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Doomsday Book Audiobook

Doomsday Book

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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)

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    gwendolen 10-23-15
    gwendolen 10-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating story well told"

    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

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    Amazon Customer 10-01-15
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    "The best find of the year!"

    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.

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    Margie 10-01-15
    Margie 10-01-15 Member Since 2011

    I am a senior citizen(which I can't believe) and I do love a good book.

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    "Ingrossing"

    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.

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    Ichiji 09-27-15
    Ichiji 09-27-15

    Ichiji

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    "A wonderfully imagined trip to the not-so-good old days"

    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.

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    Kathie 09-21-15
    Kathie 09-21-15
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    "well worth listening t"
    What made the experience of listening to Doomsday Book the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was very talented giving life and voices to each character!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What does Jenny Sterlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    White the book is slow to start, stick with it, it is rewarding. Excited about the second in the series!

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    yeg 07-30-15
    yeg 07-30-15 Member Since 2016

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    "I didn't like it."

    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.

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    Harper 07-28-15
    Harper 07-28-15
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    "It's beautiful!"

    Willis creates beautiful characters and has a smooth, engaging writing style. This book is amazing from start to finish.

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    Ronald G Bieselin El Cerrito, CA USA 07-06-15
    Ronald G Bieselin El Cerrito, CA USA 07-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "booring, unimaginative"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Connie Willis again?

    no


    What does Jenny Sterlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    good reading of poor material


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disrespect for hugo and nebula awards


    Any additional comments?

    hard to believe that in 1992 author couldn't imagine better personal communicators than "trunk calls"

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    G. Amundsen Alaska 06-26-15
    G. Amundsen Alaska 06-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Depressing but utterly captivating"

    Great characters, very well written. The tragic stories of individuals in two epidemics. Not your normal time travel adventure. Worth a read.

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    Sheley Napier Columbus, Ohio USA 06-23-15
    Sheley Napier Columbus, Ohio USA 06-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "I greatly enjoyed it"

    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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