I loved listening to this book. The narrator was supremely talented, her movement between characters and accents was effortless. The story was highly detailed and a little plodding at times, but the author evidently has a rich imagination. This is a romance novel with a high level of historical accuracy, but it's far more developed as a love story than most romance novels out there. I found myself thinking about the characters and getting emotionally involved with their experiences when I wasn't listening to it. There are some scenes with graphic violence and sex, but I think they add to the story. Life in that place and time was violent and sex is part of any romantic relationship, so it makes the characters whole. If you like long, dramatic novels and enjoy historical detail, you will like this novel.
This book tries to be a romance novel and a fantasy novel both, and it partially succeeds. It certainly kept me listening, enjoying it and wanting to know more. I could have done with a lot less of the romance, but it didn't ruin anything for me and it wasn't... very... forced. But the thing to keep in mind if you are a fantasy lover and romance isn't usually your thing... this book is FAR more romance than fantasy. Sure, it's there. It's there in the very setting and bones of the book. But I think that Ms. Gabaldon just doesn't really know what to do for fantasy readers, because it kept me wondering what was going to happen to resolve all the most interesting (to me) parts of the book - right up to the very end, where it didn't resolve those parts at all. It resolved the romance storyline, and left the fantasy bits, er, hanging.
So, if you're reading it for the romance, then I'd say, read on. Not that I have a lot of experience with romance books but it did seem quite good with what it was trying to do. The problem is that it wasn't trying to do what I *thought* it was trying to do. (And what the descriptions claim for it). And I found it incredibly disappointing because it could have been such a great book in BOTH genres with just a few more chapters.
Books like this really need a break down of reviews between the genders. I found the book to be very boring overall. Granted there were some parts that were very good and had action, but that was probably about 15% of the overall novel. If you are into over analyzing sex and feelings and into love stories, than this is probably a good fit for you.
Huge Diana Gabaldon fan!! More please! More!
I am in Love with these books. I've rad every one but to hear the different accents throughout the book... priceless. This is
The most memorable moment in Outlander for me was when Jamie was detained at Wentworth prison by Jack Randall.
Davina Porter has an amazing ability to bring different accents to life whether it's a man or a woman. She is very, very talented and does these books great justice.
I had many extreme reactions this book. I've laughed AND cried. The roller coaster of emotions at times!
I will buy every book audible has from the Outlander series if Davina Porter is narrating. If she's not I doubt I will purchase. It takes great effort to recreate the scenes in these books and Davina does an absolutely wonderful job of it.
While the historic details are interesting and very well done, this story is almost 100% "graphic romance", which wasn't what I expected. The characters and plot are also 100% unbelievable. So...too bad...so much research and good setting wasted on soft erotica. Disappointed.
Literature and Writing Examiner, author, dreamer, all round fun chickiepoo!
I've heard nothing but good things about this audiobook, mostly the praise for Davina Porter. I've read this book in the printed form and I am a huge Diana Gabaldon fan -- and serious Jamie Fraser lover. But I have to admit a great deal of praise for Davina Porter. She has Claire down pat and her reading brings everything to life. Her Scottish dialogue is a bit flat at times, sounding exactly like she's reading a book -- against her English dialogue that sounds amazingly lifelike, it stands out like a bit of a sore thumb. But on the whole, Davina Porter makes this a wonderful experience.
James Alexander Malcolm McKenzie Fraser (McTavish) -- he alternates between being a big dopey kid, a stubborn, over practical Scot, and an intensely romantic man. He isn't perfect but he is a divine, wonderful man that gives his all for the woman he loves. How can you not fall in love with him.
My favorite scene occurs after Jamie and Claire have had the infamous
The entire ending moves me but I can't give you those details because they'd be spoilers. Suffice it to say, it's one hell of an ending, painful to read/listen to in places, but still incredible.
Diana Gabaldon is a brilliant writer, no doubt. A true storyteller and without her words, this would not be. The story is engaging, the characters are as real as they possibly can be within the pages of a book, and this audiobook only enhances the reading pleasure I already had. The whole series is a must have and a must read...and now a must listen.
I realize that I am in the minority but I did not like the book. Had it been narrated by someone other than Davina Porter I would have dumped after a few minutes. She is superb (possibly the best narrator I've ever listen to) and does all the accents perfectly. I caught myself thinking in a Scottish accent. Back to the story - badly in need of an editor. It went on and on and I thought 'will this ever be over?' only to find that I need to read the next 2 or 3 to get the full story. No thank you.
The story is totally not to be believed. I'm willing to give a certain amount of believability, time travel and all but, come on, how many times can one woman get herself into situations that require being rescued by a 'knight in shining armor'? Talk about a wallbanger - if the audio version had not been on my iPAD it would have hit the wall.
Tell us about yourself!. 57 yr old married, mother of 3 adult sons. 3 grandsons .
This series was recommended to me by my Mother in Law 10 years ago. I couldn't get past the accents in the print editions. In the audio versions, I was swept up in the outstanding voice of the reader. The story is ever changing, as you follow the lives of the two main characters throughout time.
There have been complaints about how women are treated in this book. I think these need to be put in historical perspective. I never let that distract from my love of this book or series.
I have not read the printed version, but absolutely loved the audio edition, well done!
I am hooked on this series, and now listening to Dragonfly in Amber, and downloading remainder of series!
If you love the outlander series read or llisten to: Into the wilderness by Sara Donati.
I love her ability to use dialect and have believeable male and female voices.
So excited for the next installment in this series!!