Everything about this audiobook is so good it almost spoils you for others. The story is captivating and well written. The reader is so good I am afraid others just may never come up to her abilities, although, I have heard some really good readers on these books. I read these books ( this one and the second one) when they first came out but listening to Ms Porter read them gives them a whole new life. I am now listening to the second one (Dragonfly in Amber) and enjoying it just as much.
Diana Gabaldon is an excellent writer. I listened to Dragonfly in Amber before I knew this book existed. I downloaded it, listened to it, then re-listened to Dragonfly in Amber. I just bought Voyager and will continue through her body of work. Excellent!!!
THIS IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE HISTORICAL ROMANCE, BUT THE NARRATION OF THE UNABRIDGED VERSION WAS NOT AS GOOD AS GERALDINE JAMES ABRIDGED VERSIONS OF THE ENTIRE SERIES. THIS WAS OK.
i have never been a person to bother myself with reviews until i listened to this book. it was spectacular. i loved every second of it.
davina porter was mesmerising in her recount of the tail. the story a credit to the author. I along with Clair fell in love with her Jamie. simply it was a beautiful story.
Perfect writing and even better narration. An enchanting and romantic tale. Adventursome and enjoyable.
With such eclectic reviews, I hesitated over this series; thankfully, I decided to give it a chance. It follows history as well as can be expected from fiction and has a nice balance, making it hard to put down. Somehow, it's a neat combination of historic-fiction, science fiction, and romance.
Parts of the book are hard to digest. Considering avoidance of spoilers, I'll explain what I mean as best as possible. There are things about war, things we all suspect deep down. We hope we are wrong, because our imaginations can be barbaric. However, if a good person can imagine these atrocities, what would keep an unbalanced torturer from being equally creative? Parts of this book force me to think about prisoners of war, and how blissfully ignorant I am.
When recommending to my friends, I'm always careful to warn them of the touchy topics. I say, "During certain spikes in hormone levels, I'm not in the right frame of mind to think about some of the book's topics."
That being said, the majority of the book is not a downer; on the contrary, I found a great deal of it made me smile!
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Davina Porter is such a fantastic narrator she makes this entire series come to life. This is one of my all time favorite series Diana Gabaldon is such a great author and the pairing of the great writing and the great narration makes it a hit!
I loved Karen Marie Moning's Highlander & Fever series and a friend told me to try the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I fell in love with Outlander about 30 minutes into the story. I like the detail and that the characters were well thought out. Everyone in the book has a character flaw, nobody is perfect. The story tells how each person has to deal with their own flaws and those of others. There is no love at first sight; the characters' relationships slowly develop through the story. The Hero and Heroine have to deal with some pretty graphic sexual violence at one point that I felt was pretty heart wrenching. The story is funny and sad and the narrator does and excellent job of catching the emotions of the characters. I'm definitely looking forward to the rest of this series.
Idon't care for sci-fi, fantasy, wizards, demons or the like. There's nothing wrong with that sort of thing but I just don't happen to care for it myself. You aren't going to tumble through a portal in time just because you touch a certain stone in a certain way, the idea is utter nonsense it can't happen. Diana Gabaldon, however made me believe it could happen. She has brilliantly woven a sequence of events into a completely captivating story. Still you can not tumble through a portal in time because portals in time do not exist so I only gave this selection a 3 star rating, but because I like `em long I added 1 more star for length to give it a total of four stars. This particular selection demonstrates to me that sometimes it might be a good idea to look at something you wouldn't normally consider.