It's verbose, but it's Victorian so one would expect that, and the funny parts are in the deadpan details. The reader makes me believe he is actually the story's narrator, a young man who wants very much to believe himself capable and dashing.
The narrator tells a very brief story with so many tangents that it runs on and on, and I giggled each time he recalled himself back to the main story line. Very funny, and well worth a listen with this narrator.
The story is intensely interesting, funny in the right places, and deeply affecting. Connie Willis is a masterful writer with a quirky sense of humor, a love of history, and a deep enjoyment of Christmastime. The reader makes the characters come to life, with voices that match up with what I imagined reading the book in print.
Listening to the story brings out new details and a greater sense of longing and sorrow than I had noticed reading it, as the characters stuck in the present (our future) and the Middle Ages wish to go home, wish to help, and are thwarted in both; but ultimately the story is about love, redemption, and finding your way home.
It's long, it's tragic, it's funny, it's hard to stop listening.
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