i first listened to blackout by connie willis, that was the first book i had read by this author, other than the occasional error (such as the victoria line being used even though it wasnt build until 1967 - i wont hold that against the author though ....) i loved the book from beginning to end.
i wondered how she was going to finsh it, well its here and wow she done a stella job with the book. i was emersed in the story from begining to end, im not going to put any spoliers in but if your a fan your going love this book, its is her best to date.
the story can get confusing because of the nature of the book (timetravel) but the reader katherine kellgren was pretty good and brought the charactors to life - though given the choice i would have loved scott brick to have read this.
Please don't bother to spend the money to hear this book. It drones on and on and on and on with a very flimsy
plot to relate a little history.... horrible!!!!!!!! Save your money for something with some substance.
I only gave it a star to bring attention to how little I regarded it.
These pages should have been included within the first volume (Blackout), and the whole thing should have been severely edited. The only excuse for splitting the tale into two volumes would be to extract more money or credits from the listeners. Reuniting with the two charming Hogvin urchins almost makes the price worth it, though.
I kept going with this one and it's prequel, "Blackout' just to see how she resolved her hopelessly-snarled plot. Sloppy history (she attributes a VERY famous comment by Queen Elizabeth (the present queen's mother) to Queen Mary and there are numerous other "huh?" moments. Sloppy writing and sloppy plot-crafting. I want my money back...not to mention those hours of my life! Fortunately, I usually have audiobooks going while I work, so, not a complete loss.
I rarely give up on an audible book, but between the lame dialogue, annoying fake British accent (I'm a native Brit, so I know that pronouncing "gas" as "gaaaaas" is just plain wrong.) Couldn't get past the accent quirks and blah characters I'm afraid. It's a shame because I'd already purchased All Clear, the next book in the series, so that is destined for the trash bin too.
I have long been a fan of Connie Willis and so looked forward to "Blackout". The basic plot of time traveling historians trapped in London in WW II during the Blitz had great potential. However it was a major disappointment as the plot progressed at a snail's pace. I didn't realize it was the first of two books so decided the second book, "All Clear", would make up for the agony of reading the first- it didn't (I can't count how many times that was said in these books). I should have been tipped off when in the introduction to the audiobook for "All Clear" the author stated that she loved doing the research more than the writing. I suspect that after all her time researching, to maximize revenue she had to make this a two volume story when the plot would better support a short story! Willis fans, skip these two and hope she does better next time.
The characters seemed childish, lots of hand wringing, too many second guessing, "what ifs". I inadvertently ordered this book, not realizing it was the second of a series of three. There is a forward from the author warning you not to start listening to this book unless you have experienced the first. I am glad I tried it anyway. I endured through about half before I had to call it quits. The presenter didn't seem to have much range in her voice to alert you when a conversation switched from one character to another. An annoying waste of time and money!
It was like being in the head of someone with Attention deficit disorder. Drove me crazy. Couldn't even get through it. Just went on and on with the same thing.
Terrible. No voice changes for any character. Couldn't tell when she was a man or a woman. Names were transgender making it even worse to tell the sex of characters.
I bought the second book first for $4.95 deal, and the author starts out by telling us that we must buy the first book before we listen to this one. Thanks Audible!!