Absolutely. Davina Porter is awesome. Her readings bring the characters to life. I am finding the audible books so intense than I have given up watching my TV favorite shows so I can listen and escape to the 18th Century with Jamie, Claire and their clan.
Everything. Nothing is bad in this story.
I did read the book first before listening to the reading. Davina Porter makes it like being there. She is an amazing reader, actor, performer. Not sure what to call her. The words are Diana Gabaldon but the inflection is pure Porter.
First of all I'm not sure that a film could do it justice but if a film is made, the tag line should be Join the time travel from 20th to 18th century...and fall in love.
The books are spectacular.
This is the second book in the Outlander series that I've picked up, and it will be my last. Gabaldon writes pretty prose, but I find the story lines relentlessly linear and lacking in all suspense. You can literally fast forward/skip through chapters and not miss any crucial plot details along the way. There's no incentive to keep reading and see how things are resolved in the end. In my opinion, too, the time travel aspect makes no sense. The best time travel books are ones that create dilemmas between present and past (or future, as the case may be) and raise interesting moral or historical questions (for example, what Stephen King, in his masterful 11-23-63, calls the 'butterfly effect'). Gabaldon does not venture there, which causes me to wonder why she didn't just set her story in the eighteenth century and dispense completely with the twentieth. Her main character, Claire, is a physician; could she not have brought at least some penicillin with her in her journeys to the past, saved some lives, and potentially changed the course of history? But Claire is too pre-occupied with her longing for Jamie Fraser to make space for intriguing questions about the impacts of changing the past. Bottom line, it's all one long perambulation through an 18-century theme park. The moderator, Davina Porter, is very professional but the faux Scottish accent quickly becomes annoying. When someone imitates an accent, it ends up sounding unnatural and exaggerated if sustained over a long period of time. In a 20+ hours audiobook, it is too much.
Davina Porter keeps the story of Jamie and Claire alive. Jamie and Claire have come to the American colonies and met Jamie's aunt Jocasta. Claire gets her first look at the injustices of slavery and is powerless to do anything about it.
Brianna and Roger, after much courting and intrigue arrive in the 18th century. One of my favorite scenes is when Brianna and Jamie meet for the first time.
Young Ian is growing into a nice young man, but ends up in the hands of Geillis Duncan and must be rescued at any and all costs.
Diana Gabaldon is a fantastic writer and I love hearing about the history of North Carolina. She is an excellent story teller and keeps the listener completely engrossed.
Yes, I may re listen to the entire series again.
Jamie, brings just the right amount of humor when needed.
Please hurry. Let's get the film done. I can hardly wait.
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.