Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
All Clear MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
|New from||Used from|
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
In Blackout, award-winning author Connie Willis returned to the time-traveling future of 2060 â the setting for several of her most celebrated works â and sent three Oxford historians to World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitlerâs bombers attempt to pummel London into submission. Now the situation has grown even more dire. Small discrepancies in the historical record seem to indicate that one or all of them have somehow affected the past, changing the outcome of the war. The belief that the past can be observed but never altered has always been a core belief of time-travel theory â but suddenly it seems that the theory is horribly, tragically wrong. Meanwhile, in 2060 Oxford, the historiansâ supervisor, Mr. Dunworthy, and seventeen-year-old Colin Templer, who nurses a powerful crush on Polly, are engaged in a frantic and seemingly impossible struggle of their own â to find three missing needles in the haystack of history. Told with compassion, humor, and an artistry both uplifting and devastating, All Clear is more than just the triumphant culmination of the adventure that began with Blackout. Itâs Connie Willisâs most humane, heartfelt novel yet â a clear-eyed celebration of faith, love, and the quiet, ordinary acts of heroism and sacrifice too often overlooked by history.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Connie Willis creates characters in such depth that you feel as if you're living inside their skin, especially if you listen to the audiobook while reading, which is narrated brilliantly by Katherine Kellgren. I honestly felt as if I were there in the shelters during the Blitz, living in the blackout, and dealing with the shortages and rationing. And I recently discovered a website called Bomb Sight which shows the location of just about every bomb that fell on London during the war, which will be a wonderful resource for locations when I reread this omnibus book (because I definitely will reread it; there was so much detail I lost the first time through, it will take a second reading just to have a better handle on what was going on). Connie Willis did a truly stupendous amount of research on WWII England, and it really shows. I found myself regularly doing independent research on wartime events that I might have heard of briefly in passing but had never looked into in detail, or researching people I'd never encountered before, and that added to the entire reading/listening experience for me.
I know some people find the book(s) tediously long, but I didn't. I didn't mind the historians' introspection -- since they couldn't reveal their true identity to the "contemps," after all -- especially since there's always a voice or three narrating life in my head, too. If you have plenty of time to spend and really want to learn about WWII England and immerse yourself in the life of these time travelers to the past, I highly recommend Blackout and All Clear. (And read them in that order or you'll be beyond hopelessly confused!)
Instead of moving the plot along, Willis does exposition, character development, more exposition, more character development and YET MORE EXPOSITION. *yawn* Each chapter predictably ends with a mild cliffhanger. It gets really annoying because the characters never have the all the same information at the same time, so even though you as the reader know XYZ you have to wait for at least two other characters to find out. The payoff at the end wasn't enough to override what had by then become an extreme frustration with the book.
I give All Clear two stars only because Willis's approach to time travel was well thought out and the historical detail was amazing. However, the plot gets bogged down in the details. I appreciate the author's desire to be thorough, but given that the characters' problems arise from a technicality of time travel you would think that she'd spend more time addressing that aspect of the story...but she didn't. Instead, she shoehorns in the obligatory romantic subplot that arises almost completely out of thin air. Frankly, I wish I could have my time and my money back!
I always enjoy Connie Willis' novels and stories. I'm a guy and she's a romance writer, and her protagonists are women and the action in the stories is subordinate to relationships and feelings. The (good) men are usually self-sacrificing, nonthreatening Jesus types. In other words, Ms Willis is a woman writing a womanly book from a woman's point of view -- but of course that was also true of Jane Austen. Her touch is sure and the feelings invoked are honest and believable and I'm a fan.
Note that the two volumes add up to something like thirteen hundred pages. A long read that covers a lot of ground. It's set in the Blitz (two Blitzes really) and beautifully researched, so think of it as a historical romance.
Most recent customer reviews
But in...Read more