I'm currently on my third read of this book.
Love the way the author began the story making the reader feel uncomfortable with where they were in the storyline.
As usual, Davina Porter's performance is impeccable.
I am usually wary about reading series because I hate being disappointed in the next story and would rather quit while ahead. However I enjoyed Outlander and it peaked my curiosity enough to use my credit on Dragonfly in Amber. I was not disappointed so needless to say, I'm going for number 3, Voyager.
I read this book the first time in print about 10 years ago. I didn't like it that much, although it didn't deter me from continuing on with this stellar historical fiction series with a sci-fi twist. At the time, I was frustrated with the dual story of the 1960's and the 1740's without any real conclusion of either story line. This time around I enjoyed it much more, maybe partially because I was reading it with the thought in mind that it would be coming alive on TV in the not-too-distant future. I kept wondering what would be left in and what left out. I concentrated more on the details because I thought maybe they would be missing in the TV production.
My enjoyment was also enhanced not only by anticipation of the TV series but also of re-reading the next book. Having now read the entire series to date, I knew what the next book would hold in terms of both resolutions of this plot line and the continuation of the much broader story lines and so I could look forward as well as concentrating on the "present" of the book itself.
This book is well worth the effort of getting through the somewhat slow moving political intrigue portions (at least I found them a bit boring at times) in order to be able to follow the plot lines into the next and succeeding books.
There were some parts of the story that I became a bit frustrated with (when they were in France) but once I got past that it's a wonderful book!!
I must confess that listening to this book was a struggle - the start of the book is fantastic and sets up a great story - it just gets lost in the middle especially the part of the story set in Paris. The story finishes strongly and leaves you wanting to get hold of Book 3.
I love the narrator voice although I now see Claire from the TV series
I had started out enthusiastic on the storyline a d the lead female character. now I am a combination of. bored and sick of all the beatings. I am quitting at chapter 37 and considering returning this book as it actually borders on sadism masochism and would be better off in that category. and PS I am in no way a prude! I love dragon tattoo etc. . this is now absurd and its too bad as there are other parts that are entertaining and fun
on a totally separate note-- I love the reader . she is great. .