I owe my purchase of Outlander on Audible to the "buy the first novel in a series" deal during February. I had seen Outlander on bookstore shelves and noticed stars a plenty in its vicinity and it was nice and long--a bonus for my commute. I should have paid more attention to the capsule review and listened to my own tastes more closely. Outlander might want to be thinly veiled, slightly highbrow bodice ripper; or it might want to be a historical novel; or it might want to be a bit of a thriller--but it doesn't pull any of these off perfectly.
I don't hate it. It merely frustrates me. If Jamie is the developing love interest (as the blurb assures me), then why does our protagonist move from moments of assumed intimacy and friendship with him in chapter three to "the beginnings of a friendship" in chapter 5? Multiple instances of inconsistent pacing and character development make me bark at the iPhone during my commute. Make up yer mind! I want to yell. I'm not done with it yet and will finish it, but I don't see myself queuing the rest of the series.
Everything. The characters were compelling and intense, the historical context felt right (even though I'm no expert), the relationships were so well developed, and the descriptions brought the whole thing to life.
while a predictable adventure in some ways -- how could have been thought a spy and then a witch? -- how could he not have compelled her to love him? -- it still captured my interest. I think because the author KNOWS these people, loves them, and puts them right in front of the reader to love them, too.
Colorful story and setting. Larger than life characters. Performance was quite adequate. However, the love-making scenes were repeated over and over and over. Alright, already! I get it! They had unbelievably (truly unbelievable!) fantastic sex every chance they could get. So, get on with the story! After about halfway though the book, I just wanted to be finished.
This is a mild erotic fantasy novel, thinly veiled as an historical/sci-fi adventure. The relationship between the two protagonists, and the sex scenes, are preposterously syrupy and cliched. Numerous rape and attempted rape scenes are presented in a facile manner. I suspect its not too far removed from Mills and Boon. Not for me, but if you like this kind of thing then you'll probably love this.
Own a small business and took up listening to books so I could multi-task. Am now hooked and only read when I can get whisper-sync.
It is difficult to say what was the most memorable moment in the book. There are so many exciting, joyful, sad, and thrilling moments. If one were to stand out, it would have to be the run-in the Claire has with Captain Randal, her 1945 husband's ancestor.
I loved the Scottish lilt to her accent! It carried you along with the story in a way that only a Scott storyteller can.
The relationship between Claire and James was very endearing.
World without End
Help me to envision what the characters look like
When James had to beat Claire it almost crushed me
The first part was boring and I almost put it down, but I hung in there and Im so glad I did.
I found both the story and characters too predictable and shallow. Not even the romance was particularly good. I still have no idea why the heroine fell in love with the hero, and the intimate scenes were uninteresting. If it's supposed to be a romance novel, it fails miserably for me.
I'll give it some credit for having a heroine who is quite the opposite of a "damsel in distress" yet without being any kind of super hero.
If you want lots of hours of light "reading", please go ahead. At least it's long and not overly boring. It's just not overly great either. I'm going back to reading real historical novels and real fantasy instead.
I enjoyed Diana Gabaldon's series of books in the past, and recently found the audio version. I am so glad I did. The narrator, Davina Porter, makes the characters come to life, and I look forward to my "story time" every day. The characters and story, are captivating.
There are no short words to use as a headline for this review that could fully describe how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series. Seriously...let me try, amazing, fantastic, riveting, well-written, incredible depth of character, awesome, exciting, ADDICTING, other worldly. I love them. I am about to start the 5th one now, and all 4 have been awesome. It's like listening to a part of someone's life, so if you want constant action and super fast pace, maybe they're not for you-they ARE 40 hr books! In other words sometimes it takes a long time to get thru a
No more books by Diana Gabaldon. Yes, Davina Porter is a great performer.
This book is essentially a harlequin romance novel set in another century. Now, I'm not the least bit offended by sex scenes. In fact I'm a fan of *good* erotica. This book is neither a good story nor good erotica. From 8 hours into the story, it is basically 35% sex scenes with the same two characters over and over, which just gets boring. The author does have very well-developed characters, but the story is clearly written around the sex scenes, not the other way around. Also, the lead character Claire makes some unbelievable transformations from an extremely independent woman to someone literally owned (and physically dominated all the time) by her husband. She submits to this because she is so overwhelmed by love and lust. Not credible enough to keep me interested --especially with the repetitiveness. I kept wishing someone would take an illicit lover in the story-- just to hear something *new*!
The distinctness of her character voices --even in Scots accents, made it very easy to know who was talking at each point in the story--and I'm an American!