11th/12th Grade Reading Teacher Love reading and love listening to audio books in my car.
This book was an amazing beginning to a long and enthralling saga. I know I could read it faster, but the narrator makes the listen SO worthwhile.
Jamie is by far the best character. The main female character is a little hard to like and seems like a pain in the ass. She is really my only problem with this book.
She did a great job with all the Scottish accents.
Its Braveheart and Magic Treehouse all rolled into one.
A narrator that speaks more clear.
I gave the story a 1 rating only because it made me enter something. I couldn't listen to the narrator, hence ... I didn't listen to the book. WHAT A MISTAKE I MADE ... listen before you purchase!!!!
Readers interested in Scottish history with plenty of time on their hands will be able to wade through the extraordinarily long and drawn out narrative.The book is VERY long, over 30 hours, and one is left with the feeling that it could have been told with the same history, action, romance and humor in 2 "Parts" instead of 4. Unfortunately one has to wait toward the end of Part 3 before the book picks up. The first half is excrutiatingly slow, and I dropped it 3 times, considering whether to ask for a refund.I am in agreement with the other reviews that caution against violence. The reader needs to be prepared for pretty graphic scenes of brutality, especially against women, and most significantly, an extensive, detailed, belabored and awful scene at the very end of the book between 2 men. The point could have been made with far fewer wasted pages (or minutes).
See Elise's review 1/22/13 - she's right on.
"Genre" - hmmm. I don't know that it fits what it is billed to be. Other than Claire accidentally transporting to a different time, there is no other fantasy or SciFi. The author actually succeeds in blending the remainder of the story with history. Therefore, I will say, no, I still enjoy the genre, just not the author. The publisher's summary says that she is "torn between past and present, passion and love." I must disagree. Claire seems to forget her new husband fairly immediately, and the confusion between lust and love begs the question of what is love...?
Yes, Porter differentiates the characters well because of the minute, excrutiating detail the author provided. She is able to develop accents well and makes the transition easily between them. I found her British accent a bit too breathy, but I would certainly listen to another of her performances.
Frustration and disappointment and boredom. I really wanted to like the book, to move on to the next in the series, but will not. Perhaps the written work is preferable because one could scan the pages to bypass the wordy fluff and the torture scenes. It made it far too difficult to believe in the relationship that blooms between Jamie and Claire.
Make no mistake, this is in no way similar to the Stephanie Meyer books or even close in content and likeability of Deborah Harkness' Discovery of Witches trilogy (cannot wait for number 3 to come out!)
The Oracle Reviews
Author: Diana Gabaldon Narrated: Davina Porter
File Size: 2562 KB, Print Length: 896 pages, Audio: 32hrs & 37min
Publisher: Dell, Recorded Books June 1, 1991 & October 26, 2004
Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another...
In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an "outlander"—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
A book comes to life to me, becoming a living fantasy …movie in my mind and some even become a part of me, this is one of those stories. There is no way you can put this book down or stop the audio without fighting with conscious and making it submit to reality. Diana takes you there; you will find yourself in Claire’s place living life with Jamie. She truly captures the human state. The past will flash forward grabbing you and thrust you head long into Scotland and the Highlands. The concept of time travel may seem too farfetched for some, but it’s the perfect launching point for this story. The synopsis does a grand job letting you know what the story is about, I can only emphasize to run not walk to your local book store, or E-book hub and download this story. You will not be disappointed. If you enjoy audio, the audio version is fantastic. I feel like taking a bullhorn shouting about the necessity to include this book and series in your library but to purchase the audio as well. Davina Porter is brilliant, simply brilliant. Her voice and performance knocked me to my bum. I’ve not said this about many narrators. Basically, if the publisher is wise they will choose the voice to fit the story or main character, which they did with Davina. But rarely does the narrator become the main character or the cast of characters with such believability. She is a true spectacular find and will not disappoint. This series is expected to be picked up by Starz and produced as a series, expecting cable release in 2014. If you purchase this story and the following series, you will be adding a true treasure to your library.
The Oracle (Maria Mercedes)
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In parts yes, in parts no.
The set up was interesting, the characters very good. The percentage of the book spent describing and dwelling on torture was way too high for my tastes. Trim that bit down and I'd have rated it higher. The parts I liked I liked a lot.
Yes, but I was left with no desire to listen to others.
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This is a thick, somewhat slow-moving book with lots of historical detail and character development, but I never got bored. I'm really looking forwards to seeing what happens in the rest of the series.
I did feel that Davina Porter gave Claire a voice that made her sound older and more mature than her 27 years, but it was very well read. I listened to it on 1.5x speed because I was trying to get it finished in time for a book club meeting, but the narration is slow enough that it still seemed a normal pace (2x was too much).
Good story, well presented nothing wrong with this in any way. But the book is written for the girls.
I enjoy both historical fiction and time travel book so thought this would be perfect for me. I did enjoy the book, but at times wanted to fast forward through the romantic interludes. In this aspect it felt more like a romance novel.
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers - historical fiction packed full of adventure and sweet romance with a wonderful depiction of marriage in both!
Wonderful voice intonations to reflect the characters personalities and yes, even, their physical attributes
Honest love does exist because I am living it but very refreshing to read about it. Listening to Jamie and Claire's love grow through "life" is inspirational.