Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!
I first read this in 2009 and liked it but at the time didn't want to get committed to such a huge series, so I stopped after Outlander. Fast forward to 2014 Starz Outlander series and I got hooked again. So.....I listened again. And it was better the second time. Davina Porter does an amazing job of accents and character distinction. I hate when narrators lower their voices too deep to sound "male". Davina doesn't do that. It is slightly lower but doesn't sound weird or unnatural. Her voices sound male without sounding ridiculous. It was an absolute pleasure to listen to her read the book.
Less frequency in the descriptive narrative of love-making between the main characters. The story line failed to flow smoothly from scene to scene as it had to stop to often for the personal encounters....especially when a man has been almost tortured to death; I would begin to get the sense of urgency, despair and the motivation to endure and then...stop. Lost some of the realism for me.
No, I've read other time-travel stories with great enjoyment - even with the underlining romance.
I thought Davina did well with her narrative.
The reading was a well cadenced and melodious.
Disappointment. This book was recommended by a friend. It is a sweet romance story but hardly novel worthy.
The cadence of this book seemed to be: sex, sex, here solve this quick problem, sex, sex she's on trial, sex, sex, he's missing, he's buggered, he's dying, sex and sex. There was not much meat of a real story.
Detailed love making scenes, book was certainly not written for male audience (I kind of knew this beforehand, but still gave this book a go), not so much of a story as it was about main character describing how she feels about this and that. Many missed opportunities to make the story interesting.
No, not completely, but I will certainly steer completely away from books by this author.
Narration was good.
Book was interesting up until the repetitive love making scenes started.
Forced my self to listen to the end hoping there would be something worth the wait, but got disappointed.
Say something about yourself!
Well it is at the top. I'm enchanted with this story and Davina Porter is the best.
The wedding and Claire's major life decision. I do not want to give away the plot. I love the detail, the feelings, and I truly cared about the characters.
She transitions her voice well between characters. She reflects feeling in her voice.
Best love story ever.
OH THE STORY IS GREAT BUT THE READER IS OLD, IT DOESN'T APPEAL AT ALL
CAN'T GET PASS THE READER
SHE SOUNDS LIKE AN OLD WOMAN AND ITS DOES NOT DRAG YOU INTO THE STORY AND MAKE YOU WANT TO BE APART OF IT.
THE BOOK IS GREAT i PROBABLY WILL RETURN IT i CAN'T LISTEN TO IT, i HAVEN'T GOTTEN PASS THE FIRST CHAPTER.
Yes, It is an amazing book the first read through but I feel that reading it again would show me little things I missed the first time.
Davina Porter is the best narrator I have ever listened to! The way she brings Diana Gabaldon's words to life is incredible. Her diction, pronunciation, and acting is amazing. She doesn't take away from the image you build of your characters as you read/listen to the book.
I enjoy listening to the audiobook while I read the book. So the narrator helps immensely with all the words that I couldn't/wouldn't know how to even fathom the pronunciation of.
I did find myself laughing...and shedding a tear involuntarily.
I would recommned this book.. it has a little of everything
how Claire does not give up
My dear Claire
I have a long drive to and from work and the story and performance just caught me up and had me looking forward to getting back in the car. It has been truly compelling.
Claire's dilemma when she was finally at the circle of stones and realized it would be possible to go back. Being presented with the choice between two such very different lives would be heart rending.
Her performance was light and easy to listen to. It allowed for a little of my own imagination to add to what she was offering. Really quite engaging.