I love this book. It is the best one so far!
I love how the story was read!
She is amazing. Her ability to change her accents and draw you in to the story is perfect.
No, not really. I have read the series twice and I am now listening to it in my care while I travel to work and hoping Dianna Gabaldon will come out with the enxt book in the series once I finish listening to the set again
I love Claire. She is so independant, spunky and yet loving.
I had no idea what to expect in this series, but found myself completely captivated with the story and characters. I highly recommend this audio book - but be forewarned ... You will end up needing to listen to all of them, which is a huge time commitment, but well worth it!!
The first of the Outlander Series was written by Diana Gabaldon in the late 90's and for some reason I've never heard of it. It's a hard book to classify as its part historical novel, science fiction, and romance. I'll skip a summary of the plot because its available elsewhere on the audible site. I'm 65, male, retired (sort of), and normally read mysteries, science fiction, and thrillers. I purchased the first volume, Outlander, on a lark and became hooked. What a ride! The plot is great and Davina Porter is one of the best Narrators I've come across. Her voice is made for the main character, Claire Randel, and she does the switch from character to character seamlessly. I can't recommend this book more. Its a long listen but at the end you're looking for more.
It was perfect
I can't come up with a comparison,I wish I could I would buy it.
My favorite scene was when she was getting Jamie out of the prison.
I did not want it to end,I hope there would be a sequel.
If you want a way to make your daily walk an adventure, listen to this book.
I love the historical side of this book. I was so impressed with the medical side. I want to learn more about the healing arts .
I enjoyed the discovery of Davy Beaton's surgery. The difference between the two times.
The narrator is wonderful in her way of bringing each person to life with their own inflections and accents.
I would have completely left out the last 1/4 of this book. I flew through the first 3 sections but then it took me over a week to get through the final one. It was boring and completely took away from the pace of the story. What she did with Jamie in the monastery was completely ridiculous and except for that, nothing happened there. A better editor would have been more heavy handed in that section.
Some of them, yes, others, no. Not everyone would tolerate the violence. While it didn't bother me, I know many women who would be disturbed by the almost constant threat of rape and torture. I also felt Gabaldon got a little carried away with the sex scenes. It wasn't that they were too graphic, it was just, "Again!!?!? Really?!?!" But if those aspects of the book wouldn't bother you, the story was decent until the last section.
No but she was fine. Very standard reading with a British accent. Does a decent job with her Scots.
It depends on how it was done. There would need to be a LOT of editing and what they chose to keep and what they chose to pitch could make or break the movie.
I wish Diana Gabaldon had spent a little more time on character development in the beginning of the book and less time on the sex and violence. I know that's what sells a book these days but I find character development makes for a more compelling read. I feel more connected to the characters and then anything that happens to them later in the book is more personal to me.
This is a well researched historical novel (Book 1) in a series that keeps you glued to the (ah hum) pages. The story moves quickly (except for the love scenes) but in such a way that you feel that you've moved on with a full understanding of the events at hand. I'm glad I didn't read this one, and chose to have it read to me. Pronouncing many of the names, places, and miscellaneous foreign words certainly would have been a challenge. I purchased the "Outlandish Companion," a handbook that addresses many of the details in the series and found that written Gaelic, Scots, and French would have been impossible.
Davina Porter does an outstanding job carrying each characters voice through the entire series. Her pronunciation of the difficult Gaelic, Scots, and French is perfect! She is amazing! Kudos!
The entire book (series) is riveting.
I can count the number of novels I've read (I don't particularly like novels) but this series stands among some of the best stories told. Historically correct (Yes, I did spot check those things that seemed a little odd to find that they did make it to the history books --- with the caveat that print doesn't make it truth) in even the most minute detail. It was quite easy to separate fact from fiction where the "holes" in history needed context.
I recommend this series to anyone (like myself) who prefers non-fiction, but might be looking for a novel for a bit of relaxation. And to those who prefer fiction, a little history told well!
Read this book last year and devoured the rest of the series. We are on a journey from California to Michigan and I picked this audio book up to listen while we drove. the miles flew past and I was back in Scotland all the way. My husband seems to be enjoying it as now that we have arrived, he is finishing the book.
Jamie. I'd love to meet the real Jamie and fall for him like Claire did, haha.
Loved the narrator's Scottish accent as well. She brings an authenticity to the story.
After they are married and fall in love.
Read or hear it. What a tale.
Interesting historical fiction
The life of characters durning this time period. The people think Clair is a witch, because of her knowledge.
She was Great. She brings a whole new level of enjoyment to audio books.
Yes, but it is way to long to try it.
Tried to listen to whole series. I think it would take months. Hard to find that much free time