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
"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)
I would recommend .this book to sci fi enthusiasts and historical fiction buffs. Really brings the horrors of the Black Death to life. Not something we like to think about but a highly important part of the history of Western Europe
How have I not read these yet? A book I hoped would last forever. Doesn't rely on hype, popular keywords, sex, or any other gimmick to keep your interest.
I am a senior citizen(which I can't believe) and I do love a good book.
When I downloaded Doomsday I was surprised about how long it lasted. I thought it would never keep my attention for 26 hours but I was wrong. It was such an adventure that I hated to see it end. The way it went back and forth between current times and medieval times kept the reader in suspense. I highly recommend Domesday Book. You will enjoy every minute of it and I can't wait for the next one.
The Doomsday Book is an excellent tale. To enjoy it you need to settle into the slow pace. It could have been edited down to about half its length. The narrator adds to the slow pace, and at times slurs a bit and sounds almost drunk! This book has typically British eccentric characters that are not likable and typically awful British imitations of American accents. The characters speculate endlessly about what is happening – a disappointing literary device. Regardless I enjoyed it very much, particularly because it gives a version of history that
is neither heroic nor sugar coated.
The narrator was very talented giving life and voices to each character!
Mr. Dunworthy was my favorite character, while not the main character, he combined the two times (past and present), and showed numerous sides to his personality.
The voices that she gave each character allowed the listener to realize their ages and malaise without having to remember our look back in the book if you had taken a break.
White the book is slow to start, stick with it, it is rewarding. Excited about the second in the series!
I've never given a book 1star. Ever. I have no idea why it won a Hugo and nebula. It was very boring. A simple character study with no real story. Hour after hour of he same thing. Even the end wasn't satisfying. Zero character arcs, Zero drama, zero action, zero..... THe only thing I can say is nothing happens the way the characters planned it would happen, which is great if not simple and juvenile in its story telling. Big deal. Nothing new. No new concepts. Nothing. Time travel is just a device to make it a sci fi story. It's more a story of disease affecting two time periods. Even the characters aren't very interesting. I didn't care one bit. I'm literally shocked that it won anything or that it's received any praise whatsoever, and I love books.
good reading of poor material
disrespect for hugo and nebula awards
hard to believe that in 1992 author couldn't imagine better personal communicators than "trunk calls"
Great characters, very well written. The tragic stories of individuals in two epidemics. Not your normal time travel adventure. Worth a read.
Story & performance are both well done. The story has a mix of drama, suspense, comic relief, & time travel - what more can you ask for?
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