This was a great adventure of a book! As soon as one problem or crisis was solved another was right around the corner!
However, don't read this if you are looking for a simple romance novel. Not too far into the story Claire has already met and wed her Jamie and most of the novel is her traveling with him to various places (or running, depending on your point of view). The author is great with the way she depicts the more "private" scenes, leaving much to your imagination instead of ramming it down your throat like a lot of novels do. However, there are ten times more "private" scenes than in most novels!
Also, a warning to some listeners who might be uncomfortable, I know I was: there is a semi-graphic description of a homosexual rape scene. It was broken into threeish parts as the victim gained the courage to speak of it. Listening to it I think was worse than if I just had to read it on a page.
In any case, the woman who read the story was awesome! she put life into the character, and it was nice to have someone who pronounced all those foreign names perfectly! I give this 5 stars :)
This was a great book. Such a Unique time travel book. Loved the characters and the history.
laugh and cry
I highly recommend this book. Loved Claire and how her character evolved and how much she loved Jamie.
I read the print version of Outlander first. I fell in love with the stories, and tried the other abridged version (ugh). This one, with Davina Porter, made me fall in love with Jamie and Claire all over again. I do some major commuting for work, and the story and narration made the time fly. The narrator does a great job with the accents and pacing.
It is hard to pin down the genre of this story - is it history? romance? science fiction (time travel)? mystery? There are too many components to isolate. I have run into people on business trips whose faces light up when they see me read it. It is a painless way to educate yourself of how women think, how natural science works, and scottish history. In the later books, American history becomes a focus.
Jamie. Odd I know, for me to prefer the female narrator's version of the "male lead", but her tone and inflection added the right touches of sincerity, wryness, humor.
a pivotal point when Claire has to decide whether to go back to her own time.
The books only get better after this. I have read and listened to all of them, and then read this first one again and again.
The story line is fascinating and absorbing. Though the book is extremely long by the average Audibles standards it is fully worth it. I laughed, I cried and I fell in love with this book. I hated the fact it was over.
The narrator is perfection. I can't imagine anyone else reading this story. Sometimes I have critiques of what the narrator could have done better or wish there was a different narrator altogether. Every nuance, every voice inflection, each character voice was perfection.
The main characters Jamie and Claire are beautifully written and fully flushed out. I wish that I could find a love like that. Listening to the story makes you wish everything was possible and if it was that it might happen to you :-) Don't let the size of the book scare you away, just let the narrators voice wash over you and let your imagination fly and before long you will be immersed in your journey. It is one of the rare books that make you sad to leave the story.
Being a part of the entire lifetime of Jamie and Claire was incredible. You never have to wonder about any of the characters; they become a part of your own life. I love the audio version and looked forward everyday to hearing for hours the details of these characters while I was at work. It took me about 2 years to get through the series and very much worth the listening. I love the way they were written and am thinking of getting involved in another series. Just loved the stories.
Listen to all kinds, but mostly enjoy witty light-hearted entertaining reads. Stay away from romance novels & books with heavy violence.
Great read. I have recommended the Outlander to numerous people and everyone has thoroughly enjoyed it plus continued on with the series. Be patient with the first few chapters because it does start out slow, but this is all information that is important to the overall story. Enjoy!
At home mother of three girls. I love reading and romance is my favorite category. A little paranormal also thrown in is nice ok too.
The audio version is very rich. I got so much more detail and depth to the story and characters. It was so good I will be getting more of them. I have to see what happens next.
The relationship between the two main characters. It seemed to develop slowly and naturally. They form a very strong bond.
I liked Claire.She was a very strong and independent woman. It is difficult for her to give up her independence to the men around her. Davina did a great job bringing her to life.
I had a wide range of reactions while listening to the book. Laughing one minute crying the next.
I really enjoyed this at the beginning and I actually bought the book because it was in the sci fi section. I even enjoyed the romance at the beginning. But over the course of the book that just got a bit boring. The story was pretty good, but it got a bit predictable really. I probably won't bother with the next in the series
Say something about yourself!
The story sucks you in and never lets go. I was hooked after the first few pages.
When Claire is brushing her hair in the window.
The adventure of a lifetime begins when.....
If you don't listen to any other Author, listen to Diana Gabaldon's books. One of the best writers I have ever read/heard, hands down.