I absolutly loved as one of the best books ever, Connie's book Not To Mention The Dog etc etc. I just had to have another of her books. But the narrator of the story is hopeless. Her characterisations leave me bewildered as to who is speaking and which character is which. Her voice fades at the end of sentances making it impossible to follow the story. I had to give up after only a chapter to two. I will however, go and buy a hardcopy of the book, I loved "The Dog" so much.
Very dissapointed. No stars for performance, can't comment on the story as I never got to hear it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and the performance by Jenny Sterlin. A moving story about a future modern scholar surviving in the 14th century when the plague strikes Oxford. The descriptions of the life and living conditions in England at this time are wonderful. Recommended if you like historical re-imaginings
This story is hard to categorize: it's not typical science fiction, but it's not really historical fiction either. In reality, it's more of a human drama, and from that perspective it excells.
The character development was superb. The storyline was engaging, if sometimes predictable. My only complaint is that it was, in areas, agonizingly repetitive and slow due to unnecessary details. If you apply patience it is still an enjoyable, worthwhile read.
Ms. Sterlin's voice characterizations are outstanding and the overall narration was excellent.
This is a great story that shows both the near future and the far past. I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I started the book, but it was very entertaining with great characters. The details paid to the Middle Ages part of the book really drew me in, because I love history AND science fiction. The 'future' portions of the book were a little slow at points and there were times that it felt like everything was in a holding pattern, but overall, I was extremely interested in the story. I also got some enjoyment seeing what parts of the 'future' seem unrealistic now, such as sitting and waiting for phone calls.
It is painful getting through this book, but I am determined to finish it. It was the neverending sickness for
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.