Is it silly to criticize a time travel book as being "unrealistic"? It stretches credulity that a woman can find herself 200 years in the past and yet fit in just fine and pass as a person of that time. The story is ok. The characters remain who they are throughout the book, there's know growing or changing. I found the sex scenes tedious. The performance was the best part of the book, the story leaves me cold. The epilogue (?) let me curious about will happen next, nevertheless I won't be listening to any more books in the series.
Fun and action filled. The enemy and their capabilities remain intriguing throughout. The tactical decisions that allow the good guys to prevail weren't predictable. Action driven story, not character driven. A very enjoyable ride.
Like the review title says, the bad guys were all bad, the good guys all good. Nobody surprised me, nobody interested me. One dimensional characters.
I look for longer books because I get more listening hours for my credit. This book felt longer than the 23 hours I spent listening. I didn't care about the characters, and the underlying story wasn't compelling. Lots of descriptive passages with very little action.
I've listened to a number of John Lee's readings, and I'm going to try and avoid him in the future. He's ok, but he has maybe 3 voices ( actually, 1 voice with 3 different inflections ), and it's difficult to distinguish characters. I've grown to hate how the bad guys always draw out the last word in any sentence they speak.
I'm a huge Connie Willis fan, and was hugely disappointed with this book. Listen to the reviews that say this book is repetitive and too long. The characters spend much too much time lying to each other to "protect" each other. Once the lies come out, and they realize the damage done, what do they do? Lie some more.
[minor spoiler] Then there's the mind games they play with themselves and each other about why they aren't being rescued. "Oh somebody must have seen so the thing couldn't open - but it's time travel so they should already have come... but then the fire brigade could have seen, so it didn't open!" Blah blah blah - seriously, this stuff and the lying is easily 60-70% of the book. The excuses they tell each for why they aren't being rescued become ludicrous about 1/3rd of the way through the book.
The other 30%, pretty darned good book. Interesting bits about living through the blitz. Well developed secondary characters. The ending was well executed and had a few surprises. I look forward with some hope to Willis' next audiobook.
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