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...
have not read print version
the detail - felt like i was there.
i would have but it was long! Even so i didn't want it to end.
All of them
The whole book was moving
Loved the narrator..... Davina Porter was superb !
The epic feel of this story is amazing! Jaime is unlike any character I have every come across. Kudos to Gabaldon for creating such a dynamic duo in Jaime and Claire!
Jaime's innocence, gallantry, and fierceness all in one package.
The amazing transition from the English accent to the Scottish Gaelic without skipping a beat.
OMG I could not put it down!
I watched the first season of Outlander TV series on Starz and had to know what was going to happen. The 1st season TV series ends about half way through the first book. The story sure does explode from there. Oh my oh my, you thought the hot parts were steamy on TV, the book is blazing! I lack the normal amount of attention and usually can not sit still with books that go on and on with description. In the case of Outlander I could NOT stop listening. I finished this book (33 hours) in a few days. I was able to get a lot of work done, very clean house, canned a bushel of tomatoes, sorted and clipped coupons...ect. I like books written in 3rd person much better but I found the one sided story left me feeling more connected to Clair. I don't think it would have worked any other way. I am wondering if there will be a ripple effect in time that could threaten history and Clairs existence. Dragonfly in Amber is downloading....So EXCITED!
Jamie asking what Fu@k meant
The wedding, slightly different then the TV show but grand just the same.
YES, if I didn't need sleep I would have.
I would love to know what Diana Gabaldons minds eye of Jamie and Clair were when she wrote it.
If I could I would give a 10!!!!
My friend told me about it and now I cannot let go!
Also love the Starz series
Getting Book 2 today~~~ to get lost in time~~~~~~~~~~~