I have read all this series as they have come out. I tossed up whether to listen to the audio. I have loved it all over again. The narrator is excellent and I have looked for lots of excuses to listen to it. I did skip parts of the book when reading where it got a bit graphic over the torture but have had to listen as I can only go forward and back an hour on my ipod. Its well worth the listen even if you have read the books.
Outlander is the top pick for every romance reader whose put together a list of their own. This was the first Diana Gabaldon novel I have ever read, and I did so purely because it is so widely loved by all.
Naturally, given the hype, it could not possibly have lived up to my expectations. It was long, painfully so, and though the plot was creative and the writing fair (a little overdone with the attempts at artistry, I fear), I could not like this story. She is married already- doesn't that bother anyone else? And Jamie beats her. On purpose. And likes it. What was Gabaldon thinking? After 800 (or so) chapters, I STILL couldn't forgive him and hated the heroine for so quickly and lamely getting over it without even making him earn her forgiveness.
I suppose the character development is noteworthy, and the dialogue is better than average. There is a lot of unbelievable monologuing, however, which begins to resemble the narration after a sentence or two. There are also so inconsistencies with ages and timelines, but with a book this long, you're bound to forget what happened in your first week of reading by the time you get to the end. All in all, I'm glad I gave in and finally read this one, but only so that I know not to believe every review I read about romance novels.
I have enjoyed listening to the book. I just could have done with less description on a particularly graphic, violent/sordid part in the story. Of course, this continues in the second book, though much less detail, as it is rehashed by the victim many times. It seems too explicit to me. The rest of the story, the romance, etc. is very good & really long if you're wanting a good value for your credits. I probably will finish the whole series.
While the story overall is engaging, I became increasingly frustrated by the main character's lack of understanding for an earlier culture - didn't this gal (the character) read any history in her schooling? She was forever putting herself in untenable situations without much forethought or empathy for the impact her actions would have on others (or herself, for that matter). The author could have done much more with medical and herbal knowledge of the period, with more attention to the main character's work as a healer, and developed fuller stories around that theme - and a good bit less of the gratuitous sex. I did enjoy listening to highland accents, though!
Have listened to the first 2 segments. So far, a fairly entertaining book - solid escapist material. However, it has turned into a fairly sexed up bodice ripper as well. Certainly not the kind of historical novel that impresses like "Gates of Fire" or "I, Claudius"
I have read this book in hard copy at least 5 times. I was a little skeptical to get it on audio because I had a very clear vision of the characters in my head. The narrator did a fabulous job. I fell in love with Jamie Fraser all over again. I recommend this book to everyone!!
What a great, great story! I usually get the crime books but thought I'd try something different and WOW! was I surprised to find such a treasure as this. I will be listening to ALL the others and probably be wanting more after that. Davina Porter is wonderful as a narrator and she makes the the story as well! She's great!
Honestly I can say that this is the best book I have ever listened to thus far. The narrator is amazing, as is the story.
I could not wait to listen to this book everyday on my work commute. It was recommended to me by a coworker and I loved it. The ending leaves you completely hanging, but that is okay because you just want more with the next book. I did look at the plot summary for the next two that audible has and that was NOT SMART! It gave away sooooo much! So trust me, you will want to continue the series, but don't spoil for yourself like I did. My husband thought it was sweet revenge though, because I spoiled Harry Potter 6 for him and said that Dumbledore died. Ah well!