I have already read this book twice in print and relished every word and phrase. Gabaldon cannot be surpassed for her mastery of elegant prose that never hesitates to make its point. Along the way, you are treated to fabulously crafted descriptive passages and witty exchanges; she is one of the few authors who is worth reading every word, several times.
This audible version achieves that same degree of excellence. The narrator is perfect for this role -- she creates with great authenticity an entire population of characters that can be cantankerous, mischievous, opinionated, tender, calculated, downright evil and sadistic, and some very wise. Her work is a treat to hear, and her well-paced approach makes this very long book worth listening to every moment and a treat to savor the prose along the way.
High marks for author and narrator. Well worth the time and the listening...many times over.
In my family we have a saying "... and then the dog pissed on him" which in this case means I thought the violence Jamie is subjected to is too much. I am temped with the sequel, but am afraid to find yet more violence and that "the dog did indeed piss on him". Somethings are too horrible to even read about for me personally, yet, the Jamie's tragedies seem to be most of the plot to a point where they get boring. Other than that, the story could be quite enjoyable.
I liked this book so much that when I discovered the rest of the Outlander Books,Audible offers are abridged, I went out and purchased them to read.
The narration is terrific with Scottish pronounciations and accents. Get it, and listen to it. You won't be sorry but be warned, you can't read just one.
First off, thank you Davina Porter!
Finally an unabridged version of Outlander. For all of us Gabaldon fans, a true dream come true. This was fantastic to listen to. Can't tell you how many times I have read the book or how many people I have given the book to as gifts! It is just a great escape. I read all kinds of books, too. If you have never tried Historical Fiction this is a great place to start; it edges on Romance - I think Jamie and Claire have sex about 500 hundred times throughout the series, but thats what makes it fun! I learned a great deal about Scottish and European history from this series. This book is the best of the bunch. They all get very long winded after this one. Read it and enjoy.
I am so jealous of anyone reading it for the first time!
Normally, I would not have listened to this title, but it was recommended by a friend, who said she was not getting other things done. Now, I understand why - I have been reading primarily nonfiction political books, but since I finished this, cannot get the characters out of my mind. Now, I have discovered this is a series - the rest of my winter listening is set. Both my friend and I enjoyed the story, but were also captivated by the narrator - I will look for other titles from her, also.
Gabaldon really knows how to write compelling historical fiction. Her characters are well-developed and her historical details are rich. This tale makes you salivate for the next book in the series.
Having just finished unabridged Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, I was drawn in by the great reviews and historical romance aspect of a book that I would probably never have found but for the links here...The narration was absolutely wonderful even if the text sometimes had more decription of injuries and sex than my imagination needed to complete the scene. I agree that the guys may not like it, but take a cue from the reviews! Hopefully Audible will hear the customer requests for further offerings of Davina Porter and the unabridged versions as part of the Audible offerings. I am so pleased to see "Dragonfly.." recently added and will eagerly await the rest!
I loved it. I am almost walking around with a Scottish accent! Davina Porter is fantastic. The book is very descriptive which I think does justice to make this era come alive - an abridgment could not capture it so vividly, also so much detail would get lost. happy to see Book 2 is here and we are patiently (well almost) waiting for the remaining books unabridged. I aslo agree with the previous critic - women may appreciate this type of book more - I can see men getting a little "ADD" in the overly descriptive parts.
I absolutely LOVED this but, in reading the many reviews I have formed the opinion that - if you are a woman you should read the "girl" reviews - men read male! Possible this is the literary equivalent of a "chick flick" which may only be appreciated and enjoyed by our sensitive new age male colleagues (SNAGS)?