I almost stopped reading the first book after the first chapters, but decided to though it out. The book became better towards the end.
This second book was quite better and provided some good clarity and closure to items that were very confusing in the first book.
The performance was good, but it I found it very difficult to tell some of the characters apart. The children were some of the toughest ones.
Felt as if I were listening to a grandmother telling about her life during the war.
very good book, excellent performance.
Everything will come right in the end. 😊. I love the time period depicted and the way I see another connection every time I read the book again.
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.