“I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I loved this book and look forward to the rest of the series. I lean towards mysteries, thrillers and contempory fiction, so this book was a pleasant find. I listened to this book based solely on the reviews and I am so glad I did! Thirty some hours flew by and I didn't want it to end. I have downloaded the next 2 books in the series and can't wait to start listening. The narrator was outstanding and so clearly differentiated the charaters
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!
Absolutely, because I would love to hear all of the details again now that I know the story.
Jamie, because he was passionate yet practical.
All the "Scottish" noises... She portrayed Dougal so well.
I couldn't stop thinking about the story, but mostly I loved the character of the story and the complete immersion in the culture. The love story is quite engaging.
Loved the narrator!
A beautiful love story that spans the centuries. The description of life in the mid 18th century in the Scottish Highlands brought to life thanks to meticulous research and skillful writing. One of my favorite series of all time. The characters are rich and well developed.
Do I have to pick just one? The wedding, the trail, the rescue from Wentworth.
I would have to say that I thought Ms Porter's reading of Jamie Fraser was wonderful. The right about of brouge for an educated laird. Better at times than Claire who could sound a bit stuffy and old.
A love story that spans centuries.
Don't stop with Outlander. Keep reading the series, the writing and the rich characters only grow and richen with each subsequent book.
I love books, it's my great escape.
I got this book because it was on sale at the time for my mother. I typically like vampire, werewolf and other supernatural stories. I finally got around to this story. This story swept me away. I could actually feel the pain of the characters. Wow, is all I can think of at this point. I wish I could find a "Jamie." This man/character really loves and gives his all to keep his love safe. I actually cried..."a lot." I had to pull my car over. A police officer stopped to check on me. I told him I was listening to Outlander and he said I know, I cried too. I can't wait to get the next book. This is one of the best stories I have ever heard.
I heard a rumor about these books a long time ago and I'm not gonna lie... I saw the cover and thought to myself... nope.
And then this past year I was bored and came across the books again... and they've blown me away.
1: the story is amazing
2: Davina Porter is my FAVORITE narrator
These are fantastic stories.
Apparently they're planning on making a movie... and I can't imagine that it will hold a candle... or even a matchflame to the books.
I have already read this book twice in print and relished every word and phrase. Gabaldon cannot be surpassed for her mastery of elegant prose that never hesitates to make its point. Along the way, you are treated to fabulously crafted descriptive passages and witty exchanges; she is one of the few authors who is worth reading every word, several times.
This audible version achieves that same degree of excellence. The narrator is perfect for this role -- she creates with great authenticity an entire population of characters that can be cantankerous, mischievous, opinionated, tender, calculated, downright evil and sadistic, and some very wise. Her work is a treat to hear, and her well-paced approach makes this very long book worth listening to every moment and a treat to savor the prose along the way.
High marks for author and narrator. Well worth the time and the listening...many times over.
I've literally been waiting years for the unabridged versions of the Outlander series to be available on Audible. I've read and reread all the books and heard all of the abridged versions, and there's nothing quite like hearing each word read to you by someone as talented as Davina Porter. This recording is an amazing tapestry of detail, introspection, action, romance, and fantasy that I simply can't stop listening to, even though I know the story by heart. I can only hope that Audible will soon be offering the other titles from this series in unabridged format. Also recommended: the unabridged "Song of Ice and Fire" series by George R.R. Martin and the unabridged "Wheel of Time" series by Robert Jordan.
I am reading the entire series. I disagree with the negative comments made and think the writer and narrater are both very talented. I think a very good job has been done to make the series ( I'm on the third book) as realistic as possible, which yes, includes a range of emotions and actions by the characters involved. I wouldn't recommend the series to someone who isn't interested in reading about personal hardships, sex, violence, or brutal war actions in the 1700's. It's intense at times and pulls you right in. I love it!
1. Book/Plot: I'm generally not a romance/bodice ripper kind of girl. There is a limit to how much "quivering","aching","wanting",or "yearning" I can tolerate. The romance part, to me, is boring. I found the historical pieces about Scotland far more interesting. Much is left to be explained (how did she time travel, why did the stones work for her, is it only one way, etc...) but seeing as how many other books there are in the series, I figure that we will get there. Rape is a very common theme in this book, as is violence against women, but it seems to be explained away as "it's part of what is expected in this period". While I understand there are certain cultural expectations that have changed in major ways, I am disappointed that these acts of violence are treated as sexy, desirable acts, and that they are somehow wanted or appreciated.
2. Voice Work: If I wasn't listening to these books, I probably wouldn't bother beyond this one, however Porter is an amazing actor. She is makes it worth listening to the other books. Since the content of the books is romance, which isn't high on my personal tastes, I use these for listening at work since I can zone in and out, but not miss much for plot. Porter not only captures the world, but she really nails each of the characters beautifully. Even though I may disagree with some of the authors choices concerning violence, I am really impressed with how clearly Porter captures the narrative and tone. She is able to create dynamic flow in the story, and finds the turns, even sentences apart.