I found mention of books by Diana Gabaldon in a magazine saying these were romantic and historical. Very true. I like the story line the author has created and steadfastly maintains throughout all her books. Davina Porter helps take the listener into the storyline...she is very believable.
Outlander is my all time favorite series and I couldn't believe that it had even a couple negative reviews. I have never written a review for this book simply because it seemed that everyone had said everything I'd say but better, so I didn't review it. My review will basically be a rebuttal to the negative reviews.
I sat at my computer to read the reviews and am *shocked* that there isn't a way to respond to someone's review. For example "C" reviews the book with one star but most of what that person says is WRONG! I'm guessing they didn't read the whole book. He/She compares everything to being in the 1400's which is NOT the case. The main character starts off in 1940's and jumps back 200 years to the mid to late 1700's. This fact is repeated so many times it leads me to believe that the reviewer has not in fact, read the book. "C" says that no one notices her speech, dress or medical skills which again, is NOT true! Without giving away anything, many of the characters are suspicious of her and she's basically not able to leave unattended because they ARE suspicious of her!
Please take the negative reviews with a grain of salt and read the better reviews for a true picture of the book. Those of you who are buying it for time travel will be disappointed, as there is only a dash of it. I classify it as a romance pure and simple with a dash of time travel and a good bit of historical fiction piped in.
I have read the whole series several times because it is just that good. Diana Gabaldon writes so many details that when I look up from reading I'm surprised that I'm not in the 18th century! You live in her book instead of just reading it.
Do you have to suspend reality to read it? Yes! It is fiction after all!
As far as the sex scenes, only two from the first book stand out all these years later. The first one is tender and sweet and the 2nd is so well written that I can't (CANNOT) listen to it over and over. (Trying not to give away spoilers, but I always skip this part when re-listening) This book is not a bodice ripper by any stretch of the imagination and I think the people that review it badly for that reason have not read the book and are only trying to aggravate the fans of this series.
There is one part of the book that has turned some people off (this is what is referred to as S&M or Abuse in the reviews) and I can understand that, but if you are thinking in terms of 18th century men and women, it does fit which is an unfortunate sign of the times back then. I'm talking about the middle part, not the part referenced above which occurs later on in the book. I know I'm being vague, but I don't want to spoil anything.
Every single person I've recommended this book to has fallen in love with Jamie and Claire and the rest of the crew.
Think of this book as romance, with a good bit of accurate historical fiction, lots of drama and a dash of time travel thrown in. Definitely have book 2 ready when book 1 ends!
This would be my favourite series of books ever, listen to them over and over. Purchased this time because my previous download became corrupted and I wante dot listen to it again!
The historical detail.
Davina does an excellent job of narration, and is great with the accents
When Claire decides to stay with Jamie at Craig na Dun
You will not regret starting this series!
I have read this book and loved it and so I wanted to get the audio book version. Davina Porter is the best narrator. She really brings the characters to life. If you have not read this book you are missing out. You will be sucked in and fall in love with Jamie and Claire.
If I had to choose...Jamie. He is a good man and one sexy beast ;).
There is too many to choose. She did an amazing job with every character. I love Claire and Jamie though.
I have read the books, listened to the books, and now I can't wait to see the books come to life on television!
Hang in there through the first few chapters(I almost returned it), then it drew me in and I am now finishing her second novel and just purchased the third! Wonderfully distracting and whimsical.
This is my favorite so far. The storyline is imaginative. The characters are well-developed. It has adventure, romance, mystery, intrigue, fantasy. I was dying to know what would happen next to Claire and Jamie.
Jamie is my favorite character because there are so many levels to him. We keep learning more and more about him and he becomes more and more remarkable. He's a strong, tough, steely eyed warrior and a tender, loving, kind hearted and vulnerable man too. He's brave and honorable. And tall, strong and handsome.
She does the voices so well, I can picture the characters. I can tell which Scottish character is which by her voice. There are many accents and she does them all well.
Yes and this isn't the first time I've listened to it or read it. It's a great story and Davina Porter's performance is wonderful.
Jamie. He has a lot of character. He stands up for what he believes in. He is tough when he needs to be yet gentle when its necessary.
Claire. I love her voice and accent.
One of the best.
She is absolutely one of the most listenable readers.
Oh yes, but I spread it out so I would have something to look forward to.
A great listen. Will buy as many in the series as I can get.
I truly loved this story, it had me looking forward to going to bed every night to listen to another hour or so. Gosh Jamie has got to be the most gallant hero of all time. To think i have at least another 6 books to go in this series WOW. I love Davina Porter's narration too.
The way it's written: The author weaves the story and the characters in such an artful and enthralling manner that you can't help but get swept up. I couldn't help but be swept emotionally into the story and into the characters. I fell in love with Jamie right along with Claire. The author takes the time to paint the scene in a way that you to experience it along with the characters. She doesn't tell you why a character struggles with something - the knowledge unfolds in the character and the story. It's like the difference between writing the obvious: "the sunset was beautiful" and writing a description of the sunset so vivid and compelling that not only do you see it in your minds eye, you catch yourself sighing as in response to seeing it yourself.
This is MUCH more than your typical cookie cutter template romance. Don't let the romance aspect put you off. (and it is romance, not erotica)
Jamie, of course. She does an amazing job not just with voices and accents, but capturing the nuances and personality of the characters. Intonations and cadence was spot-on. Likely the best narration I've ever heard,
Don't know, but I definately wish somone would make one
Best credit I've ever spent. I can't imagine how this book could get anything negative reviews. If you love good descriptive writing, and an enthalling story with many facets to offer - romance, adventure, adversity, stuggle ... it's a wonderful ride.