I love a good fantasy, science-fiction, historical fiction or thriller novel - but I don't discriminate.
I was wary of reading Outlander, and wasn't sure what to expect. I had heard many conflicting things about the book and I hope to touch on most of them in this review. At any rate, I ended up loving the book.
The characters were easy to relate to them and I really felt and understood their emotions.
Claire, a WWII combat nurse and our heroine, was especially great. She is spunky, quick-witted, resourceful and has a great sarcastic sense of humor. Finding herself in the middle of the 18th century Scottish Highlands, she meets Jamie, who plays the hero. He's strong and independent (often to the point of stubbornness!), but he has his own monsters chasing him. The supporting characters were equally well drawn and unique. Even the main villain, who started out as a love to hate character, grew on me until I finally started to understand his viewpoint.
Historically, Outlander is beautifully researched, and paints a fantastic picture of the 18th century Scottish Highlands and clan life therein. I love when historical fiction ties large scale events into their world, rather than just taking place during a certain period of time.
Two of the main disputing points I've seen between those that loved and those that were disgusted by the novel are the sexuality and brutality of the novel, so I definitely want to say my peace in that regard. Yes, there is a lot of sexuality. Yes, there is beating, whipping, and rape - much if it with a good deal of detail. But I think that without it, Outlander would not be the book it is and, especially with the brutality, it really illustrates the time period where the book takes place. I didn't find any of it unnecessary or out of place. However, if you have a low tolerance for these types of things, Outlander may not be the book for you.
Davina Porter is an excellent narrator. She was able to distinctly portray both English and Scottish, male and female voices. It seemed as though almost all the major characters had a distinct voice. She's definitely going on to my list of favorite narrators.
only listened to it, but I love to be read to & Davina Porter is just fantastic...
Murtagh, because he was just always there, when & how he needed to be
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I decided to get this book based on the reviews and I was not dissappointed. It was a wonderful book. I loved the romance, the action and history of the story. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
This book is a total and complete romance novel. 99% of these "glowing" 4 star reviews have to be from women. I dont know how this made it into the sci/fy fantasy category or why other guys who were similarily dupped like myself are not also chastisizing it on reviews. I have a problem where once i start a book, no matter how bad it is, i have to finish it, but this book had to be taken out of the ipod after 6 hours.......i kept waiting and wishing that it would get past the sappy gooshy love scene stuff and into some real action, but the opposite happened. As i got further into it, the love scene descriptions became longer and more frequent.....we are talking like 20 to 30 miuntes to get through one love making session, then 5 minutes of actual story material, then another 30 minutes of Claire getting it on.....(and not written in a hot way, so dont get your hopes up)
Nutshell: Im sure its a great book for the romance novel category with lots of "imagery" and depth. I can see women just totally going for all the emotional stuff...... and the narrator is GREAT, but thats all its got going for it.,.....if you like action, if extended love scenes make you gag....THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU!
As a last resort.
She pays too little attention to moving any semblence of plot along. While the romance could have been good, it becomes a purient interest in sex. I'd fully expect beastiality in the next volume, if I get soooo bored that I read another. What a shame. These characters were enjoyable. They just became one dimensional.
The reader was excellent. The characterizations were clear. Her voice delightful.
I'm just so disappointed. I wanted something more than Harlequin romance.
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
I was fooled ! this is little more than a dressed up harlequin romance. The only thing I got out of it was an insight into what women must perceive as romance, great sex and their idea of ideal manhood, most of which I found rather disappointing. If I was Jamie I would have fled her like the plague! Pretty well written and narrated for what it is though.
Overall I thought this was a very good story, but, it is not Sci-Fi as it was listed. It does have a smidge of time travel at the beginning which sends our heroine back in time 200 years, but after that, it is an historical romance novel. It is a very well written historical romance novel. The story is compelling and the author is extremely descriptive. She does a good job of immersing us into the world that she has created.
I'm a male, and I did read other reviews before listening to this book, so I knew it wasn't really Sci-Fi and I knew it was a bit of a romance novel (even though I don't like romance novels I took a shot, mostly for the historical fiction portion). Knowing all that, I still really enjoyed the book.
The narrator, Davina Porter, was awesome! She reads with passion and feeling and nails the Scottish accents. Her portrayal of each individual character was so good that I didn't even need the "Randal said" or "Jamie said to her" parts, as I knew exactly which character she was reading.
Well worth the listen, yes, even if you're a guy. Overall a well written, engaging, and compelling story, that is superbly narrated. I'll be moving on to the next book in the series in short order.
I wish someone had told me that it was just another harlequin romance wanna-be before I bought it. I should have read more reviews than I did. It's the first time I've actually heckled a narrator out load as a story was being read to me. It was just that bad. By the way, if you're hoping for any answers to things brought up early in the book or for obvious inconsistencies, don't hold your breath... answers or explanations are not given. I think the ploy is that you MUST buy another book to get your answers - or at least I'm assuming there will be answers. Trust me, I'll never know. A book should be able to stand on its own - even a book from a series. This author should try reading authors like Alexander McCall Smith (#1 Ladies Detective Agency) or Stieg Larsson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Hell even Stephenie Meyer (Twilight) and Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games) were better than this and they were written with teenage audiences in mind. Maybe it's fine for the young ladies (not teens since this particular authors seems to think that rape is cool or sexy or desirable or something like that - not something I'd want my kid to read).
Anyways, I'm in my 40's (a woman by the way so yes, even woman can hate this book, not just men as implied in other reviews). I like romance in books as long as the romance doesn't take over the storyline and assuming the author isn't trying to overcompensate to make the woman seem ridiculously heroic (way too cliche and over done) and I love sci-fi (sadly something this book had very little of). I didn't find any part of this book interesting - if you are anything like me (man or woman) you will hate it too. Too bad since the concept is a good one and I had high hopes.
I honestly could not finish this book. I found the story too long with not much adventure and definitely not fantasy or sci fi, or anything barely related to a supernatural experience. The fact that our heroin is taken back in time does not make this book fantasy. As a matter of fact that's the last time we hear of anything that is supernatural.
I tried to like this book but absolutely could not get into it.