I've been reading since I was a kid!
I already love this book and it was great hearing it for a change. I got a chance to hear the correct pronunciations because of the talented reader Davina Porter.
It's close between the two main characters Jaime and Claire. It is from Claire's view point but the development of her relationship with Jaime builds him eventually into an intriguing character. As he is much younger and it's not clear at the beginning how important he will become it helps us get to know them both individually and what brings them together.
My favorite scene is probably the one in their bedroom the night of their wedding. They don't really know each other so it is focused on them talking about who they are and what brought them to that point. He has never actually had sex before and she married him, as he knew, because it kept her from being sent back from Scotland to England as a traitor. The whole thing was arranged for her protection. So before they made love they had some drinks and talked about their past. Claire needed to hide the fact that she came from the future (post world war 2) at which time she was still married, and Jaime himself was a Scottish rebel who was wanted by the English army for escaping prison. They agree up front that Claire had secrets she wouldn't discuss and work their way around that topic. Jaime actually believe's she is an English spy.
At first I thought it was a bit boring. But the writing style was very well done and the set up was critical to the entire series. I love the authors attention to detail about both the eras covered. It starts out in post World War II Scotland and after a few chapters is transported to Scotland in the 1400's when Claire is accidentally transported through time. Claire is the Outlander which is what the Scot's called the English. Another name they called them was Sassanach which becomes Jaime's pet name for her.
This series has a cult following and the books are very large and amazing. Outlander is now being cast as a Starz network series and I am actually a member of a facebook group devoted to Diana Gabaldon which is currently closely following the casting and writing of the series. I stumbled upon it in a Desert Isle list which listed it as a book most of the website members would want to have with them if there was one book they wanted with them when stranded on an Island. It had so many A+ ratings by the members I had to at least try it out.
I discovered the Outlander novels on audible 2 yrs. ago, so was able to listen to 6 in a row....and didn't have too awfully long to wait for the 7th. Thankfully due to audible's sale of extra credits, I didn't have to wait for my monthly credits to roll around. have read 100s if not 1000s of books in my lifetime. I listen to about 3-4 a week via audible and read more
on my e-reader. And this novel, and the subsequent ones in the series, are my favorite EVER. Davina Porter is a master narrator. She inhabits each and every character giving them each a distinct voice. I've "liked" Diana Gabaldan on facebook and most days, she gives a few paragraphs from the next book which will come out in 3/14. STARZ is also going to do 16 episodes from the books to air in the spring of 2014. To that end, Diana is encouraging fans to re-read the books. I am almost at the end of Outlander for the 2nd time and will finish tonight or tomorrow. I am amazed how much I'm getting out of this re-read. I'm getting a better picture of the minor characters and am committing little details to memory which I'm sure will come in handy as I advance through the rest of the novels. Am planning on re-reading 1 a month until MOBY is published. And last but not least, I'm enjoying the second "listen" every bit as much as the first. Diana is great at writing dialogue. There are too many wonderful quotes to mention...laugh out loud lines as well as moving, melt your heart moments. These novels have it all - romance, history, fantasy &
memorable seemingly real characters. Well, they are to me anyway...they've been a huge part of my life since I learned of the books. I expect that before I exit this life, I'll re-read them many times & that's saying something when the books are almost 1000 pages long.
This is one of my favorite series. I have decided to relisten to all of the books prior to the release of #8 next spring. Forgot just how engaging and rich the story is.
Davina Porter is outstanding as a narrator. I am never confused about who is speaking and her voices and accents are a joy to listen to.
Definately. Best knitting companion ever!
Fall in love
Nailed the accents, very comforting listening before bed each night. It's a bedtime story and I Never thought I would love being read to so much!
Say something about yourself!
I am so impressed by Davina Porter's performance with this book! She has excellent timing, vocal range, and dramatic sense and maintains excellence throughout all 30 hours or so of the performance. I've loved the books for a long time, and the audiobook has added another dimension to my experience with the characters and the story. With some books, I think it's important to read them first, especially if you're listening while you drive. But with these, even if you have not read them before, the performance is so good that you can get immersed in the story and never feel lost.
Brilliant performance. Nothing wrong!
I absolutely love the way this story is told! Any moment I can have this book on and playing it is!
Too many to mention without giving away the surprises!
I havent but, i look forward to more of her performances. She really helps to create a mental picture of all the characters.
I had an oh my gosh moment when she found out she was not the only one to make the journey past the stones =)
I have read the book and decided to listen to the series while out walking to help pass the time. What a great decision! Davina Porter's mastery of the Scottish brogue and vernacular increases the enjoyment of the book tenfold!
This is by far my favorite series. The character development, historical credibility, narration, and plot are amazing. Each book in the series draws you in and you become part of the Highland landscape, the Paris streets, or the vast American wilderness. Jamie and Claire have a love and devotion that you dream of. It will make you cry, scream with anger, and laugh out loud. It’s a long series….and you never want it to end. Can’t wait for book 8!
I have read the books and decided to listen to them owing to the sheer weight and substance of the later sequels. I love epic stories that have continuity and an ongoing story the spans decades and generations. That is what this is. Gabaldon has such creative verbage and unusual similes that kept me interested and never got boring, even in the minutiae that she creates with her stories and weaves with her words. The detail that describes the scenery, the events, and the history woven into her fiction is spellbinding and extremely fascinating. I feel that I know these characters intimately.
I love historical fiction that convinces the reader that it is all true, even the fictional part. Gabaldon makes the story believable in all its detail. She creates characters that are human and fallible, who have breached all the bounds of love and found strength in their frailties. This is essentially an historical recounting of the hard fought life in Scotland, the immigration and settling of families into the colonies of the New World, but the foundation is built on the love story that begins the saga and keeps the reader interested in the human side of life, the emotional thread that underlies all families and relationships that we can all relate to and that makes strict history bearable and interesting. We meet the two lovers at the beginning and eventually follow them into their twilight years, well past the constraints of this novel into 6 more books that I can't wait to begin as soon as I am finished with the last.
Davina Porter is unwavering in her ability to not only read and enunciate the many accents that are represented in this saga, but also act out all the parts with such great emotion that it is as if you are sitting in front of a stage full of actors with your eyes closed. You can hear the emotion in her voice and then imagine it on the character's face as if s/he were standing in front of you. She speaks with a native British tongue, has a wonderful Scottish brogue, makes the Cockney London accent sound completely convincing, and her french accent is so believable. I knew all the characters instantly as she recreated them verbally for me.
I am constantly chuckling out loud to myself at the antics created in the story. There are some really emotionally difficult scenes that depict the truth of living during the era of the middle 1700's. Gabaldon has a knack for creating a love scene in the middle of this crude way of living that makes you want to go back and live there for all its hardships. Her descriptions of the scenery create the smells, the sounds, the climates so real that its hard to imagine that this is not strictly nonfiction, but historical fiction that is being read. It does what a great book always does, it makes me believe it is real.
If you're not prepared to want to read all of the books that follow this one don't even start this one. You will get so drawn in you won't be able to stop. This book is addictive and this narrator makes it even more so!
I started this book with trepidation as it was so long, but now I am hooked and can hardly wait to get the next installment. Love the story and the characters so very much. Imagining how hard it would be to go back and live 200 years ago without all the electronics and things we take for granted today; knowing the history of the future and not being able to tell the world....what a dilema....Once you start these books, you can't stop; like potato chips. ENJOY!!!
Yes, but was way too long to do that. I actually listened and read the book through my whispenet....