When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
Outlander??? is a looong novel. Starting in 1946, the end of the Second World War, it tells the story of Clare Beauchamp, an army matron and wife to an Oxbridge Don, Frank Randall. Visiting the Scottish Highlands she mysteriously vanishes from her time to find herself in the Scotland of 200 years before. Here she meets another man, Jamie, a true Highlander??? but with a price on his head. In the book her life becomes inextricably intertwined with his. Her ???dull??? life of the 1940???s is exchanged for a new adventure.
What I loved about the book??? Well, I thought the way that Diana Gabaldon brought Clare to life was tremendous. The Clare at the beginning of the book and the end of the book are not the same Clare. The general storyline was also a winner.
What I hated about it??? The explicit sex and ???intimate??? violence made the book loooong at times and I was not convinced that it served the story. I think an abridged version of the book will do nicely as there are large parts that can be abridged without taking anything away from the excellent prose in the rest of the book.
I thought Davina Porter???s reading was divine. She was not only able to transport and take you along with her voice, she made you live every moment in the book. Maybe, I can???t say for sure, she contributed to the fact that I loved more of the story than less.
I good listen that comes highly recommended, but with an age restriction of 18 years for sex, violence and unpredictability.
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i would listen to Outlander again, and i did listen to several parts more than once. the written word came to life easily through Davina Porter's voice. Diana Gabaldon's characters maintained their individual voices very well throughout the story. it was difficult to leave alone. i listened nearly constantly, abandoning favorite tv shows for the story because it was a riveting and visual as any movie i've seen.
the description of Jamie's endurance of the rape is so real that i could feel his confusion and pain. it was easy to understand why he couldn't bear Claire's touch until he fought the rapist and won in his opium induced dream.
when the two main characters realize that they are in love and admit that to each other, i could feel the strength of their connection.
the most powerful love since Gone With the Wind...
Outlander is an incredibly strong story made stronger by the skill of reader!
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I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, historical fiction, and romance.
Jamie Fraser is my favorite character. Those who love the hero Darcy, will truly appreciate this fine and noble gentleman.
Davina Porter does an excellent job portraying all of the characters. Her reading of the male characters with their Scottish accents is fabulous. She has great reading ability and elicits the perfect tone for humorous, somber, adventurous, and romantic moments. SHE IS CLAIRE. I can't imagine any other voice reading the part of the heroine.
Epic fantasy tale full of romance and daring adventure.
The narrator helped the characters come alive with the inflection. One word sentences said so much. I found myself inventing reasons to drive around since that is when I listen to my books.
The discovery that one can get back.
The language is so evocative. I can see and feel a lot!
I tried for several hours to listen to this tale, but the narrator's accent was just unbearable to me. I should have listened to a sample, but decided to buy it based on the great reviews given by so many. Listen to a sample first!
Love to get lost in very well written novels; especially long series.
MUCH better...AFTER you've already read the book. The audio puts a whole new prospective to the accents and Gaelic pronunciations. Davina Porter is a VERY good narrator.
I can't choose between Clair and Jamie. They are the foremost characters throughout the series and equally essential to the story.
Claire. Ms Porter has a natural English accent and does Clair justice. She is also quite adept at the Scottish accents and I enjoyed the Gaelic pronunciations !
Hearing Ms Porter's narration and accent made the entire book more enjoyable and I laughed out loud MANY times. DG's writing is delightful, interesting and at times, hilarious.
This entire series is one that thousands of loyal fans have read and re-read many times while eagerly waiting on the next installment. Come join us in one of the very best 'time-travel' historical novels EVER ~~
It was sort of middle of the road for me. On one hand the performance was great. On the other hand the story was a bit too bogged down.
The time travel aspect was the most interesting. The villain was the least interesting aspect of the book.
She did a great job with the accents.
It made me cringe in spots.
I love a good historical romance. This one felt needlessly violent at times. Also, there were so many unresolved questions in this book that really upset me.
Yes, as soon as I recover from 32 consecutive hours listening to this first , or to any story.
This is my first but it was well-told, clear and with good continuum, a bit overmuch on the sex and violence - "the Dukes of Hazard goes Celtic" came to mind after awhile.
But then I remembered my seven Irish Uncles and Auntie and nine Polish ones, and the wonderful melee that never ends is sort of how it often is.
