The story is good, but too much smut. A FEW graphic scenes would easily set the tone and characters. I tired after every 30 minutes turning into a description of another sex scene. I did finish the book but was disappointed in the ending. I realize there are sequels. I would like to find out how the story ends but I am unwilling to wade through the muck again.
The reader is fabulous and is one of the reasons I continued to listen.
I didn't like this book at all! I forced myself to listen to ten hours and then gave up. If you don't enjoy romance novels this book is NOT for you. I truly don't understand all of the five star reviews.
This book started off with interesting, although far from fresh, ideas. Too bad it evolved into a loose story line with a lot of smut that went on and on and on. I kept waiting for the rest of the story to show up. The ending of the story focuses on an adult male rape (with lots of detail). Yuck. Not my idea of good reads. Save yourself some time. Avoid this book.
My wife listened, and enjoyed it thoroughly through the first half. Before she finished, she warned me of the pornographic scenes woven into the story.
I listened to the first few hours but grew weary of the "chick flick" style--way too gabby with little movement.
This is the most awesome series of books I have ever read! The writing is absolutly outstanding. I have read the series multiple times, and each time I finish it I cant wait to read it again. I decided to listen to the audio version, and it brought these books to a whole other level. Davina Porter IS Claire Randall. Absolutely. Never has a narrator so captured the essence of a character. This is a must read/must listen, again and again!
In fairness, I confused title with "The Outlander" which is what I thought I was purchasing. My mistake.
I like historical fiction so gave "Outlander" a go. It read like a Harlequin romance that went on forever - painfully so!
Stuck it out for the first 6 hours or so, then forwarded to the last few hours. No improvement.
The narrator was very good - the only reason I gave the book a star at all.
I was truly excited about this book at the start. I love historical fictions and SiFi so I thought it would be perfect. Much to my disappointment it was hardly more then a sex story. It seemed after the main character arrived in Scotland it was a dirty sex scene in every chapter. Further more I felt no connection to the characters. Despite the extensive character detail I found my self not really caring about the characters. It may help to know that it is part of a series. I was a little startled when I realized the book was over because it seemed so abrupt. I did not know it was the first in a series from the beginning and only found out after I read the book. However, I do not see my self reading the rest of the series when I contemplated not even finishing the first one. I truly wanted to like this book but found my self simply forgetting to listen or my mind wandering off while it was on. On the plus side the narrator is truly talented in this audio book. I enjoyed listening to her voice and the character voices she did were unique to each character. 5 Stars for the narration but I can only honestly give two stars for the book.
Somehow this was classified under Sci-Fi & Fantasy, which it is not. And somehow I missed that it was also classified under Historical Romance, which it is. Anyhow, if you want an 18th century bodice ripper, you'll probably like this. That's almost exactly what I don't want, so I won't be finishing it. I will say though that the narrator is amazing, pity the story is not.
I basked in the first three quarters of this long but engaging tale of a woman transported back in time. The dialogue is natural and the characters fleshed out. The poetic explanation of what it feels like to be pregnant stands out in my mind. There are several suspenseful scenes that had me staying up late at night to finish them.
But the author sets up some provocative situations that she then spends little time addressing later on. I don't think I'm spoiling anything to say that for a nurse who has just seen the atrocities of the Second World War, it surprised me that she spent no time musing about the morality of killing off the Hitler line before Adolph could be born. The nurse does have a conversation with a priest where she asks, "if you knew that a lot of people would get hurt, would you do anything to stop it?" But it turned out that she was thinking of trying to avert a single (albeit bloody) battle that took place in 1745. The 6x-great-grandfather of her 1945 husband turns out to be a vicious sadist, but she spends no time wondering if she loves her 1742 life enough to kill the sadist, thus preventing her 1945 husband from being born. The most frustrating part of the book for me was that the main character knows the date of the sadist's death but finds out that he did not die when she thought he would. But she looks down at the ring on her finger from 1945, notices it's still there, and the matter doesn't bother her any longer.
Rather than explore the moral and temporal ramifications of the main character's actions, the last quarter of the book is silly and maudlin. It gives the story no forward momentum and prevents anything of substance from happening. Worst of all, the book ends before we find out how the nurse's actions might have influenced the immediate future.
This book was a little tough to climb into but once you are in ... you are taken back in time with a group of characters that you fall in love with over and over again.