Outlander is a fabulous story that brings Scotland to life in the mind's eye. The relationship between Jaime and Claire is so well done that every misfortune brings tears to your eyes and every slice of joy puts a smile on your face.
I have read this book myself and thought it would be great to listen to as I worked. Unfortunately, the narrator sounds like my grandma and does a terrible Scottish male voice that had me cringing every time she did it. Also, all the 'romantic' scenes were replaced by ".....a little while later...." These scenes are a great part of the book and I was very disappointed that they had been omitted.
I would put all the "romance" scenes that they took out and put them back in!
This is an awesome series and now that it has been released on Starz, they need to re-do the narration using the stars of the show or someone such as Phil Gigante for Jaime.
I have read all the books multiple times and cannot get enough. Now, its so much fun to listen to the books. So creative and an amazing escape. I love these stories so much. Well Done Diana!
Of Course it's Jamie and Claire but all the characters have chemistry.
First, I am glad a women told the story since its mostly from Claire's point of view but I like how she uses different voices to represent different characters seamlessly.
A brilliant premise that chose instead to go the route of romance and feeling up people's kilts. Over, and over again.
No. What a load of tosh. This book was decently written but completely missed its chance. A women goes back in time and just completely shrugs off that momentous experience and moves on with her life. And takes 33 bloody hours to do so?
She read it okay. She doesn't, for example, kill herself before the end of the book.
I don't understand the raving reviews. This book is boring. Regret this purchase. Will never buy another book by this author.
Engaging love story
Davina is outstanding. This series is my first encounter with her. She does each character very well. She is Claire, Jamie, and all the rest. I don't know how she does it.
It is rare that I find books so engaging that I can't put them down. I'm listening to the series and have to say I'm addicted. I listen every minute that I can. My husband is feeling neglected. Diane has the ability to keep you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what's next.
Love love love the books, I'm on book 4 now and so glad I'm just getting started so that I can listen to them all back to back. I would love to see this as a marathon miniseries. The one hour episodes are just not enough. The first 8 didn't even get through the first book. Excellent casting for both Claire and Jamie. All characters are well developed. I'm not usually one to read love stories, but the historical nature of the book keeps it interesting for me.
This is the best audiobook, I have ever listened too!
My favorite character was Jamie Fraser. Such a dominant, strong, yet loving man. The best part is that now we can envision the story line, by watching Outlander on Starz.
Claire... She did an amazing job, portraying her persona.
I had many emotions
Yes, but with reservations, It is a love story with explicit sex but the concept is interesting. It is a sort of sophisticated Alice in Wonderland with a bit of history.
Not heard her before.
Yes and no
It ends up in the air and I would like the 2nd book.
Its started with the TV Series, but it will end with the writer! I am about to start the third book and I never want it to end...
Jamie of course!
Two good eyes! Seriously, Davina Porter is one of the BEST female narrators that I have ever heard.
I think Barry's review pretty much sums it up for me, as well. It was beautifully, beautifully narrated, but like many one and two star reviewers on Amazon, I quickly got fed up of the violence and the rape, and the connection between homosexual proclivities of one character and his wickedness, as if the two are somehow connected.
The story was an epic adventure, but really, the time travel thing didn't seem to feature largely; once her husband found out she was from the future, there was no real discussion about "What's it like?" or talk of technological and scientific advances, which is, I imagine,would be utterly fascinating to someone in Scotland in the 1700's, just as someone from the 3000's would have us gripped with curosity as to what life is like in the future.
Instead, he (Jamie) seems to matter of factly accept that she's from the 1940s and they go their merry way through the story from there, which leads me to feel that the whole time travel idea was just the USP (unique selling proposition) that could land yet another epic adventure novel onto bestseller lists, but which, ultimately, didn't feature heavily as a them, other than to give Claire more advanced medical knowledge, family history knowledge, and the dilemma of whether to return to her time or stay. And so I felt the story lacked believability.
Although it's had fabulous reviews, I found the story dragged on, and as previously noted, the various flavours of rape, beatings and graphic violence got a bit tiresome.
Reading the reviews for this I thought it would be a good book. It is more or less a romance novel. If that is what you are looking for than it is probably good. That is not what I was looking for.
I thought it was actually going to be a story about, Oh I don't know maybe time travel, 18th centruy Scotland, something other than sex scenes.
I gave this book a fair chance, I listened to 18 hours of this (bad word), but after all of that time there is still no story other than the romanc novel junk about "he is such a beautiful brute, I just can't help but love him even though I am married to someone else in another time... blah blah blah... "
For all of you fans who love this stuff I am sorry to disrespect your story but it is definately not for me.