"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.
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.
"Lovely story, shame about the pronunciation errors"
I really enjoyed the whole story, but suggest that you obtain 'All Clear' by the author at the same time. As others have written, occasionally the pronunciation leaves a lot to be desired but this can be traded off against the hours of listening pleasure given by the plot of the story. I found the travelling back and forth between WWII and Oxford 2060 surprisingly easy to follow, but occasionally jumps in the story made me wish I had a paper copy of the book to remind myself of links.
If you are a serious historian you will find some portrayals irritating. But for the rest of us, well worth the download.
"Slow Fade to Black"
The idea of this book has great potential, but the author fails to achieve it. The plot is developed at an incredibly slow pace, with lots of repetition and with much confusion over the dates involved, which is totally unacceptable in a multi-group time-jaunting story. It is claimed to be highly accurate in its research, but this is not deserved, as there is a crudely misunderstood depiction of most of the British characters, which seems to have been drawn more from films of the late 1940s and early 1950s than from any serious historical research. There are also numerous technical errors: V1s were not rockets; we have a Major in the FANYs when there was no such rank in that organisation; and Eisenhower's D-Day HQ was in Southwick, not Portsmouth; to mention only a few. Many of the other research 'plums' are more-accurate, but they seem to have been included gratuitously, having been found. Most of the characters are two-dimensional, wooden or over-the-top, caricatures. The reader adopts a 'Nanny reading to children' tone, and she mispronounces numerous words: we have 'Pahhsengers' and a 'Dimeler' car. The members of the 'F-A-N-Y' are referred to in casual conversations in that spaced-out initials form, rather than as 'Fannies', which is how they were inevitably known in non-formal situations. Conversely we have references to 'Arps', who were actually referred to as being 'A-R-P.' personnel at the time. There are supposed English characters using Americanisms, such as 'aloominum' in place of 'aluminium', and 'snagged' in place of 'obtained', and railway 'cars' instead of 'carriages'. It seems unlikely that this story will be enjoyed by anyone with any real knowledge of WWII Britain. This book is awarded one star only because it is not possible to give it no star.
"Hard work, very hard work"
Like a previous listener, I've just discovered that this is a two part story... I'm on the third part of the download and I'm really struggling to keep any sort of interest. The English narrator is trying to deal with the American language, and in some cases, the pronunciation of her own native language, and, as someone else has already commented, I've also resorted to shouting at her to speak properly, 'passenger' is not pronounced 'parsenger'!
The concept of the story is a clever one, but one which I'm beginning to doubt I will ever see the end of, let alone to the second book. The American author has done a lot of research, but getting it all down into a novel which keeps the reader interested has rather let it down. All of the research is here, every scrap of it, I can't see the wood for the trees.
I never go for abridged versions of books, but in this case, if it's ever recorded, take my advice and go for that.