I love this series of books. I love this narrator. I love that all the books in the series are now available on Audible (there were two in the middle that previously weren't). The Outlander series is what Audible is all about.
The series is the story of a woman who accidentally travels 200 years back in time and meets the love of her life. Whenever I explain this premise to people I get raised eyebrows, but the truth is that the books are more historical fiction than sci fi/fantasy. I read an interview with the author once in which she said she set out to write historical fiction, but just couldn't get into the mindset of an 18th century woman so devised the time travel in order to place a modern woman in the period she wanted to write about. That decision made the books even more interesting. All of the main characters are relatable and fleshed-out. The history is meticulously researched. The conversations, love stories, intrigue, etc feel organic. The descriptions of Scotland - both modern and historical - are amazing and make me love the country even though I've never been. I really have almost no criticisms of the writing.
Meanwhile, Davina Porter is one of the best narrators I've encountered in an audiobook. (Thank you, thank you to the narrator and audiobook producers or whoever arranged for the same narrator to read the whole series so far.) She manages to have a completely different voice for each main character and to my untrained ear moves effortlessly from one accent to another as the story dictates. Her American accent is not perfect, but it's still very good. She has a great cadence, sounds like she's read the book 100 times prior to narrating, and never stumbles over what must be incredibly difficult Gaelic words... (in fact, a friend of mine who is reading the whole series on paper calls me occasionally to have me pronounce the Gaelic words for her).
Clearly, these are some of my favorite all time audiobooks. Despite their length, I'm on my third time through the series. Speaking of length, all the books in the series are pretty long, but still only one credit so if you have an Audible subscription, they are great deals. In short, buy the books, you won't regret it.
defineatly recommend this book, to history lovers and anyone wanting a book where the author makes you feel as if you are living in that time.
the fact that diana writes in a way that makes you really feel like you are living in that time every detail, you fall in love with the characters jamie and claire, briana and roger
i have listened to 4 other books narated by davina porter and she does not dissapoint i love her reading.
when brieana meets jamie, and when roger and brie get seperated and roger meets up with jamie i really feel for him, but can understand jamie's behaviour aswell
i think that diana gaboldon is one of the most talented story tellers of our time she has a true gift.
I think Diana Gabaldon is an incredible writer. I did not know Outlander was the first in a 7 book series when I listened to it a couple of years ago or I probably would not have started it. I'm glad I did, and I have enjoyed all the ones I have heard so far. It had been a year since I listened to book 3 when I finally started listening to book four. I was happy to be listening to it again, although sometimes I just got a little tired of the story. It isn't exactly more of the same, but I guess my one real complaint is about the love scenes. I mean, how many ways can you describe two people who are deeply in love getting it on? We get it already. I would like to have something left to the imagination.
Outside of that, I do love these books. They always have a fascinating twist or two that shows Gabaldon's versatility and creativity, and perhaps more than that, her vast knowledge of so many subjects. Extremely well written, I recommend these books to just about any adult.
Davina Porter is about as good as a narrator gets. She is nothing short of fabulous!! Now my dilemma is that the unabridged versions of books 5 and 6 have not been released to Audible in spite of an army of people begging for them. Do I actually have to break down and read them? PLEASE, Audible. Make it happen. Get these books for us!!!
Part of the whole sequel. Such a diverse sense of igmagination displayed. Love these books and can't wait for the next ones to come out. Thank you Diana Gabaldon for introducing more humour into them. It tends to lighten the intensity and is a great addition to the story.
I love listening to these this story, I wished I could listen faster but so bad when the story was done! It keep me coming back to listen more and wanting to know more. Work you time!
Retired nurse. Don't think I have a favorite genre but do enjoy historical romance.
I have just downloaded the final book in this series. I chose the abridged versdion this time because in the third book I found myself fast-forwarding through the love-making and very descriptive scenes. I loved the first three books for their historical value and for the characters. This applies to the first, second and third of her series with Jamie and Claire.
Once you've listened to Divina Porter narrate a book, you are forever spoiled. She brings all characters to life: men, women, children; and handles accents and many dialects with ease. She is so easy to listen to and so enchanting a narrator, you won't want to listen to anyone else. Drums of Autumn is one of the seven books (so far) in the Outlander series. You must really start at the beginning with Outlander, to make it worthwhile, and work your way through the series. The story is basically an historical novel with a bit of time travel, Scottish history, history of medicine, warfare and wilderness life, and follows the relationship of the main characters and their families and friends. The characters are well drawn, the story is truly engaging. You won't want the series to end.
This is the fourth novel in the "Outlander" series by Diana Gabaldon. It's one of my favorites and like other novels in the series is a stand alone. I strongly recommend, however, that these novels be read in order as each contains spoilers of previous books. What Gabaldon does, if you can imagine, is paint a large historical tapestry but does so in books that can stand alone. This one contains romance and adventure, tragedy and comedy, and any fan of Gabaldon's will be greatly pleased.