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.
I first heard about Beryl Markham when "West with the Night" was re-released in the 80s and was captivated. She's an incredibly fascinating woman - one who never really got the credit she deserved. I don't think I can separate how I feel about the woman from how I feel about the book ... but I'll try.
First, this book does a great job of introducing people to Beryl Markham. Little has been written about this larger-than-life character and it's a pity. (I wish more had been included in this book about her accomplishments and less about her love life, but that's a personal preference.) If you love hearing about really interesting women in unusual circumstances, this is a terrific book. You may not always agree with her choices, but you have to marvel at where she lived and how she lived. That alone makes this a must-read/listen.
Second, I hope this will encourage more people to hear her story in her own words in "West with the Night." It's a superb book. Though the authorship of that book has always been questioned, Paula McLain offers some of the best evidence I've ever heard to support the fact that yes, Beryl DID in fact write it herself. The two books together do a great job of telling the story of a phenomenal woman.
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.