If you like books about women who enjoy being beaten, made to call their husbands "master," and threatened with rape then this book is for you! I think this is only the second book in my entire life that I gave up on most of the way through because of the content. In this case, the problem was an abundance of sexism. Was there sexism in the time that the protagonist traveled to? Yes, of course. But why would the protagonist enjoy being abused? It is truly disturbing how often she is treated in a sexist manner and actually enjoys it. There is a scene where her husband threatens to rape her and she is forced to give in and have sex with him, and when they do (right after he threatened to rape her) she just has a great time. It comes to a point that it is no longer put in the book for some kind of historical accuracy, but rather for some other reason. Was the author trying to be edgy? Is the author into this type of thing? Surely, people have to read this and understand that women who are treated this way aren't enjoying it. Right?
All I can say is, if you listened to or read this book and you disagree with me, you might be drinking too much of the Kool-Aid.
The narrator does an excellent job, however.
I'm going to keep this spoiler free and relatively short as I'm not yet finished with the book. However, I have 19 hours left and am not so sure I can continue.
Because what started out as an interesting premise has devolved into comparing vaginas to seaweed. Okay, that IS a gross (ha) over simplification but the simple fact is that this book is very heavy on the romance and not so substantial on the science and fiction elements. At least for the last three chapters. There is great writing here, and the narrator is fantastic so by no means is this a lost cause, but I want to be clear on the fact that this is a ROMANCE.
Heaving bosoms, muscular thighs ...the whole bit.
So go in knowing that.
I loved the way Diane And Davina are like Peanut butter & Jelly.
As wonderful an epic as Gone with the Wind by M. Mitchell, the imagery and characters...
She can play the villain as well as the hero, I don't think my imagination could've done as good a job.
I love audible and can live without it. So well written!
I want my husband to read the series as well!
Have already recommended this book to many, many friends!! If you love to feel like you are right there in the scene while reading a book, this is the one for you! I couldn't stop listening...and actually read the book on my Kindle as well, but the narrator does such an exceptional job, I much prefer the audible version!
The story line reminds me of great historical tales from books/movies like Braveheart and Gladiator and Troy. I first came across Outlander on Starz TV network and will surely be waiting with great anticipation for the second part of the series to begin in April 2015. I'll be going back to the "Starz on Demand" to watch the first part of the series as well. It's just wonderful!!!!
I loved Davina Porter's portrayal of Jamie the best. Funny, but I think she captured him better than I think she did Claire. I was cheering for Claire to pick Jamie from the moment they met.
After Game of Thrones, it was just a matter of time before a long fantasy series would get transitioned into a TV series. Outlander is that next series. I purchased Outlander to read before watching the show and in short, I'm glad I did.
I really wasn't sure what to expect. The trailers for the show made it seem like an action heavy time travel show. The book and its many variations of covers look more like a romance novel. In essence its a little bit of both. The novel follows Claire who travels back in time to 1757 in Scotland. What transpires is literally part love story part fantasy epic. There were moments in Outlander that I was captivated, and other times that I wasn't sure what all the praise was all about.
The book starts off really strong. Claire is lost in a world she's not familiar with and gets herself into quite a bit of trouble. Things do meander towards the middle portions and then come to a huge climax with a good portion of the book still remaining. I probably haven't mentioned but this isn't a short weekend read. Coming in over 30 hrs on the audio version there were times that the drives flew by and others when the book took its time.
Outlander might be a bit mushy for my taste, but it was still a really entertaining read. I found the characters interesting, but the world of Scotland in 1757 stole the show for me. Its a fascinating time in history, and one that I know so little about. You can see that future books are going to lean heavily on the historical events of that time period and for me that might be the books crowning achievement. Although not as steadfast as I was with Game of Thrones I think I will continue on with the series to see what trouble Claire gets herself into next.
Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!
I first read this in 2009 and liked it but at the time didn't want to get committed to such a huge series, so I stopped after Outlander. Fast forward to 2014 Starz Outlander series and I got hooked again. So.....I listened again. And it was better the second time. Davina Porter does an amazing job of accents and character distinction. I hate when narrators lower their voices too deep to sound "male". Davina doesn't do that. It is slightly lower but doesn't sound weird or unnatural. Her voices sound male without sounding ridiculous. It was an absolute pleasure to listen to her read the book.
Less frequency in the descriptive narrative of love-making between the main characters. The story line failed to flow smoothly from scene to scene as it had to stop to often for the personal encounters....especially when a man has been almost tortured to death; I would begin to get the sense of urgency, despair and the motivation to endure and then...stop. Lost some of the realism for me.
No, I've read other time-travel stories with great enjoyment - even with the underlining romance.
I thought Davina did well with her narrative.
The reading was a well cadenced and melodious.
Disappointment. This book was recommended by a friend. It is a sweet romance story but hardly novel worthy.
The cadence of this book seemed to be: sex, sex, here solve this quick problem, sex, sex she's on trial, sex, sex, he's missing, he's buggered, he's dying, sex and sex. There was not much meat of a real story.
Detailed love making scenes, book was certainly not written for male audience (I kind of knew this beforehand, but still gave this book a go), not so much of a story as it was about main character describing how she feels about this and that. Many missed opportunities to make the story interesting.
No, not completely, but I will certainly steer completely away from books by this author.
Narration was good.
Book was interesting up until the repetitive love making scenes started.
Forced my self to listen to the end hoping there would be something worth the wait, but got disappointed.