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Doomsday Book Audiobook
Doomsday Book
Written by: 
Connie Willis
Narrated by: 
Jenny Sterlin
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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    Annmarie Hernandez 04-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very interesting"
    What made the experience of listening to Doomsday Book the most enjoyable?

    Time travel books certainly aren't new but this one was special. Initially I thought it was going to be too long but it had you really caring about the present day people as well as all the charaters the time traveler met. I'm ready to listen to the next one.


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

    Spoiler Alert : Losing the whole family to the plague and the strength of the priest wiht to the end.


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

    I think she helped keep your interest. As I've said its a long book but its never boring and I think her narration was part of that.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, It was just a very enjoyable book.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definetly be listening to the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 04-18-13
    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2011

    Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work

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    "Great Book - Great Reading"

    As the first of the series - that I read in the wrong order, this was great. The reading was excellent and the story still great. I really recommend this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    karen Lincoln University, PA, United States 04-15-13
    karen Lincoln University, PA, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Time Travel Invented, Cell Phones Not So Much"
    What made the experience of listening to Doomsday Book the most enjoyable?

    I loved the characters, the interplay between 13th century plague and a modern quarantined outbreak. Nephew Colin provided welcome comic relief. It also seems to me as if the imperious, bossy old lady everyone is scrambling to avoid is a stock Willis character. Will need to read more of her books to see if this trope holds true. The details about medieval life were fantastic. I really felt like I was "there".


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Colin, and I usually hate pesky, worldly-wise moppets. But he really worked for me.


    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    She has a very pleasing voice and brought Kivirin to life as an almost angelic presence, which is how some of the contemps came to view her.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Without spoiling the plot, I would not care to say.


    Any additional comments?

    The second half of this book does take quite a grim turn, but ultimately, I think the presence of Colin provides enough buoyancy to carry you along to a fairly satisfactory ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James SHELBY, NC, United States 04-01-13
    James SHELBY, NC, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "An excellent cure for insomnia."
    Any additional comments?

    It might be me, but I can't get farther than 15 minutes into this 60-hour odyssey without falling fast asleep. Ms. Sterlin's voice is soothing and hypnotic. She coaxes somnolence from me at every turn. The story is hard to follow when it's so disjoint. It must be good...it won awards.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Armando Raleigh, NC 03-28-13
    Armando Raleigh, NC 03-28-13 Member Since 2009
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    "slow start and middle, better end"
    Would you try another book from Connie Willis and/or Jenny Sterlin?

    not sure


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

    the end


    What three words best describe Jenny Sterlin’s voice?

    not very dynamic


    Could you see Doomsday Book being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    hope not


    Any additional comments?

    I bought after reading a review of outlander where someone recommended this as a good time travel novel, Doomsday have many boring parts specially in the present for the first half of the book, the past always interesting, it is hard to tell the voices apart. I work in a large corporation the history in the present made me feel right back at work trying to get approvals from an accountant - not pleasant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    carla Monkton, VT, United States 03-17-13
    carla Monkton, VT, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Tedious story development"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    not sure


    What was most disappointing about Connie Willis’s story?

    slow story development


    Did Jenny Sterlin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yes, good change of voice for different characters


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    good historical elements


    Any additional comments?

    good concepts are ruined by the slow story development and tedious repition of thoughts and worries of the main character.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ricky 03-16-13
    Ricky 03-16-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A little too drawn out."
    What did you like best about Doomsday Book? What did you like least?

    The historical aspect of this book is awesome. The telling of life in a village in England in the 1300's puts you in the time and place. But the plot. My goodness. It took way to long to get to the point. Even with character development, it shouldn't take 16 hours for the character to figure out whats going on.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical description of life in a small village in England during the mid 1300's.


    What three words best describe Jenny Sterlin’s voice?

    Average, adequate, ok.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This book would have been a lot more enjoyable if they cut out about 10 hours. And this is a person who had no problems with the length of "The Company. All in all, I have no idea how this book won any science fiction award. It must have been a slow year. I found this story to be a well of untapped potential.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ron san antonio, TX, United States 03-03-13
    ron san antonio, TX, United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not what I expected"

    Good book but slow if your looking for lots of action this book is not for you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 02-19-13
    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 02-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting Story with Silly Characters"
    What did you like best about Doomsday Book? What did you like least?

    I really enjoyed to experience of traveling to the past and seeing an example of what life was like several hundred years ago. A fun romp through history.

    I absolutely detested the scenes from the future history department / time travel people. They were silly characters, almost all incompetent (or unconscious). You could have cut out half of what was going on and still made the point. It slowed down the plot and tried to inject mystery and suspense in a way that simply bored me.

    And many of the characters were clearly there to be funny. But they were so over the top that I found it detracted from the story. Personally, I wasn't in the mood for a serious book with silly characters, just as I've not been in the mood for a silly book with serious characters.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    THE PLAGUE!


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first book by Connie Willis. I might try another one of the authors books. Her style was generally good and subtle humour appreciated. The comic relief characters I found irritating, however.

    Jenny Sterlin's job of reading the book was unimpressive. She talked extremely slowly and her pauses between each character, each piece of dialogue, each sentence was to long. I found myself continually annoyed waiting for her to say something, or finish what she was saying.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Erin San Francisco, CA 02-15-13
    Erin San Francisco, CA 02-15-13

    funkywombat1

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    "University procedures are not believable..."

    I decided to listen to this book because of the awards it has won and all the great reviews. I definitely enjoyed it, and I like the premise of a time-travelling history department. The author obviously did a fair amount of research into the middle ages, church rituals, ancient languages and such, which I found interesting. However, I’m a stickler for sci-fi plots and stories set in the future to be believable, and so a few things in this story bugged me. I can definitely forgive the author for not foreseeing a world of mobile phones and the internet, so those things didn't interfere much with the story, for me. However, I think the author could have benefitted from interviewing administrative personnel at a university. The actions of these characters provided some of the least believable content. WARNING: a few SPOILERS follow: A university with no critical incident plan? A history department that no doubt would be the best in the world, considering their technology, and yet seemed to contain only about four staff members? A missing Head of the Department that never appears in the story? OK, forget Head of the Department – where was the President or Vice Chancellor of the University? A complicated, state-of-the-art, potentially life-threatening time-travelling lab, and only one person on location who knows how to operate it? Where is the full-time Lab Manager? Where is the required training, or at least awareness training, for the other personnel and professors? Where is the operation manual for others to consult? The explanation of “it’s Christmas time and everything is shut down” only excused so much of this for me. If a life-threatening situation arose at a real university, there would be all hands on deck! Implement Critical Incident and Media response plan! Emergency staff meetings! Certainly the staff would never send a barely-recovered staff member back… they could phone one of the other dozens of History or admin staff to see who else might want to help, no? I did enjoy this book and did find myself listening frequently, wanting to find out what was going to happen. But the actions and dialogue of the University staff were frustrating. Nevertheless I may listen to more of this author’s work, as I do find the premise interesting… and maybe in book two, the History department gets its wake-up call?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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