"This really is terrible"
Seems to have been written by someone who's simply not aware of technology... Has the tone of a book written by a spinster history teacher... Patronising and just awful
Terrible narration... Shouts and am-dram
Utter disappointment... Couldn't finish it.
This is the first audible book out of nearly 80 purchases that I've had to delete to stop me smashing my iPad.
As a Time Travel author myself, I absolutely love the way this has been written.It's a richer, more realistic story and you really feel as though you are there. The story weaves itself cleverly through the chapters until you eventually find it hard to put down. I find myself walking around feeling like I have actually experienced it myself. It's a remarkable feat.
I liked all the characters, I suppose Polly more so as she is one of the main ones. There are a variety of diverse, local 'contemps' which add a real flavour to the storylines. Binny and Alf are very believable and roguish while Sir Godfrey is a lovable old actor who relishes Polly's Literary knowledge. Colin Templar is a star, of course.
The narrator did a fabulous job with the accents and really got the nationalities and ages very accurately! Great job!
The end...(I won't say why because it will ruin the ending for those who've not read it!).
A future in Oxford where students study the past in real time. A future where suddenly, the portals back home have closed during WWII…
I want more!!! Plus I want the movies!!
"Why ever did I buy this?"
This is by far the worst audiobook I have purchased and sadly I bought the sequel at the same time. The idea is good, time travellers going back to the blitz who may be compromising history. But after that it is not worth listening to. The narrator appears to be shouting at you, no matter how low you set the volume and the accents are awful. The characters are stereotyped and quite frankly I don't care if they get back so I won't be reading the sequel All Clear. The author introduces the book and she is clearly very excited by it, which I was not. Don't buy!
"Not as riveting as previous books (Doomsday Book)"
Disappointing compared to the previous books-very slow pace. Also the narrator had an unusual way of pronouncing words 'passage' 'almost' which was a little off putting. However, I shall be downloading the follow up book to find out what happens to the characters.
Another excellent story. Even the the very minor mistakes were enchanting. I will buy the next installment immediately and let my Mother who lived through the Blitz in Stepney as a young girl listen to Blackout. The Blitz Spirit did exist but there was also an increase in crime and petty jobsworths and this is shown wonderfully in the book.
Yes, I would recommend it as a good story, however the narration was poor, so I would recommend that they read it rather than listen.
Not really relevant as there are numerous characters.
Katherine Kellgren's performance was ok however there were some strange pronunciations, e.g parssage for passage; parsenger for passenger. It was very odd.
The story didn't have the depth of characterisation that would require slow considered reading.
It's full of anachronisms. Towards the end I was enjoying spotting them. Examples were, currency was not pennies but pence; temperatures were given in centigrade rather than Fahrenheit; people playing an American game Parcheesi etc. there were loads. Also the two books are really part one and part two of the same book so it's a bit of a rip off!
"More History than Time Travel"
Oh amazing if you have interesting in WW2 London History
Commander and Saltram-on-sea
The scale of human loss during the blitz
"second world war."
I love time travel books. having listened to to say nothing of the dog etc, and doomsday book I was looking forward to blackout.
I did think the author spent too much time in oxford 2060, which didn't add much to the story, once past that point I thought it was a good book as she concentrated on the people sent back to 1940/44.
the main characters, Eileen (morpe), polly and mike were well written as they carried out their assignments, maid dealing with evacuees, assistant in a store and reporter covering Dunkirk.
there were mistakes in the pronunciation of words and one chapter heading but it is fiction after all.
The quality of narration is very good. Unfortunatelly the content does not live up to the quality of the form. I have listened to a third of the book and now feel that I am probably done with it.
"Takes a long time to go nowhere"
A worthy intent does not necessarily a good work make & here's a perfect example. Takes an interesting premise & then drags it out with repeated situations, dialogue & later an obsessive focus on the attempts to get home via the retrieval team ( if a two words could be worn out in a book this one does it!). I do want to know what happens in the end but I really don't think I can take another 23 hours for part 2. I'm off to look for a summary of All Clear & find something worth my time.