Just could not put this book down, it sent me crazy. My friend sat and read it for 18 hours straight. One of the very best books I have ever read.
This book is so long, It had a good premise & I LOVED the narrator & the Scottish accents. I do find it hard to imagine that someone going back in time would adjust so well. Never seemed to miss anything from her own time, including her husband...well, she does think of him fondly now & then. I'd starve to death with some of the food that is described & I really think so would she would have keeled over with the lack of hygiene also described. So, if I just go with the story and don't focus on science, it's romantic and very slow. Kind of feels like you are trying to walk through Jello. I'd probably suggest the abridged version if there is one. I gave up around the beginning of the 4th part, although I will probably go back and listen to that. Usually I am the kind of person who listens to my audible books at every chance I get, and I found myself listening to the radio instead. Good things: the main characters are endearing, I love the Scottish accents & adages, the descriptions of medicimal practices are interesting, and there's a little history thrown in.
33 hours... I gave it 3 stars because it was interesting enough and well-written enough to keep me kinda bored but still listening for the WHOLE LONG THING. The romance between the main male and female was good. The sex scenes were well-written...more beauty than porn I think. One reviewer said there was too much BDSM, but I think that stuff wasn't done ENOUGH. If the hero's going to whip the heroine, and as the reader, I want to like them both...then at least show me that she ended up enjoying it somehow...led to mind-blowing sex or something...otherwise it was just weird for him to beat the crap out of her and for her to be okay with that as part of their marriage. I mean she was mad at him, but still. If my husband beat me up once because I "deserved it"...we'd have a problem. So I thought that was weird.
And SPEAKING of weird....this book was moving along like a decent romance and a decent historical novel when SOMETHING happens. Something weird enough that I think the book should carry a warning. I kept thinking, "surely the author won't let that happen...wonder how she's going to get out of it?" but it DID happen. It not only happened, but we get to hear our strapping hero describe it to his woman many times. Geez, not really what I expected. Then it gets even weirder when our heroine drugs the hero and kinda REENACTS it to...cure him? Expel the demons? Weird...
Wanna know what it was? Don't read on if you don't.... Here it is: the main male villian "buggers" (I believe that's what they call it in the book) the main male hero. Yeah, and you know where too. Yeah. More than once. Remember that reenacting part? Weird. My romance alpha males don't normally get...buggered.
Given all this weird stuff, I'm actually really surprised at how popular this book is. It's well written. I was just a little bored and a LOT weirded out.
I was surprised after reading all the bad reviews, well l enjoyed this book although it was slow to start l enjoyed the storey line and would hardly call it bodice ripping. The sexual components of this storey were well written and in context with the storey and time line. Well worth a read and l will continue on with the series immediately...
This imaginative story line contrasting modern life against the days of the Highland Uprising in Scotland is a clever tapestry of fiction, history and culture.Though others have attempted to replicate her Highlander adventures, the original is the best (as is usually the case). I have listened to the entire series, and being short of listening material one day, I listened to Outlander again, an action that lead me to continue through the series a second time. Highly entertaining, as you listen again, you find more meaning and connections where you may have missed the deeper significance the first time through.
The narrator, Davina Porter, is so fluent in her differentiation of characters, voices, and emotion that I quickly find I am lost in the story and characters without any conscious effort to distinguish between the speakers. She is an orchestra of voices in one talented person.
I was a bit skeptic when I first bought this book seeing that lots of people had quite a lot of criticism about it. I initially bought it because it was lengthy and I liked the way Davina Porter sounded. But once I actually started listening to the book I was hooked. I enjoyed listening to Davina Porter doing the different accents, and the book is written so descriptively you can actually see the characters in your head. The story is so moving you can't help taking sides with the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who has lots of time on their hands cause this is not a light listen.
It is not often I will read a book twice, but this is so good (and the entire series) that I will have to make it an annual event!
This is a really fun book. I read it in print years ago, and it was just as much fun the second time. It's the best kind of historical fiction / romance. I just wish the rest of the series was as good as Book 1.
Davina Porter does a wonderful job narrating this romance/historical fiction/adventure story. There are fun accents and the story moves along briskly. I'm regretting the high quality Klipsch brand earbuds I got for my iPhone. There are many long passages in the book where you can hear muted talking and loud coughs as if in the next room and it's very distracting to the narration.