i have 4 things to say about this book:
1. the narration is excellent
2. the romance is...very romantic
3. the history is...fun
4. the "naughty" stuff is...(see below)
it's common for romance novels, especially ones that appeal to medieval European settings, to bring in sexually charged themes of bondage, whipping, and nonconsensual intercourse. this book goes rather SO far in that direction, though, that it distracts from the otherwise dignified plot.
Below is an abbreviated breakdown of the action, just to let you know just how kinky things get.
MH=Male Hero / MF=Female Heroine / MV=Main Villain / V=Villain
1) MV threatens to force himself onto FH
2) random V's threaten to force themselves onto FH
3) MV whips MH and forces himself onto MH's sister
4) 2 V's force themselves on FH in front of MH
5) MV forces himself on FH in front of MH
6) MH whips FH (gives her a "strapping")
7) MV tortures MH
8) MV forces himself on MH (!!!)
9) FH pretends to be MV in (non-psychologist approved) reenactment of #8 designed to "cure" him of his shame (?!)
and all of this in lurid detail, with a great deal of time spent recalling past whippings and beatings and tortures. not sure how all this made it past the editor, but...
at least now you're warned, and there is a good story and some good writing buried in there!
All the charters are well developed and felt necessary to the story. There is enough true history to give one a desire to believe in the story. Oh and the narrator! Davina Porter has a beautiful voice and has enough diversity to give voice to each of the different charters.
Clair and Jamie's wedding night was quite memorable. In fact there are many well placed romantic and very sexy sections in the book and all seem like they should be there for the story to be full and well rounded. I don't always feel sex scenes in books and movies belong that sometimes they are just there for sex appeal and not to further develop a charter or story. Here, as in the entire series, all are necessary and well written!
I am sure I have but this series is my favorite with her as the narrator. What a talent she has. The narrator is as important to a good digital book as the story it's self. There are some voices I love to listen to and Davina Porter's is certainly one of them!
There are so many moments in the book I cannot choose one to stand out over the others. All I can say is I am quite glad I have the books both physical and digitally because I am sure I will read and listen to them many times. In fact I am in need of a new paper set of the series now.
I am glad to see the movie come out. I have seen the first pilot/episode and feel the books have been justly represented. I suppose I may have to purchase those too.
This story is not just a story, I felt completely taken away and placed in to 1700s Scotland. I purchased this for my long daily work commute, and found myself listening with headphones everywhere else I could. The narration is perfect in accents, tones, voices, it's perfect.
It's VERY long, and while I found that I could not stop listening, you do need to take breaks. The violence and suspense can get very intense.
Do not think of this book as a romance. Romance there is, but so much more. I classify it as imminently readable historical fiction. No matter what the classification, the story is intriguing, the writing first rate, and this production enhances an already enjoyable experience. A realistic depiction of 18th Century Scotland seen through the eyes and sensibilities of a 20th Century narrator makes for a fascinating read.
This is one of the books that you can't put down until you finish. Then you go looking for more. The next book in the series is also great.
Outlander is a book that has no genre; romance, adventure, time travel... It looks at relationships on many levels, and the sociological viewpoints make you think. I fell in love with Jamie, he is my favorite male character to ever be written, but it wasn't immediate. It built slowly, like love does, and there were times where I wasn't sure. I wasn't sure I even liked the book to start, but now years later I have read and listened to every book in the series.
The story builds, and none of the issues or story lines are black and white. Love isn't made out to be perfect and easy, it is messy and complicated. It isn't just a love story between two people, it is a love story with a mix of villians, friends, family and those who don't fit into any one category.
Davina Porter is the most talented narrator I have ever listened to, my favorite characters developed a new life through her. If I had to choose, it would be Jamie, of course!
I found this book under the Scifi/fantasy section, and it definitely should not have been there. I've managed to make it to chap. 22 and except for one very brief moment of traveling through time in the beginning, there has been no science fiction in this book. And the only fantasy involved would be the copious amounts of sex with kilt-clad Scotsmen. I suppose that could be someone's idea of a fantasy, but not the kind you expect to find in the Sci-fi/fantasy category. This book is a very, very long romance novel of the trashy paperback sort. If that is what you are buying it for, you will probably love it, but if you were looking for Sci-fi, like me, forget it.
If you are a guy, pass it up. If you don't like soap operas, men in kilts who do nothing but fight, drink, and have sex, or if you blush easily, pass it up.
On the plus side, the narrator does an excellent job. She does well with both the Scot and British accents as well as the male and female characters. She's easy to understand and reads with feeling.
This is my first review after being a member of Audible for about two years. I do so to warn any guys out there about purchasing this title as it is interminably long and boring. It is filled with ad nauseam descriptions of the female narrator describing her feelings and conversations with her Scottish lover. One keeps hoping for a plot to develop but that never transpires. Heed my warning and save your money.
I have been waiting for this series to come in unabridged. For all who love romance and adventure, this series is extremely addictive. Don't be lured into getting the abridged books, they leave entire plots, people and best bits out. I highly recommend this series.
Finally! Unabridged Gabladon! I had resorted to getting them at the library and painstakingly downloading the cd's to my computer. Please get all of them!!! I'm up as far as Voyager.
Davina Porter is an excellent narrator accomplishing dialect and gender changes so the characters come to life in a glorious and colorful way.
Not one word left out and beautifully read. A true treat to listen to again and again.