The book relies on a cool time travel premise and leads the reader dragging on and on with no real value added to the story for too many hours.
I have yet to get to the end since I keep losing interest. Then I remember I paid money and try giving it another shot.
The reader's voice sounds tired, she frequently makes mistakes when transitioning from one character to the next. The pitch of her voice is sometimes too loud in the wrong places. She seems to strain her voice unnecesssrily and exaggerating the dialog. Not pleasant to listen to but difficult. Just because she has a British accent doesn't make her a good story teller.
Details about mufflers.
The book might be more interesting if read by someone else.
Although some what predicable, the story has you almost pleading for characters to survive. You know there is very little chance of survival, but you can't give up hope.
The search for Agnes.
Very moving in sections
I look forward to listening to the next books in the series.
I love books on tape. Who has time to actually sit down and read anymore?
Hours of British people trying to find each other. Nothing happens, at all.
I tried a couple times, but I just couldn't finish it.
This book was disappointing. I was excited to listen to it because of the reviews I read and the awards it won but in the end I felt it was a mildly entertaining waste of time.
I have now listened to all 4 books of the Oxford time travel series and in my opinion this was the best. It was much more focused than the others and full of surprises. Basically it deals with 2 parallell epidemics 700 years apart. An influenza epidemic in 21 st century Oxford and the plague epidemic of 1348, witnessed inadvertently by time traveller Kivrin Engle.
There are many interesting aspects to the book, including a dig of a medieval town near Oxford which unleashes the influenza epidemic.
The book is a history lesson in the Black Death as well.
There are numerous instances where Christ is interpreted as a time traveller from god whose fix and drop went wrong.
Many of the characters, especially those who are villainous, such as Mr. Gilchrist and Lady Hermione become real as described by the author. Also, she is able to make children like Agnes and teenagers like Rosemund and Collin come to life.
Mrs. Willis is able to inject humanity into all the contemps of the 14 th century despite their brutal and primitive circumstance.
Toward the end of the book the author becomes maudlin over the death of Father Roche, but otherwise this an incrdible accomplishment and does not have the excesses and repetition of Blackout and All Clear .
A tour de force which bring to life England during the black death of 1348. Kudos to Mrs. Willis
I love history and I really love a good story based in historical events.
if you like time travel genre this is one of the best. brought the black death to life in all its terrors.
I enjoyed listening to this very much. I'm going to download the next in this series ASAP.
It took a couple of hours to "get into" the series. I purchased a segment on "sale" that was later on in the series before realizing it was even a series. Frustrated I decided to wait and just purchase the first book in the series and see how that would go.
A good decision! Connie Willis provided an image of the 14th Century area around Cambridge that was colorful and characters that sometimes brought tears to my eyes as they went through their lives in this terrible time. Purchased the other books in the series and am looking forward to each.
Story dragged, details of life in the middle ages were wonderful, but there was so much other crap to wade through.
I read this book many years ago, loved it and have never forgotten it. I still do love it. The narrator is superb, the story hauntingly magnificent. This is a poignant story; at times happy, at times sad and distressing as a tale of living in the time of the Black Death should be. Some editing issues is why overall I gave it 4 stars but, I still highly recommend it!