People who are interested in the day to day life of WW2 London.
The book needed to be shorter. It was way too wordy. The same idea was expressed day page after page and chapter after chapter with little change. I get it already.
The performance was OK, but the accent got to be annoying after a while. Especially grating was the bratty kids. I felt like I was actually there and wanted to punch the narater.
Frustration. It just dragged on.
I realize this was book one of two, and I have not read the second one yet. I generally love reading a series. In this case, I'm not sure I will even get the second book.
Yes! The book is very boring and tedious (there is literally 5 hours of a woman taking care of poorly behaved children) and then there is no ending to the book! It just stops and basically says, "Buy my next book also to see what happens with the lady and the bad kids". I wish I had my time back!
Yeah, because the stupid thing didn't have an ending!
It's a wide open experience of the time period with vignettes of ordinary people performing extraordinary acts under the duress of circumstance. Anyone who has listened to first hand accounts by veterans or home front survivors would be entranced by this kind of storytelling that weaves some of the greatest known events into personal sensations involved in the time period.
The vivid tableau of a firsthand historian witnessing VE day becomes the centerpiece of this 'doubledecker' novel and successfully builds this story into a multi-faceted mystery with a resolution Agatha Christie could be proud of: it's a prodigious blend of chaos and common sense.
I have followed Connie Willis' Oxford Historian series and marveled at her projection of primary source research onto contemporary characters' values and moral ethics. Ms. Willis covers extremes in humanity from dire to whimsical in "The Doomsday Book" and "To Say Nothing of the Dog". In this paired novel, "Black Out" and "All Clear" she spans the same depths and heights, but they combine it into one gloriously solid work that fits seamlessly.
If you're interested in completing one of the best time travel experiences available before Oxford comes up with the real thing, read Connie Willis' paired novels "Black Out" and "All Clear".
do you think people in 2060 will really need to pick up a phone to get ahold of each other? I actually liked the historical stories that is the main part of this book, but without the time travel element, I don't think there is much to hold this book together. And a second novel to complete this farce? Please.
Yes but I would have to allow some time to pass - as I did after reading The Doomsday Book before starting Blackout/All Clear (together really only 1 book). The time allows the endless agonizing and repetition to fade in my memory so that I am left with the basically good story.
Yes, but only with the caveat that the story can drag as the characters second guess their every action and miss each other as soon as they are out of sight. Against this is a sound story, some really good characters and good atmosphere.
Very good narrator. Different voices done very well.
I read the first 2 books in the Oxford Time Travel series and LOVED them. This book was a real disappointment compared to the others. In this book, unlike the others, there was no character that I could really loved or even liked all that much. Connie was so great in her characters in the other books! The storyline was okay, not great. If this were the first book I had read by her, I would never had tried another. I know this author can and has been great, but not this time.
I've listened twice and thoroughly enjoyed this book. When my bright, middle-school son was desperate for a good to 'listen book' and I recommended Ms. Willis books. He's sold! I love this story with its distinctive 'voices' and clever plot. The characters have become quite real to me. Frankly, Connie Willis is one of those authors whose next book I eagerly await!! Great listen especially for history-scifi junkies! (Yes, they exist.)
Especially enjoy American crime thrillerwriters such as James Lee Burke and British sci-fi/fantasy, such as Ben Aaronovitch.
Having thoroughly enjoyed To Say Nothing of the Dog, I couldn't wait to go time-travelling again with Connie Willis. This book and its second part, All Clear, is possibly one of the best books I have ever listened to, let alone sci-fi books. It is heartstopping and heartwrenching. The description of the Blitz is amazing. I nearly didn't get it because of critical reviews of the reader, but once you get used to her she is great and some of her British accents are actually very good. I had no trouble whatsoever identifying who was speaking.
I really can't recommend these books highly enough.
I listed to Blackout and All Clear. It is all one long story so be aware before starting Blackout. This was a very long listen ~42 hours and it just didn't need to be. A good editor could have helped immensely.
I LOVED the view of the real people of WWII. It was interesting to get a glimpse at what the individuals were doing and how England coped with years of war. Unfortunately, there was very little story involving these people.
The historians and their quest to return to their time was the real plot. This was extremely tedious. The characters weren't all the well developed and evidently never thought about anything except how to get their drops to open and whether or not they were changing the course of history - over and over again. Surely they weren't so one dimensional?
Regardless, when I finally did get to the end, I thought it was great how all their stories tied together. The ending was perfect. It just took too long to get there.
Connie Willis's time travel epic chronicles the experiences of three twenty-first century historians in early 1940s England. The protagonists have travelled back more than a century to explore wartime England and find themselves both unable to return and increasingly anxious that their actions are, contrary to theory, altering the course of history.
Set chiefly in London during the Blitz, the novel contains some utterly gripping passages describing conditions as the city is bombed, night after terrible night. The native Londoners ("contemps" to our heroes) are portrayed vividly and the true horror of the events is effectively and movingly described.
If the protagonists occasionally come across as naive and vacillating - well, they are university students, and their youth may also explain their apparent ability to function for days at a time without sleep. These are quibbles - the more substantive complaint is that the novel (itself only the first half of the story) is too long, obsessively following every minute of every day of the characters' experiences (or seeming to, at times). This, of course, is a widespread fault in this age of 1,000 page shelf-breakers.
My only other complaint is with Katherine Kellgren's narration, which is, at least at times, too breathlessly emotional for this listener's taste. However, none of those faults stopped me listening to the end and neither will they stop me downloading All Clear when a credit is available.