I really enjoyed this book overall. It is really interesting and roused an interest in WW2 that I didn't know I had. The characters are all interesting and appealing. It is well written and well read. It is about twice as long as it needs to be however, or at least I felt that way. The story just feels like it goes on and on. Great narration.
Poor story and unnecessarily long. Well researched but it became extremely boring.
I believe she did a reasonable job, considering what she had to work with.
I enjoy well written novels and I was disappointed to find that this wasn't one of them.
I am very sorry to say that i will not try another Connie Willis book. I had high hopes; the plot seems very interesting with lots of thrilling possibilities and i like WW 1 and as in this case WW 2 stories. But what a downer. I did try, though. Listened for nearly six hours. Six hours and it got me absolutely nowhere. A lot of words and no story. No romance, no thrill, definitely no laugh and hardly a smile. The only emotion i felt just too often was one of annoyance: the main characters are one bunch of whiners. Really, it seemed to me that that was what they were mostly doing. Whining and worrying about delays in their time travelling, their destinations, their cloths, their miscalculated drops, the rescheduling of travels, their boss, their assignments, their implants, and also it seemed to me that the time travelling historians knew more about the events they travelled to, than what observing them in real time could possibly add. It was the plot and especially the fact that Katherine Kellgren was the narrator that made me want to give the book a go. I felt sorry for Katherine Kellgren who did her best for sure, but even she could not lift up the story one bit. It is for instance her narrating of the Jacky Faber series that give those books a lot of extras. Make them much better than when only read from the book.
Katherine Kellgren is one of the best story tellers i know, and i have listened to a lot of audiobooks. She really gets under the skin of the characters, giving their voices total conviction. And her wide range of plausible English and American accents is to be admired. Patrick Tull comes to mind. Another born narrator.
I am afraid not. Not to me anyway.
I never understood it from the book description, but i think the audience that is aimed at with this book is the group of 14 year old schoolgirls, which in itself is not meant as a critic. The Faber books are mainly meant for female teenage readers, but i find them as audiobook quite agreeable. I think mentioning Blackout is a book for a young audience would be a good thing to do.
removing a lot of pages. there was a lot that could have been deleted without losing any of the story or the development of characters
there is no ending. you have to read the second book to get an ending
No. I like Katherine though. She did an admirable job.
It has one. And without it, you are lost.
Connie Willis is probably my favorite modern author. But, I think this was her worst book. (along with blackout) This two book set was far too long. I don't see how the editors let so much filler go. Clearly, its a good book as it won both Hugo and Nebula awards. And there were times when I was on the edge of my seat per se, but all and all, it's not her best effort. And I've read nearly everything she's written
i have a hard time believing that this book won any kind of science fiction award. it is entirely a novel of historical fiction (WWII specifically) with only the thinnest veneer of a time travel premise. In the last part of the sequel, the time travel premise becomes a much more central aspect, but until then it simply isn't a science fiction book at all (that, plus, the bewildering premise that time-travel has been invented and for some inexplicable reason only historians have access to it). The book is obviously well researched, but it reads too much like its trying to show off all that historical research and too little like...well...a novel.
I was really expecting to thoroughly enjoy this book, based on Ms. Willis' first two in the series, and I in fact DID enjoy the first half, which certainly depicted a well-drawn picture of life in England during the war. The second half, though, developed into one long, tedious, unending, and repetitive agonizing of the main characters as to their inabilities to return to their own time. Certainly this would be a valid plot line, but it went ON and ON and ON, with no development of any story line to hold a person's interest. I could be listening to it while walking the dog, let my attention drift off (it wasn't hard to do), and when I eventually returned to the story I hadn't lost a thing. I'm not sure if Ms. Willis was paid by the page for this or what. I have already purchased the next book, All Clear, anticipating it to be as good as what I had expected this one to be. I'm having a hard time right now imagining I'll ever get around to trying it out; from other reviews I've read it appears to be to a great extent more of the same. Sigh.
I loved this book. Just downloading the second book now. . . it's not often that I can hardly wait to continue a story. The characters are mostly very engaging. The narration, particularly for Binnie and Alf is really outstanding. They all became a little part of my life for the few days they were with me. Can't be sure how accurate the description of what life was like during the blitz is, but it sure is believable and feels real. It's as if it brings the reader on a little trip in time with the characters. I recommend this one. It's interesting that these feel so different than the first two books, like they were written by someone else. The first book, although good, was gloomy. The second (To Say Nothing of the Dog) was downright silly. This is the best as far as I'm concerned.
The characters are terribly whiny. No one does anything but the minimum to get by and then whine about the circumstances for pages. And then the book ends. If you took out all the rationalizing about why the "Recovery Team hasn't shown up yet" you'd be left with about 50 pages of mundane WW2 history.
I think the narator did a really good job.
No. I did not find it witty, suspenseful or funny.
I thought it would at least be interesting from a historical point, but it really wasn't.
Be aware that you absolutely need the second part (All Clear) as just about nothing is revealed in this book. This review applies to both books.
I've read the first two books, and one thing that struck me was that the two of them are very different. These two books have a bit of each of those two. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes keep me at the edge of my seat. The storytelling is compelling and the characters very likeable. Being a time travel story, the storyline is not necessarily in chronological order, and occasionally it takes a while for me to see how it fits together, but fit it does.
If I have one criticism, it is that the story tries too hard to mislead the reader. We're being led to a conclusion, a cliffhanger, then the story switches to another character's viewpoint. It's a style, some like it, it just happens that I'm not overly fond of it.
There are several very touching moments, and while I don't know how accurate is the description of life in London during the Blitz, it fills me with admiration for those who lived during that time. And I want so bad now to see London to see some of the places described, especially St Paul's Cathedral. Google Maps Street View just doesn't cut it :)
One final observation, the autiobook played back at 1.5x gives the narration a bit of sense of urgency, and did not make it harder to follow along for me.
Definitely an enjoyable book and a great performance.
It was OK just as I didn't think Dog as good as Doomsday. Blackout was a step down from Dog.
The Blitz of London. I am not looking for audio books on the Blitz as I am writing.
None again they all where quite whiny. I missed not having Doneworthy in it.
It has one. I will listen to it because I am this deep into the stories I can hope it gets better.
I really liked the time travelers universe she has created. I would love to see a story backing in 2064 where a divergence did happen and the repair/alteration to the time line dealt with.