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I personally love srories that involve Time Travel and I love stories about the History of the Dark Ages, this book hit on both topics. Once you get past our heroine's life just after WWII and the fantasy of the time travel you find a wonderful story of the day to day life in that time period. Our hero must learn to live in a day and age when a woman's voice and her presence is not even acknowledged, life under clan ruled society, the brutality of ancient warfare, the dangers of life outside of a castle, and herbel medicine as opposed to anti-bacterials.
There is a place in the story where our heroine's abilities concerning bandaging the wounded is acknowledged and she is asked to take over for the man who no longer acted as a healer. The author describes the scene that she found when she first walked into the healing center. She found hebs, animal dung and noxious mixtures that she could not even hope to identify instead of the modern day medice she was acquinted with during WWII. It was a powerful juxtaposition to her days working with the wonded of WWII and finally to our pesent day medicine.
This is a very good performance.
The discription of the brutal life during the Middle Ages without the access to modern medicine, the discription of life without the rule of law and the access to police help, the absense of equality under the law is a harsh existence and it is amazing that anyone lived through it. Society has come a long way towards the protection of the weak, the poor and the disenfrancised, but we still have a ways to go.
This is definately a Mature Audience book. Even so not only did I buy a copy for myself but I purchased two more to give as gifts.
Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.
#1. I read the print book first. I've read, re-read, listened and re-listened to all of the books. I've sent this book to friends and picked up extra copies to share with people. One friend said she dumped her copy at GoodWill because she didn't like the witchcraft. That was the beginning of the end of that friendship. The "witchcraft" had to do with a longtime custom of Scotland. The author does her research. Unlike other best-sellers, these books make me feel good and clean. I can't believe they are being marketed beside that fifty shades of smut volume. The sex in this book is normal and sweet.
I loved being taken to another place and time. Eating breakfast in a castle. Not knowing what would happen next.
Davina is elegant. She portrays Claire as being quite sharp-tongued. Most Americans could never get away with that, but Claire is tallish, slim, pretty and an ex battlefield nurse, so it all fits.
Deflowering a virgin bridegroom and soon after teaching him the concept of so good it hurts and oooh, don't stop!
There is always more to appreciate in these books. After a few listens, one stops chomping at the bit to see what happens next and relaxes into the ride. Then you enjoy the ride, smell the flowers. Some devotees didn't care for Brianna at first. I personally thought Jamie was a bully and Roger a wimp. With each reading I appreciate more and more how very well Diana handled all her characters and the poignancy of family love across oceans and centuries.
At the top - I love this book.
The total immersion of the reader into the 1940's England and then again into the 1700's. While details and descriptions are very well done they aren't so overwhelming that you get frustrated. This novel will completely take you into another time. Davina Porter is an excellent actress/narrator and her ability to go from one accent to another and her ability to create the richness of the characters is beyond par.
I like the part where Claire and Jamie are first married. That has to be the best. But the one part where Jamie tell's Claire that she's tearing him apart - made me swoon. Diana obviously knows what passion and love is and has described this exempliarily in this Novel.
I honestly want to move to Scotland now and I wish that my husband had red hair. I've found that I have taken up some of the Scottish sayings.
I cannot wait to read the next novel.
Performance is excellent! Story is a "page turner". I couldn't put it down.
How does she do it? Fabulous job with accents and voice changes.
Yes, but it's about 32 hours long. Not possible.
Read it. You won't be sorry. In fact you'll want to buy the next book in the series immediately.
What a spectacular piece of literature! The descriptions of the locations and historical references was spot on and so well done that I didn't even notice them, other than to think, how dull this story would be without them. I loved the intimate details of the times that were included and the fabulous narration of the main character, Claire. Normally I balk at fiction works that are as long as Diana's, but usually because the added details don't enhance the book. However, take even a few words out of this splendid novel, and something truly beautiful would be lost.The voice work by Davina Porter is so well done that I, now, when reading this book in paperback or kindle formats, hear her voice in my mind. She captures the essence of Claire, Jamie, and the full cast of characters with such skill, she brings them to life in my minds eye.
There are no other comparable books, Diana Gabaldon is in a class by herself!
Davina Porter is magnificent!
I would have LOVED to have the time to listen to this book in one sitting, but due to it's length, it was not possible... I ached to plug back in each time I had to take a break.
I'm a very simple person who love to read or listen to books. My favorite genre is Historical Romance but am willing to spread my wings and fly temporarily over to sample a little young adult adventure or suspense, but I will without fail, return to romance..
If you don't want to become obsessed with Scottish highlanders, James Alexander Malcolm McKenzie Frazier and Claire Elizabeth Beecham, I highly recommend you stop before downloading this book.....Want too proceed, okay, don't say I didn't warn you...
I absolutely love every book in this series. I've listened to them so many times and I even purchase the paperback versions.
Both Claire and Jamie are real to me in so many ways. The love, true, deep, unending love they have for one another is something I want in my life. Jamie understands what it means to make a vow and keep it, even if it means putting his life in danger. Claire has such a big heart, she believes she can make a difference in people's lives, that conviction alone gets her and Jamie into many amazing adventures and scraps...
Jaime even had to beat Claire's behind with a belt because of her ignorance and hardheaded ness.
Oh and by the way, you will also learn about history including the dates. Diana Gabaldon has the ability to bring you into any space in time and plant your feet firmly on the ground in that period, when you return to your time period, you lose your footing. The feelings and emotions follow you for days after you finish the book.
Davina Porter narration of the series is awesomely amazing. You never get the characters confused nor do you lose the flow of the story, cause Davina bring life to each person and you feel the hate or the love they portray.
Hope you enjoy the obsession as much as I have.....
Enchantingly mesmerizing story
Jaime His character is so strong yet gentle, thoughtful and caring. Full of emotion.
The fact she can change her pitch of voice to draw you closer to each character in the story. Well done Davina!
Lose thyself in time
Love the story. Never know where it is going to take you.
At first glance Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall seem an unlikely pair. But they quickly become inseperatable. This story is one of the best love stories of all time. Beautifully written and magnificiently narratted, it is a story for all to enjoy.
The story is so captivating, that each scene is memorable in its own right.
Davina Porter makes all the characters come to life each with their own voice and personality.
Tears, laughter, fright, and rich with romance, this book has it all.
One of the best books I have ever listened too or read. It kept me wanting more and I could not wait to start where I left off.
The story is original and the historical aspect is on point. The characters were well developed as the book progressed and you could actually feel the love between Claire and Jamie intensify and you want to root for them.
Jamie..she plays him wonderfully.
True love transcends!