This is my second time through the series and this was the last complete book I had finished before. I remember now why I had such a hard time going on. This book ends after so many wonderful stories and threads line through it with some closure. The series could have ended here, though I would miss the characters, and I would have been happy and satisfied. As I was reading and finishing this book, my friends were all suffering with an Echo in the Bone (I think) and they had told me how it ended on such a terrible and painful cliffhanger that was very upsetting. They didn't spoil it by telling me what was so upsetting and I still haven't read that book or finished the series because of that. I was waiting to hear how the next book went to see if I would suffer if I left this happy place. As you know, it takes about three years for her to finish each book in the series. So where I had stopped, I ended up moving on to other series and never quite continuing on with this one. I started the Fiery Cross, but had too much trepidation to go on. This time, I think I will continue on with the series. I hope I don't regret leaving the happy place where this book has left me.
This series. I just can't even say how much I am in love with this series. I first read this book years ago and my family nicknamed it "the brick" because it is quite a large book. I have been working on re-reading the first four books in the series before moving forward with books that I have yet to read. I am so glad that I decided to listen to this book because the narrator brings the story to life. I actually believe that I liked this book even more during this second read.
This story is epic. There is really so much going on in this book and all of it is completely entertaining. Jamie and Claire are in America working to find their place. The story also has a focus on Brianna, their daughter, and Roger. There are so many exciting things that happen in this book. There are pirates, bears, Indians, and even a dinner party surgery.
I am in love with the characters. Maybe a bit obsessed as well. I just love Jamie and Claire. Over the span of 4 books, I have grown to know them and really almost feel like they are real. I love how much they care about each other and how easy it is to feel their emotions throughout the book. I liked Brianna and Roger but not nearly as much. This is really the first book in the series that their role is so pivotal to the overall story. They are still working to figure out their relationship and they really go through a lot in this story. Some of it was very painful to watch.
The narration of the audiobook was phenomenal. Davina Porter is the voice of Claire and Jamie. She is able to differentiate between all of the characters wonderfully. I think one of her strengths is her ability to bring the characters' emotions into the story. This is an emotional book and I really felt everything along with the characters as I listened to the book. I was able to listen to this book for hours at a time largely because of the quality of the narration.
I would highly recommend this series to others. This is the fourth book in the series and this series really should be read in order. I can't wait to continue with this series. I am ready to move on to the fifth book, The Fiery Cross, which will be a new read for me and I can't wait.
The voice actor for the Outlander book series named Davina Porter is a gifted voice actor and storyteller. Diana Gabaldon's writing is excellent. I enjoyed being introduced to Scottish Highland history and have gone on to read two non fiction books of Scottish history to learn more. It's painful to read about the treatment of African Americans and Native Americans in the 18th and 20th centuries.
the storyline and the narrator are absolutely amazing I highly recommend this whole series l. it isto fall in love with these characters and it is so beautifully written.
Davina Porter did another great job with the next book in the Outlander series. A book that is hard to but down and you just want to finish. She brings the world to life and you feel like you are there with the characters. I highly recommend. this book.
I enjoyed this book as I have all of them but I get frustrated with the communication between characters - every time someone doesn't finish a sentence or decides not to communicate important information to another character, the reader can almost see the coming comedy of errors and disaster that will ensue as a result. It seems to be a common thread in the stories and if course the resulting disasters are the meat of the book, but after a while it feels like a bad sitcom with everyone running around to correct a problem that wouldn't have happened if only they'd communicated better.