No, I am not interested in listening to the rest of the series although Davina Porter is a good reader and I would not reject a book simply because she was reading it.
The book, while it had some interesting aspects was just too long and lacked a certain emotional element. I managed to stay very detached from the characters throughout and just wanted it to be over by the time I reached Part 4.
There were too many (redundant) sex and beating scenes and not enough of the other potentially interesting things a person might think about if they had suddenly found themselves in a different time. For instance, you might spend a little time thinking about how everyone back home was reacting to your disappearance or you might give a fig about how your husband might feel about your absence. You might have to ask a question or two about just how things were done in this new environment and have a few humorous mishaps in trying to figure it all out. You might shed a tear or two for the life you left behind. But, no, Claire, our main character, seemed to have no problem with those trifling details. She happily moved on with her new life through thick and thin with her virile, gorgeous, hunk of a man.
I didn't expect the book to be plausible, but I would have liked it to be more interesting and logical. I was almost expecting this to end like 'The Wizard of Oz' with Claire coming out of a dream having bumped her head on that rock and finding herself back in the 1940's after a long strange dream. The difference in the two stories being that at least Dorothy missed Kansas even though she made new friends in her strange new world.
I don't think it is a matter of cutting characters as much as it is cutting of repetitive and silly scenes which contained characters whom I had a hard time differentiating.
I can understand how it might appeal to some. It was just not the book for me.
Certainly not the next book in this series!
Difficult to understand and not a very appealing voice.
I was excited to begin listening to Outlander, but I have to say, this is the FIRST and ONLY audio book I've purchased that proved to be a huge disappointment. I tried several times to listen to this book, but finally gave up. The storyline is terrible and the performance sub-par. I was desperate to enjoy this book as I purchased it for a long car drive, but I stopped listening when I realized I was more bored listening to this book, than not listening to a book at all.
Her voice was too old for the character.
For a book that was categorized as Sci-Fi/Fantasy it failed in almost every way possible. Sure there is a rock that can be a time traveling portal, but it occurred in the very beginning of the book. If I wanted just a historic romance novel I would have looked in said category.
Don't bother if you're looking for sci-fi/fantasy this book is 99% historic romance.
This was one of the most beautiful stories I've ever heard. The narration was wonderful. She brought the characters to life, and oh the love story, was so heartfelt. You get completely wrapped up in the feelings of these people. It was so addicting, that I just wanted to quit everything I was doing and just listen to this book. Of course,it's very lengthy, but well worth listening to. You'll fall in love.
I read this book first and loved it. Then I listened to this book and it took on a whole new place in my heart. This is the most incredible story I have ever read but when I listened to Davina Porter portray my favorite characters of all time, it changed me! I will never feel about a book the way I feel about Outlander. If you are ever going to listen to an audiobook, it should be this one.
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
Diana Gabaldon left me wanting the rest of the series with this (keep me interested) story. The Narrator Davina Poter read it perfectly. I loved all of it and can't wait to read the rest of them.
I was disinclined to like this book. A long epic saga involving (ugh) time travel? Not for me! But I gave it a listen and was hooked within the first hour. Davina Porter is a talented reader -- her voicing of Jamie is so convincing you'll forget a woman is speaking. The Scottish brogues are fabulous -- I found myself thinking and dreaming in a Scottish accent! The story is riveting, romantic, historical, well-researched, well-written, suspenseful, and deeply moving. The scenery is richly painted and the characters are complex, deeply drawn and well developed, and people you will not likely forget. This is NOT your typical trashy romance novel, so be prepared for a real read.
All of this nonsense about too much sex is really interesting to me after listening to the book in its entirety. There was nothing extreme or offensive about any of the instances, actually I think they add substance and passion to the character's relationship. Without it, the story would have been lacking.
Otherwise, a very lively and exciting listen. The narration is spot on. I found myself grateful that I had experienced this audibly instead of reading it. The accents and languages needed for full appreciation are something my own head couldn't exactly conjure up.
Overall a delightful experience, I will be buying the next of the series.
This book starts well, it pulls you in and is quite enjoyable. By the end though, all you want is the end to come. Still, I was compelled to actually make it to the end.
There is a strange incongruity between the strong, intelligent woman that is first presented and the stupid things that she does and says, the sole purpose of which are to set up some conflict or love scene. The intelligent woman that we first meet would never have left her horse and "escaped" through the wilderness. There were several set ups of this sort that were just that, set ups.
It was rather irritating, if your going to give us an intelligent heroine, than don't make her stupid every time you need a dramatic scene to move the story on.
I finished it, mostly enjoyed it but like several others, have no intention of reading the rest of the trilogy.
What a fantastic book!! First I was too apprehensive to start it - then I just couldn't switch it off!! Then I got tired of it thinking I was being given too much useless information, but then I still needed to hear what happens.
THEN I wanted to fast forward because I couldn't go through the pain or tears and then it was finished and I feel like I've lost some part of my day!!
An amazing story but Davind Porter is the best EVER narrator I have EVER listened to!!!! She brings everyone to life, everyone has character, you can feel it, experience it and live it with her. THANK YOU SO MUCH for chosing her to narrate this book!! Now I HAVE to download the next one!!! Have to see what happens, I just hope it isn't full of this history from the first.