After reading the glowing reviews, I downloaded this book. Mistake! I like a long audiobook that I can listen to again and again, this is not one of those books. It's way too long especially the early chapters with too much sex and not enough science fiction. I guess you have to be a fan of Murakami....and I'm not.
I'm a Connie Willis fan. My favorite is To Say Nothing of the Dog. I've also read The Doomsday book, Blackout and All Clear. This book, Passages, was my least favorite. You have to get to hour 12 of the recording before anything really happens in the story. Then, another 12 hours of listening for something else to happen. In between, it's just the same details over and over........and over again. By the 24th hour, I couldn't care less what happened to the characters, I just wanted the book to end!
I hung in there and listened to every last word.....can't say I enjoyed it though. The last few chapters just digressed into a battle in the desert between nomad tribes.
Mostly overlooked by his powerful and corrupt family, the deformed and stuttering Claudius manages to avoid the pitfalls and poisonings to be come emperor of Rome. A very interesting tale, although the names can get a bit confusing.
I read the book and liked it so much that I simply had to have the audio version. Wonderful characters and that great dry humor. Loved it!
Plenty of action, memorable characters and a story to capture the imagination. Great book for adults as well as teens.
I was slightly disappointed with this book and Blackout. The many, many details in both books got in the way of the story and the time travel twist at the end was a bit of a stretch.
Interesting story, but far too many details. I like a long book, but I felt like Blackout was stretched thin. The story really doesn't get going until the book is nearly done.
Well worth a read. Very interesting history of cadavers. Sometimes morbidly funny too. Certainly convinces one to choose cremation when the time comes.
Wish there were more Amelia Peabody stories with Ramses as a young child. The Mummy Case is one of my favorites. Ramses is hilarious as Amelia is exasperated. Barbara Rosenblat is the best!
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