I enjoyed this very much but I feel the author's strength lies in historical fiction rather than science fiction. Wonderful for WWII history buffs!
The narration was too slow for me, but at 1.5X it was excellent (would get 5 stars). The story was very interesting and Katherine Kellgren gave it great voices.
My long commute became much less frustrating since I started listening to books.
Time travel -- backward in time -- is my favorite speculative fiction. I had a bit of trouble sorting out the characters early in this book, but once I got beyond that, I wanted to listen non-stop. The challenges the characters experienced in WWII England seemed very realistic.
I really enjoyed Kellgren's narration, but then -- I always do. I swear she could read the phone book and make it sound entertaining. As soon as I finished listening to this book, I went straight into All Clear to continue the story. As the Brits say -- both books were "brilliant!"
Reading Fantasy and SCI-FI on audible.
This is a great book - but it is really just one of two and you must read both to get the story. The reader does a great job with this book. She is able to bring all the characters to life including the young kids and the many other minor characters. There are many memorable characters, but I loved the two trouble maker kids in the first half of the book. They were great at getting into and out of trouble. I thought the ending of this book would at least show a break, but it does not. So be prepared to read both books. But this is a very fun and interesting story.
The location and time setting of WWII London
The story moved well with just enough conflict and character/location/time differentiation to keep it interesting. All of the intertwining stories made for a very interesting plot.
It was a tiny bit difficult to keep track of the dates for all the characters
I enjoyed the first 2 books, Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog. But I found myself becoming increasingly frustrated with the way the story dragged along in Blackout while the characters hunted each other down. I thought I would scream if I heard one more character worry about the "slippage", find one of their fellow historians, and then run away from each other. I am going to move onto All Clear and give the last book a chance.
Good character voices.
Quite some time ago I read the author's earlier book "To Say Nothing of the Dog ...". I thought that it was very clever and well written. Blackout and All Clear are a two book set that follow on from that earlier book. Together they are something over 40 hours. While they follow the same 'time travel' principle, and the story is still creative, I was disappointed overall for several reasons. Much of the drama in the story was brought about by several of the main characters struggling over what seems would have been very 'basic concepts' about time travel. I found it hard to believe that time traveling historians would not have previously contemplated such things long and hard. In addition, much of the complication was based on these same historians consistently lying to each other to protect each other from havings to worry. That also was hard to believe from professionals historians who should have been working together toward a common goal. In summary, this could have been much better if edited carefully into a single book at half the length with much of the excesses left out.
The concept itself is intriguing enough. Anyone who cares about history would love this, even with the sci-fi twist. The research had to be grueling, kudos to the author for making such details exciting and interesting at every turn.
This is not a stand alone book--it is a two volume novel which should be read as such. Go ahead and buy them both!
I really enjoyed Blackout and definitely rank it in the top 5 audiobooks I have listened to so far.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book because I am not the biggest fan of science fiction novels. Although this book uses time travel, it does so in a way which enhances the story line and you see the war from the viewpoint of someone from a generation much like our own.
This book brings the civilians of the 1940's to life and makes you feel like you are walking the burning streets of London with them. It helps you imagine what it must have been like to have to survive on rations, live in bomb shelters and be grateful that they have just found penicillin!
The battle of Dunkirk was one of my highlights. I had no idea how involved the civilian population was in the evacuation.
Katherine Kellgren is a wonderful narrator and I think the various British (& American) characters she manages to bring to life with her wonderful accents added a wonderful dimension to the story.
This book has made me want to read up on WWII and I must admit that I have been telling everyone I meet about all the interesting details which Connie Willis has managed to dig up (after many many hours of research I'm sure!).
Blackout drew me in right from the beginning and made it almost impossible to put down. Well narrated and a good story. A nice blend of fiction and nonfiction. A note to the listener - be sure to download All Clear at the same time....you will not want to wait even a moment to start the second book!