I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
Davina Porter's narration is perfect -- again. She is the voice of Claire for me. When I read the words, I hear Davina Porter. Plus, she handles all the other characters incredibly well, with a superb ability to set them apart and to hold their distinctions from beginning to end and from book to book.
Once again, I'm at the end of 57 hours of listening and would be just fine if there were more. I marvel at Diana Gabaldon's ability to write with quality and in quantity. If you're a fan, this is one of the most terrific books in the series. If you've not become a fan yet, start at the beginning. The characters are complex and getting the full measure of their lives is one of the most splendid things about this series.
This is a bleak book. While you wait for something, anything, good to happen to these people, it's one horrible injustice after another. It's engaging because of the narration. But, you end up feeling spent.
I made the mistake of scanning some reviews before downloading this book. There's a spoiler in one review that's hard to miss. It ended up really changing this book for me because it destroyed a plot line. I'm not sure how I would have felt about this book had I not spent the first half in anticipation.
I wanted to love this book, but didn't. I liked it very much but there was a predictability about it that kept me from loving it. The narrator wasn't stunning from the start, but the nuanced reading really captured the characters. In the end, it was a huge asset to the book. It's not the kind of reading that jumps out at you. Rather, it's subtle and works perfectly for this book.
Interesting that the end of war is really the beginning of upheaval in many instances. I'd never really thought about the implication of that when it came to the end of the U.S. Civil War in 1865. This book provides insight into individual thinking/motivation when societal change is in the works. In that regard, it's excellent.