Picked this book up due to Hugo and Nebula awards. The story's concept is brilliant and the author does a great job explaining the world and describing the situation from the main characters. It could just be my perspective, but the first 17 hours of the book seem to drag on as she builds on the setting. There's an event that happens and everything comes together as you ride out the rest of the book. The last 9 hours of the book makes this a classic, but you could almost skip through the first 17 with a paragraph worth of summarization.
If you could take out the sentences " what about the fix" , "somethings wrong". and "I must find the drop". the book would be 4 hours long and interesting. Most of the story is the characters looking for each other. I loved the parts about the past. The rest was very tedious and frustratingly boring.
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Yes, she was very good. Female and male characters where distinguishable and she did a child's voice wonderfully. I could tell who was talking even when switching story lines. She has an English accent but was able to do an American accent decently.
I liked the idea of the book. I liked some of the characters, but others had strange relationships that were unbelievable. I don't know when this book was written but I assume it was sometime in the 70's. the story takes place in the later half of the 2050s but the characters spend HOURS finding and talking on the old fashion telephones. with operators no less. the computer system is antiquated and there is no GPS type of equipment. I just don't get it.
I have now listened to this book a second time, simply to enjoy it once more and i did enjoy it just as much as the first.
The story is engrossing. A very different variation on the time travel genre, I love the way it interweaves the 14th and 21st centuries.
I found myself totally enthralled by the story, really caring about the characters, crying and laughing. What more can one ask from a book?
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were real and believable. Even though this book is slow at times I felt it held my interest and I didn't tire of it. The historical detail is superb. It was so interesting. Worth the credit.
There is a 5 star book hiding inside this poorly edited 3 star one. The plot is compelling once it gets into full swing. The characters are well-drawn, some interesting, some annoying. There is good build up and several moments of high emotion.
However, this book should have been at least a hundred pages shorter. I have never read/listened to a book that is so repetitive. What one person says, he'll say at different points to five different people, and then those people will recall through an inner voice what he said throughout the rest of the work, so that many phrases echo seemingly infinitely throughout the novel. This sort of thing happens with so many things said that it became not just annoying, but made me think at times I had made a mistake and was accidentally re-reading/re-hearing a place in the book that I had already read/heard.
One more thing that wore on me after a while was the vast number of times a character would say in their head something that they wanted to say or what was actually true before saying out loud something completely different. To say this device was overused would be an understatement.
I'm glad I read/listened to the book, but have to wonder if this is one of the few times an abridged version might be even better. By the end you really do care about the characters and are affected by the things that happen to them. While some of the plots twists were guessable , other guesses I had made turned out to be wrong and there were some interesting surprises.
For the basic story I gave 5 stars, performance was excellent so 4.5 there (rounded to 5), but overall I gave a 3 because of the annoying repetitiveness that I simply could not ignore.
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
The first thing that comes to mind on reflection is the narration, it was not just very well done, it was somewhat unique and worked very well providing an impressive atmosphere.( Dont ask me to esplane dis uniqueness I havnt the energy).. The writing and narration are excellent and do a superb job of deeply immersing the reader in British culture which works and adds a refreshing touch, but have no fear, while all the characters are accented you will have no problem whatsoever understanding what they are saying, the narration is very clear. The story line is smart without being overly technical, its believable and without .Holes or problems ( as far as I could tell) which can be the case in such science fiction stories. As a time travel nut I really enjoyed this story , It has some unique elements that I enjoyed and I will be buying the next book in this series.
The book is a little slow on the uptake but once you get into the crisis on both sides of the time warp, the description is so good, you're there. If you interested in the plague and what it could have possibly been like this will hold your attention. The book made me think more about it not necessarily taking out one third of the population but some cities, everyone and some cities, barely touched. Throw in a little twist of another plague taking place while your back in 1348 and well, it's scary no matter where you are. Admittedly the British accent takes a bit of getting used to but worth it.
For the first half of this novel, I could not take the buds out of my ears! I was certain that I would assign 5 stars when I reviewed it. I loved the way it jumped from the past to the present and back again. I began to love the characters.
Later, the novel seemed to lose much of it's spark and took a left turn towards Depressing Town. Yes, the plague that ravished most of Europe in the 14th century is certainly a morose topic, however, I felt disappointed that the mood of the book seemed to change so.
I really tried to get into this, and the story was interesting, but the writing was so drawn-out and repetitive I just couldn't keep with it. I'd spend an entire 40-minute subway ride listening to essentially the same 5 minute conversation be rehashed in different ways . . . I just gave up.
I would classify this book as medieval science fiction. Since I love both genres, perhaps I am biased. It is drama, tragedy, and even comedy, all rolled into one. I thought the story construction, counterpoint between 14th and 21st centuries, and reading quality were great. If I had to mention a problem, it would be the deliberately low audio in some places. Since I listen in the car, this tendency toward sudden pianissimo was difficult to navigate.
I recommend this book and will probably listen again even though I very rarely do that.