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All Clear | [Connie Willis]

All Clear

Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.
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Publisher's Summary

In Blackout, award-winning author Connie Willis returned to the time-traveling future of 2060, the setting for several of her most celebrated works, and sent three Oxford historians to World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

Now the situation has grown even more dire. Small discrepancies in the historical record seem to indicate that one or all of them have somehow affected the past, changing the outcome of the war. The belief that the past can be observed but never altered has always been a core belief of time-travel theory, but suddenly it seems that the theory is horribly, tragically wrong.

Meanwhile, in 2060 Oxford, the historians' supervisor, Mr. Dunworthy, and 17-year-old Colin Templer, who nurses a powerful crush on Polly, are engaged in a frantic and seemingly impossible struggle of their own - to find three missing needles in the haystack of history.

Told with compassion, humor, and an artistry both uplifting and devastating, All Clear is more than just the triumphant culmination of the adventure that began with Blackout. It's Connie Willis' most humane, heartfelt novel yet - a clear-eyed celebration of faith, love, and the quiet, ordinary acts of heroism and sacrifice too often overlooked by history.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an introduction written and read by author Connie Willis.

Also listen to the first book, Blackout.

©2010 Connie Willis (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Nebula Award, Best Novel, 2010
  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 2011
  • Best SF and Fantasy Books of 2010: Readers' Choice (SF Site)

"By the time the three historians and Mr. Dunworthy have unraveled the mystery and arrived at the full-on, three-hanky finale, you’ll no longer be a disinterested observer. Drawn in Willis’s skillful storytelling, you’ll be back in 1941, wondering what’s about to happen next." (The Village Voice)

"Katherine Kellgren's delightful English accent is perfect for the many characters she portrays." (AudioFile)

“As vivid an evocation of England during World War II as anyone has ever written.... You’ll find here a novelist who can plot like Agatha Christie and whose books possess a bounce and stylishness that Preston Sturges might envy.” (The Washington Post)

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    Clare Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-29-12
    Clare Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-29-12 Member Since 2014

    Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.

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    "Truly EXCELLENT"

    WW2 Time Travel epic that started in Blackout (listen to that one first). This is a much faster paced book, but still very suspenseful. The three time travelling university student historians realise that they could be caught in the 1940s for life - and could unknowingly change the outcome of the war. Not only is time travel not romantised, but the blitz and the struggles of everyday folk living in the underground shelters is so well portrayed. It is an incredible achievement to be both history book and sci-fi. The awards this book has won are well deserved. Incredible plot (and working through the time paradoxes, just wonderful) And yes - very well narrated.

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    Ann 12-29-11
    Ann 12-29-11

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    "Still..... too many details"

    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.

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    Simson Oak Ridge, NC, United States 09-13-11
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    "Best story, Best Narrator"

    These two books, Black Out and All Clear were excellent! You MUST get both books. It is worth every penny. I feel like I know all the characters. I'm really going to miss them all now that I'm done with both books.
    Connie is a great author and Katherine is a terrific narrator.

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    Dan Simson 09-13-11
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    "Best story, Best Narrator"

    These two books, Black Out and All Clear were excellent! You MUST get both books. It is worth every penny. I feel like I know all the characters. I'm really going to miss them all now that I'm done with both books.
    Connie is a great author and Katherine is a terrific narrator.

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    Beverly Naples, NY, United States 06-01-11
    Beverly Naples, NY, United States 06-01-11 Member Since 2010
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    "They're still whining"

    I had hoped that in this second installment that the main characters would not still be frantically whining about their plight...but they are.

    The author could have told this story in one book. I just want her to get to the point. If this was a printed book I would have skipped to the end.

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    Gail Monument, CO, United States 04-20-11
    Gail Monument, CO, United States 04-20-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible Journey"

    This book is amazing. I felt like I was really in London during WWII. The characters feel like friends I just left. But I have to give credit to the children's characters: every time the story risked becoming too maudlin, it was saved by their outrageous behavior! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.

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    Robert Champaign, IL, United States 02-10-11
    Robert Champaign, IL, United States 02-10-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Short story stretched to breaking point"

    I have long been a fan of Connie Willis and so looked forward to "Blackout". The basic plot of time traveling historians trapped in London in WW II during the Blitz had great potential. However it was a major disappointment as the plot progressed at a snail's pace. I didn't realize it was the first of two books so decided the second book, "All Clear", would make up for the agony of reading the first- it didn't (I can't count how many times that was said in these books). I should have been tipped off when in the introduction to the audiobook for "All Clear" the author stated that she loved doing the research more than the writing. I suspect that after all her time researching, to maximize revenue she had to make this a two volume story when the plot would better support a short story! Willis fans, skip these two and hope she does better next time.

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    Bruce Phillips Kansas City 01-14-11
    Bruce Phillips Kansas City 01-14-11 Member Since 2007
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    "You Need Patience - But It Pays Off In The End"

    All Clear is the second book, you really must read the first book, Blackout, to understand All Clear. Getting through Blackout is a chore. Several times I almost gave up as much of the plot didn't seem to make any sense. Why is the author spending dozens of pages on a measles epidemic at a rural country mansion? There are numerous scenes where I said - "gosh if I wanted to know how shop girls in London in 1941 wrapped packages this is the book for me..."

    It wasn't until I got all the way to the second half of All Clear did I figure out what the author was doing. Everything in Blackout and the first half of All Clear is about developing the characters, the context, and the "history" for what happens in the final part of All Clear.

    When I got to the last half of All Clear, I finally got it and was very glad I had not stopped listening. Then the book became one that I wanted to listen too at any time. It really got my attention and interest. The ending was terrific.

    So have some patience, enjoy the "ride" -- the destination is well worth the long trip.

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    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 12-27-10
    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 12-27-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Great..."

    I liked this book as much as the first part, maybe more. The only part I didn't like in either book is the sometime winnienss of the historians. But overall the book is very good. I really liked the everyday lives i historical WWII.

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    Dave Booth 12-11-10
    Dave Booth 12-11-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    In spite of being difficult to follow the storyline at times due to the tangle of time travel threads, I loved the character development and view into a fascinating period of recent history. I listened nearly nonstop.

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