the main character fixes trauma from sexual torture by...MORE SEXUAL TORTURE!! Way to GO!!
The narrator was fantastic, great accents, great voices, she's wonderful.
the main one?
Dont read this book.
With a good narrator, I do prefer the audio book over the print version. Davina Porter's voices for most characters are really good—she's a great narrator—BUT, I didn't like her for the two main characters. I felt her voice sounded too old for such young lovers. Her Claire voice conjured up visions of Maggie Smith as the Dowager in Downton Abbey. I didn't love her Jamie voice either, though I have a harder time putting my finger on why. Though I got used to the voices, it was a challenge for me.
It's hard to compare Outlander to other stories, but I will say that I read this book after reading A Discovery of Witches (and subsequent books in the trilogy) by Deborah Harkness. Though very different, Harkness's books are a vampire/witch romance, there were similar threads throughout them and I couldn't help compare them to one another as I listened to Outlander. I loved both.
I felt a lot of things with this book. I didn't cry, but I laughed from time to time, I cringed, I got mad at characters and quite often I felt uncomfortable. That discomfort was due to the author's poignant and unabashed way of writing difficult scenes and is to her credit. It was a good thing.
It's a long book, but I was mostly unbothered by that fact. It dragged in a few places, but the rest of it more than made up for those few moments. I can't wait to watch the TV series on Starz now...
have not read print version
the detail - felt like i was there.
i would have but it was long! Even so i didn't want it to end.
All of them
The whole book was moving
Loved the narrator..... Davina Porter was superb !
The epic feel of this story is amazing! Jaime is unlike any character I have every come across. Kudos to Gabaldon for creating such a dynamic duo in Jaime and Claire!
Jaime's innocence, gallantry, and fierceness all in one package.
The amazing transition from the English accent to the Scottish Gaelic without skipping a beat.
OMG I could not put it down!
I watched the first season of Outlander TV series on Starz and had to know what was going to happen. The 1st season TV series ends about half way through the first book. The story sure does explode from there. Oh my oh my, you thought the hot parts were steamy on TV, the book is blazing! I lack the normal amount of attention and usually can not sit still with books that go on and on with description. In the case of Outlander I could NOT stop listening. I finished this book (33 hours) in a few days. I was able to get a lot of work done, very clean house, canned a bushel of tomatoes, sorted and clipped coupons...ect. I like books written in 3rd person much better but I found the one sided story left me feeling more connected to Clair. I don't think it would have worked any other way. I am wondering if there will be a ripple effect in time that could threaten history and Clairs existence. Dragonfly in Amber is downloading....So EXCITED!
Jamie asking what Fu@k meant
The wedding, slightly different then the TV show but grand just the same.
YES, if I didn't need sleep I would have.
I would love to know what Diana Gabaldons minds eye of Jamie and Clair were when she wrote it.
If I could I would give a 10!!!!
My friend told me about it and now I cannot let go!
Also love the Starz series
Getting Book 2 today~~~ to get lost in time~~~~~~~~~~~
Retired teacher and interpreter. I read classic and contemporary fiction, as well as Mystery/Suspense/Horror, Fantasy&Sci-fi.
This was a fantastic listen...I really love long books, I don't want good stories to end, and this one at 33+ hours is really satisfying.
There are lots of fascinating details about 18th century Scotland, there is action and adventure, humor and romance...my only complaint, personally, is that there is also a bit of steamy sex, which others may not find a drawback at all...
The narration of Davina Porter is PERFECT and adds so much to the experience.
I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
This was extraordinarily well written and it was only many hours into it that it seemed to veer off from a multi-layered time-travel/historical novel into the territory of a bodice-ripper romance. This had so much promise as a concrete, believable realization of another era, an intriguing examination of the difference in mores between 18th C Scotland, 1940s Britain and the present day, which it very much seemed to be for the first 1/4 or so. But then the sex scenes--emphatically plural--started. I'm not a prude, and one such scene would have established the point, ok even two if you have to, but after a while I started to lose count, and after skipping ahead, skipping ahead, and skipping ahead through yet ANOTHER steamy episode that seemed to be in there for no other reason than, well, sex, I had to face that the thing was morphing into a different kind of novel entirely. I'm seriously not a prude, nothing wrong with erotic writing if that's what you're looking for, but it wasn't what *I* was looking for.
If you LIKE a Harlequin Romance, then this will be right up your alley. For me personally that's just not something I care for. A whiff of it was inevitable perhaps, given the setting, but it seemed a terrible error of literary judgment and taste to go veering off into that territory so extensively. Totally lost this reader any way--I've returned it.
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
This book is the book that I will judge all others against for the rest of my life.
I have a voided time travel books for years now. After starting to watch the Starz series Outlander...I realized the novels must not be quite as time travel oriented as I had once thought.
I feel like a fool for not reading this book sooner.
I just THOUGHT that I have loved books in the past.
The perfect blend of adventure, tragedy, and romance all wrapped up in a true EPIC novel. Ms Gabaldon wraps you up with her writing making you feel the emotions of the characters.
The narration is beyond superb. ...the story was alive in my mind, thanks to Ms Davina Porter's perfection of delivery.
I laughed, cried, swooned, was terrified and even sick to my stomach all in one book.
Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to perfection in a book!