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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.
This series is incredible. The characters, the blending of history, and the fact that Gabaldon actually made the time travel so believable all made this a story I couldn't stop listening to.
It's hard to pick. Both of the main characters were so engaging.
It was flawless.
I wouldn't say my reaction was extreme. I just found the story riveting and didn't want to stop listening.
I highly recommend this series to anyone who like historical fiction.
Considering all of the positive reviews indicating how much people have enjoyed the books of this series ; I can say only, I was left behind.
I was determined to like this book and looking forward to having sequels to the story, which I really hoped to enjoy.
However, my determination was futile, because I could not develop, let alone maintain, an interest in this story.
Yes. It is a great romance novel with depth and a twist of time travel.
The depth of historical context the author goes to lets you get lost in the story.
Yes. She is a perfect fit, bringing Clair's personality to life.
I laughed, I cried, I got angry, but what I liked best is it made me curious.
Each book in this series is long. Which allows for in depth character, context, and story development. You will get attached to characters. If you like historical novels and romance you will like this series, however if you are picking it up for the time traveling alone you will be disappointed.
This novel could have been an entry in the Guardian newspaper's annual bad sex award for the most cringe-worthy sex scenes in fiction. Yes, I cringed with contact embarrassment throughout, but the worst aspect was the total lack of accuracy. I'm able to do the willing suspension of disbelief thing, but if I'm going to enjoy a time travel fantasy, then I need not only for the historical details to be correct, but also for the characters to behave in realistically believable human ways. This book failed completely on both counts. If you're not a historical pedant, as I admittedly am, and you just want to immerse yourself in a steamy romance, then you might enjoy this book, but I quickly lost interest and will not be choosing any other books by this author.
Not until I have read all the books.
You really care about what happens next and how they will fare.
Her wonderful command of the different voices of all the characters and their emotions.
As much as possible.
I have finished four of these books now, and always want to start the next one right away. The fourth one did not have a preview of the next book, and I thought it was the end. Tears came to my eyes. But, then I thought it can't be the end. There is so much more of their story. Then I found there were at least 4 more of the usual long-length books and 2 novellas, and more. Then happy tears came to my eyes!!