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 stands up to my childhood memory of reading it - hardly any visits from the racism and sexism fairies who have ruined so many childhood favorites, and an entertaining tale well told.
The narrator sounds like Captain Kirk on a very bad day. His... pauses and weird... stresses... make this story... harder to... follow, though it... is easy to fall... asleep... while listening.
Unless you are using it to fall asleep, in which case I recommend it 100%, having used it extensively for that purpose, you should find a different narrator for this classic and excellent tale.
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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