I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...
OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon is an absolutely amazing novel, with a perfect mixture of romance, Scottish folklore, and time travel adventure.
Talk about getting your credit's worth!!! This listening experience is perfectly narrated by Davina Porter, and provides over 33 hours of pure entertainment.
Do not think of this book as a romance. Romance there is, but so much more. I classify it as imminently readable historical fiction. No matter what the classification, the story is intriguing, the writing first rate, and this production enhances an already enjoyable experience. A realistic depiction of 18th Century Scotland seen through the eyes and sensibilities of a 20th Century narrator makes for a fascinating read.
Magical, Romantic, Enchanting
I have never read anything similar
I love this series and I am loving the audio versions even more than the many times I have read them.
wonderful story & characters
Claire - she is the main focus of the story and I can relate to her attitude to life.
no, she plays the parts well BUT I wish she could learn to pronounce 'plaid' correctly. She says PLAYED rather than the correct PLAD - grates on me every time (and it is said a LOT).
no, I knew I couldn't, though I tried. staying up to 4am one night!
I will be getting the rest of this series on audio, despite already owning all the books. Definitely says eye strain!
A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air
No heavy lifting here. Gabaldon's first book in the Outlander series was pure escapist fun.
What a fantastic book. I wasn't too sure about it in the beginning as the description seemed far fetched to me and I am not a fan of that type of book. But, I loved it! I randomly found myself thinking about Clair and Jamie throughout the day and wonder how they are doing hardly able to wait until I could get back to the book to find out! I can't wait to listen to the rest of this series!
Thrilling, sexual, intense
Jamie. After reading thru the series, you see Jaime grow up and mature. He is a mans man.
All or the Outlander series....She is FANTASTIC!
Both. I'm having a hard time moving on to a different book out of this series.
Diana Gabaldon, keep true to your series. I want to see this to the end. Jamie and Claire=Forever Together in life and death
I read this book years ago when it first came out. I remembered liking it, so when it came up for The Daily Deal on Audible, I bought it to re-read (listen) since the series is about to preview on Starz. As I listened, I could not figure out how I made it through the last time! I am 23 years older and my brain must have really matured! It is too long and could have been so much better if she had concentrated more on the mystery of trying to reconnect with the future. The book is 33 hours (!!) on Audible and needs to be 16 hours shorter! I must have skimmed the book for the highlights back in 1991 which made the story move along - I apparently skipped to the parts worth reading because the plot and premise are compelling and I remembered quite vividly some of the parts of the novel that moved the story forward. This is definitely an easy read in terms of quality of writing. It is better than a typical romance novel, just not literary fiction by any means. I did watch the first part of the new series and it did make fun TV watching. I have come to the conclusion I have outgrown this type of fiction.
Best romance ever
The love story
Fabulous job...accents were spot on
Soul mates in a perilous time
This novel was one of the most intriguing I have ever read. Jamie was the ideal hero and Claire his soul mate. The love story was captivating and the descriptive dialogue fantastic...I hated to finish it!
The narrator is perfect and her ability to change voices for each character is not a distraction like in some books. Additionally, the story line is unique but gives me the historical storylines I love. The characters are well rounded and the pace is just right. After completing all the Phillipa Gregory books I was looking for something as good and I think I found it. Different, of course, but it kept my interest (considering I listen 2 or more hours a day during my commute) and I am on book 2 now.
Claire is my favorite character. She is a strong, caring woman dealing with the cards she has been dealt with grace and wit.