I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
It's taken be 5 days (and nights) to finish this 44 hour book-and one might think that after 44 hours, I wouldn't need to say, at the end of the book, "NO..It can't be over YET!". But thats exactly what I did say!. then I rolled back to the first 6 hour 'episode' and started over again. With any of the 8 Diana Gabaldon novels in this series listening (or reading) over is the name of the game! Prior to my joining Audible, I'd start re-reading from book 1 about 2 months prior to a new book release so I can have the whole story, the many many characters remembered, the historical fiction bits looked up on Wikipedia (another great addition to life) and my 20+ year old flow chart out so I can connect all the strings once more.
I love accurate Historical Fiction and Gabaldon does her best to be as accurate as her novelists license allows her to be. Her research is immaculate and spot on and you aren't going to find a battle taking place at some strange site when it actually took place elsewhere..Yahoo for this kind of writing.
I know that the next book is the last one..or D.G. says it is at least... and I know it will be another 5+ years before it's out but honestly ***I Want It Now***. For every story arc that was cleared up, a new one was begun until the last and final paragraph when yet another exciting and unexpected incident occurs at Frazer's Ridge and my mind went crazy with "What??" I absolutely can't fill anyone in on what goes on, suspense is the name here, but it's a true thriller.
If you've followed Outlander's Jamie and Claire for 20+ years as I have, and as my daughter has-(she started reading them in High School and is as hooked as I am) then this is yet another novel you'll have to have. Now I've got to go get a hard copy so I can have it autographed when she comes to Portland next month.
And, Don't forget the Outlander Book 1 series on Starz coming up in a couple of months!
If shoot 'em up thrillers are your idea of a 5 star story, if you LOVE Dick Hill and Scott Bricks narration than I'd suggest you avoid this book.
For my taste, the subtle flavors of the story arc, though very much in the YA plane, were wonderful. I liked the slow phrasing of the female narrator and the young mans voice of the male. These are kids, here, folks-not grown up yet they are thrown into feudal Japan amongst terrible wars, political intrigue and religious intolerance. The way they slowly evolve as 15 and 16 year olds, from simple lives to young adulthood is very nicely detailed in Lian Hearn's first book in the Otori series: Across the Nightingale Floor.
I very much appreciated the quiet feeling of the narrators-the book didn't deserve dramatic and overblown story telling. I enjoyed the details of the protagonists young lives, the way they were raised and, when their world was torn apart, the way they learned to cope.
I don't think every book is for every reader, but some of the very negative reviews aren't at all deserved. To each their own, though. I personally recommend the book for a time when you might be in an introspective place in your life. A time when Jack Reacher or Mitch Rapp or Eve Dallas isn't quite what you want. Give this little, short story a try on for size.
I thought it was similar in feeling to The Goldfinch-though much much shorter!
BTW-there is a prequel, but on the recommendation of a reviewer I follow, I decided to not listen to the backstory first-she suggested that the mysteries revealed in the prequel were a big plot point in the first book..thanks for that...and I thought I'd pass it along-in case anyone gets to my review.
Gaiman is one of those authors for who I simply buy the hardbound when it comes out and I read and re-read these over the years. I was thrilled to find this revised production version of it on Audible.com. I may be prejudiced but I found this audio book immaculately performed and amongst the top of the books I've listened to.
I really enjoyed the variety of narrators-with a novel this involved, a multi cast interpretation is the only way to do it justice.Yes, it's long and quite complex, especially if you've not read it previously but it's well worth the time and any effort. If you're a fan of fantasy fiction, American gods should fascinate you.
A caveat: It may take a while to get into..because it is long and as a bit convoluted, you might not be grabbed in the first chapter..Gaiman develops his novels slowly-they creep up on you. I hope readers who are unfamiliar with his work don't give up right away..this book is a synopsis of past gods and goddesses from our ancestors and their plight in the world of technology.
For me, this is a book thats worth reading, and re reading again-I know I'll be listening again in a couple of years.