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.
"A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” --C.S. Lewis
Yes--I've already read it twice, and listened once--I love this series.
Well, severally, but together: when the historians realize something is wrong and they can't get home.
I listened to Katherine Kellgren on "To Say Nothing of the Dog" and I found this just as enchanting as that one.
Yes...but it's about a thousand hours long, so I had to only listen during my commute. :D
I highly recommend this series by Connie Willis for EVERYBODY to read: starting with Doomsday Book (based in the future and in medieval times), and then read "To Say Nothing of the Dog (based in the future, during WWII, and WWI/the roaring twenties)," "Blackout," and "All Clear" (both based during WWII).
Not only does Ms. Willis do her research thoroughly--mixing true historical fact in with the fiction of her novels--she does it in a way that makes you want to run right out and start learning about those particular time periods because they are so fascinating.
Now, if only "Passages" could be made into an Audible book. :)
Yes. It was really interesting, and so much happened I'm sure I missed some things.
They wanted to experience history; they got more than they bargained for.
I read the first two books in this series (Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog), and I recommend reading the series in order. You can technically get by without reading the earlier books, but you'll have a greater understanding of the time travel technology/processes if you do. This book is almost all action in the past.
Note: This book is really just Part 1 of a two-part series. The other book is All Clear.
This one barely squeaks into the sci-fi category through it's use of time-traveling historians. Sounds weird I know, but the historian conceit is really just a mechanism to allow the author to write about England circa world war II.
I wouldn't chalk this one up as a total waste of time, but it's probably not what a lot of sci-fi readers are looking for, especially if they were steered to the novel via it's reputation as a Hugo award winner.
In general, I felt that "Blackout" was more a novel of English manners a la "Jane Eyre", than a science fiction story. It's relatively slow-moving - nothing really happens for the first third of the novel - and spends the bulk of its time focused on character relationships and some pretty mundane situations (e.g., job hunting, traveling with problematic children on a train, the struggles of wrapping parcels).
It's not horrible by any means and is fairly well written - it just wasn't what I expected and didn't really fit my taste.
The audiobook itself was very well narrated and sound is of excellent quality. In fact, I think that the quality of narration is the only thing that kept me going through this book. Had I been reading this one instead of listening, I'm pretty sure I would've stopped well before the halfway point.
A word of warning - be warned that a purchase of "Blackout" pretty much necessitates the purchase of "All Clear" as well. It's really one novel split into two halves.
I found it hard to bond with the time jumpers. I did enjoy some of the character living in the Blitz.
The voices for Binny and Alf are great.
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