I started this book at a friend's suggestion but didn't expect to like it at all. Within an hour I was hooked. Davina Porter's narration makes a good story even better.
Wonderful story that will keep you in it's grip to the very end. Adventure, history, time travel, humor and great romance-there is something for everyone in this story. Characters so real they will become a part of your life. Davina Porter does a great job with all the voices, and reads this story the way it should be read. Some portions become very intense, not recommended for very young listeners.
This is an excellent series. I spend many hours on the road and it occupies my brain and prevents me from dying of boredom! The only issue I have is I am waiting for audible to get the Fiery cross on the system as it it the only book in the series unaccessible.
I don't have time to sit and read these lengthy novels and am crossing my fingers they get this glitch worked out soon.
I've had start on the Lord John series in the interim. These are very good too, just from a different perspective and with new characters.
I'm rarely inspired to write a review of an Audible purchase, but I felt the reviews currently out there (largely extremely positive) needed some balance.
I wanted to like this book. I like historical fiction and the time travel premise is one that I usually enjoy as well.
But I just couldn't finish it. I got about half way through the third of four segments and began to fast forward (which I never do with an Audible book).
Ms. Gabaldon is a good writer - her knowledge of the period seems sound and her prose is quite elegant. The reader, Davina Porter, was excellent. It was just that the book went nowhere and took hundreds of pages to do it.
To be fair, I'm not a fan of straight romance, so that could have impacted my impression. I prefer more intrigue. If you are a fan of historical romance - especially of the bodice ripper variety - this might be right up your alley. While not what I would call pornographic (though some other reviewers have said so), Outlander is highly erotic. But oddly - and perhaps it's due to the literally dozens of sex scenes - rather than being exciting or titillating, it became unbearably dull. A good three-quarters of the sex could have ended up on the cutting room floor and it might have helped the story's momentum.
I think I read that this was a 600 page book and that the five sequels just get longer (up to twice as long). Judiciously edited, I think Outlander could have been decent. Sadly though, this is one time that I would have preferred an abridged version of an Audible book.
This is a really good book. However, the sex scenes get old... I started fast forwarding through them. And really the homosexual rape? YUCK. The story is good, and if you are like me and don't want to hear about sex just fast forward it. It is too bad it is in there... over and over and over. Maybe I am just getting old.
This was quite well voiced - although I had just finished the Help when listening to this and I have to admit anything will be a bit negative after that amazing performance.
I have not read the book, so I cannot say which one is better. Assume that due to the many long winded descriptions of things and places the audio version might be a bit better.
This was a step outside my normal reads - it was on sale for $ 4.95 and very well reviewed so figured would give it a shot. Liked it a lot and will certainly - after a bit of break from it - continue on to the next books in the series.
Thought her Scottish accent was quite good and enjoyed the way she read this. I will absolutely be listening and specifically searching for more work from her. She did a good job.
Fell asleep several times (not sure if this is the type of extreme the question is looking for), which was mainly because a lot of bla-bla takes place between events (which is how this turned into 1000+ pages and over 32 hours of audio). However, many parts were very good and I certainly caught myself holding my breath at various times. Laughed aloud a few times as well, but no crying....
This is a good book. It is the first audiobook I have listened to by this actor and writer. Not sure if I would have enjoyed the written version as much as the actor added a lot extra to this story which I really enjoyed. It is over 32 hours long and I would certainly need a break and listen to a couple of other books before I move on to the second one in the series.
Good plot, good character development, good writing... but...Gabaldon couldn't quite get to the end of her story. It justs kept on keeping on. I also got tired of the cycling and recycling violence. It escalated as the story progressed, eventually becoming gratuitous, repetitive, and something resembling obsession. From reading the reviews of the sequels in the series, I conclude that they replicate this pattern. If this doesn't bother you, and you are really into the characters, you can probably enjoy this book, but for me, enough is enough.
I thoroughtly enjoyed this book. The characters were engaging and the plot was exciting and innovative. I am new to "audio books" and this narration was the best I'd ever heard. She did an amazing job with the different voices and her rendition did not take away from my enjoyment of the book (which has been the case with other books I've listened to). I listened to Outlander everywhere - while cooking in the kitchen, while driving during my commute, while lying in bed ... everywhere! I highly recommend it!
Outlander is the story of Claire Beechum Randall who inadvertently finds herself whisked away from the familiar surroundings of modern life in 1943, to the barbaric life of Scotland in 1743. Unable to return to her present time, she settles into life with the Highlanders. I won't go into more detail for fear of ruining it for those that haven't read or listened to this book. This book and the sequel, Dragonfly in Amber, keep you on the edge of your seat. You find yourself whisked away from 21st century life to follow Claire in her adventures with the Mackenzie Clan and later, the Frasers. The only drawback I find with these 2 books is there are occasions where the narrative becomes quite graphic, especially the sexual scenes. The storyline is awesome and once you start listening, you won't want to stop, but the graphic details of sexual activities are a drawback. If you can deal with that aspect of these books, they are a good read/listen for the scifi enthusiast.
I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. The story is well written with a nice balance of history, romance, action & suspence.
The narration was wonderfully done.