Yes, It is an amazing book the first read through but I feel that reading it again would show me little things I missed the first time.
Davina Porter is the best narrator I have ever listened to! The way she brings Diana Gabaldon's words to life is incredible. Her diction, pronunciation, and acting is amazing. She doesn't take away from the image you build of your characters as you read/listen to the book.
I enjoy listening to the audiobook while I read the book. So the narrator helps immensely with all the words that I couldn't/wouldn't know how to even fathom the pronunciation of.
I did find myself laughing...and shedding a tear involuntarily.
I would recommned this book.. it has a little of everything
how Claire does not give up
My dear Claire
I have a long drive to and from work and the story and performance just caught me up and had me looking forward to getting back in the car. It has been truly compelling.
Claire's dilemma when she was finally at the circle of stones and realized it would be possible to go back. Being presented with the choice between two such very different lives would be heart rending.
Her performance was light and easy to listen to. It allowed for a little of my own imagination to add to what she was offering. Really quite engaging.
Say something about yourself!
Read for Fun (Kindle)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.50
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
ReRead Thoughts: I am not sure that I ever wrote an original review for Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. My physical copy has lots of notes in it: Loved Jamie (who doesn't), intrigued by Frank (most people aren't), hate Black Jack (you are supposed too), and secretly want to give Dougal a hug (I am not sure why I wanted to do that but on the reread I felt the same way--guy is not lucky in love). I also wrote this on the cover: LOVED IT because it is a time-travel story with a bit romance not a romance with a bit of time-travel.
How do I feel now? Pretty much the same about all of it. I have always liked that even though the romance between Jamie and Claire is what we talk about the most--it really isn't the main focus of the story. This is Claire's time-travel adventure. Her bumps, triumphs, and adjustments to living "out of time". Her decisions through out the story and what the impacts of those decisions have on history and Claire herself. Jamie is just a nice bonus and yes I still like Frank! Claire is a lucky girl!
Narrated By Davina Porter / Length: 33 hrs and 8 mins
Even though this time I didn't listen to the audiobook, I have listened to this audiobook 3 times previously. Davina tackles all 33 hours of this story with great pacing, tone, and delivery. Very few narrators can pull off epic tomes of storytelling but Davina is one of them!
Less predictability, fewer last minute rescues, and the characters are far too puppet-like.
It will not be one of Gabaldon's silly stories,. I am, I admit embarrassed that I purchased all the audio and kindle books in this series.
WHAT was i thinking....
Ms porter was the exceptional aspect of this series...or, rather, the first 1/4 of the first book. I simply was incapable of listening and.or reading beyond that point.
AAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGHHH, the money I wasted.
Underwhelmed, disappointed, and annoyed at the predictability of the book/series.
BahHUMBUG...pffft, barg, blag.
The fantastic writing of the author Diane Gabaldon. The wonderful mix of history, fiction and a touch of old world fairies and white witches.
I cannot compare for I have never read such a well read author sense Mark Twain. Diane Gabaldon and Mark Twain are very different in their writing fashions but they are both very intelligent writing and making the reader understand exactly what they mean.
Only the outlander series. She is exceptional, right up there with Mare Winningham.
Out of the future and back to the land if adventure, love, family and history.
The author has an uncanny ability to transport you to the specific moment of time she intends. What a fantastic series.
I bumped into this title while perusing reviews and looking for like-minded reviewers. I read that this book was science fiction, and a very good read. However, there were many things I wish I would have read before selecting the title:
1) With the exception of one supernatural event, this book is in no way a science fiction book. There's no science at all.
2) This book is essentially an upscale bodice-ripper, aimed squarely at women readers.
A woman in a dull marriage is whisked back in time 200 years and ultimately forced to marry a beautiful Scot who treats her well except when he needs to spank her for the good of the community. Both the marriage and the spankings are conveniently coated in circumstances that free the characters from needing to feel any sense of remorse or ownership of their actions. It's the ideal Harlequin Romance kind of fantasy but longer and probably with better prose.
the main character fixes trauma from sexual torture by...MORE SEXUAL TORTURE!! Way to GO!!
The narrator was fantastic, great accents, great voices, she's wonderful.
the main one?
Dont read this book.
With a good narrator, I do prefer the audio book over the print version. Davina Porter's voices for most characters are really good—she's a great narrator—BUT, I didn't like her for the two main characters. I felt her voice sounded too old for such young lovers. Her Claire voice conjured up visions of Maggie Smith as the Dowager in Downton Abbey. I didn't love her Jamie voice either, though I have a harder time putting my finger on why. Though I got used to the voices, it was a challenge for me.
It's hard to compare Outlander to other stories, but I will say that I read this book after reading A Discovery of Witches (and subsequent books in the trilogy) by Deborah Harkness. Though very different, Harkness's books are a vampire/witch romance, there were similar threads throughout them and I couldn't help compare them to one another as I listened to Outlander. I loved both.
I felt a lot of things with this book. I didn't cry, but I laughed from time to time, I cringed, I got mad at characters and quite often I felt uncomfortable. That discomfort was due to the author's poignant and unabashed way of writing difficult scenes and is to her credit. It was a good thing.
It's a long book, but I was mostly unbothered by that fact. It dragged in a few places, but the rest of it more than made up for those few moments. I can't wait to watch the TV series on Starz now...