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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (14,698 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Connie Willis Narrator: Jenny Sterlin Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9781436121248
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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. Jenny Sterlin's warm narration adds an emotional depth that makes Doomsday Book an unforgettable experience. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie Jem | 2/17/2014

    " This book was WONDERFUL; the characters were quirky and lovable (or detestible, if they were bad), the plotline well-executed, and I loved the shifting narratives. The narration was perfect. I'm so glad I read it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annette | 2/1/2014

    " I really wanted to like this book. After all, historical fiction, time-travel is right up my alley. And it won a book award, a Hugo I think. It just never rang any bells for me. I made myself finish it, but I never looked forward to reading it. I'll be wary of Connie Willis books in the future. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pauline Lloyd | 12/31/2013

    " too much waffle. This author is too fond of meaningless waffle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cannibalcrowley | 11/14/2013

    " My only issue is that the ending felt rather rushed. It's a minor point against a wonderful story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly Terrill | 11/10/2013

    " I love this book. It has made it to my short list of "Re-reads" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan Avery | 10/24/2013

    " Finally, a book that illustrates how absolutely horrible medieval life truely was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 7/27/2013

    " This was an amazing book: history, spirituality, sci fi todether with a dash of epidemiology on the side. I'll be rereading it for sure... if I can stop loaning it out long enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 4/23/2013

    " Great read. . .I really like time travel. It literally takes you into another world! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 2/25/2013

    " Long, slow, repetitive and sci-fi elements were not well developed. The historical portion was vivid and the author should have just written a historical novel rather than a time-travel novel. This is not a book I would recommend to friends and I am surprised it won awards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 1/8/2013

    " Time travel meets pandemic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami | 12/1/2012

    " Loved this book. Kind of hard to get into but once you do, you can't stop reading! I have read it twice and it's time to read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nurture Waratah | 9/9/2012

    " This was a riveting, edge-of-your-seat type novel - unusual for a historical novel. I was thouroughly enthralled from beginning to end and read it all in one sitting. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smokinjbc | 5/13/2012

    " Grim but compelling - had a hard time putting this down. My only complaint is that I often sped through the futuristic chapters because the time-travel character and her story was so intense, leaving the place and characters of the future a bit dull in comparison. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 6/29/2011

    " This is a good read and well-researched. I love historical fiction and this one has a lot of great details about the Middle Ages. The ending was just a little anti-climactic for my taste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 6/29/2011

    " One of the best time travel stories ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 6/20/2011

    " I love this book. It has made it to my short list of "Re-reads" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annette | 6/9/2011

    " I really wanted to like this book. After all, historical fiction, time-travel is right up my alley. And it won a book award, a Hugo I think. It just never rang any bells for me. I made myself finish it, but I never looked forward to reading it. I'll be wary of Connie Willis books in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 6/8/2011

    " Another terrific sci-fi author who writes a loosely connected series of books about time travel in the near future. This one is about a trip that goes wrong into the Middle Ages. A lighter time travel book by Connie Willis is "To Say Nothing of the Dog." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 N | 6/7/2011

    " Time travel, drama, humor, outstanding writing. The parallels between a (hypothetical) modern world terrified of disease and plague-ravaged medieval England are striking. Willis manages to make this story both hilarious and very sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glynn | 6/6/2011

    " This was an intense read. the world around me seemed in sharper focus while I was reading this. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorian | 5/25/2011

    " It was a very good story. I like the great descriptions of the time period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 5/21/2011

    " I really wanted to like this book more. It had a great premise and I enjoyed the plot but I feel that this book needed a good editor. There was a lot of repetition, too many red herrings and the style seemed suited more for a young adult type of read with simpler sentences. "

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About the Author
Author Connie Willis

Connie Willis has won six Nebula and nine Hugo Awards (more than any other science fiction writer) and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for her first novel, Lincoln’s Dreams. Her novel Doomsday Book won both the Nebula and Hugo Awards, and her first short-story collection, Fire Watch, was a New York Times Notable Book. She lives in Greeley, Colorado, with her family.

About the Narrator

Jenny Sterlin, winner of multiple Earphones Awards, has more than seventy audio titles to her credit, including Laurie R. King’s popular Sherlock Holmes / Mary Russell series. Before beginning her narration career, she helped found England’s experimental Living Theatre.