The characters were so alive. I fell in love with everyone of them. The story pulls you from one era, to another building relationships, and storys that parallel. The strife that these people go through just makes your heart ache. Please read this story. You will not be dissappointed.
Yes, definitely! It has a terrific plot and characters. Ms. Willis has hit a homerun with this time travel story.
The Outlander series.
All of the scenes involving Agnes and Collin.
This was one of those average books that was somewhat entertaining, but not a story that will stand out in my mind for any length of time. I read a lot of historical fiction, I am fascinated by the way people lived years ago. I like a lot of detail, I want to feel immersed in the story with sights, sounds and smells well described by the author. I want to feel a connection with the characters, understand how they think and feel. This book did not fulfill that need for me. I didn't particularly like any of the characters in this story, most of them were annoying and unrealistic. It was an interesting book, just lacking a certain something.
love to read, read a lot, mostly mysteries, historic fiction and a bit of sci-fi
Connie Willis is a skillful author. The Doomsday Book is well-contructed and Willis allows the reader to keep just enough distance from the narration so that the story can be experienced, yet not lived. For some books, I really prefer being completely swept away and immersed so that I live the story right along with the characters. However, in this case, I am grateful for the deliberate symmetry and literary constructs that allow me to enjoy a tale that in another form might be unbearable. ( I think of "Year of Wonders" here which, in my view, was a more harrowing read).
Willis' vision of Oxford in the near future seems humorously accurate. Of course, we will still have academic squabbles, public transit, bars, Christmas traditions and church. Her sharp eye for detail is gratifying.
Jenny Sterlin's narration is quite good, my only grip being that the audio occasionally fades out for no reason.
All in all, this is a solid, well-written book for fans of SF and mystery who like having something left to think about after their reading is done.
To experienced readers that can handle a book that is not overly exciting or thrilling. I listened to the book at 2X speed.
The content is somewhat dark and depressing but the writing is very good and captivating.
It was about world changing events in terms of the humans involved. It wasn't a history book. It was a human story in historic times.
I would compare it to Catching Fire. It also was about ordinary people doing their best in horrible times.
She had the good sense to let the power of the story shine.
People survive even Doomsday.
Probably not - I rarely re-read books or re-watch movies because what I love is the unfolding of the story. Once I know what's coming up, it mostly spoils it for me.
Kivrin. Because she's courageous and caring.
This was a great story, I love the idea of historians of the future travelling back in time to study history. But I agree with another reviewer who pointed out the absurdity of having no mobile communication devices in the 2050's. OK, so the book was published in 1993 and mobile phones were pretty rare at that point - but there were car phones etc, so an author writing a futuristic story really should have foreseen that at least something like that would proliferate. Not only that, but there were no answering machines or voicemail or call waiting!! The idea of someone feeling unable to leave their apartment because they might miss a call, or being concerned that they missed a call while they were on another one, just didn't sit right in a futuristic setting. William's carryings on also seemed a bit out of place in that era - it smacked of Benny Hill or old Carry On movies - not the sort of behaviour I would expect women of the mid 21st century to be putting up with! These things, and the plummy British accents of most of the characters, made it seem like it was set 90 to 100 years earlier than it actually was set! Despite all of that, I did really enjoy the story and loved some of the characters (others I loved to despise - like Lady Hermione [sp?] and that ridiculous mother of William's). Be prepared for the incongruencies I've mentioned, but don't be put off by them if you like the sound of the story - it is a great story if you can put those things aside.
This book had me interested almost from the 1st page. The twist on the plot is a time traveling historian lands at the very beginning of the BLACK PLAGUE in a small British village. Some of the narrative especially the progression of the disease and the assumed fear & despair, might be too depressing for some. Bottom line - I enjoyed the plot, content and the narrator.
One of my top 50 favorites so far - and I've listened to many!
The characters come to life, thanks to good writing but also a wonderful narrator. Quirky, original and yet traditional in the best sense of a good story.
This is a surprising book in many ways.
It is not a typical sci-fi book, though uses time travel as background.
And really narrates all the things that could happen in a day that is doomed, so be prepared for a downer.
I am not particularly fond of this kind of story, but could not put this book down. Connie Willis really deserved the awards for this piece.
And the performance was very good. Not being a native speaking, I was afraid at first of the British accent, but it gave a nice touch to this sensitive narration.