Someone who has tons of time to hear someone go on and on with great detail.
The story concept was interesting but went on too long.
I was unable to skip to the last chapter to find out how it ended. Errored out. Would have been nice to do at least that. Could only hang out with this story for about a dozen chapters.
All business but contemporary fun!
Diana Gabaldon can transport you back in time with a stroke of beautifully shaped words in your imagination's canvas. The story starts with Claire and Frank's honeymoon in Scotland, after a 5 year separation during the world war two, when Claire served as an army nurse. They are trying to rediscover each other when Claire passes through a monument of stones and gets transported 200 years ago in the same area. That was the time leading to the Scottish uprising, lead by Bonnie Prince Charlie that resulted in the elimination of many Scottish clans. Claire's adventure is filled with dangerous situations, unfitting for a single woman that is suspected by both English and Scottish to be a spy. She develops a friendship with the outlaw Jamie Fraser and the friendship slowly builds into something strong beyond their wildest expectations.
The story does indeed include crude scenes to give the true feeling of that nearly "medieval" time. These are described in detail however, and as such do require an iron stomach. So be warned!
Now this is love that will last eons!
Say something about yourself!
As an avid Audible listener, I really enjoy books that exist as part of a series, since it allows one to become engaged in a story over a long period of time. I decided to give Outlander a try since the story synopsis sounded interesting and the reviews were mostly glowing... and I'd like to add another 5 star review!
Ms. Gabaldon's writing has a very earthy, natural flow to it. The story does't feel like a rigid structure; the reader isn't constantly being set-up for the next plot point. However, it is rather interesting and keeps one's attention and the characters are complex. The narrator is outstanding!! Davina Porter adds another layer to Outlander that really brings the characters to life.
One more thing... After reading a few reviews regarding the explicit sex in the story, I was prepared for something far more graphic than what it is. I would hardly describe the sexual content of this book as anything more than R-rated. I think it is simply adult.
Less of a focus of people being beaten, spanked, punished, tortured, etc. and more history and romance.
I think she had good intentions and the basic premise is very interesting, but I can't help feeling this book started out on some kind of creepy S&M slash fiction website. Book could have been several hours shorter without the frequent digressions into boring, ridiculously detailed stories of corporal punishment, whipping, torture, and more disturbing, rape and various kinds of sexual violence that completely repulsed me.
Experience the adventure.
Clair. Strong and purposeful.
Only in Outlander series.
After Clair decided not to go back threw the stones.