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.
I have read Outlander many times but listening to it has brought it to a brand new level.
Jaime was my favorite character.
She brings a whole new dimention to the story and characters.
It was hard putting it down.
Awesome listen. Highly recommend it!
Yes! To enjoy an excellent read.
None other that I have read.
Diana weaves an extraordinary tale!
This is not sci-fi. This is a completely quiche romance novel. Strong modern women trapped in old times ... strong primative man ... forced to wear amazing dress ... bad guys threatening rape ... rescue ... surrender ... etc. Its so weird that romance writers can only write one plot and weirder still that anyone would voluntarily read such drivel.
Davina Porter was excellent as a reader and I would definitely listen to this one again. She helped the words come alive with a perfect accent. I read this book years ago and found it more pleasurable to listen to it.
My absolute favorite book of all time. Would recommend to anyone.
I like historical, southern books - southern accents, antiques - The Ole' West, Ghost Towns, Victorian Era, Southern Humor!!
Listen to Outlander! AND, you will get the bonus of watching it on TV too! The saga of Claire and Jamie, goes on and on ......... wonderful story. Claire goes back in time from 1940's to the 1700's in Scotland. The television series is very true to the book & it's great to see the characters and give them a face.
Yes, plan on repeating the complete series. I often re-read multiple book series because sometimes you miss key events, or don't understand their significance until several books into the story. If its really good, as Outlander is, I will go straight back to book one upon completing the final in a series.
So far its Jamie, though his sister has great appeal. I look forward to seeing what both of them get up to in later chapters.
Haven't quite finished so I'll wait on this question. Took a break to download the rest of the books. I like it that much.
Right before Jamie was caught. I enjoy the banter between Jamie and his sister. Claire feels at that moment that she is truly part of the family and sees how much that means to her.
Davina Porter is the perfect narrator for this series. A narrator can make or break an audiobook in my opinion. A good narration takes me away in the story, not giving thought whether its a male or female voice. You get the feeling that whatever character is speaking, the focus is on them in the moment and it feels like a movie in my head. i can fully visualize their appearance and demeanor, just with a good voice narration. Davina Porter can do this with such skill as to make every character emerge in full color.
A different narrator.
All of them! The story moved VERY slow. I excruciatingly listened to 5th chapter -- but I give up -- no can do. I will be returning this one -- first time I've ever done this!