Combination being distant from the microphone along with thick accents and Scottish brogues made portions of the dialog even with headphones, Bose speakers, and iPad very difficult or impossible for me to understand. Trying to rewind short passages on an iPad is difficult for me. The problem is probably just me but 1/2 hour into the story I had no idea what I was listening to.
I would definitely listen to this book again. It was beautifully written and always kept me interested.
I was not sure I would enjoy it when I read about the time travel aspect but I found it intriguing and loved the romance. The main characters were strong and I fell in love with the hero and his wise portrayal. I couldn't wait to listen to it all and did so at every opportunity. It was gripping and very descriptive.
The voices of the characters were mostly distinguishable but at times there was a bit of background noise. This was only mildly irritating in parts and did not put me off the book in the least. Porter did a good job as a whole.
There were a few disturbing parts in the book but these just made me want to hear more and get to the outcome quicker.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure and romance.
I would highly recommend this book to a friend or a stranger. The book itself is wonderful. The character development is rich, and the plot is driving. I love the historical aspect of it because I feel I'm learning about Scotland in the 18th century.
The most stunning part of this audio book is the narrator! The characters in the book are varied — a Scottish man living in 1745, an educated English woman from 1945 and everything inbetween. This narrator uses different voices in her reading of the story so that you could recognize different characters, even two different male characters. The narration is truly amazing, and it brings the book to life in a way that will not let you stop listening. Don't start this if you don't have the time!
Both Jamie and Claire!
I am an avid reader! Now I guess an avid Listener. I am addicted to Audible, and love how it keeps me focused when I am trying to get my work done. I am also a really fun kids entertainer... some Adults too!
Thankfully I had some serious sewing and cleaning to do! This is probably the best book I have ever read ever! I am not a fan of historical novels, but after this I think I will try some. This book has been reviewed by many others and all I can say is that they are all correct, accept for the people who had a problem with the sex scenes. without them the book would not have been able to carry off all of the other dramas that occurred. Loved It!
I will listen to this book, this series, again and again. It reminds me of why I like to listen to a book of this nature. It transports me from the here and the now and takes me to the there and the then. Davina Porter does a fantastic job of narration with such involvement you float on every word.
I have not been involved in a fictional history read for many years. The last series I remember was Clan of the Cave Bear. Many many years ago. That was a reader, not an audio. It also transported you back into another world and another time. It is good to take a break from the mysteries, the historical non-fiction, and the thriller novels and settle in with a story you will disappear into. A real mental rest.
When Claire fought the wolf and won. I love it when women are powerful in thought and deed.
The first time Jamie & Claire realized their love for each other. It was so emotionally descriptive.
This is my all time favorite audible series. I LOVE the story and there is no better narrator than Davina Porter. I love the way Diana Gabaldon intertwines real historical events and characters into this series. I have listened to all of the books in this series and I am waiting anxiously for the next installment. I originally bought this first book because it had high ratings and it was so long. I felt like I was getting alot for my money. I was not disappointed.
The only negative I can say is that (for me) all other audio books that I have listened to since these have failed to stand up to the excellence of this story, this narrator and the great length of each book in this series. That and the fact that waiting for the next book in the series is agony. But, if you started with the first book today, the ninth book may be out by the time you finish the eighth book.
I have recommended anyone wanting to experience the Outlander series to at least listen to the first book, if not all of them. Davina Porter is perfection when it comes to the voices and the accents. Sometimes I forget it's the same person narrating she does such a good job of making the characters so distinctive.
At this point I really don't have any other books to compare these to. I can't put them down. I want to know more about the historical places and figures, I want to visit Scotland.
Davina Porter is perfection when it comes to the voices and the accents. Sometimes I forget it's the same person narrating she does such a good job of making the characters so distinctive.
They do have a TV series in the making for this set of books.
It's one of my favorites! I've read it in book form many times, enough so that I can turn to any chapter whether reading or listening and know exactly what's going on!
When Claire orchestrates Jamie's break out from Wentworth.
When she tells Jack Randall the time and date of his death.
Yes. Powerful imagery on all counts. I did laugh, didn't cry. Davina Porter reads the characters so well that you feel as if you're in the story.
I have read this book numerous times, and will listen to it probably many times. Especially each time a new one in the series comes out. I never tire of Jamie and Claire. I love being able to listen in my car. I can pick up anywhere in the story and enjoy it.
I don't know if any books that I am as attached to like this.
She is able to make each character individual.
It makes me laugh each time and cry too.
Eventually I will have all in the series on audio like I do in hardcopy.
Yes! I really enjoyed Ms. Porter's performance of the story. It was surprising to find myself completely enthralled with the story as though it were the first time all over again.
For me, there are no comparisons equal to Outlander. It is a story in a class by itself.