When I realized this author was American and wrote a book with such accuracy in locations, language, references, wars, and old wives tales I was amazed. the book is so good and it made me want to transport myself to Scotland. I will admit that at times I was tired of all of the action... the characters in the book always seemed to find themselves in trouble, but it also made it quite adventurous and interesting. I will definitely follow the series as I am completely invested in these characters and must know how they go on.
Nurse Anesthetist. Love audiobooks!
I am listening to this series again for the fourth or fifth time and each time I learn something that I didn't hear the previous times. The stories are amazing. Full of history and emotion that takes the reader right into the story. I can't wait to someday go to Scotland and see the many geographical sites that are sprinkled throughout the story. I can see, in my minds eye, the characters so clearly as described by Diana Gabaldon. Davina Porter is wonderful as the narrator. She has a way of doing the voices of the different characters that makes them feel so real. Her accents are great!
I have listened to well over a thousand books and would have to say that this series is by far, my very very favorite. If I could only have had history teachers that could have brought history alive like these books I would have never found history boring. Do yourself a favor and listen to these books, in order.
This book was well written with good development of characters. Some good action and a lot of sexual situations. I prefer books that are more concise. This book could have been less lengthy and not have lost any appeal.
The story began so promising, such in interesting premise; but as it progressed into what I found to be silly, repetitive lovemaking scenes, without propelling the story forward, I finally gave up and actually never finished listening.
Sadly, I never got that far!
I did enjoy the narrator and the character sketches were very good. Just too much silly, repetitive sexual descriptions, which took away from, didn't add to the story line.
I really like the narrator, Davina Porter. She has a wonderful voice and the only reason I made it to chapter 17-18.
Yes. Romance novels are not my cup of tea.
I listen to books as I work. It's a beautiful life.
I find this a hard critic to write, because there are so many different aspects to this book, some that I liked and some that I disliked. I’ll form my critic in bullet point format by my likes & dislikes for the first half of the book (the weakest in my opinion).
The second half of the book (Part 3 & 4) got a lot more interesting & action packed. The story flew along by the awesome narration of Davina Porter.
1. The introduction of the book, which takes place in current time (1944’ish), was very short. The author did not delve into Claire’s relationship with her husband in depth, except to express that they had sex a lot. The author seemed to indicate that there was commitment & love between Claire and her husband, but she didn’t elaborate.
2. Because of the good marriage that Claire had with her husband in current day, the book seemed unrealistic in how quickly she gave up the idea of her marriage and fell in love/lust with Jaime (from the past) instead. She hardly seems to miss her husband at all and didn't try that hard to get back home.
3. Let’s face it; there is a LOT of descriptive sex in the first half. I chose to ignore it, for the most part, by fast forwarding my iPod. It just gets excessive and boring.
4. The most unrealistic part of the 1st half (spoiler alert) is how she responded after receiving a brutal beating from her Highlander husband, Jaime. She is angry about it for a couple days, but pretty quickly accepts that it was probably the right thing and forgives him and goes back to loving/lusting after him. That’s not a normal reaction from any woman that has never been struck in her life, and I thought that was an odd/unrealistic response from the main character.
1. The author does a really good job with character development of the Highlander characters. She does a good job of bringing the reader into the past with Claire and painting a believable picture of what it would have looked like.
2. The narrator is awesome! She does a great job with the different accents that are required of her and it’s an easy listen.
Overall ~ a interesting listen and a different plot then I've heard before.
Davina Porter does an amazing job narrating this story. Not only does she use appropriate Scottish accents, but she manages to convey several distinctive Scottish accents for the various characters. I had no difficulty in understanding her (despite the array of accents present in the book) nor in determining which character was speaking. She is a gifted performer who really brings the book to life.
That said, I did not enjoy the book itself. I'm a 30 year old male, and I've never before come across a story that seemed so finely, perfectly tuned for a demographic of which I am not remotely a part. This may be technically sci-fi/fantasy, but it's only a fantasy in the sense that a teenager fantasizes about their attractive teacher. This book is a Romance, pure and simple.
The entire story seems to me to be the author's fantasy (as opposed to a story set in a fantasy setting), every element blatantly conspiring to force the main character to be empowered and to experience a thrilling romance. I've nothing against empowered female characters, nor against romance, but the book is so blatant in its pandering to those two ideals that it completely ruined my immersion. The plot only seems to be a secondary consideration, often lost in the relentless pursuit of this author's indulgent fantasy.
I have no problem with romance in a novel, or novels written from a female perspective. What I do have a problem with is boring writing. This story is poorly paced and downright dull. The characters are only marginally better than standard romance novel fair, and once you get by the initial setup, the novel drags on interminably . I couldn't finish it.
The most disappointing thing about the story is that it fails the first test of any entertainment form -- IT IS INCREDIBLY BORING.
I have not listened to any of Davina Porter's performances before, but I found her reading quite enjoyable. Like a junior Angela Lansbury.
What character would I cut from Outlander? Well... all the main characters/ There wouldn't be a novel left!
I have 427 items in my audible library. This is the first time I felt like I wasted a credit.
This is a romance story that turns very weird at the end when one of the main characters gets sexually tortured. This put a very weird ending on the book, that just didn't fit with the rest of the story. The book is also unnecessarily long, due to not much happening in the story.