Literature and Writing Examiner, author, dreamer, all round fun chickiepoo!
I've heard nothing but good things about this audiobook, mostly the praise for Davina Porter. I've read this book in the printed form and I am a huge Diana Gabaldon fan -- and serious Jamie Fraser lover. But I have to admit a great deal of praise for Davina Porter. She has Claire down pat and her reading brings everything to life. Her Scottish dialogue is a bit flat at times, sounding exactly like she's reading a book -- against her English dialogue that sounds amazingly lifelike, it stands out like a bit of a sore thumb. But on the whole, Davina Porter makes this a wonderful experience.
James Alexander Malcolm McKenzie Fraser (McTavish) -- he alternates between being a big dopey kid, a stubborn, over practical Scot, and an intensely romantic man. He isn't perfect but he is a divine, wonderful man that gives his all for the woman he loves. How can you not fall in love with him.
My favorite scene occurs after Jamie and Claire have had the infamous
The entire ending moves me but I can't give you those details because they'd be spoilers. Suffice it to say, it's one hell of an ending, painful to read/listen to in places, but still incredible.
Diana Gabaldon is a brilliant writer, no doubt. A true storyteller and without her words, this would not be. The story is engaging, the characters are as real as they possibly can be within the pages of a book, and this audiobook only enhances the reading pleasure I already had. The whole series is a must have and a must read...and now a must listen.
I realize that I am in the minority but I did not like the book. Had it been narrated by someone other than Davina Porter I would have dumped after a few minutes. She is superb (possibly the best narrator I've ever listen to) and does all the accents perfectly. I caught myself thinking in a Scottish accent. Back to the story - badly in need of an editor. It went on and on and I thought 'will this ever be over?' only to find that I need to read the next 2 or 3 to get the full story. No thank you.
The story is totally not to be believed. I'm willing to give a certain amount of believability, time travel and all but, come on, how many times can one woman get herself into situations that require being rescued by a 'knight in shining armor'? Talk about a wallbanger - if the audio version had not been on my iPAD it would have hit the wall.
Tell us about yourself!. 57 yr old married, mother of 3 adult sons. 3 grandsons .
This series was recommended to me by my Mother in Law 10 years ago. I couldn't get past the accents in the print editions. In the audio versions, I was swept up in the outstanding voice of the reader. The story is ever changing, as you follow the lives of the two main characters throughout time.
There have been complaints about how women are treated in this book. I think these need to be put in historical perspective. I never let that distract from my love of this book or series.
I have not read the printed version, but absolutely loved the audio edition, well done!
I am hooked on this series, and now listening to Dragonfly in Amber, and downloading remainder of series!
If you love the outlander series read or llisten to: Into the wilderness by Sara Donati.
I love her ability to use dialect and have believeable male and female voices.
So excited for the next installment in this series!!
I have already recommended this book to many people.
I loved Claire. She was strong, smart, and feisty.
Davina Porter is truly gifted. She does the male and female voices so beautifully that you forget it's a woman behind those male words. The accents (English and Scottish) are fantastic and completely draw you into the story. I felt transported to another world. The expression and emotion in her voice makes the story even better than reading it yourself.
This story made me laugh, cry, gasp and more. The author is a gifted story teller. I was often taken by surprise with the turn of events and the solutions to conflicts that arise. I became almost obsessed with the story and the characters as many do with this series. I ride my bike and listen with one earbud while I pedal. I couldn't wait to ride my bike and listen to the latest adventures of Jamie and Claire.
Creative, enriching, captivating
She makes the characters come alive! The distinction between Claire's voice and Jamie's voice is unreal. I never get them confused, which is sometimes a problem with other narrators. Or, a male does the female's voice, and it just sounds like a man doing a really bad imitation of a whiny female.
It made me laugh. The evolution of the two characters seemed so plausible that, from the beginning, you knew they were going to make a great couple. Their conversations and 'learning moments' made me laugh out loud several times.
This is one of the richest books I have ever experienced! It's rich in storyline, character development and writing style. Diana Gabaldon claims on her website that she started writing the series in an attempt to better her writing skills but I am absolutely skeptical. The vivid imagery and dialogue in this book are concise, but not simple and boring. Ms. Gabaldon has a talent for choosing perfect descriptives. I feel that listening to her books has enrichened my vocabulary and speech patterns...Not to mention I have been thoroughly entertained! I'm a sucker for physical, brutish male heroes who are intelligent and formally educated!
The narrating was awesome.
The story was fasinating and new and complicated.
Too many to say. The way she writes you can really imagine all the scenes and adventures easily.
Again too many to say. I liked how Claire is introduced to child bearing and rearing through many experiences and then in the end, well you know. I can't give away the end now can I.?
I did not want it to end.
I kept imagining Mel Gibson making this as a film.
I tried to enjoy this a light bawdy entertainment, but by the end I felt assaulted by Catholic allegory.
The Outlander series first came to my notice after someone had written a review of another similar style of story. I decided to look for the book and I am hooked. I am now on Book 4 and I am totally obsessed with Claire and Jamie. Diana Gabaldon weaves so much history through her plot ... so interesting and Davina Porter's narration and gift with accents makes these books truly memorable. I would recommend them to anyone who loves a good, spicy historical romance, So glad I found these books. Please hurry up with books 5 & 6 ... I don't want to skip straight to book 7.