published. Foolishly, I bought the Audible version without listening to the sample. The reader is flat, boring, and annoying (quite an accomplishment, actually). I'm sorry I wasted my money, but at least I didn't waste too much of my time; I gave up listening fairly quickly.
I absolutely love this book! I think this has to be about the 8th time I have read it- and always around Christmastime. There are so many layers to this story, there are sad parts, funny characters, poignant moments. How do we respond in the midst of such tragedy and despair? Where do we find hope and strength? This time I listened to the audio book as I read the story and this added a wonderful dimension to the telling. I never get tired of this book! 5 stars!!
Jenny made this story come alive. I love her voice- and she drew me into the story!
Yes i would listen to this book again and plan on it when i get all the books. I am buying book 3 today. I'm not a sci-fi person at all but this book or the whole series is great so far. i still have two books to go. But the charecters are great you really get to know them. And the narrator did an awsome job on the voices.
I can't say without given it away. So i'll just say yes.
Can't wait to listen to book three. I recommend this book to whom ever is into time travel or fantasy.
This charming story is crippled by bad writing and a tedious narration. The narrator's clear, strong voice barely changes between characters and suffers from a plodding and inappropriately crisp tone.
But the narrator can not be blamed for the wooden, stilted dialogue or the inexplicably repetitive descriptions of the action. I don't mean that the word choice is repetitive (although it is), but rather the *action* is repetitive, as if the author assumed her readers would forget what was going on after two minutes and would require a summation every other paragraph. Nearly half the book is spent regurgitating the same scenes, people having literally the same conversations a dozen times; the other half of the book is the characters worrying about those same conversations, and playing them out steam-of-consciousness style.
And why is every single person in the future timeline incapable of following a topic of conversion?! Nearly all of the dialogue was punctuated by Mr. Dunworthy prompting distracted, socially incompetent, and seemingly moronic academics who couldn't remember what they'd been talking about for the past ten minutes.
If you can get through the tedium, the repetition, and the overall whining and worrisome tone, there is a good story to be had. The main characters evoke sympathy and earn respect. You want them to succeed, even as you want the book to hurry the heck up and get to the end.
Avid Audible Listener
If you can tolerate a lot of repetitiveness, you will enjoy this book. The listen was good, but if I heard, "Something's wrong" once, I heard it 100 times. I found myself shouting "I know, I get it"! The story was enjoyable, but the author drug it out, which made it seem that much more lengthy.
The Narrator did an excellent job, which is the only reason I persevered to the end.
I would recommend .this book to sci fi enthusiasts and historical fiction buffs. Really brings the horrors of the Black Death to life. Not something we like to think about but a highly important part of the history of Western Europe