We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Doomsday Book Audiobook

Doomsday Book

Regular Price:$51.07
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

One of the most respected and awarded of all contemporary science-fiction writers, Connie Willis repeatedly amazes her many admiring fans with her ability to create vivid characters in unusual situations. With Doomsday Book, she takes listeners on a thrilling trip through time to discover the things that make us most human.

For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong. When an accident leaves Kivrin trapped in one of the deadliest eras in human history, the two find themselves in equally gripping - and oddly connected - struggles to survive.

Deftly juggling stories from the 14th and 21st centuries, Willis provides thrilling action - as well as an insightful examination of the things that connect human beings to each other.

©1992 Connie Willis; (P)2000 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1993
  • Nebula Award, Best Novel, 1992

"Ms. Willis displays impressive control of her material; virtually every detail introduced in the early chapters is made to pay off as the separate threads of the story are brought together." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A stunning novel that encompasses both suffering and hope....The best work yet from one of science fiction's best writers." (The Denver Post)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (3842 )
5 star
 (1613)
4 star
 (1141)
3 star
 (620)
2 star
 (292)
1 star
 (176)
Overall
4.0 (3038 )
5 star
 (1342)
4 star
 (824)
3 star
 (483)
2 star
 (233)
1 star
 (156)
Story
4.2 (3013 )
5 star
 (1515)
4 star
 (877)
3 star
 (389)
2 star
 (136)
1 star
 (96)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    clarissa scidmore 03-25-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "dragged on a little in places, but very good."

    it does get slow in places, but it's a good book. the story and plot are good and I feel like it's realistic. it's a very long book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    lawrencebo 03-23-16
    lawrencebo 03-23-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good story, bit long for the content"

    the story has two parallel stories that while similar themes are different. I think the goal was to contrast between today's approach and the middle age approach .. to what end .. I don't know. I enjoyed the middle age (time traveled) part of the story, but the modern parallel part of the story was .. aaa.. Too much talk about medicine and hospitals and sequencing (etc.). kind of almost projected into the future (because they have to have the ability to time travel).. medicine.. but not as captivating IMO.

    still over all though.. it's a fun story if you can sit through the 26 hours of narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cindy 03-20-16
    Cindy 03-20-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    52
    23
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wow!"

    How exciting to be fully immersed in both the future and the past. And while there to discover that times may change but problems are always present. Even more important to discover that human nature - both good and bad, generous and selfish - are universal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Elizabeth 03-08-16
    Elizabeth 03-08-16 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    105
    55
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fix, Drop and Slippage OMG"
    Would you try another book from Connie Willis and/or Jenny Sterlin?

    The premise of the story was interesting. The execution, ugh. The first 6 hours went nowhere. The story was in the same spot. I was so tired of hearing Fix, Drop and Slippage. Finally, a bare bones story started to develop but still was not very interesting, as the characters were one-dimensional, very disappointing. The author must believe repetitiveness is the only way listeners could understand her story, as it continued throughout the book.


    What could Connie Willis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stop writing the same thing over and over - we get it! Develop your characters. Bring in more historical events.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I had a hard time differentiating the characters. The reader used the same voice for several of the male characters. The intonation was the same for all characters. Very snobby tones.


    Any additional comments?

    I love unabridged books. But this one was tortuous. I would advise passing on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Eric 02-21-16
    Eric 02-21-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    23
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    ".it just went on and on"

    by the time I was through I was so tired of the story I didn't care what happened I just wanted done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nannette 02-15-16
    Nannette 02-15-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Absolutely fascinating!"

    I loved it. I'm a big reader of historical fiction, and this was a great mix if history and the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    mikelakejr Lorain ohio 02-12-16
    mikelakejr Lorain ohio 02-12-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    19
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Time Travel"

    I'm a fan of time travel books, this one was pretty decent, takes place in Oxford and bounces between 21st and 14th century, in a place where historians travel through time. One historian is stuck in 14th century mabey forever while the 21st century deals with an unexplained pandemic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mandi 02-07-16
    Mandi 02-07-16 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    20
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    91
    33
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved It"
    Where does Doomsday Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Toward the top of my list.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doomsday Book?

    One particular moment isn't really important, it is the way they are weaved together that makes the book interesting and enjoyable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I liked to process a bit. You get to look at history in a different way and it deserves time.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth your credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gina 01-30-16
    Gina 01-30-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    27
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Repetitive"

    There was a constant repeat of information. With a proper edit this would have been a 28 page short story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Guy Ivie 01-27-16
    Guy Ivie 01-27-16 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    99
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent story, terrible performance"

    I know this is an excellent story because I read it when it was first published. Foolishly, I bought the Audible version without listening to the sample. The reader is flat, boring, and annoying (quite an accomplishment, actually). I'm sorry I wasted my money, but at least I didn't waste too much of my time; I gave up listening fairly quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.