I had mixed feelings about this book but listened to the end. The storyline has merit and includes romance, mystery, sensuality, Scottish history and brutality. Claire is a wonderfully warm character, a very attractive young woman who is propelled back two centuries in time, Jamie has all the attributes a man could wish for: a handsome young Scotsman, strong, popular, natural leader, capable warrior, thoughtful lover with an inheritance but outlawed by the English.
The narrator is excellent but the story falls short. It drags on and on in a repetitious and descriptive way. It lacks the literary skill to make it worthwhile perusing. It is an appropriate level of reading for a below average audience. A very light read! It is not worth reading the rest of the series but I am sure it is a good money spinner for the author and publisher.
Again and again and again... Perfect love story and I don't even read romance novels!
Jamie Frazer is the man ever woman dreams of . . . sensitive, compasionate, manly, fiercy. Every woman's one white knight. You'll see when you read it!
A definite must see. It will change your life.
Diana Gabaldon is a genius! I will read everthing she ever writes. I am a fan for life.
This series is quite amazing. I am now on An Echo In The Bone; book 7 and fear perhaps it is the last one.
Davina Porter has mastered many accents (Scottish, Cockney, French) and is evidently fluent in French and possibly Gaelic and Latin? Her children's voices are a delight.
Of course, the most amazing of all is Diana Gabaldon. That one person could have produced such a detailed body of work is mind-boggling. Does she have a staff of writers as Agatha Christie was reputed to have?
Whatever, the series hangs together beautifully. The characters become old friends.The great love that flows through the narrative could, in lesser hands, have been sentimental and embarressing. It isn’t. The characters are intelligent, brave and, perhaps most importantly, full of fun and a sense of the ironic. They also all have important work to do and do it. Massive research on so many levels was required and this reader is grateful for the hard work.
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.
I love to read!
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 ~~