The length of this book has deterred me for some time now. That said, I decided finally to pursue it on audio book. So glad I did!
As this book has been out for some time, I won't discuss its plot, just the overall characteristics that made me love it.
I love a book that teaches me something along the way, encouraging me to look things up. Life in the Scottish highlands mid 1700s was a brutal time and place to live. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about day-to-day life and how the clans worked. Most especially, I have accumulated a wonderful new vocabulary!
The characters were so well done, I loved and hated them as appropriate. The element of time travel was spot-on because I can never get enough of it.
Audio book recording was choppy at times... leaving me to feel like we may have skipped something. Ultimately, I think it was all there.
Highly recommend if this kind of stuff is your bag.
After I finish the series.
The history of the time period.
Gathering of herbs and their uses.
Yes, hard to stop and go to work!
Anxious to start #2.
I would not recommend it.
The way of Kings
we listened to part one and half of part two. Found it full of soft porn and spousal abuse. Was looking for Science Fiction or Science Fantasy. Found 0.5% science and 99.5 percent soft porn.
At the top of the list with an exceptional few others
I don't think I would compare it to anything I have read before. I found it unique.
She is what narrator's should aspire to be like. You don't get any better than her.
Yes, but due to the length it would never be possible.
This is the first time I have been compelled to express my opinion on an audiobook. I loved every minute of this book and am so glad there are 7 more for me to listen to. One of my all time favorites.
I read this book several years ago which inspired me to continue with the entire series. When it was announced that the mini-series was going to be available on TV, I decided to re-read the first book for review. Then I saw that it was available on audiobook so I downloaded it and was hooked again! Davina Porter does an amazing job. I want my husband to listen to the book, too, but I am too engrossed to relinquish my Kindle.
Claire, of course, is my heroine. And then, Jamie. The sole-mate connection between them is what everyone dreams of having.
I cannot pick a favorite scene. The entire story keeps moving you along and it is hard to even find a stopping point so you can go to bed.
This book pulled out every type of emotion in me.
What can I say that hasn't already been said about Outlander. The author's detail on life in the 18th century, a storyline that never has a dull moment, and the characters that jump out from the pages make this one book you don't want to miss! I read this book in written form when it first came out and just listened to it again. It was just as wonderful the second time around. Do yourself and favor and get the audio version even if you've already read it.
One additional note - I was listening to it on my older ipod and the last 6 hours wouldn't play. I switched over to my phone and it was just fine. I suspect the length of the 33 hour book was just too big of a file for my older player.
I've spent my entire life around the written word - writing it, editing it, teaching it. So, it's no wonder I also love to read it!
I must've been living in a cave these past 20 years because I swear I had no knowledge of Diana Gabaldon or her Outlander series of books until the Starz series came on. But, after watching Episode 1, I decided to read the book and listen to the audio version simultaneously. Now I know what all the fuss has been about!
The enduring love between Claire and Jamie is romantic and wonderful. The author writes of their friendship and then love with such care. And, the backdrop of 1943 Scotland as the Highlanders fight the British for freedom is visceral and all too real.
While the book could be a tad shorter for some, I didn't mind the length as the author had me turning the page with rapt attention. In fact, I made a pact with myself that I would NOT go directly into Dragonfly in Amber (Book 2); that I would give my mind (and my eyes) a rest. But, that did not happen, oh no. I dove, feet first into the second book with enthusiasm. In fact, I'm rather glad I discovered this series so late...I don't have to wait for the next book to be published!
Thank you, Ms. Gabaldon, for this treasure trove of Claire and Jamie stories!
A busy Mum and Accountant. Listen to books while driving to work or sunbathing is my guilty pleasure.
If this the first book in the series, it was a great start.
First time I have heard Davian Porter. She gave a excellent patrial of the characters, although towareds the end sometimes I felt her voices sounded very similar to the other.
I could have listen to this in one sittling if time allowed.
This is the kind of book that is so well devised that it keeps the plot moving at such a quick pace you don't really know what happening until it's too late. I listened to this book over a four day period of emotional stress. It has been a week since I ended I I still don't know if I should feel angry, frustrated, abused, or shocked.
Would I recommend this book to anyone? Probably not.
Did I want to immediately listen to the next seven books after finishing Outlander? ...yes.
This is my first review, but I loved the story and character and just had to share. I've never tried immersion reading before but it helped paint a picture in my mind of each character and location. I love the mix of romance and history.
Davina did an excellent job with Claire's voice, I loved the British accent. Her ability to give each character their own "voice", and was able to paint a mental picture of each character as the story progressed.
As I was reading and listening to the the horror at the prison and the abuse to Jamie by "Black Jack" Randall I was disgusted and a little sick. Was this type of torture and the very descriptive detail needed to tell the story?
Overall I loved the book, I'm disappointed the way the movie is going. It doesn't seem to be following the book.