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
I am a senior citizen(which I can't believe) and I do love a good book.
When I downloaded Doomsday I was surprised about how long it lasted. I thought it would never keep my attention for 26 hours but I was wrong. It was such an adventure that I hated to see it end. The way it went back and forth between current times and medieval times kept the reader in suspense. I highly recommend Domesday Book. You will enjoy every minute of it and I can't wait for the next one.
The Doomsday Book is an excellent tale. To enjoy it you need to settle into the slow pace. It could have been edited down to about half its length. The narrator adds to the slow pace, and at times slurs a bit and sounds almost drunk! This book has typically British eccentric characters that are not likable and typically awful British imitations of American accents. The characters speculate endlessly about what is happening – a disappointing literary device. Regardless I enjoyed it very much, particularly because it gives a version of history that
is neither heroic nor sugar coated.
The narrator was very talented giving life and voices to each character!
Mr. Dunworthy was my favorite character, while not the main character, he combined the two times (past and present), and showed numerous sides to his personality.
The voices that she gave each character allowed the listener to realize their ages and malaise without having to remember our look back in the book if you had taken a break.
White the book is slow to start, stick with it, it is rewarding. Excited about the second in the series!
I've never given a book 1star. Ever. I have no idea why it won a Hugo and nebula. It was very boring. A simple character study with no real story. Hour after hour of he same thing. Even the end wasn't satisfying. Zero character arcs, Zero drama, zero action, zero..... THe only thing I can say is nothing happens the way the characters planned it would happen, which is great if not simple and juvenile in its story telling. Big deal. Nothing new. No new concepts. Nothing. Time travel is just a device to make it a sci fi story. It's more a story of disease affecting two time periods. Even the characters aren't very interesting. I didn't care one bit. I'm literally shocked that it won anything or that it's received any praise whatsoever, and I love books.