Was recommended the story and expected more tbh. Thought a the story to major on time travel and the impact on the main character. But actually she hardly refers to it, concentrating instead on 'manhoods', lusty romps with Scottish lairds and completely ignoring her hubby back in the 1940s. What a trollop! Dont bother unless you are a) female and like that kind of thing (sorry!) or b) you like audio versions of costume dramas!
"well worth listening to"
I was never sure about reading audiobooks until an injury meant that I couldn't hold a book to read. So I bought Outlander a historical novel - has wrongly been labelled a romantic fiction - should be relabelled as a historical fiction, I enjoyed in paper form but listening to it on Audiobook really really makes a difference, Davina Porter (the narrator) has a natural gift at bringing the various characters to life. I absolutely love this book, so much so that I rave about it to all my friends and I have listened to the book on more than one occassion. I would definitely recommend it.
I acquired this as the free title in a 3 for 2 offer. Thank goodness I didn't pay for it!
Be very careful, the sample is taken from the sensible start of the book.
I only managed half of it - 16 hours of sex and violence fantasies are more than enough for me.
If your idea of fun is a huge 18th century be-kilted Scotsman being beaten and having sex incessantly, this may be for you.
I thought I was going to enjoy this book but sadly it was too long and so very detailed it was hard work to get through. I felt the actual story was lost with so much detail and indepth descriptions of just about every little thing that it became somewhat boring although the narrator did a good job with the voices of the different characters. I shalln't be listening to the other books. Maybe the mini series they are filming in Scotland will turn out better than the books !
I actually fell for the 5* reviews on this book and feel like a bit of a fool for doing so. This really is "chick lit" and quite poor at that. The story is historically very weak indeed and is really aimed at female titillation because every other scene revolves around sex and, to be honest, it's so damned boring! What's more it has the clichéd goody v baddy storyline that has been done to death since time immemorial.
It took so long to get going that I almost gave up on it on three or four occasions. It's a shame really because when it did get going it was actually quite good but for 70% of the time it wasn't. If it wasn't for Davina Porter's amazing narration I don't think I'd have stuck it out til the end. Without her wonderful voice the whole thing would've ground to a halt rapidly.
To put it in the sci-fi/fantasy section is a bit misleading because the only thing that is faintly related to this genre is the initial time slip. With a bit of imagination from the author we could've really been put into the excitement and terror of a 20th century woman suddenly finding herself in the 18th century but instead we have a main character that knew exactly how to behave and speak from the start and was all too accepting of her situation.
Because the times where the story got moving were quite good I give it 3*s but for the most part it was a load of tosh and I certainly shall not be listening to any more of the series!
Discovering the past, through the eyes of an 18th century Highlander and his 20th century time travelling wife, with an enchanting combination of romance, adventure and mystery was completely captivating.
I loved this book!!! I downloaded it expecting to be a bit disappointed........time travel/scotland in the 1770's....really!! However, the storyline is thoroughly enjoyable and won't let you turn it off! The narration is extraordinary, you can instantly recognise the vast array of characters!. A word of warning - there are some quite saucy parts, and there are also some quite distressing parts.........I do not recommend having your nan in the car while you're listening to it at certain points, can be a little awkward.
"My Favourite Book"
This Book is called Cross Stitch in the UK, Outlander is its American title. I bought the book many years ago as the title facinated me being a keen needlewoman. It turned out to be one of the best book I have ever bought, and I subsequently purchesed each of the books that continue the story as and when they were published. My sight is not as good as it was now and reading is getting quite difficult so, I was delighted to see a number of the books available as audio books. Needless to say I will buying them all, but I do hope that The Fiery Cross will be available unabridged soon, and the next novel A Breath of Snow and Ashes will follow. I have also seem on the writer's web page that a new book in the series will be available about September, so lets keep our fingers crossed that this will reach audible eventually.
"Caution - Addictive series"
The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon is so totally addictive, don't say you weren't warned! As Clare and Jamie become firmly entangled the story just gets better and better, whilst still giving you a good insight into the everyday happenings of life in the Scottish Highlands during the mid-1700's and the major events of the time. The first of (currently) six books plus a side series with another character from this series, you will be hooked by the time you finish Outlander/Cross Stitch. Plenty of website action to keep you going whilst you track down the whole series too.
Having watched the highlander films I decided to try the book, never a good choice ! I was well aware that the book and the film had very little in common with each other. I was however more than a little surprised by the amount of almost pornographic sexual detail that makes up such a large part of the book. Hardly an opportunity is missed for Jamie and Claire to be involved in luridly described sexual encounter. I am certainly not a prude, but the constant and repeated descriptions added nothing to the story except my embarrassment. The embarrassment waned after the first 20 such episodes and boredom set in instead. the fast forward in my iphone was well used. The basic story was excellent, it kept my interest and I really enjoyed it but like a white shirt with a large red ink stain on the front it was spoiled. Diana is clearly a gifted writer and researcher so why she felt she had to weave in a badly written 1970's porn script in leaves me baffled.