Tell us about yourself! As a retired elementary assistant librarian, I have loved reading to children. Now I really enjoy being read to!!
The narration was stupendous!!!
She made the listening a real delight!
Will look forward to her in the next book.
I think they are about the same. It's all about the story for me, so audio vs print doesn't really matter.
I think my favorite character was Jenny, Jamie's sister. She was strong and willing to do what was necessary to keep her family safe. She was not tossed about by the wills of others, but bent the rules to make her life as just as she could.
Okay, good accents
You can take the girl out of post war England, but you can't take post war England out of the girl.
I didn't really care for the way that the narrator did Jamie's voice.
Sexy historical fantasy.
Jamie and Claire, of course. They are both rich, complicated, passionate characters.
SHE RULES! That she can switch from an educated English woman to an 18th century male Scottish Highlander is insane. I love her!
Laugh, cry, cringe, take cold showers. This book has it all.
If you are not familiar with the book series or the TV series, do you yourself a favor and listen to this. It truly has something for everyone, romance, history, fantasy, beautifully realized characters and landscapes, satisfying complexity, you name it.
Davina Porter is amazing as the narrator for the series. She manages to make the listener forget that we are NOT listening to different people, it's just her. Her voice has the ability to transport me into the story.
Picking a favorite character in this series would be like picking a favorite child. Claire and Jamie are one of those couples who are just "made for each other". Watching their relationship evolve is fascinating.
Jamie Fraser. She honestly makes me forget it's not a man reading the part.
Through the series, there were several places I sat and cried. I read/listened to this series (it's huge!) and my husband just quite worrying when he saw me with my headphones on and crying. He figured I was just listening to the story.
This is one of those series that defies categorization. It's got enough romance to satisfy the romance reader. It's enough of a historical novel to make folks like me happy. And it's a study in human nature that's fascinating to follow.
Davina Porter is an amazing narrator. She manages to bring all of Diana Gabaldon's books to life. Not just the books, but all the characters. Every character has a different accent, intonation, depth, so you can easily tell which character is speaking. Ms. Porter handles all the different accents and languages with aplomb.
I've purchased the entire Outlander series on audible, and I highly recommend listening to the series as well as reading it. Ms. Porter injects so much feeling into Ms. Gabaldon's words that I feel like I am Claire and I am the one experiencing it. You won't regret giving these books a listen.
I don't know where to begin. The story is wonderful. It is full of lush and vibrant detail. I fell completely in love with Jamie Fraser. I would suggest everyone read this book. I cannot believe I had not heard about it until recently by chance. The narrator was wonderful as well. But, in the recording I could hear faint background noises like coughing and other people talking. That is the only negative thing I can say and it has nothing to do with the story itself.
I went through the whole series before reviewing and Outlander/the first book is the best! Like most book series, the writer puts the strongest and purest effort in the first book. The characters, dialogue, amount of action and pace are far better and balanced than in later books.
It's always harder for me to word the praise...
-Love the story
-Love the description/detail
-Love the narration
-Once started, couldn't put it down
-Etc., etc. and All That!
BUT, the not so perfect...
-Narrator is AWESOME, but to me, 80% of the time Claire sounds like a 90-yr-old
-And, the author makes her character too dumb! I know things have to go wrong for there to be drama, but why is it always because Claire just won't listen.
-Author is super detailed and descriptive with most things, then at crucial/interesting times she'll just stop and skip ahead. This is very frustrating.
-Like I said, I love Jaime...but, why does every gay man he meets have to be obsessed with him? It's ridiculous.
Sorry. No one to discuss with. But being so engaged that you just have to vent, is a sign of a really gripping book! I'm on to Dragonfly In Amber!
Clearly a popular series recommended to me by a friend. Obviously we have drastically different. Scottish dialogue off putting to me. Kept listening until 2/3 completed then gave up and returned it and the other two in the series without listening to them. Expensive books and I'm really glad Audible has such a easy return/credit policy.