I have read all of the books in this series in print, and really enjoyed them. I thought it might be fun to listen to them as well. I was sooooo wrong. This experience really points out the essential difference between reading a book in print and listening. When I am reading, I often skip over sections that do not appeal to me. When I am listening on my iPod, this is not easy to do, so I have to listen to every word, which is sometimes a great benefit, especially if the writer is skilled.
My first clue should have been Davina Porter's simpering voice when she portrayed the female protagonist. I heard a very different book than I read. Like Kay and Thomas (previous reviewers), I tired of the lurid bodice-ripping scenes very quickly. I am NOT a fan of romance novels and I read this series in print for the historical interest, as well as the day to day detail of life in the 18th century, which I found fascinating. I am not entertained by damsels in distress getting raped, nearly getting raped, or getting "spanked" for disobeying a husband. Unfortunately, I have purchased four of the audio novels in this series, and while I barely got through the first part of Outlander, I will not be subjecting myself to any more of them.
One thing you need to know about this BEFORE you buy it is that it is a "romance" soft-core porn and that's about all. Oh but you do get the added message of "It's OK to beat a woman if you really love her and she deserved it". This is one of the first audio books I did not finish, although I did manage to get half way through.
The book drags and drags through mundane descriptions of 18 century day to day life. First time i did not finish the book. I got through 2/3 of it and could not stand it any more.
I'm obsessed with Claire and Jamie and Scottland and I love the vinettes that Gabaldon writes. Lots of action and suspense and romance and a bit of history. Wonderful! I'm actually reading Firey Cross right now so I'm pretty far along in the series. It's only a bazillion pages long and you love these characters so much, you are really glad it goes on and on. Real value for your dollar too! Great narrator. I often forget that its one person reading. She does the accents so well and all the foreign names of people and places. A winner. I'll read / listen to this one again one day.
I truly can't see what the most recent viewers can possibly have to complain about with this book. It has the perfect balance: Well researched, accurate history . . . extremely well developed characters . . . interesting plots that move quickly and aren't predictable. This book (and those which follow) is not for the faint of heart. It takes place in 18th century Scotland and England, these weren't peaceable times, folks! They were violent at times, and the violence and sex in the story is appropriate for the period. If you want a quick, easy and mindless read, try Harlequin. If you enjoy well researched historical fiction, this is a great book for you! The narrator is quite gifted, and brings the characters to life.
This was my first audio book. I have now read (heard) all of this series and am totally addicted to my audio books. I first got them as I drive a lot for my job and I promise you the km's just fly by when I have a good book. I actually look forward to long drives now! I even got my book club to read the paper version of this book 2 months ago and they also loved it. It can be a little racy if you are a conservative reader, but what a great story with fantastic characters!
I have worked in information Technology for 25 years and have run my own small business for 23 years. I love books!
I have listened to the whole series and loved every minute of it! I was sad when it ended and cannot wait for more!
Yes, the 1st 7 hours are a little slow. It is mostly character and place description which is pretty to listen to but not really engrossing. But once that is over the plot really takes hold, and I have to admit that I was held totally captive. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, interesting characters, adventure, and of course, romance.
Despite having a decent story going this book just went on and on. It seemed to have some kind of mild S&M fascination or women as property thing going on. That made me uncomfortable as I listened. If you have a very long drive this might be for you. If you are going to do the moving around time romance thing, the Time Traveler's Wife is a much better listen.