I liked the reader - she did a good job of keeping the different characters differentiated via inflection & accent. The story kept me engaged and interested, but I felt the author was a little clumbsy in many of the foreshadows used to warn the listener of the plot turns and twists.
I classify this story as an entertaining summer read - it doesn't require much of the listener to participate - and to enjoy you should not spend too much energy questining beyond the basic outline provided by the author.
Other than the time travel, this audiobook is actually a historical romance. In other words, a lot of 18th century love making. Great novel for the girls may be an uncomfortable listen for the guys. Its long but I hated it when it was over.
I am not usually fond of romance, but this book is great. It has lots of action, character development, and plot. Its plot moves well without so many characters that a listen gets confusing. Can't wait to start the next book.
I started to enjoy the first part, but after awhile it turned into a sappy soap opera. Way too long and I got tired of the woman time traveler's insecurities and whining, plus the constant arguments with the young Scot. I started cheering for the villan! It turned into a terrible waste of time. I gave up 1/2 way into part 2.
I loved this book. This was a great first read and I really enjoyed it. It was perhaps a little more graphic with the sex than I was comfortable with, but someone else may like that. I loved the story and the adventures they had in the Scottish Highlands. I loved the reader and her voice inflections with each character in the book, you could always tell who was talking. I would recommend this book to my best friend, but would let her know in advance that it was a little graphic. Great Read.
Narrated spectacularly well: a wonderful, complex, heart-breakingly real story to boot. Don't expect to sleep or think straight until it is finished.
This audiobook was so wonderfully read by the narrator that it's length was only a secondary problem. I think it is her reading that brought the story to life for me.
I agree with several of prior reviewers that some of the scenes, descriptions and situations would never be missed if they had been edited out. Also some of the descriptions were too detailed.
The other problem - Just how many times can even fictional characters come so close to death (and still keep me wanting to hear the rest)?
However, still I loved the book. The idea of the time travel was interesting. I just couldn't figure out how she would make peace with the loves and which life to remain in.
If done on the "big screen" I probably would not have gone to see as I don't enjoy the specifics of violence and especially torture. I was at times very uncomfortable in those details.
And yes, Claire's attitude was annoying at times but I still wanted to hear it all. After all, she was surviving in a totally different era and culture but used her wits and knowledge to keep going.
- And I wanted more at the end. So I found out that there are more books in the series!
O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught. Ralph Waldo Emerson. I Love to read, a great time for me is curling up with a great book!!!
I have greatly enjoyed this audiobook. I can't wait to listen to the next one in the series