I've listened to a number of Connie Willis' books before and really enjoyed them. My experience with these two books was decidedly more mixed. Much was very enjoyable; however, I got sick of the interminable self-recriminations about whether one action or another had changed history. Also, one character or another would go haring off on some errand and immediately the others would wonder why he/she was late in returning despite the fact that all their experience told them that delays in travel in war disrupted England were business as usual. It also seems to me that time travelers would have standard strategies for making it easy for their retrieval teams to find them. Gawd! Don't we tell our kids to either stay put or go to some previously specified place if lost. These people would have made the task of finding them very difficult indeed.
I guess the main complaint is that the same two or three devices were used to excess. This is one book (or rather one pair of books -- they must be reviewed together as they aren't stand alone books) that lends itself to abridgement -- and I don't listen to or read abridged books! There are extremely tedious passages as they moan about whether or not they have changed history by some action forgetting, of course, that not acting can have ramifications, too.
Still Ms Willis paints a wonderful picture of war time England with only a few major historical mistakes.
This recording has it all, a good story and a really great narrator. I'm looking for other books by Kaminsky and especially other performances by Ferrone. Ferrone reading really brought Abe Lieberman to life.
I forgot just how embarrassingly silly these Lt Dallas books are. I'll make a note so I never again get one.
I should have know better. The story is lame and the performances of the two narrators are only marginally better.
This is an intelligent, stylish and enjoyable book superbly performed by a very skilled reader. It couldn't have been better.
Well, it was cheap. I guess I now know why it was on sale. It started well enough (for airplane fare), but grew increasingly preposterous. The writing is embarrassingly bad.
This book and everything by the guy should carry a warning label: propaganda by the unhinged Christian radical right wing,
Read something else
No, terrible trash. I guess he's trying to be a Carl Hiassen-type writer, but this guy doesn't have the style or sense of humor.
Anyone. She's a terrible narrator. She shouldn't quit her day job!
The book cost $3.95 and that was much too much.
Okay, so this isn't great literature, but it's okay for a long flight; however, I really wish that they'd drop those truly cheesy sound effects.
A different book and a different narrator — I should note that the narrator was far from the biggest problem with this audio book.
Wouldn't wish this book on anyone!
Luckily, I only spent $4.95 for this book. Had I spent more or used a credit, I would have felt cheated. I probably would not have finished the book, but I was traveling and had finished everything else. I was able to make a game of guessing the next step in the plot. It wasn't hard!
I listened to the whole thing, but that has more to do with the amount of traveling I've been going lately (several trips back and forth across the Pacific) than the book. I think that this book can't figure out what it is trying to be.
I'd write more, but don't want to waste any more time contemplating this book.
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