I love Diana Gabaldon. In fact, this audiobook is a "reread" for me because I love the book so much. However, I was completely disappointed in the performance.
Davina Porter transforms Claire from a strong, smart, sensuous woman into a whiney, quizzical, and frankly shallow character. Every response she has has a tone of indignation which is not very becoming of Claire at all.
Absolutely not. Her accents tend to blend between Scottish and English which is a cardnal sin for this book because there is such a distinction between the scottish and English characters.
This romance IS irresistable...in print. The romantic scenes narrated by Porter were cool and completely lacked the passion that enbodies this novel. When I read the print versions, I was left pining for the next scene. In the audio version, I almost fell asleep.
I did not know what to expect with this audio book and I absolutely loved it. The author wove an amazing tale that I did not want to quit listening to. The reader was outstanding and made this book outstanding. A must read or listen to.
I am who I am... Mainly, a wife and mother of three.
Adding audio to my Kindle books was one of the best investments I've ever made!
It was so much better being able to "hear" the dialog, giving me a wonderful and enriched reading experience.
The narrator was spectacular. Having a clear distinction between characters made the listening experience so much better!
I'm actually, Mrs. Jean-Paul---Joyce, using his account.
Not as pleasant to listen to as most of the others.
The story is quite good. The idea of being able to alter history is fascinating, and the setting and timeframe of the book are all well used. The story grabbed me so that I wanted to continue into the sequels. The characters are very likable, deep and well portrayed throughout their difficult moral and otherwise challenging situations. This, plus the author's passion for the era and obvious knowledge of the culture and history are just what I like best in a book.
In the end, I was very irritated to have had Claire portrayed as an overly sassy, flirtatious and self satisfied woman. Clair might be very competent, assertive and forthright, but is not without softness and caring, characteristics that are not brought out by Ms. Porter. It was like a Victorian stage performance, over done to make up for the inadequate sound and lighting of the time; a romp, in fact, which does grave injustice to Ms. Gabaldon's achievements.
Just glad to reach the end so I can try reading the second one, without this narrator as a companion.
Take care of yourr listeners' ears. Many of them are older folks whose eyes are tired or inadequate to read well, and their ears might be sensitive as well. I personally love reading but I also like the idea of closing my eyes and hearing a book, hoping it might be somewhat restful. I can turn up the volume or crank up the speed if I want to, but mostly I'm hoping for a good bedtime story that won't put me right to sleep!
Compelling! This is a great love story. It is tragic and triumphant. The narration is outstanding and accentuates the experience of this great novel in an exquisite way. I highly recommend this book.
Good read. At times it made me laugh out loud. The romance was just right. I could've done without the rape though. I found it unnecessary. In fact i've read this book twice & listened to it about 5 times and I skip over the parts that include the recants of the rape. It just ruins it for me. They narrator did spectacular job bringing the characters to life.
I started reading this and then was so enthralled I had to have the audible book as well so I could listen on my daily commute to work. While I enjoyed reading the book, the narrator on the audio book was excellent! She brought the characters to life and I truly believe she is the best I have ever heard. She did a phenomenal job with the accents and it was such a joy to listen that I rarely read the book! I will continue to purchase the audio books in the series and will look for others by this narrator in the future! The story was well written and I cannot wait to continue the series.