its a good merge between gone with the wind and any phillpa gregory stories
mutagh, claire, and jaimie
no - too many hours, but worth the time while at work
This is one of my favorite series. I got into it because my husband had gotten the audio CDs from the library for a long trip. He was looking for a time travel story, had no idea it was a historical fiction/romance/sci-fi with a little steaminess thrown in here and there and set in Scotland to boot!. He would call every night of his trip to tell me what a good book it was. So...I had to listen to it too! I love Davina Porter's reading. She is the best. Every time a new book comes out we are just praying that she will be narrating it. I am re-listening to all 7 books before I listen to the latest one (8th) and also because of the new TV series, Outlander. I miss the characters when waiting for her next book to be written. Blah, Blah Blah... I could go on. You won't be bored or sorry.
The depth of the characters, the historical period, the non-stopness of it.
Everything. She has the most versatile voice and is so pleasant to listen to.
Well you can't really, it's just too long. I listen on long trips or on my way to and from work. It makes the trip so much more peasant. This is the second time I've listened to the book. I took it on a trip and played it over the car speakers for my friend, who had never read one of Diana's books. She is hooked now. Bwa ha ha !
This is the 1st audiobook I have ever done. I have listened to a few previews but was always turned off by the narrator. I rank this as #1. I can't imagine any other book being this impactful and the narrator is believable and outstanding.
Honestly this book stands in a class by itself. I have none that are as good as this in my opinion.
Davina is amazing. I was very skeptical that she couldn't do it. I am amazing that she can do male and female voices as well as all the different accents for different countries.
No I couldn't of read it in one sitting it was so emotional I needed a break from it for a few hours or overnight.
I listened to this as I sewed costumes while out of town. It helped me focus on my sewing and stay on task. There were areas that were so emotional to me that I had to stop listening as I wanted to sob. Throughout the book as much as I felt I couldn't listen any more because of the pain of a scene I couldn't not go back because I was so drawn to know how it went from there. I can't say enough good about this audible book.
Am nearing 84, have 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 1 half Japanese great grandson all delightful. Enjoy listening & reading
1. It was not stated it was first of a series so would never have purchased.
2 Persevered, fast forwarding bodice ripping episodes, so-o-o- many, not much left of story until breathlessly waiting for grand finale -WHAMMO to be continued!!!!
3. Narrator was brilliant - she was the only reason I kept going. Can only congratulate her on her ability to keep her high standard up for so long on such tripe. Has she been inflicted with narrating succeeding books? Such dedication.
Claire is a British nurse during WWII. When her husband Frank returns home from the war, they head to Scotland to spend some time together. While there, Claire manages to go through some kind of portal only to find herself in the mid-1700s! While trying to figure out how to get back home, she falls in love with Highlander, Jamie.
I listened to the audio and it was good. The narrator did well with the various accents, I thought. The story was good, too, but it was very long and I did tend to lose focus plenty of times. I wasn't sure, as I listened, if I would continue the series, but I decided there was enough of interest likely coming up for it to be enough to decide to go ahead with book 2.
Although I do like the feel of a book in my hands, I also love to listen to a good book. This is one of those good books, I could listen to over and over
I enjoyed the way that she changed her voice with new characters. It was easy to tell what character she was portraying by the tone and the voice sheused.
This book could not be listened to in one sitting, I need sleep :)
I am not sure
Someone who did not sound so much like my grandmother... at times I felt as if she was reading the book to me and considering the plot it was a complete turnoff
a bit more of a realistic sense and a more experienced Jamie ... some more turning points and focus on the important, less on the fluff
I started reading this book because many people had suggested it and also because the TV series caught my attention. I have read long books before but at times I had problems with this novel because it lagged during points when it could have perfectly avoided and vice versa it rushed through some pretty crucial points in the story.
The characters were interesting but several times the male lead was not believable... I mean, come on, a rough Scottish islander with such sensitivity despite the historical time? The female character with her nurturing attitude seemed to be the one wearing the pants for most of the time...
I am not sure whether I will continue with the second book. I have read a preview and it intrigues me but I am afraid it will lag on forever like the first book. Yes, I will think about it, but for now I will read something else.
There is too much talk about family abuse. At one point one of the main characters can't seem to stop talking about it and as a listener it takes to long to get back to the main story. Had to stop listening at this point.
I just depends on her stories.
I think the narrator did a good job on all the characters.
Disappointment. The story line was great.
I would not buy another book from Gabaldon - might listen to one if it were free. I almost gave up on this book a few times, but forced myself to finish it just in case there was some miracle ending to make it worthwhile. There wasn't.
I would listen to Porter's narration of other works.
The general premise was interesting, but the sex was way overdone and actually got monotonous. It was barely a historical fiction and mostly steamy romance -- boring! The story also had a completely dull ending. I know there is more coming in book 2, but I can't be bothered to listen to hours more of gratuitous gropings, heaving creamy bosoms and throbbing loins to find out what happens to Claire, Jamie or poor Frank. I was hoping for more history and intrigue and less soft porn. Disappointed :-(
I also found that what happened in Wentworth Prison was over the top (my husband asked me to turn the audiobook off when I was listening at bedtime because he couldn't stand that section - that was a first). The escape was ridiculously implausible. I'm ok allowing for time travel, but the rest of the action needs to be believable or it gets too far into fantasy and the genres just become muddled.
The narrator was fine and I enjoyed her talent.
Make it PG or PG-13 so I could listen to it with my kids in the room. Calling it historical fiction was misleading. This was an "R" rated romance novel with a thin varnish of sci-fi, the supernatural and history. The plot was weak in comparison to Game of Thrones or Pillars of the Earth -- both of which have romance and sex that spice up the plot rather than overpowering it. It distressing to think so many people have rated this book 5-stars!
I enjoyed learning of life in 1740's Scotland and loved the excellent narration. For me, it was frequently boring and would have been better if shortened. Also, way too many sexual details. Good literature doesn't need a crutch.
Yes, I could hardly wait for it to end so I could listen to something better.
No, too long.
I kept thinking it would get better because of the good reviews, but it never did for me. I've learned that a good book trumps good narration.