I learnt much about the Black Death from this work, and often felt quite sickened but informed. An entertaining read, with the time-travel theme similar to that of "To Say Nothing of the Dog", which I also enjoyed.
One easily relates to each character, in typical Connie Willis style.
My heart bled for the cow!!!!!
Excellent narration. I loved the British accent, and I love lengthy, quality books from Audible.
It might be me, but I can't get farther than 15 minutes into this 60-hour odyssey without falling fast asleep. Ms. Sterlin's voice is soothing and hypnotic. She coaxes somnolence from me at every turn. The story is hard to follow when it's so disjoint. It must be good...it won awards.
not very dynamic
I bought after reading a review of outlander where someone recommended this as a good time travel novel, Doomsday have many boring parts specially in the present for the first half of the book, the past always interesting, it is hard to tell the voices apart. I work in a large corporation the history in the present made me feel right back at work trying to get approvals from an accountant - not pleasant.
slow story development
yes, good change of voice for different characters
good historical elements
good concepts are ruined by the slow story development and tedious repition of thoughts and worries of the main character.
The historical aspect of this book is awesome. The telling of life in a village in England in the 1300's puts you in the time and place. But the plot. My goodness. It took way to long to get to the point. Even with character development, it shouldn't take 16 hours for the character to figure out whats going on.
The historical description of life in a small village in England during the mid 1300's.
Average, adequate, ok.
This book would have been a lot more enjoyable if they cut out about 10 hours. And this is a person who had no problems with the length of "The Company. All in all, I have no idea how this book won any science fiction award. It must have been a slow year. I found this story to be a well of untapped potential.
I really enjoyed to experience of traveling to the past and seeing an example of what life was like several hundred years ago. A fun romp through history.
I absolutely detested the scenes from the future history department / time travel people. They were silly characters, almost all incompetent (or unconscious). You could have cut out half of what was going on and still made the point. It slowed down the plot and tried to inject mystery and suspense in a way that simply bored me.
And many of the characters were clearly there to be funny. But they were so over the top that I found it detracted from the story. Personally, I wasn't in the mood for a serious book with silly characters, just as I've not been in the mood for a silly book with serious characters.
This is my first book by Connie Willis. I might try another one of the authors books. Her style was generally good and subtle humour appreciated. The comic relief characters I found irritating, however.
Jenny Sterlin's job of reading the book was unimpressive. She talked extremely slowly and her pauses between each character, each piece of dialogue, each sentence was to long. I found myself continually annoyed waiting for her to say something, or finish what she was saying.
I decided to listen to this book because of the awards it has won and all the great reviews. I definitely enjoyed it, and I like the premise of a time-travelling history department. The author obviously did a fair amount of research into the middle ages, church rituals, ancient languages and such, which I found interesting. However, I’m a stickler for sci-fi plots and stories set in the future to be believable, and so a few things in this story bugged me. I can definitely forgive the author for not foreseeing a world of mobile phones and the internet, so those things didn't interfere much with the story, for me. However, I think the author could have benefitted from interviewing administrative personnel at a university. The actions of these characters provided some of the least believable content. WARNING: a few SPOILERS follow: A university with no critical incident plan? A history department that no doubt would be the best in the world, considering their technology, and yet seemed to contain only about four staff members? A missing Head of the Department that never appears in the story? OK, forget Head of the Department – where was the President or Vice Chancellor of the University? A complicated, state-of-the-art, potentially life-threatening time-travelling lab, and only one person on location who knows how to operate it? Where is the full-time Lab Manager? Where is the required training, or at least awareness training, for the other personnel and professors? Where is the operation manual for others to consult? The explanation of “it’s Christmas time and everything is shut down” only excused so much of this for me. If a life-threatening situation arose at a real university, there would be all hands on deck! Implement Critical Incident and Media response plan! Emergency staff meetings! Certainly the staff would never send a barely-recovered staff member back… they could phone one of the other dozens of History or admin staff to see who else might want to help, no? I did enjoy this book and did find myself listening frequently, wanting to find out what was going to happen. But the actions and dialogue of the University staff were frustrating. Nevertheless I may listen to more of this author’s work, as I do find the premise interesting… and maybe in book two, the History department gets its wake-up call?
This is one of those stories that I know will stay with me a long time. The plot itself is so good that the book is able to overcome the slower moments where you trudge through the story to get to the next part. When I was finished though, I realized how important all of those slow moments were to the overall effect of the story. Still, because those moments were so slow moving, I can't give maximum stars.
I really wasn't too sure but this book, but by the end I was hooked in. I enjoyed the travel setting and story more than the contemporary portion. Still, not a bad book.