I loved this book! I don't know how I've gone so long without reading this series. It was enjoyable the entire way through, and I almost listened non-stop. I can't believe there are several more in the series, and am looking forward to downloading all of them. Sara Donati is brilliant in her writing, with enough action and dialog to keep it interesting and moving along at just the perfect pace. Oh, and for all you Outlander fans out there, you'll get a kick out of the Claire and Jamie Fraser reference. That was fun! I kept picturing Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary, from Downton Abbey) as Elizabeth Middleton. I hope this gets turned into a TV series or movie someday. It's brilliant! I highly recommend to anyone who loves historical fiction and Americana.
I kept getting recommendations for this book saying "if you liked the Outlander series, you'll like this!" No. This book is a rather juvenile attempt at being real historical fiction that gets tangled up in its Mary Sue's ripped bodice. I kept hoping it would get better. There was one part of about 3 hours where they were actually in the wilderness that was interesting, but on a whole that wasn't enough to save it. The only genuinely shocking bit was when Gabaldon's characters briefly popped up in a bit of back story. It was confirmation to what I had suspected the whole time: someone trying to imitate Gabaldon and falling way short of the mark. Their appearance solidified my decision on the book reminding me (painfully) of everything Donati's characters weren't: interesting, compelling, complicated, and imperfect. What they are is flat. Reviews I read before spending my precious one credit a month indicated that this series started rpugh and the author grew into it. I hope that is the case, but I will not be sticking around long enough to see if it's true.
The accent seemed to flip in and out. The voices for the men sounded silly but it was the story I objected to most.
Not for me
This was a fluffy harlequin romance. Not historical literary fiction and not my cup of tea AT ALL. As another reviewer put it, a 'bodice ripper'. Yuk, A waste of my credit.
I purchased this book because of the reviewers who said it reminded them of the Outlander Series. I disagree. It is a historical novel and there is a love affair, but that's as close as it gets. I don't know how to explain it - other than, i could listen to the Outlander series over and over. I don't want to listen to this book again. The characters did not come alive for me. Perhaps if I hadn't read the Outlander series first or didn't go into this book - thinking it was a Outlander want-a-be, I might feel differently.
The story moved very slowly. I finally gave up.
I wish I had not wasted the credit on it.
A long listen but it didnt seem like it. Characters are easy to like. Story line will suck you in. Vivid details make you see what is happening. Nicely done.
wonderful, great ,loved it
elisabeth's struggle in the wilderness alone to get help for nathanal after she accidently shot him
she is one of the bet readers i have heard
i would not rename it
best ever i am listening to the rest of the series
Started the audiobook upon my departure to my vacation spot 5 hours away. Listened in the apartment, at the grocers, on the beach, during daily bike rides, just could not put it down. Wasn't even tempted to go shopping, just wanted to hear this story! Saved tons of money! I didn't even watch TV. Great book! Just downloaded the second audiobook in this series! Well written, extremely well read!
I love the characters and the wonderful story begun in this book. I've continued to listen to every book in the series and haven't been bored yet. Can't wait for the last book!
But best of all, I've discovered Kate Reading - she is absolutely the best Narrator I've come across. Her voices are always consistent and her accents for different nationalities & dialects are perfection. She quickly switches back and forth in conversations between characters without a bobble. I will search for more books with her narrating. You won't be sorry if you do the same.
...A good book. This is a good start to the series. A little slow in starting but worth the wait. I was so surprised by the "Outlook Series reference", by D. Gabaldon ,in the story line. I would recommend this book to anyone.
The down side is that this is 2 credit/book and The Outlook series is only 1 credit/book( an excellent series in the same style.) Both worth the time as they are both long books and in a series. If this was 1 credit I would definitely finish this series. As I did the "Outland series." At 2 credits I have to think about it as it uses up my monthly amount and I can read it in a few days