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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.
Absolutely loved this book! My friend told me it just went on and on, but I didn't feel that way at all!!!! One of those books you don't want to stop listening to! In fact, I finished Part 1 of "Shantaram" thinking I needed a break from Jamie and Claire, but I can't take it. I've downloaded "Dragonfly in Amber" and am off to see what happened to the two lovers! Can't wait! Maybe I have a secret crush on Jamie! After 30 wonderful years of marriage...I can have a little literary fling!!!! :)
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Too much love for my taste. It is surely a chick's boook and even for me, really it was too much love. I am not complaining about the sex, indeed I did not mind. I just wanted to get hook in a serie, but no, this is the first and the last.
I loved Diana Gabaldon's writing style to this story! I have read the reviews that "poo-poo'd" this book and I disagree with them. Had I taken these reviews seriously --- I would have missed this previous one and the rest of the series! I have read many of Bujold books, Kim Harrison, Lincoln Child, Neil Gaiman, Steven King, Shakespeare, Koontz, to name a few - and I am NOT disappointed with with Gabaldon's style! I have no demands or expectations on an author's style. This would not be fair. But I did open my mind to this book and enjoyed it all. So my I enoyed --- that I bought all the rest. I am waiting the next one now that I have completed "An Echo in the Bone". My thumbs up. I love the way I am lulled into the characters' lives, thoughts, and feelings. I feel as though I am part of the family. I recommend.
To those of you thinking of getting this book---
DO NOT get this book if...
you want Scifi/Fantasy.It is not SF/F.
you dont want to hear sex.Described & Implied.
OR will be very disturbed by rape & violence.
YOUVE BEEN WARNED!
This is a long book.Its sets the stage for many to follow.I have read all but the last 2.They are all GREAT and BRUTAL.After listening to Outlander I realize what a great writer DG is and what a great narrator DP is.You meet characters in this book that come back in book 2,3,4 ect.Did she think the whole thing out before she wrote?She does describe alot,goes into detail of life in the 1700s.That was a violent time in history (rape,violence,sickness,murder,superstition,highlander politics...this book has all these) .BUT all and all THIS IS A HISTORICAL ROMANCE! Jamie and Claire.Claire and Jamie. WHAT they do and give up to be together! If this is your kind of book,Youll be hooked!
Super long and slow moving. I couldn't get over the scene where he beats her. It was a sort of loss of trust thing where I just got bored of the whole story after that.
The Audible Editor Review ("Mix equal parts historic fiction, adventure, and romance") sounded interesting, but I wish I'd paid more attention to the word "romance".
I first considered this book because it's 32 hours long, but unfortunately I couldn't stand to listen to any more after the first half. During that half, the heroine is almost raped five times. For practical reasons, she agrees to marry a man who generally talks like someone from the 21st century but devotes a great deal of his time to teaching his new wife to fulfill her vow of obedience. The main way he does this is through beating her. The wife quickly forgives her husband on the grounds that he was teaching her an important lesson. The implications are 1) that beating your spouse can be beneficial rather than utterly wrong; and 2) women are so unable to reason that the only way they learn is through violence. If you have any feminist leanings at all, you will not enjoy this book.
The narrator did a great job, but it wasn't nearly enough to make up for the lousy plot.