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.
I've read and enjoyed several other Connie Willis books, but put avoided this one because of the reviews listed here complaining about the gruesome narrative and the depressing nature of the story. I didn't find either assessment to be true. If you've enjoyed the author's other books, you'll enjoy this as well. Sure, characters sicken and die but you won't. ;-)
The narrative divides its time between the future and the past. You might get a bit frustrated with the limitations of technology in Willis' future world, (e.g. There's no concept of a mobile phone.) but it doesn't destroy the story.
There is plenty of mystery and adventure to keep you listening when you shouldn't be.
This is a combination sci-fi and medical thriller. The plot is exceedingly slow moving, and the book is filled with detailed descriptions of disease, to the point where I had to stop reading about 2/3 of the way through (as things got really gruesome). I have the impression the author may be a medical doctor. If you are not a doc, you may want to skip this book. Good reader.
Interesting story, likeable characters. I've listened to this book quite a few times. There are parts that are simply draw out for too long like Bahdree's illness and his not being able to spit out....what exactly IS wrong. However, still worth having in an audible library.
It is one of the best books I've listened to so far! The story is superb, the performance is superb, everything is just perfect! I wish it were a never ending story!
All were good
I am a Connie Wills fan. The Bellweather is one of my favorite books so I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, the Doomsday Book is nowhere near as good a novel as her others.
The real problem is the length - it is not that I don't like a long saga, but about 1/3 of this book could have been edited out without loosing ANY of the story. There is a character who remain unconscious for hundreds of pages while the reader - and the rest of the characters wait to hear vital information from him - while nothing else happens in the story. There is a really well developed bad guy character that you will love to hate, who basically disappears from the story without receiving his comeuppance. Then there is the endless description of illness and death.
I am sorry Connie Wills - you may have done some fabulous historical research for this book, your characters may be well developed and your story original - but I would rather die quickly of the plague than wade through three volumes of this novel.
The book has won many awards for good reason, but it's not really my preferred sci-fi. What made the experience of reading this audio version one of the best yet, for me, was Jenny Sterlins narrative performance. She made the characters alive, very distinct from each other, and gave them believability. I believe that her performance made the story even more moving than it would have been had I simply read the txt of it.
A very clever and interesting premise that starts out with promise, but is slowly ruined by the horrid narration and inconsistent storytelling. The worst part is that the writer completely gives up at the ending and destroys all you have been hoping for by just driving it over a cliff. I was so sorry that it ruined what could have been at least a thoughtful story by just running out of gas. Save your credit for something better.
I was expecting more. The reader goes very slowly through a very slow and uneventful plot line. It is disappointing that not much of anything happens over 28 hours of book. Not terrible, but dull.
I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.
I enjoy history and enjoy historical fiction. After listening for a few hours I could not figure out which this book was trying to be. Boring and I did not care for any of the character.