Flat out I love this book! I have read the the entire print series several times and can now add the audio version to my collection. I am a truck driver and needed something to listen to so I purchased this collection. I had never done audio books before, and with one of my favorite books I was a little leery. However I was not disappointed. Although at first I had a hard time getting used to Davina Porter's narration of the male characters ( I thought she made them all sound like crotchety old women ) in time I got used to it. I even found my husband waking up and getting into the action. I know a lot of people cannot get over the sex and rape scenes, but as with any book and author you have to take them for what they are, a part of the book. And I challenge anyone to take the same time and devotion and write a best seller. As a truck driver I love the length and wish there were more good novels out there of this length, so of course I definitely recommend the unabridged version, even though yes at times the author can seem a bit long winded.
This was my very first audio book and to be honest I actually put off listening or reading this book due to length. At first I had thought about reading it leisurely however I am such an impatient reader that I didn't want to voluntary skip over the good parts so I then decided to listen to the book. OMG have I not ever made a better decision. I was going to write a review immediately following reading the book but I was too excited to stop and write so I decided to continue on and now that I am six books into the series. THIS IS MY FAVORITE. I am so hooked on Davina Porter she does an absolutely wonderful job playing James Fraser. I didn't think I would be able to really appreciate a male character narrated by a female narrator but boy was I wrong. This was a great first read and I definitely recommend it to the world.
Have not read the print version.
Interesting historical background and perspectives.
Each character is interesting and the main characters are well developed.
I could not put it down and made sure that the next book in the series was downloaded before I finished each one. The reader is nearly hypnotic and the voice addicting.
My wife was amazed that I was listening to a "romance" novel. I suppose we all tend to focus on those parts that are individually most interesting. I told her I was amazed she was listening to a sci-fi / historical novel.
I love this sieres, but I had to stop... I was starting to talk with a british accent... no I think I made it to book 5? I have them all but I just needed a break. So umm don't do a Kelly and try to listen to them one after the other you will get burnt out... and some are like 50 hours... call me crazy I fell in love with their love. And the time travel! Come on you got to love a little time travel in your romance right?!
I couldn't put this book down!
A little slow at the beginning but an amazing read!
I could not get enough of this book. Can't wait to start next book!
Claire of cause
All of the scenes seemed so real.
I giggled and dropped my jaw in shock at times.
The first few hours were interesting - but now I've been wading through several hours of them having various suggestive interludes, then sex. Enough already. Where's the story. It reminds me of a 2 1/2 hour movie that could have been a great movie at 1 3/4. I'm all for sex in romance books - but I feel like the same dynamic is being repeated over and over and over and I find myself praying that she'll get away and back to the present time just to get away from this predictable love affair. *yawn* I just can't finish it.
I just didn't like her. She made everything sound nonchalant and I suppose it is - but it just aggravated the repetition.
Audio books are just my cup of tea!
Purchased this book during one of Audible's first of the series sales,what a great deal! Don’t be intimidated by the length of this book. It was a little slow to start but once hooked it won’t let you go. If you like historical romances this is for you. I really enjoy how detailed Diana Gabaldon’s writing is, you never wonder “How did they get there?”. Davina Porter is a wonderful narrator! Definitely need to listen to this series in order! I went quickly through books 1 – 4 and then waited for the unabridged version of #5. Now I can’t wait to listen to 5 – 7!
Yes, I'd recommend to a friend. I've become absolutely addicted to the series, and can't imagine audiobooks before this set!
The most memorable moment for me was when Claire actually popped back in time. Up until then, I was wondering why all the rave reviews....the story just started off slow, and fairly boring to me. I was listening during housework, and actually had switched to music on several occasions. I just couldn't get hooked. (That's why I only rated the 1st book as a 4 for the story - I had a hard time getting into it.) Then she traveled, and well, I was hooked from then on!
Davina Porter's accents just bring the characters to life for me. Her version of Jamie, the main male character, just makes my heart melt. If I heard a man try to pull his voice off now, I would just be so disappointed. Weird, to say, I know...but I think I LOVE Jamie's character because Davina's voice made me!
Before the time travel, no, I didn't want to listen to the audiobook in one sitting. Afterwards, heck yes, I couldn't get enough. Impossible, with the length of each book in the series, but I do my darndest to try! I find myself listening in the car, in bed, and then even at work. I have a bookkeeping job, and find Davina's voice and the story soothing. Diana tends to go on and on about scenes and situations - and if I miss a little bit of the description when concentrating hard on work, it's not the end of the world. Most of the time though, I find myself rewinding so I won't miss a bit! - the descriptions and situations are just that engrossing.
I highly recommend this series to anyone and everyone! Please, give it a listen up to a wedding scene in this first book of the series, and if you're not hooked by then, I don't know what to tell you.
It was a little slow in the beginning. I would listen for a while and then put it down. Eventually i just pushed through and when it finally grabbed me i was in hook, line, and sinker. To the point i was making sure i had the next in the series ready. I can't say enough good things about this series!