A little slow off the mark but once I was hooked and didn't want to let go. The attention to detail, brings every experience and sensation alive. The narration did everything required to be totally engaged in love, hate, pain, heat,cold, fight,flight ,fear,joy to name just a few.
Throughout the whole audio book there is chatting and coughing in the background, very annoying.
"An extra bonus Outlander......"
I have read all the books and seen the Starz series plus owning it on dvd. To hear it read so well was another dimension to this wonderfully written story. There are a couple of words that Davina pronounced differently to both my own and the film versions...the words plaid and the name Laoghaire... but her versions are just as correct and I got used to this quite quickly. Davina does the male voices really well and keeps a lovely rhythm going throughout the book.
The only other writers I have read so many times are Dickens and A.S Byatt who are also both masters of description and character.
Probably the pacing of the read. I tend to read fast and her control of the pace of the story is masterful.
Yes I always have an emotional reaction to this story. Jamie's character makes me laugh and cry in equal measure. I also found both Murtagh and Dougal became more complete during this reading.
I love being read to...if you do to, you should sink into this story and enjoy the ride.
The characters in the book are both believable and likeable. Understanding the emotions of all the characters in the story is made easy as the book is so well written
As a fan of the idea of time travel, this story was as believable as any I have previously read. The event just 'happens' and is a mystery to the characters as well as the listener!
Davina was brilliant. she captures all of the characters perfectly and there is not problem identifying who is 'speaking'
Her Past, His Future...
Couldn't stop listening, fantastic detailed story, magnificently read. The characters are wonderfully developed and when it ended I felt like I was loosing friends
A good yarn but because I am Scottish, the historical and geographical inaccuracies grated a bit.
Commitment is to the whole 8 books. The story is way beyond one book.
"Take me to the highlands. NOW!"
I watched the starz series first, and was hooked at the halfway point of the first episode.
In fact I loved it so much, I watched it all over again straight after and wanted to read the book to see how the story differed and to get all the lovely golden nuggets of detail and character and relationships that you rely on actors to show you on screen, gloriously described and whirling around my imagination.
I have never listened to an audio book before, but something made me decide that that's how I wanted to proceed with this series, maybe because I read so quickly I know I'd be done, probably as quickly as I binged through the tv show!
I'm so glad I did. Davina Porter is wonderful. Although the accents make chuckle a bit (my outlaws are all Scottish) at times, the warmth of her voice had me off to sleep several times, and her ability to read a conversation between two or more people, enunciating each character clearly, is exceptional.
Enough of that. Time for book 2.
"Outlander book 1"
Fantastic story line, enthralling, narrator excellent kept reader in touch with characters, just loved it, now on to book 2.
A very unique story. The narrator was brilliant too with all the different characters she seemed to make distinguishable with such ease. However I did did struggle to get into the story at times as the narrator's voice sounds a lot older than the character and it made me disconnect sometimes. But other than that I loved it and plan to read the next instalment.