Nancy Drew grows up, warms up and finds love - since her role as nurse puts her in it , as foil to the always warring and being injured guys. Like Nancy, whose Mother died too young, Claire lost both parents in youth but was well brought up by an uncle and like Nancy must solve the mysteries and she must help and heal.
And that's fine, of course.
By today's standards, her superhero, Jamie, would be mostly judged to be a battered child grown up and I felt painful compassion for him, but wanted to look away often enough - the reaction was too much the moment I gave it some thought - he was so often so badly injured and scarred !
In fact, given the emotional whallop of her orphaning ( and Jamie is an orphan, as well ) Claire may need him to be JUST who he is, since his needs allow her work through her own devastation and , as lovers do, she comforts and heals her own damage, scars, wars and needs , as she attends to Jamie.
Helping Jamie, Claire redeems herself.
And the author addresses that issue with the climax scene in which she literally and physically wrestles her man back to life, demonstrating the spiritual resolution she's found, and her total commitment - "I'm not finished with you yet" she swears and life swears at poor Jamie - and she pounds and pummels him to bring him round from certain death.
When we were children, we'd dream of saving the life of our one true love, if not quite so.
The choice of the names was fine for a romance and I wondered if "Jamie" hied to another Scot, James Bond, although as a ladybook, Jamie's mission is not a James Bond story, but muddied sometimes, to emphasize the woman's point of view.
Hated Claire's bad language at times - but she had just been a WWII battlefield nurse, and so it made sense, but the words would have been pretty bad for any woman of that time, even in battlefield circumstances. There is a perverse pride in that brand of profanity I think - but I will never understand it.
Disliked the old-fashioned dynamic of gender war. Grates. It is not so difficult to skip it but back then, it was there all the time. The woman's need to be constantly defensive of her right and role, till the whole thing was mostly arm-wrestling for power. I felt reassured when, at least, her skills won respect.
I liked the old Laird's comments about Claire being a woman and not stuck as a lifelong girl were well done. He does not say there is anything wrong with being girlish, but since their lives were so robust, the girlish type was not right for them for wiving.
I love things Celt and have studied Gaelic and such stories interest me. Going back to refresh my history after reading it.
The color and beauty of the time and the land and the herb lore and mysticism charm me every time. And the mix of past and present in the healing is great - and in fact, medicine is doing just that , right now, and recently found another thing that works for leukemia in a pretty pink flower found only in Madagascar.
Neat no? And so these passages perked the ears.
The moment of commitment between Claire and Jamie at the hut.
It it is too late for my opinion on the subject, since followups have been done , a broadway play done and maybe a movie? And I have not read them, although , having established the characters it seems right to do followups - the trick with time alone is fun.
Sometimes a book like this is really needed. A lady vitamin of a sort, is the classic romance. It was one that I needed, and the author does a quality job.
The sensual descriptions and tellings of the way lovers interact was really good. I was perfectly well entertained, although it might not hold the attention of men well.
It really works, as an audio book. One thing: I am not good about bad language, particularly in women and I would not keep Claire as an everyday friend over it.
But overall, the book is a fine one.
I got quite a few routine and quiet things done,working alone in my studio office: things that get tedious, but did not, because they were accompanied by the exciting story enlivening me on my wireless headphones.
Thank you for reading this review. It got long for me, in retaliation :-D
Best series on earth! When the stars align all is right in the world. From Outlander to the last book in the series, Diana Gabaldon is an amazingly gifted storyteller who enbles the reader to not only hear, but feel, taste, see and touch the elements of the surroundings. The reader is transformed from observer to participant in the never-ending spellbinding adventures of Claire and Jamie Fraser. The creative mixture of both history and fiction keeps the reader begging for more. Last but certainly not least is the ingenious talent of narrator, Davia Porter, who brings every character, adventure and word to life.
Revelations of the Bridal Chamber, Chapter 15. A relationship built on respect and a vow of honesty that would sustain their love and devotion for decades.
Not sure-- have not read the book
I liked that it had a historical fiction element; I very much appreciated the English and Scottish history. Main character was well devoloped and a likable heroin.
Enjoyable story and easy to get 'hooked on' but some of the sex between characters was a little too much.