I don't really feel there is much of a story to this except it really just feels like a romance novel with a sadistic twist. Story-wise, it's a bit weak for me and I really don't like the female lead. Hard to like someone who can just forget about her husband (presumably she was still in love at the time) after just a month.
This book was the typical seemingly strong independent woman who really just wants to be dominated by the "bad boy who is actually a good guy" type of romance. I really wanted to love it, but the pacing was dreadfully slow, and I actually never finished it. I had wanted a series to pull me in, so I even looked, after finishing about 90% of this, to see if maybe it was just a fluke, and maybe the later books would be more engrossing, but from the reviews I read, it sounds like the other books are more of the same.
Definitely the spanking scene. Domestic violence is not okay. Romanticized domestic violence is even worse. I understand it was part of the culture, but this really made me dislike Jamie. Especially when it has the other men telling him afterwards that he didn't need to be so rough. If he would have done it reluctantly, it would have been one thing, but she made it clear that he took great pleasure from it, and that is simply disturbing.
I've not read the print version but the narrator brings you there in time
she have a wonderful way of bringing the different ppl to life
A story of love, life and survival
I would diffidently recommend this book to all
Listening to Davina Porter narrate this tale of a time traveling saucy wench makes me cringe! The romantic (read 'sexy' ) bits, always trying in audio, sound ridiculous coming from her perfectly enunciated mouth. I know, I'm getting old, and I'm way past this kind of book.
It was too long and repetitive. I enjoyed the beginning, then I was waiting for it to become really interesting, it just became eventful. It is not my kind of book, I know now.
I am not sure if this was or not part of the plan, but I did not enjoy (at all) the tyrant-gay angle of Captain Randall.
The performance was ok for the story.
Yes, I like many things about the story, but I just grew tiresome at some point. The same story could have been told in half a time.
I can't say enough about this series. I've now read or listened to Outlander and most of the other books three times and and the last time was every bit as enjoyable as the first. This series is complex and engaging with so many dimensions there is always something new to discover.
It could've been much shorter.
I also would've left out the unnecessarily, uncomfortable description of the main character being violated. The author went further than necessary in her efforts to convince the reader of how broken the main character was. I understand it is sometimes necessary to shock the audience to invoke sympathy or strong emotion in order to make a connection with a character, but this was over the top.
I actually could not fiinish the story because of the incident. I was too disgusted, ashamed, and many other emotions to ever have enough respect for the main character to be able to read on.
As previously mentioned, the hero of the story was subjected to things that were revolting and destroyed the story.
I could see it being made into a movie or TV series but I doubt I would watch it. It was essentially a love story wrapped up in an interesting setting and plot twists. I don't mind love stories but I'm not sure what would be gained by translating this to TV or movies. A good love story is better told than shown.
The author kept me hooked for a long story but ruined it near the end. I can't say it was all bad but I also can't say that I would recommend it.
The story is great. I have read it before more than once. Davina Porter, the narrator really brings the characters to life. She is amazing!
Her accents and intonations are great. Perfection!
I did enjoy this book but it is soooooo long. The narration was good and the story interesting. I just felt there was too much filler with all the descriptions that go on and on and some of cringe-worthy scenes between Claire and Jamie. It was a little too "Mills and Boons" at times.
Time travel and Scotland are merely deep background for what is really a romance novel. Mostly it is a fantasy about a woman in a boring, but adequate marriage who travels back in time (never explained how - she is just transported through standing stones. Somehow). Once there, she gets a hot Scottish guy. There was just too much eroticized violence for me. Again and and again, he is flogged or tortured in a salacious manner, in scenes that are long and tedious. I am not above this sort of thing, really, but this whole book was just so bloody boring. The thing I probably hated the most was that he actually beats her with a belt in a fairly long scene, and she comes to believe that she deserved it. It's not an S/M scene, just a spouse abuse scene. II really hated this book. No idea why it is so popular.