I know people love this book. I'm not a big fan of romance, but I had a credit to use and randomly selected this book. Well, the narration is excellent. Really. It gets better as the book goes along. But, I found the story boring and annoying. And long. I had to give up on it. Maybe some of you will like it, but not me.
The narration was wonderful, pacing, accent, voicing all great. The writting was descriptive and usually drew me in to the world described.
After the fourth or fifth roll in the sheets the very romance-novel-esque sex scenes got pretty tiresome. The writer (not the main character but her creator), whom I had started out viewing in my mind's eye as a sort of khaki wearing adventurer, started degenerating into some sort of home-bound recluse in bull-rim glasses inventing wild sexual fantasies to be consumed with Bon-Bon's on lonely Friday nights...OK, maybe this is a purely male perspective since I notice lots of great reviews from female readers here. And to give the author the benefit of the doubt and because it was on sale, I tried listening to the second book...I got about 4 hours in and had to stop. It was the same book! Historical backdrop as justification for rampant sex. Not that I have anything against rampant sex per se...but the boy toy flavor of the depictions eventually becomes quite sickening and warps the otherwise realistic historical narrative into a trite farce.
Cut the steamy passages by 75%
The ones who were not having sex
It has one, but it is the same book n France
I am a devoted mother and a passionate grandmother. I defend my family to the death . I have finally graduated college and earned a degree.
As for the book it was more like Soft core porn....over and over and over story lost me , got bored with it... really had no clear focus. Reader was excellent. So if you want to listen to porn this is the book for you
They are worth every bit of the money i spent, get them now while they are one sale!!! Hurry. I want more, what is next, don't stop. I have read them all.
I stopped listening after the story lingered on the moment when the time traveling woman was pinned down by a man from ancient times who looked like her husband from her own time. A significant element of this book appears to be intended to stir something in women but how this silliness works for them is beyond me.
As a last resort.
She pays too little attention to moving any semblence of plot along. While the romance could have been good, it becomes a purient interest in sex. I'd fully expect beastiality in the next volume, if I get soooo bored that I read another. What a shame. These characters were enjoyable. They just became one dimensional.
The reader was excellent. The characterizations were clear. Her voice delightful.
I'm just so disappointed. I wanted something more than Harlequin romance.
Much, much shorter...fewer sex scenes...better character development....more of a plot
I liked the beginning of the novel, as the main character acclimated to the new time period.
Most of the gratuitous and nauseating sex scenes that repeated over and over
I listen to audio books all the time, and this is the first one that I was not able to finish. And you can't say I didn't give it a chance, since I plodded my way through about 16 hours (kept thinking it would get better). I usually like historical fiction and some sic-fi, and I thought this would fit the bill…but no!! After the first quarter of the book (I did enjoy the beginning), there wasn't much of a plot as far as I could tell. The narrator was great, but the story was awful. It reads mostly like a cheap romance novel, and then it gets really raunchy. There are WAY too many sex scenes, which are redundant and nauseating after a while. The main character is extremely irritating and flat. She goes back 200 years in time with barely an emotion and then violently kills a man with hardly a second thought. Jamie, the Scottish lover, is inconsistent. At first, he is innocent and sweet and then suddenly a sadist who beats and rapes his wife. The book has lots of violent scenes, people being killed, rapes/attempted rapes, etc. Although the book seemed pretty well written, the story was long, boring, and intolerable. If this book were edited down to about 8-10 hours, with the gratuitous sex/violence scenes eliminated, then perhaps the novel would be OK. As it stands though, I would definitely not recommend this book.
Less sex, more history
Continual, progressively detailed descriptions of progressively more violent sex
Wikipedia says this book is hard to classify by genre. It isn't. It's a romance novel. The historical parts are minimal, and I don't trust their authenticity.
One of these stars goes to the narrator of this audio book, Davina Porter. She was absolutely amazing. She is what kept me interested for the nearly 40 hours it took to get through the book. Her voice characterization is phenomenal. It brought the story to life.
This is a really fun book. I read it in print years ago, and it was just as much fun the second time. It's the best kind of historical fiction / romance. I just wish the rest of the series was as good as Book 1.