It was described as a combination of science fiction, history, romance, and adventure. Romance was too heavy and graphic for my taste. Science fiction is a stretch, just because she goes though time at a ring of stones? Historical fiction was interesting and had there not been SO many sexual encounters in so many places at so many times, the adventure would have been more enjoyable.
There was a violent act in the story that was completely unneeded for the story. Then, the expected emotional trauma is miraculously overcome through the power of love. It just seemed so gratuitous and unbelievable to me.
I have not read any books like this before. Someone thought I would like them. I did not realize it was so heavy on romance or I would have chosen another book. So I already knew I didn't like the Romance Genre.
It was pretty good but the book was so long that I got tired of it and the narration by the end.
I wouldn't cut the characters, they were fine. I would cut the story in half though. It was way longer than it needed to be.
I found getting through Outlander a chore but was determined to read the whole book. I will pass on the rest of the series.
If you like Romance Novels, then you probably already know what this is like. I have not, so I was shocked by the graphic intimate scenes. I really wanted a Scottish Historical Fiction before my trip to the UK. I will keep looking. The storyline starts out like the Korean TV Drama, "Faith, The Good Doctor". That show may have borrowed from this storyline. I have no comment on the ending because I stopped after I fast-fowarded through half the book. There were too many intimate scenes.
She was good. She sounds a little like Nadia May.
Just give me the story, if you know what I mean.
All of part 1 could have been cut down to 1 hour. Listening to this is like listening to grass grow.
I was hoping for a good historical fiction in the vein of the books written by Orhan Pamuk, and was bitterly disappointed in that regard. It does fit the category of historical fiction, and it does a semi-decent job of putting you into the setting, but it doesn't have enough of the background history or enough character development to be great literature. It is far more of a romance story than I expected, and also devotes way too much time to sexual details that seemed gratuitous to me - as if someone's editor told them it would sell better with more sex. I found myself thinking, "oh, not this again" multiple times, and even fast-forwarding through parts of it - especially the details of the sadist's idea of fun sex. Too much information there, and not enough on the background politics of the time or the characters' personal histories. I did finish the book, but I have no intention of reading any more by this author.
The reader was very good however, and was probably the main reason I finished the book. She was able to seamlessly switch from a female voice with an English accent to various male voices with Scottish accents in a way that never seemed at all strained. She didn't draw any attention to herself as distinct from the story, and really seemed to BE the characters.
Story makes you use your imagination. Long and repetitive themes.
More expression and great accents.
Maybe, but it would be LONG
No qualms about the audio book, but not sure what all the fuss is about about the Outlander series.
I was expecting Connie Willis (To Say Nothing of the Dog), and I got Danielle Steele. It started out with promise, then disintegrated into a romance novel; blech. Now I've just bought the Connie Willis sequels -- hope she hasn't fallen down on the job!
I'd never heard of the Outlander series despite the fact that it's been around for a while (it started in the early 90's). I only purchased the books based on audible members' near-universal raving praise.
That praise is dead-on. It's a beautiful love story and a rousing adventure with humor, tragedy, villains and heroes. Moreover, the narrator was born for this series; she's one of the best I've ever heard.
I've spent the last five months listening to all eight volumes; just finished last week and can't wait for the next volume (I understand the author is working on it for release in late 2013 - my hope is that the narrator will do this new one, too.)
Start with Outlander and then listen to the sequel. You will be hooked.
I cannot think of another book that reminds me of Outlander because it is a historical novel - romance - with a touch of science fiction.
Porter's vocal characterizations added depth to the story.
Claire and Jamie realizing and then professing their love for each other.
Outlander is one of my all time favorite books. I love it on a cold rainy day, snuggled on the sofa with a hot toddie and a blanket its a great get away. Now I can listen to it as I walk, drive or even do housework! Davinia Porter breathes lfe into my favorite characters brunging a whole new level of enjoyment to the Outlander experience.
Nothing like a historical romance with a twist of fantasy to take you away from the stres of every day life. Add a good looking highlander and you've the recipe for a perfect stay-cation in my books!
Claire's dawning realization that she's awake and has somehow been brought to another time. Her strength of spirit in managing to accept her lot without becoming a blithering idiot is remarkable.
She brought the characters to life, gave an individual voice to each personality.
I'm still not sure a movie wouldn't ruin the Outlander experience for me so I can't answer this one
love to read
Jamie, Claire... The history, the Scottish...
Shadow of Witches, because of the historical factor...
She does an outstanding job of portraying every character!
ALL of the above!