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)
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.
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.
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.
Stop writing the same thing over and over - we get it! Develop your characters. Bring in more historical events.
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.
I love unabridged books. But this one was tortuous. I would advise passing on this book.
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.
Toward the top of my list.
One particular moment isn't really important, it is the way they are weaved together that makes the book interesting and enjoyable.
No, I liked to process a bit. You get to look at history in a different way and it deserves time.
Well worth your credit.
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.
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