I would recommend this book, and have, I have even bought it for a few people. The story is very well articulated and researched. Gabaldon is very good at detail without going to the extreme to bore someone.
The detail about the Scottish Highlands and the history.
Porter's voice was very agreeable she kept in character and her accent was perfect for the part.
I started this book expecting to enjoy it; it seemed to have all the hallmarks of a series I'd really like: period piece with a strong female protagonist. I was disappointed. They're were redeeming qualities though. The prose was tolerable, and the main character was intelligent and feisty, though not memorable. The sex was tastefully written, at at times fairly appealing, but it occurred so often that it eventually got old. Narration was also well done.
The story was weak, and often predictable, in my opinion. I often found myself thinking "Oh good, now it will get interesting..." but was generally disappointed. The characters were not to my taste. Good guys were very good. Bad guys were very bad. The main character strikes me as a bit of a Mary Sue. The book sort of reminded me of a harem/reverse harem anime, where fulfilling the audiences' fantasies of being desirable and special, takes a back seat to plot and character development.
Bottom line is that the book was not to my personal taste, but that doesn't necessarily mean it wont suit yours. If you're just looking for an escapist romance with plenty of tasteful kilt lifting, it might be worth checking out...
Well narrated. Accents seemed tolerably done, though as an American, I wouldn't be likely to know the difference...
I loved the love story. Specifically, the fact that it was very natural and it grew in a realistic way as opposed to some highlander smut where the story isn't as important as the sex scenes.
I liked that there was a bigger story unfolding besides just the love story. I got very caught up in the adventure!
I loved Claire as the heroine, I think she's strong and brave and it was a pleasure hearing her story. However, Davina Porter is great at the various accents in the story so I loved her reading of Jamie too! To be honest, I think I wouldn't have liked him as much if I had read the print version versus hearing Davina Porter perform it.
So many moments! But my favorite is a spoiler, so I won't go there. Let's just say when Claire made a critical choice regarding which man she would be with and in which century she felt she belonged.
Davina Porter and Diana Gabaldon are a match made in heaven. I'm so happy that there are so many books and that they are so long!
I thought this was going to be an action / adventure / mystery book but it is all about romance. This is not a guy book. Scattered insights into life challenges during the time period but not worth enduring the rest of the story
Execution and reliance on sexual situations over actual plot.
Good setting and somewhat clever recycling of fish out of water/time travel stories.
Be prepared for an abundance of racy scenes that often do little to promote the story.
The plot seems to be there only as a weak support to the sexual scenes - which are non-stop. So, if you want to read about other people having sex, then this book is for you. I'd prefer to actually participate in it rather than read about a fictional character's love life. Don't get me wrong - I have no problem with a little spice in a novel - but the word 'spice' is the key. Spice is supposed to add to or enhance the flavor of something - not take over the entire flavor. This story's concept has so many avenues that could have been explored, but weren't......If Claire isn't having sex - then she is trying to get out of a rape scene - only to jump back into the arms of her new husband to have sex - only to wander off the next day to almost get raped again - to jump back into her husbands arms for another roll in the hay. Gee - I should have put a spoiler alert at the beginning of this - I think I just gave away the entire plot.....
Anyway - if you are having trouble in the bedroom and need something to spark the fire - then I highly recommend this book. If you are looking for any kind of plot or depth - you will be highly disappointed.
The book portrayed homosexuals as either sadistic rapists or pedophiles. Domestic violence against women and children was condoned, and the book needed to be edited for length.
No. Her deep post-menopausal voice worked well for the characters that were men, but was poorly suited to the young girl in her 20's who is the main character of this book.
The book has wonderful historical descriptions.
The recording was terrible. The booth that it was recorded in was clearly not sound proof, and during long pauses you can hear the reading of another book in the background.
I have no idea how anyone could like this book as much as they report to.
Remove the abuse. Make Clair's emotional reactions more believable. GET TO THE POINT.
I haven't but her reading is quite good, I had no issues with the narration.
I liked the idea behind it... the time travel and the rugged men in kilts, but after the 'marriage' this book took a horrible turn for the worst in my mind.
I found this to be really quite offensive. The romance is abusive at best. Clair is all over the damn place with her reactions to things; and RAPE IS NOT SEXY.
No. Altho I really like the story itself I just couldn't get past the narrator sounding like Mary Poppins. Her male voices all sounded the same. It detracted from the story.
I'll be asking Audible for a refund on this book.
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
Other listeners have raved about Outlander and I sort of get why that might be for the story structure is good and the Gaelic imagery excellent. However, there is little or no benefit in it being about time travel for this is where the imagery fails. If one was to time travel all of a sudden without knowledge or preparation there would be so much more going on regarding the challenge of the effect upon time and place. Our heroin is just too 'accepting' of the situation for the tale to work for me. It set up an expectation for me that was not fulfilled