It was Sunday morning, and I was standing over my cup of coffee in the kitchen, tears streaming down my cheeks, hoping none of my family would walk in just then. But this is time travel. What came first was 42 hours of audiobook, sometimes tedious, sometimes gripping. Even though the author could have edited out some of the characters' more repetitive thought-loops, I still give this book a wall of stars. If I could give the narrator 10 out of 5 stars I would - her performance was phenomenal.
I read other reviews on Audible before I bought these books. A number of people complained that Blackout didn't stand on its own as a book because of the abrupt ending. They felt that the author had just taken one book and chopped it in two. It is true that the two books must be read as a whole, but honestly, if the two books had been published as one it would have been too heavy to read comfortably! In audio format, I have absolutely no problem using two credits for this 42 1/2 hour read.
I loved these books, would read them again, and highly recommend them. As an added bonus, for anyone wasn't there, this book will give you a real appreciation for how difficult life was during WW2 and how easy we have it today.
When I first started listening to this book I was fairly sure I would stop listening at the first book. The writing was overly flowery and irritated me. But by the time I reached the end of the first book I was additcted. On finishing each book I raced to the computer to get the next one! The writing improves over the course of the series. Audible has a different narrator for the fourth book. I liked both narrators - they did a great job.
My expectations were high for this book, based on the Hugo Award and the audible listener reviews. I was a little disappointed. I found the story a bit dreary. The main character seemed flat and passionless. However, the science concepts in the book were very interesting. I enjoyed the way the author played with our perception of time. I'd say this book was worth reading, but it was not a joy to read.
This book is filled with insufferable nonsense.
Unless you are prepared to listen to hours of droning about metaphysical mysticism and far-fetched allegorical stories, I wouldn't recommend it.
It's not often I abandon a book before finishing it, but in this case I couldn't bear to listen anymore.
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