All of part 1 could have been cut down to 1 hour. Listening to this is like listening to grass grow.
I was hoping for a good historical fiction in the vein of the books written by Orhan Pamuk, and was bitterly disappointed in that regard. It does fit the category of historical fiction, and it does a semi-decent job of putting you into the setting, but it doesn't have enough of the background history or enough character development to be great literature. It is far more of a romance story than I expected, and also devotes way too much time to sexual details that seemed gratuitous to me - as if someone's editor told them it would sell better with more sex. I found myself thinking, "oh, not this again" multiple times, and even fast-forwarding through parts of it - especially the details of the sadist's idea of fun sex. Too much information there, and not enough on the background politics of the time or the characters' personal histories. I did finish the book, but I have no intention of reading any more by this author.
The reader was very good however, and was probably the main reason I finished the book. She was able to seamlessly switch from a female voice with an English accent to various male voices with Scottish accents in a way that never seemed at all strained. She didn't draw any attention to herself as distinct from the story, and really seemed to BE the characters.
Story makes you use your imagination. Long and repetitive themes.
More expression and great accents.
Maybe, but it would be LONG
No qualms about the audio book, but not sure what all the fuss is about about the Outlander series.
I was expecting Connie Willis (To Say Nothing of the Dog), and I got Danielle Steele. It started out with promise, then disintegrated into a romance novel; blech. Now I've just bought the Connie Willis sequels -- hope she hasn't fallen down on the job!
I'd never heard of the Outlander series despite the fact that it's been around for a while (it started in the early 90's). I only purchased the books based on audible members' near-universal raving praise.
That praise is dead-on. It's a beautiful love story and a rousing adventure with humor, tragedy, villains and heroes. Moreover, the narrator was born for this series; she's one of the best I've ever heard.
I've spent the last five months listening to all eight volumes; just finished last week and can't wait for the next volume (I understand the author is working on it for release in late 2013 - my hope is that the narrator will do this new one, too.)
Start with Outlander and then listen to the sequel. You will be hooked.
I cannot think of another book that reminds me of Outlander because it is a historical novel - romance - with a touch of science fiction.
Porter's vocal characterizations added depth to the story.
Claire and Jamie realizing and then professing their love for each other.
Outlander is one of my all time favorite books. I love it on a cold rainy day, snuggled on the sofa with a hot toddie and a blanket its a great get away. Now I can listen to it as I walk, drive or even do housework! Davinia Porter breathes lfe into my favorite characters brunging a whole new level of enjoyment to the Outlander experience.
Nothing like a historical romance with a twist of fantasy to take you away from the stres of every day life. Add a good looking highlander and you've the recipe for a perfect stay-cation in my books!
Claire's dawning realization that she's awake and has somehow been brought to another time. Her strength of spirit in managing to accept her lot without becoming a blithering idiot is remarkable.
She brought the characters to life, gave an individual voice to each personality.
I'm still not sure a movie wouldn't ruin the Outlander experience for me so I can't answer this one
love to read
Jamie, Claire... The history, the Scottish...
Shadow of Witches, because of the historical factor...
She does an outstanding job of portraying every character!
ALL of the above!
Years ago I read the book and loved it. I now have it to listen to whenever I get the urge.
I find Outlander as complelling as Twilight. One is about a human and a vampire finding their ultimate mate and Outlander is about a woman that has to travel back to the 1700s to find her perfect mate.
Davina Porter's interpertations of the characters are critical to the story and her accents are so wonderful to listen to.
There are many moments in the book that moved me. The one that comes to mind would ruin the book for someone else if they read it here.
The Book Rev
I personally love srories that involve Time Travel and I love stories about the History of the Dark Ages, this book hit on both topics. Once you get past our heroine's life just after WWII and the fantasy of the time travel you find a wonderful story of the day to day life in that time period. Our hero must learn to live in a day and age when a woman's voice and her presence is not even acknowledged, life under clan ruled society, the brutality of ancient warfare, the dangers of life outside of a castle, and herbel medicine as opposed to anti-bacterials.
There is a place in the story where our heroine's abilities concerning bandaging the wounded is acknowledged and she is asked to take over for the man who no longer acted as a healer. The author describes the scene that she found when she first walked into the healing center. She found hebs, animal dung and noxious mixtures that she could not even hope to identify instead of the modern day medice she was acquinted with during WWII. It was a powerful juxtaposition to her days working with the wonded of WWII and finally to our pesent day medicine.
This is a very good performance.
The discription of the brutal life during the Middle Ages without the access to modern medicine, the discription of life without the rule of law and the access to police help, the absense of equality under the law is a harsh existence and it is amazing that anyone lived through it. Society has come a long way towards the protection of the weak, the poor and the disenfrancised, but we still have a ways to go.
This is definately a Mature Audience book. Even so not only did I buy a copy for myself but I purchased two more to give as gifts.