I'd cut 100 pages out of the book and I'd make the characters stop reminding me of their plight every time someone asks them a question.
Connie Willis is probably my favorite modern author. But, I think this was her worst book. (along with blackout) But yes, I would try her books again. She's entertained me quite a bit in her other novels.
Katherine is a good narrator. I think she added to the story. The introduction added nothing, really.
No. I think the subject has been covered
This two book set was far too long. I don't see how the editors let so much filler go. Clearly, its a good book as it won both Hugo and Nebula awards. And there were times when I was on the edge of my seat per se, but all and all, it's not her best effort. And I've read nearly everything she's written
I wrote a lukewarm review of part 1 of the Blackout/All Clear set a couple of weeks ago. I was lukewarm towards "Blackout", and thought that while very well written it was more a 'novel of manners' than a science fiction/fantasy action thriller. Not a bad novel, per se, but much slower than what I was hoping for.
"All Clear" is really just more of the same but is a little less bearable than "Blackout" since you've already been introduced to many of the situations and characters. Much of the second half of the novel feels like a reiteration of the first and I often found myself getting frustrated with the characters and author because of the slow pacing. After the first third of "All Clear", I really stopped caring about the plot or story and just wanted it to be over.
Don't bother reading this one even for completion's sake if you found "Blackout" to be relatively tedious. Skip it and use your favorite search engine to see how it all ended.
On the other hand, if you enjoyed "Blackout", then by all means go for "All Clear".
removal of most repitition
only by this author
reading of book was excellent
with thoughts removed, text would be siginficantly shorter. Perhaps then it would make a good movie
Connie Willis is great and Blackout/All Clear may be her best. The historical detail is what makes this pair of books so wonderful. Time travelling is dealt with in an imaginative way and the characters are quite likable. Willis' literary allusions are charming, not irritating, and have induced me to follow up on the references and quotations. Sometimes her comedy of errors style can drag a bit, but the real test was that I have listened to Blackout/All Clear more than once so they must be pretty good.
I really enjoyed this book overall. It is really interesting and roused an interest in WW2 that I didn't know I had. The characters are all interesting and appealing. It is well written and well read. It is about twice as long as it needs to be however, or at least I felt that way. The story just feels like it goes on and on.
Provided hours of distraction on the elliptical exercise machine, and the historical information about the details of life in wartime Britain were interesting. BUT: was almost driven to true distraction by being inside the heads of people always worrying in stupifying detail about multitudes of major or minor catastrophes that never happen. Should have been edited down one medium-sized book. Narrator has a wide variety of voices, very accomplished...but unfortunately many of the voices are irritating to listen to. Characters--except for the urchins Alf and Binny--are bland. Doesn't feel much like science fiction...the science seems to be a plot device to have "historians" traipsing around during the Blitz, so we can see what it was like from a viewpoint similar to our own. Historical science fiction is a valid sub-genre, but the way it's done here feels like the same purposes would be more effectively achieved through straightforward historical fiction. No, I forgot...then you might not be treated to all those bloody worry-warts...
Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work
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.
I am a full-time artist, intrepid traveler and a voracious reader. I discovered Audible and audio books through my son Corey, who is a narrator of several Audible books.
This book is astonishing in a plethora of ways. Number one, the book is three books that total almost 24 hours of listening pleasure. Number two, the narrator, Katherine Kellgren is an incredibly talented woman. I have no idea how she managed to do so many voices believably, from two cockney brats to an English vicar to rich Brit ladies who lunch and the shopgirls who wait on them, throw in a few English pilots and a famous actor and a dozen other memorable characters and you have an amazing mix.
I gave it four stars overall simply because I believe there is sometimes too much detail supplied and a bit less might have moved things along a bit faster. I will wonder forever how Connie Willis, an American, kept so many English characters weaving in and out of the blitz and World War II England successfully. Her story board must have taken up a whole room while she was plotting things out!
This book is part history:I learned so much about World War II from a very human standpoint and several different points of view. It really changed a lot of what I thought I knew. Bravo for grounding the novel so thoroughly and completely for the reader, I really felt like I was there too.
This book is part sci fi: it deals with time travel, and here you really do need a score card to figure out who is on first and when they were there and if they will get there again. Crazy the way it successfully looped back and forth in time.
This book is part suspense novel: I wound up forcing myself to stay awake til late at night to listen to just one more chapter because I couldn't put it down until I found out what happened next.
The ending was perfect. I won't give it away except to say I didn't see it coming. I am a studio artist and this book took the place of music while I worked and it was simply wonderful.
Highly recommended listen for the intelligent and curious listener.Can't wait to see where Connie takes us next.
Quite some time ago I read the author's earlier book "To Say Nothing of the Dog ...". I thought that it was very clever and well written. Blackout and All Clear are a two book set that follow on from that earlier book. Together they are something over 40 hours. While they follow the same 'time travel' principle, and the story is still creative, I was disappointed overall for several reasons. Much of the drama in the story was brought about by several of the main characters struggling over what seems would have been very 'basic concepts' about time travel. I found it hard to believe that time traveling historians would not have previously contemplated such things long and hard. In addition, much of the complication was based on these same historians consistently lying to each other to protect each other from havings to worry. That also was hard to believe from professionals historians who should have been working together toward a common goal. In summary, this could have been much better if edited carefully into a single book at half the length with much of the excesses left out.
I rated this pair of books quite high because I found the story to be historically interesting and intellectually interesting as well. I would recommend it to anyone with enough patience to get through the entire thing. I do wonder why the author chose to break the book into two books except to increase their income (since it makes no sense to buy just one or the other title). I also agree with some other reviews that I read that the middle could have been shortened somewhat. Ironically I think some of the sections (like the sections about the Oxford team) should have included more detail. It feels as if some sections were cut by the author late in the writing of the book. Overall, however, the book was very good.
The presenter was wonderful. She did a remarkable job of American, English, Scottish and Irish accents, both male and female, both adults and juveniles.