I had high expectations of this book. However the slow slow slow pace of the book was not what I had expected. Yes the 800 pages should have provided sufficient hint that the author might ramble but not to this extent.
I am only up to chapter 2 and I am already struggling to complete it. I would not recommend purchasing this book and wait till someone gives it to you for free
I have listened to this book twice and have loved all of the adventures of Jamie and Claire. It keeps you interested in it so that you don't want to miss one word.
Read this a few years ago and remember not being able to put it down! One exciting adventure after another. The sex scenes everyone here seems to be consumed with, I don't even remember as being that raunchy. The lady who wrote about the improbability of a woman initiating oral sex could possibly have something, however, since everyone in those days smelled equally badly due to the lack of regular baths, showers and deoderant, that would not be a problem. I think she may be applying 1950's mores to that era's which is a mistake. She should read Fanny Hill! This book was one of my favorites, as were the ones that followed, altho those are not as compelling and some adventures were very improbable. I'm hoping the audio version will be even better because of the wonderful British & Gaelic accents I anticipate.
The narration is amazing, the story is full of beautiful details and feelings; it is a bit too graphic, and the violent parts are at times moving to the point of you almost feeling the physical pain! Some of the reviews complain of the violence in the book - but if you liked Braveheart, you wouldn't mind. It is a little too long, though, and it is exhausting me to think about the many (also very long) sequels - but I am still eager to read them
I cannot say enough about this book. I have read & reread this series more than once before finding audible. Now I can listen while driving, gardening or taking a walk. The best of the best.
The storyline is intriguing and fascinating, but the clincher is the narration by Davina Porter. Her accents are amazing.
A bit offputting were the so very numerous explicit sexual encounters. Makes one wonder if Diana Gabaldon is in fact a male as it would seem to appeal to the male ego that a woman, forced to marry a stranger, would initiate oral sex as their first married act together. Yup. To also not object to but apparently enjoy his smelly sweaty body makes her very unbelievable or perhaps British. They aren't too fond of showers?
Anyway, sexual encounters aside, the story was great, the literary tension wonderful and the characters very full. Highly recommend, but not to any of my younger relatives. Too much sex.
I immersed myself in this audio book!! I walked around with my MP3 player on for days until it was finished...I just couldn't break myself away. If you work, don't start listening until the beginning of your weekend or you will spend many tired mornings at work...I know I did. Of course I can't say that regret it though. I'm going to buy Dragonfly in Amber as soon as I'm done typing.