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.
This was one of those stories that you want to go faster, because you can't wait to know how it ends, but you want it to go slower, because you'll be sorry there's no more to listen to when its over.
The characters were memorable, the reader made them come alive.
Note: Descriptions of the plague symptoms were vivid and added to the emotional pull of the story, but might be too much for sensitive listeners.
Idea and storyline are appealing and original, but the prose is repetitive, long, drawn out, unoriginal, long, repetitive, same words used over and over again, ... do you get the idea? I listened compulsively, because I really wanted to hear the story. However, I did switch the listening speed to 1.5x, which really helped to reduce the boredom with the dry hackneyed words that appeared again and again. Is there no other way to describe a particular man as a "cut-throat"? Is clothing with blood on it, described only by the word "stiff"? Yet, the story was fascinating. I enjoyed the parallel evolution of events in both 1300's and 2000's. It was intriguing that the author envisioned time travel, video phones, and fabulous medical advances. However, interestingly, mobile phones were not heard of and the protagonists are constantly frustrated by not being able to find available landlines, or having to wait in their rooms for return phonecalls. In hindsight, would I listen to this book again? Difficult call - I think, yes. It catalysed some research into the middle ages and the plague. I enjoyed the characters. And the storyline was fascinating.
Overall story line is quite interesting. Frustrating, slow and awkward writing style. Many prejudiced and unlikable characters that seem to be presented as profound. Slow, thick, heavy narration does not help to move the story along. I did not listen to the sample audible provides so when the reader began I thought "Shoot, an entire book of this?"
Amateurish stalling techniques posing as cliff hangers rank as the biggest frustration builders- simply silly, and time wasting. The writing gives the impression it was produced by a novice. I would bet history-buff girls in middle school, keen on the blue death, would readily buy in. If presented to me as a work by one of my young budding writers here at home I would tell them the "Idea of the book is intriguing, and you are a pretty good story teller, but honey (!), go back and put some brains into the writing. You're not in Jr. High any longer." Unless this is an anomaly in Ms. Willis' cache I haven't the patience to wade through any more of this simple predictable "stuff". I will also avoid this narrator "like the plague"!