Worst book I've ever listened to, and the bad news is that it's freakishly long. Couldn't wait to finish it. The story had no purpose, just keeps on going and going... The narration is the worst part, can't understand what she's saying half the time. Wish I knew audio books can be returned.
Tried 3 times to start it. Just found my mind drifting each time. Simply couldn't get into it. Tried to return it, but return not working.
I gave this book 6 of its 32 hours to get me excited about it. I like historical fiction, which is why I chose this book, but I am not too keen on romance or science fiction. The plot seemed contrived and the characters, other than the heroine, were two dimensional. I was able to anticipate most plot twists in the 6 hours I listened, but maybe there was more excitement to come later in the book; it IS 32 hours long! On the positive side, the narrator was excellent!
I gave up on Outlander almost 1/4 of the way through because I was just too bored to go on. I rarely give up on novels, but the plot just never. showed. up. And life is way too short to listen to 32 hours of a book I didn't care about.
All the author gives us in the first 8 hours/150 pages is Claire, a generic and apparently very emotionally flexible character who was pretty cool with being transported to another time and wasn't too worried about getting back. She never got past hanging around the castle talking to Jamie, and it didn't feel like she ever would.
The narration was fine, and I loved the Scottish accents, but without a single interesting character or apparent moving conflict to pull me through a 800+ page novel, it just wasn't going to happen.
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!