This book started my Gabaldon addiction. I recommend only the unabridged version and Audible certainly did a great job. Don't let the lenght discourage you. It is very witty and well written. More please!!!
This book is simply wonderfull. It takes you into another world and makes you wish you were there. (Most of the time)
Great historic authenticity, great story.
I too downloaded this book because of the rave reviews. I found it slow to start and the amount of detail would bore me at times, but as it went on I found I was listening to it every spare moment I had. Yes, this IS a romance novel but not the cheap variety that usually springs to mind. There was a chapter or two where I would roll my eyes and wish I could fast forward as yet another sexual encounter occurred. Luckily, that only lasted a chapter or two and then the story resumed. I love the characters and have ordered the next volume to read. I will wait for the unabridged version to listen to for a couple of reasons even though there are the abridged versions out there. First of all, my association with the characters is largely by voice (Davina Porter who is wonderful and brings the characters to life) and second, I'm afraid how much might be left out going from approximately 32 hours down to 6! I can't wait to read the next book!
I absolutely love this book and can't wait for the unabridged sequel. Its a great story full of pratically everything. And yes, some will call it a chick-book but who cares. Additionally, I cannot say enough about the reader... it is all just great and I hated for it to end.
I enjoyed this audiobook from beginning to end. The narration is without error and with convincing character voices. The story is intelligent and, at times, full of suspense. The characters are vivid and their relationships intense. The author winds her detailed story along greater questions of time, duty, love and destiny. Don't be afraid of the length as once you are caught up in the story, you just want to hear more. To my delight, I've discovered that there is a series of audiobooks continuing the story of Claire and Jamie... I'm hooked!
I have been waiting for a long time for Audible to get the unabridged version of this series. Davina Porter is absolutely magnificent as narrator. This book takes you away much better than Calgon. There's everything, sex, history, fantasy and fantastic plots and subplots. Please, please get the rest of the series.
I am so delighted that you have finally added the Unabridged version of this book. For those of us who love Diana Gabaldon's books, the abridged versions leave a lot to be desired. Please, please, please add the others in her series in unabridged as well. Davina Porter is the perfect choice for narrator and the unabridged version is fabulous. Thanks again.
I thought this was so boring. Could not keep my attentions. After only a couple of hours I skipped ahead to see if it got better and it did not. I'm sorry I wasted a credit for this. Truly surprised there are so many good reviews.
Somehow I stupidly missed the fact that this was a romance. It actually starts out well, with interesting historical details and characters, and rapidly dissolves into the sappiest romance on earth. More than 50% of of the book was "romantic scenes," each one more absurd than the next.
But what makes this book horrible for me is the underlying conservative Christian mantra; the heroine begins as a strong, independent woman and then the story, and her character, dissolves into a highly predictable plot based on "family values." She is "forced" to marry the handsomest man in the land, so she can safely remain within the bounds of conservative teaching while living out her fantasies. It follows without saying that the villain is an evil homosexual with twisted sadomasochistic practices, who is vanquished in the end. I can just imagine Laura Bush hiding this book under her pillow...
I should have realized this from the fact that just about all the rave reviews seem to be from women. This is a bodice-heaving, soft porn, harlequin romance with a bit of history thrown in. If you are estrogen challenged, don't bother. I gave it two stars instead of one only because it's not badly written for this sort of thing and the narrator is ok.