Detailed report (of a) chaotic (time)
At 25+ hours, no! But I did enjoy listening to several hours many consecutive evenings
So I didn't listen to the first of this series, but got the second at a good price so that's why. It did take me a while to figure out enough to enjoy the story fully....about 6 hours.
I will say that the focus of this book was the chaotic scene of the Blitz .....there is much description of the rapid unfolding of events and resulting confusion. There was a little too much repetition of this kind thing: "Polly saw a man from the behind and thought it was so-and-so ....oh dear! If it is him then ....such-and-such-a-consequence ....then the man turned around and it wasn't him after all."
There is no fowl language, sex or interpersonal violence ....which was refreshing....I very much enjoyed it for these reasons alone!
Gave me a new understanding of a time I haven't studied much and I was inspired to look up and study more of what was touched on in the story line.
Has a redemptive ending!
The narration voice is horrible. I get stressed and pain in my ears from the tone and the tempo of words stacked up on each other in this sort of emphasis.
Certainly not if it's being brought by this voice.
The story was possibly interesting, but the voice made it impossible.
Yes, the voice.
Second of two books about ordinary people who endured the "Blitz" in London during WWII. The characters more fully developed and we began to love Alf and Binnie, the two child hellions orphaned. Chronology skipped around, so I had to pay attention to when we were. Listening to another 24 hour book was somewhat tedious and I thought the two books could have been shortened. The ending made the listener feel good with mysteries solved and time travelers all in their places.
Watch out Doctor whoever you are!
This is a fun romp in the past that pulls you very much into the moment.
It is hard to pick one character but without giving it away I'd say the girl with no name is the closest to my heart.
Who would have thought World War Two could have been so difficult?
No seriously?!? She wrote this and was allowed to write more. Generous.
All the living ones
Connie Willis is one of my favorite authors, and I think this is hands-down one of her best books (along with "To Say Nothing of the Dog" and "Lincoln's Dreams"). The performance by Katherine Kellgren more than lives up to Willis's story and writing--it exceeds them both by far. This is not to denigrate the writing or storytelling of Willis, but to praise Kellgren's amazing reading. Kellgren creates a unique voice for each character, ones which matched quite nicely with how I'd imagined the characters would sound and, more importantly, which were easily and readily distinguished and identified. Even more impressive, Kellgren manages probably close to a dozen different accents, from northern Scotland to Yorkshire to typical London to American to Queen's English spoken by a German. She speaks clearly, at a pace slow enough to track, but quick enough to keep one going.
A fan of Connie Willis should pick this up without hesitation (though I will note that it is probably necessary to have read the first book in the series, "Blackout"). Someone new to Willis should read/listen to "Blackout" in order to purchase this audiobook and listen to Kellgren's fantastic rendition.
I've been listening to audio books for well over twenty years (even before audible was available). Secretly, I wish I could be a narrator.
Listen to "Blackout" before you listen to "All Clear". It's the exciting conclusion to "Blackout". The author did extensive research and the book educates you as well as entertains you. I was surprised at how the American author was able to incorporate particular British social norms, idioms, and speach patterns. She must have spent a lot of time in Britain. The plot has a lot of twists and turns and surprises and keeps you guessing until the end. Great book. Well written.
Again, did not read the print version v
The conclusion of the story that began in "Blackout". Reviewers said it "dragged on" but I feel differently. What may have dragged for some people, to me reflected the mixture of anxiety and tedium that must have been felt by Britons sheltering from the bombs in the subway stations. I enjoyed the stories about British citizens, military and civilian alike, who stepped up and put their lives on the line in circumstances that they certainly never asked for nor had control over-- the fire-watchers, ambulance drivers, and Enigma decoders among them-- and how close the outcome of WWII really was. It makes me appreciate all the more what ordinary citizens did, and how one small change here or there could have turned the whole outcome.
Ms. Willis sounded so enthusiastic about her story both here and in "Blackout" it made me enthused about it too. Ms. Kellgren is an excellent narrator, especially the feisty kids Apf and Binnie who make a welcome reappearance.
It made me appreciate the efforts on the "home front" in wartime Britain, everyone from shop girls to Agatha Christie did their part. I hope I could serve as bravely if it came to that. And their "stiff upper lip" attitude in the face of rationing and destruction made me realize how lucky we have it now.
The time travel aspect of it was fun and gave an interesting perspective, but I found it secondary to the story of the everyday heroes of WWII. Although the post travelers trying to get home did provide a key part of the plot.
Connie Willis is my favorite SF author, but I had the feeling she let this story get away from her.
The story she tells about the blitz is great. But the plot seems to ramble. It's just too long for what it is. Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of The Dog are both better books, IMHO. I think this would have been a better novel if it were combined with Blackout, and cut to half the length.
I would recommend this book, but not if it is your first Connie Willis book.