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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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    M. Mcneese-heinsohn 07-06-16 Member Since 2015

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    "A bit long, but filled with fascinating detail."

    A young researcher goes back in time from 2054 to the 14th century, only to find that what historians THOUGHT they knew was often incorrect. Some details were tedious, especially in the present. The bell ringers, and the young lad Colin with his description of everything being "necrotic" were often irritating, but as you will see, played a vital role at the end. Loose ends were neatly tied up. I found it enthralling!

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    JSS 07-04-16
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    "Disappointed"

    I finished this book because I paid for it. Almost all the characters were immature twits.

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    Lynn 07-04-16
    Lynn 07-04-16
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    "Very Well Done"

    This book is an excellent time travel piece that has very little action, but still keeps you on the edge of your seat. I thought I knew where it would head and the next chapter would always prove me wrong. Connie Willis' story telling technique impressed me at ever turn. The characters were a bit single minded at times, but self aware enough that at one point one of the main characters acknowledged how selfish they were all being. I loved this book and will go on to find more from this author to listen to.

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    nadine Minneapolis, MN, United States 07-04-16
    nadine Minneapolis, MN, United States 07-04-16 Member Since 2017
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    "loved this book the 1st time and just as much 2nd"

    excellent book. I love medieval history this a grea4 fiction story about the time

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    Dave Booth Minnesota 07-03-16
    Dave Booth Minnesota 07-03-16 Member Since 2006
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    "One of my favorites"

    I've read this multiple times and the audio version did not disappoint. The narration added a rich layer of being there.

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    Travis 07-01-16
    Travis 07-01-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Slow to enthrall but grows on you and BAAM! sure to make you cry"

    The author is refreshing ruthless with her characters. You don't go into a book titled "doomsday" and expect a truly happy ending and To be perfectly frank the book made me cry.
    I want to rate the book higher as I loved Kivrin's story and was moved but not in love with the supporting present day story.
    So I give the Kivrin's story 5/5, and the future Oxford (present) a 4/5.

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    M. Davee 06-27-16
    M. Davee 06-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent history"

    I read this book years ago when it was first written and liked it very much but had forgotten much of the details. I was surprised at the negative reviews about the second half of the book, but the very accurate description of the Black Plague only added to the historical realism. However, The author didn't do as good a job of anticipating technology today. Even Star Trek in the 1960's had individual communicators.

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    Amazon Customer SIERRA VISTA, AZ, United States 06-25-16
    Amazon Customer SIERRA VISTA, AZ, United States 06-25-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Epidemic Depiction, Awful Psychology"

    I have mixed feelings about this book. It's an interesting depiction of epidemics as experienced "simultaneously" in the middle ages and modern day. However, most characters lack credibility in their actions and interpretations. They tend to repeat moronic, simple, phrases, as though befuddled, to give up after very little effort despite their goal being a life and death matter, and to put too much emphasis on meaningless, mundane, things that are NOT of life and death importance. In a sense, it's a good parody of self absorption and the lack of critical thinking that frustrates me in society every day, but there's do much of it that the book starts to just seem poorly written. There are also a couple of major plot lines left unresolved (where the heck is Bassingham?). On the up side, there are also funny or poignant moments of humanity-- both internal reflection and interaction. The "future" presented in the book looks more like the 1980's with a few fantastical pieces of technology inserted (hard wired phone systems, books, very basic computers, supply shortages during a quarantine with no apparent way to just drop supplies in.....), but the sci-fi aspect of the book is more or less just a literary device to let the author use the future as a counterpoint to the plague-filled past anyway.

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    A.G. 06-23-16
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    "Wonderful book"

    Loved the story. It starts slow with quite a bit of handwringing and bickering, but once the main plot becomes apparent it's pretty gripping. The voice narrator cannot do an American accent to save her life, which is actually kind of charming.

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    catgirl29 06-19-16
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    "Enjoyable Listen"

    I'm a sucker for time travel stories and this one didn't disappoint. I felt that the current-day (or technically future) story was outdated (and of course it would be - it was written in the early 1990s.). However, the portion of the story that that takes place in the 1300s was believable to me. I became attached to all of the characters. As others have mentioned, it takes a little too long to clarify the recurring theme of "something's wrong" but the story wrapped up nicely in the end.

    The read was ok. Jenny Sterling reads the the 5- and 12-year-old characters well. Her American accent is kind of terrible.

    I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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