Retired teacher and interpreter. I read classic and contemporary fiction, as well as Mystery/Suspense/Horror, Fantasy&Sci-fi.
This was a fantastic listen...I really love long books, I don't want good stories to end, and this one at 33+ hours is really satisfying.
There are lots of fascinating details about 18th century Scotland, there is action and adventure, humor and romance...my only complaint, personally, is that there is also a bit of steamy sex, which others may not find a drawback at all...
The narration of Davina Porter is PERFECT and adds so much to the experience.
I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
This was extraordinarily well written and it was only many hours into it that it seemed to veer off from a multi-layered time-travel/historical novel into the territory of a bodice-ripper romance. This had so much promise as a concrete, believable realization of another era, an intriguing examination of the difference in mores between 18th C Scotland, 1940s Britain and the present day, which it very much seemed to be for the first 1/4 or so. But then the sex scenes--emphatically plural--started. I'm not a prude, and one such scene would have established the point, ok even two if you have to, but after a while I started to lose count, and after skipping ahead, skipping ahead, and skipping ahead through yet ANOTHER steamy episode that seemed to be in there for no other reason than, well, sex, I had to face that the thing was morphing into a different kind of novel entirely. I'm seriously not a prude, nothing wrong with erotic writing if that's what you're looking for, but it wasn't what *I* was looking for.
If you LIKE a Harlequin Romance, then this will be right up your alley. For me personally that's just not something I care for. A whiff of it was inevitable perhaps, given the setting, but it seemed a terrible error of literary judgment and taste to go veering off into that territory so extensively. Totally lost this reader any way--I've returned it.
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
This book is the book that I will judge all others against for the rest of my life.
I have a voided time travel books for years now. After starting to watch the Starz series Outlander...I realized the novels must not be quite as time travel oriented as I had once thought.
I feel like a fool for not reading this book sooner.
I just THOUGHT that I have loved books in the past.
The perfect blend of adventure, tragedy, and romance all wrapped up in a true EPIC novel. Ms Gabaldon wraps you up with her writing making you feel the emotions of the characters.
The narration is beyond superb. ...the story was alive in my mind, thanks to Ms Davina Porter's perfection of delivery.
I laughed, cried, swooned, was terrified and even sick to my stomach all in one book.
Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to perfection in a book!
LOVE, WAR, PEACE
Never ending twist and turns. All kinds of hero's and villains. Detail description of the place and time.
First night of Jamie and Claire wedding.
Stirring the imagination, sprinkle love, war, history, and peace. Amazing!
The book was too long and boring.
All characters were performed well.
None. The book needed to move along at a quicker pace.
I view this book as being 33 hours of my life I will never get back.
Limited action or plot so it you're into more of a social story than it's for you
something more believable
this is probably a nice book for people who like thais sort of thing but its not for me
Interested in geneaology, history and writing
The story moved along and had almost every element needed - love, violence, mystery, humor and sex (maybe a little too much - became a bit boring after a while). The English and Scottish accents were better than most I have heard and the descriptions were colorful and added much to the very long story. While I am glad I completed the entire book, I don't believe I will follow it with another.
While I enjoyed this book I won't bother listening to another in the series.
While I enjoyed this book I won't bother listening to another in the series. The story was enjoyable but I found the last 6/8 hours a chore to get through and ended up skipping pieces to get to the end.
There are additional books in this series.
The length of this book has deterred me for some time now. That said, I decided finally to pursue it on audio book. So glad I did!
As this book has been out for some time, I won't discuss its plot, just the overall characteristics that made me love it.
I love a book that teaches me something along the way, encouraging me to look things up. Life in the Scottish highlands mid 1700s was a brutal time and place to live. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about day-to-day life and how the clans worked. Most especially, I have accumulated a wonderful new vocabulary!
The characters were so well done, I loved and hated them as appropriate. The element of time travel was spot-on because I can never get enough of it.
Audio book recording was choppy at times... leaving me to feel like we may have skipped something. Ultimately, I think it was all there.
Highly recommend if this kind of stuff is your bag.