Nothing - and I really tried! It is rare that I give up on a book prior to finishing it, but I could find no purpose to listening.
Possibly it was the narration that bored me, rather than the book itself, but I do not feel the need to read the print version.
I have considered purchasing this book many times, but always passed it over for something else. I'm not sorry I bought it (on sale) because now I know. It has received rave reviews over and over, but I just could not listen to it. It was simply boring to me. All books are not for all people.
Yes. Even though, I wasn't fond of the narrator at the beginning of the novel, through the course of it I fell in love with the story and its characters. I couldn't help but love the whole experience of this audiobook.
I should have paid more attention to the reviews. I guess this is a historical romance but it left me hoping for something else. I found the story to be tedious and yet I completed it as I kept thinking that the action may improve and provide a counterbalance to the lengthy descriptions of the love evolving between the two main characters. Anyway, on to something better but I will never get those many hours back. I take it that I am not a hopeless romantic just hopeless!
I listen to an average of 100 books a year, and the Outlander books are some of my most favorite! I find myself going back and listening (they have to be fantastic for me to want to re-listen) time and again. Davina Porter does a brilliant job with the narration!
I usually really enjoy romantic historical fiction, so I was eager to give this one a listen. I have just downloaded the third part of this book, and I keep waiting for it to be a good book, like so many of the reviews here say it is. So far, I've been disappointed.
I've seen grass grow faster than the plot moves. (I'd try to find other witty comparisons, but you get the idea.) We're expected to believe this otherwise intelligent, well educated female gets transported back 200 or so years in time, and her reaction is, essentially, oh well.
A lot of time is spent describing the day to day of your average Scottish keep, and while detail is appreciated, especially if it's historically accurate, I think Gabaldon really overdoes it. She drones on and on about trivialities. I was almost to the second part of the download before any movement in the plot caught my attention.
I have to say to those who download a romance novel then complain about lovemaking interludes--why did you bother downloading, then? Gabaldon is actually pretty mild compared to some I've read.
Overall, I want my money back. I've read more interesting phone books.
When I realized this author was American and wrote a book with such accuracy in locations, language, references, wars, and old wives tales I was amazed. the book is so good and it made me want to transport myself to Scotland. I will admit that at times I was tired of all of the action... the characters in the book always seemed to find themselves in trouble, but it also made it quite adventurous and interesting. I will definitely follow the series as I am completely invested in these characters and must know how they go on.
Nurse Anesthetist. Love audiobooks!
I am listening to this series again for the fourth or fifth time and each time I learn something that I didn't hear the previous times. The stories are amazing. Full of history and emotion that takes the reader right into the story. I can't wait to someday go to Scotland and see the many geographical sites that are sprinkled throughout the story. I can see, in my minds eye, the characters so clearly as described by Diana Gabaldon. Davina Porter is wonderful as the narrator. She has a way of doing the voices of the different characters that makes them feel so real. Her accents are great!
I have listened to well over a thousand books and would have to say that this series is by far, my very very favorite. If I could only have had history teachers that could have brought history alive like these books I would have never found history boring. Do yourself a favor and listen to these books, in order.
This book was well written with good development of characters. Some good action and a lot of sexual situations. I prefer books that are more concise. This book could have been less lengthy and not have lost any appeal.
The story began so promising, such in interesting premise; but as it progressed into what I found to be silly, repetitive lovemaking scenes, without propelling the story forward, I finally gave up and actually never finished listening.
Sadly, I never got that far!
I did enjoy the narrator and the character sketches were very good. Just too much silly, repetitive sexual descriptions, which took away from, didn't add to the story line.