Perfect writing and even better narration. An enchanting and romantic tale. Adventursome and enjoyable.
With such eclectic reviews, I hesitated over this series; thankfully, I decided to give it a chance. It follows history as well as can be expected from fiction and has a nice balance, making it hard to put down. Somehow, it's a neat combination of historic-fiction, science fiction, and romance.
Parts of the book are hard to digest. Considering avoidance of spoilers, I'll explain what I mean as best as possible. There are things about war, things we all suspect deep down. We hope we are wrong, because our imaginations can be barbaric. However, if a good person can imagine these atrocities, what would keep an unbalanced torturer from being equally creative? Parts of this book force me to think about prisoners of war, and how blissfully ignorant I am.
When recommending to my friends, I'm always careful to warn them of the touchy topics. I say, "During certain spikes in hormone levels, I'm not in the right frame of mind to think about some of the book's topics."
That being said, the majority of the book is not a downer; on the contrary, I found a great deal of it made me smile!
Davina Porter is such a fantastic narrator she makes this entire series come to life. This is one of my all time favorite series Diana Gabaldon is such a great author and the pairing of the great writing and the great narration makes it a hit!
I loved Karen Marie Moning's Highlander & Fever series and a friend told me to try the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I fell in love with Outlander about 30 minutes into the story. I like the detail and that the characters were well thought out. Everyone in the book has a character flaw, nobody is perfect. The story tells how each person has to deal with their own flaws and those of others. There is no love at first sight; the characters' relationships slowly develop through the story. The Hero and Heroine have to deal with some pretty graphic sexual violence at one point that I felt was pretty heart wrenching. The story is funny and sad and the narrator does and excellent job of catching the emotions of the characters. I'm definitely looking forward to the rest of this series.
Idon't care for sci-fi, fantasy, wizards, demons or the like. There's nothing wrong with that sort of thing but I just don't happen to care for it myself. You aren't going to tumble through a portal in time just because you touch a certain stone in a certain way, the idea is utter nonsense it can't happen. Diana Gabaldon, however made me believe it could happen. She has brilliantly woven a sequence of events into a completely captivating story. Still you can not tumble through a portal in time because portals in time do not exist so I only gave this selection a 3 star rating, but because I like `em long I added 1 more star for length to give it a total of four stars. This particular selection demonstrates to me that sometimes it might be a good idea to look at something you wouldn't normally consider.
I discovered the Highlander series by mistake or shall I say by fortunate accident. I am HOOKED...I've listened to all the books except for the two abridged versions..I love Jamie and Claire...Jamie has so much love and passion for his wife and Claire finds comfort, security and a deep passionate love she never knew could be possible..I truly recommend the entire series to all...
I really enjoyed this book - I read a lot of reviews before I chose and all were so different.
I thought I would read it in the end just to see why so many different reviews ( different opinions )
I really loved it and was glad I didn't listen to those that did not. didn't find it boring at all couldn't wait to hear the next chapter - Entertaining while drawing you into the characters giving you an idea of what the past was like. I thought it finished a little abruptly but then I found out it was a serious. and have just downloaded the next book.
I only bought this book because it was available on a cheap special price... but I'm so glad I did. It was very well researched, and Dianna Porter did a terrific presentation, especially with the accents. NOT a book for kids, as it graphically addresses the innocent suffering that occurs during times of polical struggle. It took a little while to get into, as the author presented a lot of detail in setting the scene, but worth perservering as the story really blossoms, with the theme of, what sacrifice is enough to protect the one you love? Gripping. Would highly recommend 'Outlander'.
This was one of the very enjoyable books you can find here in audible, I have become an Audible fan and Diana Gabaldon turn out to be my type of writer, very entertaining and full of historical knowledge, the ideas are well conserved and it has that time traveling factor that makes you get involved with the character in question.