This book is an excellent time travel piece that has very little action, but still keeps you on the edge of your seat. I thought I knew where it would head and the next chapter would always prove me wrong. Connie Willis' story telling technique impressed me at ever turn. The characters were a bit single minded at times, but self aware enough that at one point one of the main characters acknowledged how selfish they were all being. I loved this book and will go on to find more from this author to listen to.
excellent book. I love medieval history this a grea4 fiction story about the time
I've read this multiple times and the audio version did not disappoint. The narration added a rich layer of being there.
The author is refreshing ruthless with her characters. You don't go into a book titled "doomsday" and expect a truly happy ending and To be perfectly frank the book made me cry.
I want to rate the book higher as I loved Kivrin's story and was moved but not in love with the supporting present day story.
So I give the Kivrin's story 5/5, and the future Oxford (present) a 4/5.
I read this book years ago when it was first written and liked it very much but had forgotten much of the details. I was surprised at the negative reviews about the second half of the book, but the very accurate description of the Black Plague only added to the historical realism. However, The author didn't do as good a job of anticipating technology today. Even Star Trek in the 1960's had individual communicators.
I have mixed feelings about this book. It's an interesting depiction of epidemics as experienced "simultaneously" in the middle ages and modern day. However, most characters lack credibility in their actions and interpretations. They tend to repeat moronic, simple, phrases, as though befuddled, to give up after very little effort despite their goal being a life and death matter, and to put too much emphasis on meaningless, mundane, things that are NOT of life and death importance. In a sense, it's a good parody of self absorption and the lack of critical thinking that frustrates me in society every day, but there's do much of it that the book starts to just seem poorly written. There are also a couple of major plot lines left unresolved (where the heck is Bassingham?). On the up side, there are also funny or poignant moments of humanity-- both internal reflection and interaction. The "future" presented in the book looks more like the 1980's with a few fantastical pieces of technology inserted (hard wired phone systems, books, very basic computers, supply shortages during a quarantine with no apparent way to just drop supplies in.....), but the sci-fi aspect of the book is more or less just a literary device to let the author use the future as a counterpoint to the plague-filled past anyway.
Loved the story. It starts slow with quite a bit of handwringing and bickering, but once the main plot becomes apparent it's pretty gripping. The voice narrator cannot do an American accent to save her life, which is actually kind of charming.
I'm a sucker for time travel stories and this one didn't disappoint. I felt that the current-day (or technically future) story was outdated (and of course it would be - it was written in the early 1990s.). However, the portion of the story that that takes place in the 1300s was believable to me. I became attached to all of the characters. As others have mentioned, it takes a little too long to clarify the recurring theme of "something's wrong" but the story wrapped up nicely in the end.
The read was ok. Jenny Sterling reads the the 5- and 12-year-old characters well. Her American accent is kind of terrible.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
starts off kinda slow then builds to a climax. good historical content. only a few issues I had with the story, some questions I felt were left unanswered.