Overall a great listen. The storyline captured attention right to the end. Only criticism were the sometimes lengthy love scenes - generally portrayed with written sensitivity but sometimes too long and too frequent! Yes - the main characters are deeply in love ... But sometimes it was -sigh- "not again"
Normally, I don't write reviews, but people must know that this book is simply terrible and a waste of time and money.
This is my 32nd purchase from Audible and the only audio book I have yet to finish (so far). 14 hours in and I am still waiting for some semblance of a plot line. Also, characters are one dimensional and boring. If you are expecting a strong female lead - look elsewhere.
This book is NOT for you, if you enjoy books like: The Name of the Wind, Wise Man's Fears, Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, Fall of Giants, Winter of the World, Edge of Eternity, GoT, WoT, etc.
Also, please note, this review is by a women and don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good romance (as I have read most of Jacqueline Carey's books too). At least Carey's books generally feature a strong female lead and somewhat interesting storyline. Do not expect the same from Outlander.
Save your credit or money and buy something else.
Love, passion, action-packed...running, starving, fear...more fear then tears and then more love and passion.
The entire book was such a great read/listen with Davina Porter's excellent portrayal of the story. But my favorite scene was when Claire chose Jamie over going back to the future. She chose to be Jamie's true right hand.
I cried when Jamie was being abused by Jack Randall and once escaped, freed by Claire, he was so sick on the ship to France and near death. Claire chose Jamie once again when he tried to send her away to be left alone to die.
Did it even take me a week to finish this 39 hour book? And now book 2- Dragonfly in Amber!!!
Davina Porter, yes. She's an excellent narrator. Diana Gabaldon, no. This book is just awful.
The accent, inflections, intensity.
I've now attempted to read this book twice and am quitting for a 2nd time. The first time I quit because it was just bad. It reads as someone's indulgent bedtime fantasy, which is fine for other people, but not me. This time I powered through the porn, got up to the wife beating part, and just stopped in disgust. Every woman I know loves this book so I tried to force it on myself. I'm not a prude, but porn romances really aren't my bag (I refuse to read 50 Shades, too). I want a good action adventure sci-fi or historical fiction with a strong female character; that's what I love. This promised to deliver that, but instead it offered flat, unrealistic characters (I mean really? She didn't miss her husband and had no emotional conflict about marrying/sleeping with another dude while already married?), gratuitous sex for the sake of gratuitous sex, and apparently either every dude in the 1700s was a rapist, or she was just too appealing for every man to resist. She's constantly dodging attempts at rape and the nonchalance in which the savage beating her new husband doled was addressed was profoundly disturbing. Yes, I realize that violence towards women was commonplace during that time period, but the book was not written from that point of view so that shouldn't be how it was presented. I felt like the book was trying to make the violence and oppression towards the lead character not just acceptable, but desirable and extremely sexualized. It's possible it could get better, but based on the spoilers friends of mine told me in order to tempt me to read further, I don't believe it will. I don't want to read something I'm disgusted by simply because everyone else wants me to. I thought it might make for a better film or tv show, but based on reviews from friends who are watching the Starz show, it's even more disturbing on screen. I just don't get the obsession with it.
Davina Porter was a wonderful narrator, though. If it wasn't for her performance, I don't think I would have gotten as far this time.
I love Paranormal Romance and Fantasy books
I could listen to this audiobook again just to hear her accent. The story is one that seems to take on a life of its own. I find myself thinking about the characters like they're family or friends. I can't wait to start the next book in the series!
I tried this book based on the reviews, but eventually gave up after yet another comment about mens' "copper colored curls". The main character was just too silly and boy crazy for me. I know this book is beloved by many, I don't mean to offend. But in my opinion, the movie "Hot Tub Time Machine" provided a more nuanced and intelligent exploration of the implications of time travel than this book. Interesting concept and setting. One-dimensional main character.
I truly loved this story. and the narrator brought so much life to it that you felt like you were right there in the highlands. I read this many years ago but enjoyed listening even more.