Connie Willis is one of the most literate scifi writers, and she doesn't disappoint. There actually isn't a lot of "sci" in this, other than the time travel that allows the present to mingle with the past.
The portrayal of the Blitz and life in London.
This is a mindblowing book. The writing is superb. It is really long - over 40 hours - but you will be sad when it is done.
I don't see any reason to listen to the rest in this series. I know that the series is popular, but it is fairly predictable, not worth the time investment.
Every single sentence, thought, action sounds as though it is the most profound experience/thought/movement in the history of the human race. I just got really really tired of the reading. Couldn't finish.
The movie, which was pretty lightweight, was much better.
The characters continue to develop with the wild and crazy religious dark ages as a backdrop. The history is accurate as far as I can see.Other than the story, I have to say that Steven Crossley's performance is magnificent.
Be sure to start at the beginning of the series.
(No spoiler here.) The final scenes which reveal (I think) what the story was really all about.
Excellent. I am not sure about her Welsh accent, but she has me convinced. First rate, and a difficult role.
The book is more of a coming of age story than anything else. There is no SF in it at all, and even the fantasy is thin - this is not a negative criticism.
The first book had promise, but this one seems to drag and drag. I had to stop, which I almost never do. I was too bored to go on.
Also, I do not like Ferrone's narration as much as Rudnicki's in the Birth of an Empire
I am a fan. This book as with most of Stephenson's works, has many things going on at once, but these are not brought together very well at the end of this book. The end just seems to happen. Perhaps the author got tired. I got the feeling that we had hours of story and then, rather abruptly, "the end".
Malcolm Hillgartner gives a terrific read. The individual characters are not overdone, excellent!
I found the story moderately interesting, but it lacked the punch of the earlier ones. In particular, dealing with the current big bad monster by the poor little coyote seemed to be formulaic and lacked the suspense. Far below the first two or three stories. Still enjoyable, but disappointing.
Too bad this is so short. What a great bit of fantasy cast in a believable everyday narrative. This is definitely in the "light" category, but it will make you laugh and forget about all the idiots in the news or on the road near you.
Well, we already know that she walks on water; so, nothing new there. I really could have done without the whole romance part. I will also say that if I have to listen to another 5 minute description of how a treecat signs he/she thinks you are funny, miserable, or whatever or of a lengthy description of how many pods get rolled with how many multidrive rockets and how many kps^2 their acceleration is compared with the awful bad guys' version, or how much the evil guys esteem Honor/Manticore, I am going to chuck my ipod into the nearest antimatter converter!
The narrator has about 3 or 4 different voices: plain old midwestern English, country/hillbilly English, pseudo-French English, and some other that I don't remember. Unfortunately there are many more characters and each accent appears for both the Manties (good guys) and Peeps (bad guys) and Mesa/Manpower guys (badder guys), and for the Sollies (really dumb guys); so, it is sometimes hard to figure out who is speaking until you are a few sentences in. I would have preferred a little bit more straight forward reading, but that is me.
If you have gotten this far in the series (12) you will probably continue, but this one is far below the standards of the first 4 or 5.
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