The story is compelling and the characters are strong. There were many moments in which the story drags. There are scenes that come and go and when we return to the same place and characters, the reader is treated to the same situation and discussion as the last time they appeared. The author uses this to set mood and it helps in the sometimes desperate tone of the story, but often I found myself hoping for the plot to just move along.
Sterling's voice is good and I never had a hard time following the characters. Great voices. In some cases though she takes on an almost petulant tone. Especially when reading the part taking place in the middle ages. One of the characters is a little girl who mopes a lot but the other characters sometimes pick up the same sort of childish tone.
The description of the book could be better. I bought this book on the strength of the summary and the average review stars. But I was expecting a much different book. I thought the story would be mainly about the time travelers visiting the middle ages and did not expect the parallel plot of the epidemic in the traveler's own time. This is not a shortcoming of the book, except for the above mentioned problems it is a very well crafted and, in the end, enjoyable book.
Well written but the pace of the story is too slow. But without any doubt it's a classic worth of reading/listening.
Slow start - and too much detail about the 'modern day'. However a truly moving story of the Middle Ages. Well narrated
The doomsday book does a very good job of making characters highly relatable, using antagonist archetypes and a few tropes to great effect, and generally pulls at your heart strings. It keeps you interested and even in the end you could go for "a little bit more."
I really liked this book. The British characters were all interesting and quite well done by the narrator and the author. I am interested in the Middle Ages and it was very interestingto me.However: Why, of why, must they make all Americans obnoxious and rude and demanding in so many British novels? One can only conclude that this is how they perceive us. And while this is true for some Americans, it is just not true for all of us. Couldn't we occasionally see a polite American? I guess that would be boring.
Excellent job with all the voices and accents. She overdid the horrible American voices, but she did a good job of making all the Amercians totally obnoxious, so if that is what she was trying to do, she did it well.
No, but it is way too long for that anyway.
I am definitely going to listen to the rest of this series.
It was only enjoyable in parts, in fact some parts, (50%), were really bad, and boring, only 30% of it was great, rest boring. The Sci-Fi part was terrible as the future was written as though it was 1970s small town britain, (not how life might be in the future 100 years hence where it was set with time travel!), with all the boring set pieces, such as a vicar, locals reading mass at church, complaining of bad sermons, squabbles between university departments, people going to the pub, and the words "crossing the quad" were mentioned frequently, slagging off visiting Americans in the typical set piece british people vs Americans way, all soo boring..... the parts that were good was when the historian lived in 14th century England. Evidently in 100 years time people will still be taking aspirin, and you will only get a few tablets per bottle and so have to ration it out because the NHS is skimping on costs, really? Also there were no mobile phones in 100 years either! and on it goes, as I said it's Sci-Fi is almost nonexistent. It was interesting to get a feel for how people lived in the 14th century, as though you were one of them, (I guess this is why it won the Hugo award) "The novel won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, and was shortlisted for other awards." So for that I am glad I put up with the 60% crap.I liked on my ipod nano I could skip ahead to get over the boring bits and enjoy life in the 1300s, or set it to x2 speed.So its a book that is hard to rate. Its a great drama, in parts.
The narrator used a very british voice and sounded exactly as I think she was supposed to sound, so for this book she was great, ie sounding like a tedious boring british person. (You don't have to sound like that in sounding british I hasten to add).
I tripped across this book from reviews by other readers and instantly become enthralled with every word and could not wait to listen. I felt as if when I stopped listening the character was "stuck" somehow where I left them and didn't want to stop at some points just because of that. ha. The narration was pitch perfect for me and each character came to life with their own personalities.
I bought this audiobook not knowing about Connie Willis, but hey, it's one of my favorite topics -- time travel, right? It's one of my favorite narrators, Jenny Sterlin, Right? What I didn't expect or care much for was a long dissertation on the social and procedural complications of an infectious disease in a techno-academic environment.
I've set the book aside a couple of times, but I haven't given up. Not yet. I started it again a few minutes ago, and maybe this time I'll figure out how to read this thing. Maybe I'll pretend that it's a complicated Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes adventure and just listen to Jenny Sterlin's hypnotic voice.
I would definitely not recommend listening to Willis' historian stories back to back, because they're somewhat familiar. It has been awhile since I heard one of these entertaining stories, and I thought I had heard Doomsday previously because it is the same setup with the same characters. A very entertaining and thought provoking listen but follows the same storyline as Blackout. The narrator did an admirable job with many different characters and a very different sounding olde dialect.
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.