Porter, yes, certainly. The author, no.
The story is about a female nurse, from post war duty 1945, transported to the Scottish Highlands of the 1700s. I would have expected a great deal more of Scottish-English history and of personal details overlooked by the modern day reader. I also would expect less whinging and more educating from an experienced, modern, educated nurse thrust into the wilds and wars going on at that time. The back and forth of modern day feminism, medicine, and education against the backdrop of the past could have been intriguing. But, this is no "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court".
I finally gave it up when the husband, acquired strictly for practical reasons, whips her for disobeying him, but she forgives him the next day with a bit of coquettishness and pouting. And realizes he needed to do it, for leadership respect. Please, woman. Ugh.
Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series. That seems to be a woman to respect.
She's very good with accents and the male voice...
Facts. Actual history. Id like to come away having learned something.
I thought it was SciFi, not a romance.
Probably not. I would warn them first. I think the author went WAY too far at the end of the book. To much information. Too much disgusting. It didn't fit with the first 2/3 at all. I hated the last 4 hours.
I love the true-to of the languages, the cultures, and the regions or Scottland. There was authenticity there SOMETIMES.
British. Low. Calming.
Yes, Rupert Everett? No idea really. i don't that many red-headed actors.
This book was a 4.5 or 4 until the last section. It should have ended when Claire said the important words. Everything afer that is just absurd and ruined all the time I spent falling in love with the story. I understand WHY we needed to hate Randall, I don't understand why ANYONE needs to read that level of disgusting detail tha tis so freakishly random compared to the rest of the story line.
The entire story is so authentic to time and place as to suck you into it to the point of "being" in the story with the characters. Ms Porter's reading only adds to this feeling of belonging.
The romance, blended with the action and natural interaction of characters allows the listener to become so immersed in the story that "real" life seems mundane and one cannot wait to get back to the listening.
The characters interact in such a natural way that the story telling becomes unaffected and so true to the time that one can almost "live" inside the story.
Yes indeed! I both laughed and cried and did not want the experience to end.
I have read this series several times but this was the first time of listening. Davina Porter does a wonderful job of bringing the charaters to life. I enjoyed myself immensely and would highly reccomend this audio book to anyone who enjoys historical romances.
I would definately recommend this audiobook.
Claire and Jamie Fraser.
No I haven't heard her before, but her performance was great.
I absolutely love this series, and would love to read more from her, maybe different characters and story. Diana Galbaldon is an excellant story teller. I have often reread these books.
Yes. Listening as opposed to reading gives a different feel to the story, particularly one like this with the Scottish words and accents being an integral part of the story.
I've read all books published to date in the series and wanted to refresh before the next book is published in 2013. I'm so glad I used Audible as opposed to re-reading as it gave a different feeling to the same story.
This is a really good book. It's well written, has well developed characters and best of all it Gives good insight into Scotish clan life. I gave it 4 stars solely on the fact that I don't have patience for romance in books.
Jamie Fraser - honourable, loyal and the PERFECT HERO! Who could turn away a man that will do anything to protect you - arrrgghhh....
Davina Porter has set the bar for all narrators I scrutinize before purchasing audiobooks - and that is set extremely high! Her range of character voices really gave creedence to the story. It was very easy to follow the story, with her careful storytelling. The only thing I found annoying was an echo that emitted a quiet repeat of her narrating and coughing by someone else (during recording) in the background now and again.
Many...many... this is the only audiobook to generate all feelings of emotion for me (so far) - tears, awe, sadness, happiness, thrill, fear...it's all in here...!!
Definitely stumbled across this book by accident, and a blessing to have discovered the series... I couldn't stop listening, purchasing credits before my monthly one was due in - unable to wait to get the next book!
The book started out pretty well and then the author added in a second romance and it got kind of weird. First, I would have preferred if the story just focused on the protagonist's efforts to get back to her own time. Secondly, when the 2nd romance is added in she went from a strong independent woman to a submissive wife, I preferred the earlier version of Claire. Third, many of the encounters between Jamie and Claire are marital rape. Very creepy. I don't care that it's historical fiction, it's creepy.
She was very good at all the character voices. She gave each character a distinct voice, which must have been difficult given the large cast of characters.
I don't know - the first part is good and the narrator is great but it just got long and weird.
This is one of the best stories I've listened to so far. I can't wait to get into the next book in the series. It's a fascinating look into what life might have been like in that time. It's also a wonderful love story. There's lots of action & interesting characters. I really like the narrator's performance - the accents fit the characters & she has lots of expression, emotion. It's totally opposite of boring. She draws you into the story as if you are there as things happen. She pronounces some of the words differently than I would, but overall I love the performance & will definitely look for more books that she narrates.
The only downside to the book is some background noise during parts of the book - you can hear other voices in the background- not loud enough to understand what is said, but loud enough to be distracting & annoying. I think it's possibly other books being recorded. Luckily, it's only there a few times, for a short span each time.
The amazing detail Diana Gabaldon puts into every chapter is excellent, from clothing to medical practices
It has a richness of detail comparable to James Michener Hawaii and The Source
Her voices and french accent are amazing!
It has wonderfully funny scenes and comentary by many characters, as well as heart rending events that make the reader cry
The sounds quality is not perfect, it has a low background hiss that can be distracting.