Perfect narration - having read these books over and over I was dubious about listening to them but the narration sounded exactly as I would imagine Claire to have spoken.
I really love how Davina Porter switches seamlessly between a male Scottish Highlander and a soft-spoken Englishwoman. The transitions are clear and the various voices of clansmen are distinctly separate.
I have read this series again and again and I still laugh and cry right along with the characters. Even knowing what's going to happen next I'm still entranced by these books. They are truly spectacular!
This book ranks as one of the best audiobooks I've listened to so far.
I loved the excitement, romance, and danger in this well told story.
Making the characters come to life.
Much, much shorter...fewer sex scenes...better character development....more of a plot
I liked the beginning of the novel, as the main character acclimated to the new time period.
Most of the gratuitous and nauseating sex scenes that repeated over and over
I listen to audio books all the time, and this is the first one that I was not able to finish. And you can't say I didn't give it a chance, since I plodded my way through about 16 hours (kept thinking it would get better). I usually like historical fiction and some sic-fi, and I thought this would fit the bill…but no!! After the first quarter of the book (I did enjoy the beginning), there wasn't much of a plot as far as I could tell. The narrator was great, but the story was awful. It reads mostly like a cheap romance novel, and then it gets really raunchy. There are WAY too many sex scenes, which are redundant and nauseating after a while. The main character is extremely irritating and flat. She goes back 200 years in time with barely an emotion and then violently kills a man with hardly a second thought. Jamie, the Scottish lover, is inconsistent. At first, he is innocent and sweet and then suddenly a sadist who beats and rapes his wife. The book has lots of violent scenes, people being killed, rapes/attempted rapes, etc. Although the book seemed pretty well written, the story was long, boring, and intolerable. If this book were edited down to about 8-10 hours, with the gratuitous sex/violence scenes eliminated, then perhaps the novel would be OK. As it stands though, I would definitely not recommend this book.
A story that moved on - so much repetition in the story line, a LOT of description which didn't add to the story.
It didnt go anywhere.
A lot of the stories about - um - men's penchant for boys.
there already is one
I found the book very interesting and well written, but I don't need to add pornography to the list of problems in my life. I had to quit after the second or third graphic sex scene. Also was kind of turned off by the fact that the heroine became an adulteress, I guess justified by the fact that she had traveled in time.
The narrator's performance was pitch perfect. She used her vocal talents to enrich the beauty of the printed words. The story is awesome in itself but the narration added layers of emotion and realism I'm happy I didn't miss.
This is a great reading of this most wonderful book! How enjoyable to have this favorite story to listen to while I go about my work. It will steal you in during the first few moments and you will not want to stop listening. Ms. Gabaldon is an amazing writer and this is just the first in a long and compelling series. You will be sucked in and these characters will become friends. You will look forward to every interaction with them. I highly recommend listening to the whole series.
I really enjoyed this book, but be warned. It is not a sify fantasy thriller so much as it is a veiled romance novel. The book is great don't get me wrong, but it is full of vivid sex scenes. Not that that is a bad thing, but just not what I was looking for when I bought it.
I loved listening to this book. The narrator was supremely talented, her movement between characters and accents was effortless. The story was highly detailed and a little plodding at times, but the author evidently has a rich imagination. This is a romance novel with a high level of historical accuracy, but it's far more developed as a love story than most romance novels out there. I found myself thinking about the characters and getting emotionally involved with their experiences when I wasn't listening to it. There are some scenes with graphic violence and sex, but I think they add to the story. Life in that place and time was violent and sex is part of any romantic relationship, so it makes the characters whole. If you like long, dramatic novels and enjoy historical detail, you will like this novel.
This book tries to be a romance novel and a fantasy novel both, and it partially succeeds. It certainly kept me listening, enjoying it and wanting to know more. I could have done with a lot less of the romance, but it didn't ruin anything for me and it wasn't... very... forced. But the thing to keep in mind if you are a fantasy lover and romance isn't usually your thing... this book is FAR more romance than fantasy. Sure, it's there. It's there in the very setting and bones of the book. But I think that Ms. Gabaldon just doesn't really know what to do for fantasy readers, because it kept me wondering what was going to happen to resolve all the most interesting (to me) parts of the book - right up to the very end, where it didn't resolve those parts at all. It resolved the romance storyline, and left the fantasy bits, er, hanging.
So, if you're reading it for the romance, then I'd say, read on. Not that I have a lot of experience with romance books but it did seem quite good with what it was trying to do. The problem is that it wasn't trying to do what I *thought* it was trying to do. (And what the descriptions claim for it). And I found it incredibly disappointing because it could have been such a great book in BOTH genres with just a few more chapters.