This book was off to a great beginning with many intriguing unanswered questions posed by the story. I expected these questions to be resolved in the end so I stuck with it. But, NO, the story merely stops after more than 32 hours of violence, unnecessary sex scenes, and more stress than any two people could expect to encounter over several lifetimes.
The hero is assaulted and recovers so many times that his body could not have a single patch of skin without scars. I found myself fast forwarding through many, many unnecessary sex and violence scenes, which was annoying because there could be a fragment of the story continuation embedded in them...but if it was there I missed it.
This is the first review I have ever written. I write it because if someone else had written this same review for me to read it would have prevented me wasting a valuable credit on this foolish book. But mostly I am annoyed that I wasted so many hours on this book.
ugh i can't take it anymore
not really unless it was a story about a grandmother who dries lavender and puts on teas for the ladies in her sewing circle
all of them
This story is great and I love the Narrator! However, there are odd pauses throughout the audio. At times, the chapters just end. Need to work on that.
History, romance, adventure.
I love history and found the story line both entertaining and educational. I could actually see and feel the Scotish highlands.
I really enjoyed her different voices. This was my first audible experience so I was a little apprehensive. Davina Porter has done a marvelous job and I can't wait to order the next book in the series.
I was moved to tears when Jamie tries to send Clare back to her time.
I have read the entire series and look forward to Diana Gabaldon's next release in 2013. One of my co-workers suggested the series to me. As I have read all of the books, I am listening to the audible series at work. It has made my work day fly by. Data entry is much less boring while listening to a great book, although tearing up can be a bit challenging.
There are plenty of humorous parts as well as serious ones. I could go on and on
Let me start by saying that I have listened to several of the books in this series at this point. There is something mildly addictive about it, and while the middle of each book tends to drag, the author does a great job leaving you wanting more. Having said that, I would rate this book a solid 3-4 out of 5. Claire and Jamie are interesting characters, but there are WAY too many sex scenes. The person who recommended this book to me said that they were necessary for the story, but after a while I just found them to be gratuitous and a waste of time. The narrator does a good job developing voices for the characters.
This is in my top five of all time.
She is astounding ... consistent and entertaining throughout every book in this series. I am a fan.
I'm an artist and an art historian, and a chef, and a dog mom, master crocheter, a mediocre gardener, and a girlfriend, mostly. My favorite authors (in equal amounts of favorite) are Tom Robbins, Jane Austen, J.D. Salinger, and Haruki Murakami.
Romantic, Epic, Suspenseful
When Jaime is locked in prison and Claire has to save him. The suspense of her waiting to see if he will be alive or not, after each plan is completed is dreadfully painful, but wonderfully rewarding in the end.
She is fabulous at the various accents needed to create the characters, from Claire's modern British accent, to Jaime's Scottish accent mixed with Gaelic, to the French Monks.
Review contain's spoilers.
The story, the mix of a special love story and the glimpse at the culture and the hardship, simplicity and richness of 18th Century Scotland.
It is hard to pick, Claire is an incredibly strong woman, Jamie is strong, honorable and has a wry sense of humor and himself. Maybe they can together count as one, they are so connected.
Such a versatile voice, she helps one see the story, understand the Scottish speech, hear what Gaelic sounds like, and sets the tone for each scene.
It would be difficult, it is over thirty hours long! It is extremely hard to turn it off to go to work, go to sleep but I got a lot of housework done and crocheted a baby afghan.
I loved reading the book, the audible version is so much more. I will continue listening to all of the series and probably won't stop there. At fifty something, I have remembered how much I love being read to.
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!
I got about 3/4 of the way through. It seems to be a well built story with a good performance. No matter how intriguing time travel sounded, it is a Romance through and through. Just not for me!