I have just discovered Connie Willis after reading "Not to Mention the Dog". The author tweaks just a few small things about everyday life to make an interesting and sometimes funny semi-fantasy, a sort of "what would happen if...." This book was great fun and kept me interested throughout. I'd advise not wasting a credit on it due to its short length, but wait until there is a sale and buy it. You won't be disappointed.
This book grew on me as more features of the protagonist's life are revealed. At first I thought it was ho-hum, but kept listening and became more and more fascinated.
The author's droll wit, coupled with the reader's excellent rendition, made this an engrossing and fascinating read.
The plot itself is like nothing I've ever read before. A twist and turn in every chapter.
Don't want to spoil-- let's just say Sonia and the assassin
If only I could. It's very long, which I see as a plus in this case.
I did not realize that this book was originally published in Swedish and that the story takes place mainly in Sweden. This would have ordinarily put me off because of the names, but that is not the case here. The main character is Alan Carlson (or whatever the Swedish spelling is), and the other names are easy to remember.
This is a gripping true life story of a young woman who descended into madness and came out of it to tell the story. It is rare to find a first hand account of this sort. Well worth reading.
Excellent narration, felt like she was living it and telling you what happened
The suspense, the sense of familiarity with the characters
The Butterfly Effect because changing one thing in the past has unknowable repercussions in the present
Running to stop Lee Harvey Oswald on the day of the shooting
Beware of what you wish for
I am NOT a Stephen King fan, but I was spellbound throughout this book. Rarely do you come across a book that is both character driven and plot driven to the same extent. King took his time fleshing out all the characters, even the minor ones.
I love Connie Willis, so I knew that I was going to read her book. I should have read the other reviews first, so I would be prepared for the fact that the book ends abruptly. Apparently part 2 comes out in November, and I would have liked to read it all the way through. I agree that the book is less about time travel than about how Brits made it through WWII, but I was fascinated with the storyline. The stories of various characters interweave with each other, so be prepared for abrupt shifts. I actually found this juxtaposition interesting. I would have given it 5 stars, but for the abrupt "non ending".
I listened to this book over 6 months ago and I still think about it. Beautifully written in the form of letters between characters, an ingenious way to present different points of view. The story of how this small island survived during German WWII occupation is intimate, sad and funny.
You'll be glad you listened to this.
An interesting story, but short on "whys". There was little character development, and the ending left me thinking that I had forgotten to download the rest of the book. This could had been so much more, as the author clearly has an excellent imagination and good story telling skills.
This is a complex historical/mystery novel, seamlessly winding three generations of women together. I never had any confusion following who was where, and I got to know the characters so well that when it ended I felt like I had lost a friend. This is going to be reread for me. If you are looking for something completely absorbing with rich detail and well rounded characters, this book is it.
I have no idea why these stories were written or of what interest they would have to anyone. Each seems pointless. The next story starts immediately after the last, so you are in a story before you realize the last one is over. Maybe it gets better. I don't know: I decided I have better things to do with my time after the 3rd story.
What a ride! All I can say is that I wish I had known Randy. I thought that this "last lecture" by a man who knew he was dying might be morbid, or that I'd walk into work with my mascara smeared after listening to it in the car, but it is uplifting and funny and makes you think about how you treat other people and what you are doing with your life.
What if humans and Neanderthals evolved in parallel universes, and what if they met? This is the point where the book takes off. The author presents well rounded figures, almost plausible events and so sucks you into this world. I came to care for the main characters and couldn't wait to see what happens next. I even walked around the block a few extra times because I was in a spot where the audio equivalent of "I couldn't put the book down" occurred. The narrator was wonderful, the story was wonderful and the characters are wonderful-- what more can you ask for?
I can't wait for the next part of this trilogy: I'm hooked!
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