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.
Engrossing. Fascinating. Captivating.
Just the Outlander series, but I'm amazed by her skill. She bugged me when I first began listening, but I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. She has created both the female and male characters so visually for me with her wonderful narration.
It's an addicting series. I read them when they first came out, but that was a long time ago, so it feels fresh and new to me. I can waste a LOT of time listening to these books!
I bought this book based on the stars and reviews. I totally agree: great story, awesome reader (Davina), good prose, and a bit of spice and history thrown in. I am on my third book already.
I can't spoil it... it had to do with Jamie and Claire.
She is so awesome that there is no way I would even consider reading the books. She and the book can not be separated.
No. It was more like a long term addiction. My audible was running and my earbuds were in for more hours a day than I think is healthy. I never got tired of it.
If you are stressed, and need a good getaway... these books will take you to a different place.
A good narrator can make a mediocre book come alive. I love having a story read to me - it's a wonderful escape.
If you want to "fill in the blanks" created by the Starz interpretation of this incredible book, definitely listen to this! It is long and very worthwhile. Davina Porter is wonderful with accents and expressions - a real professional. You will fall in love with Jamie and will get a real feel for the personalities of all the characters. The history is informative right down to plants and food of the day. Don't wait...get it!!!
Narrator is fantastic!!! She does the Scottish dialect and pronounces Gaelic words very well. She also has a great ability to change her voice for different characters.
The entire thing.
Skip the simpering romance and stick to the plot.
The tiresome romantic interludes.
She was doing the best she could with the material.
I wanted to chew my arms off with frustration...
I made a poor choice for my first audible selection.