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.
I read in the description that this book was similar to the Outlander series, and the first book was good, not great, but good. Then I bought the second thinking maybe it will be better, OH HOW WRONG I WAS! The second book was just bad, hard to believe and I had to try very hard to get through it. I do not recommend this series, and if your buying it because you loved outlander, dont expect Jamie and Claire, the characters are lacking, and 2 dimensional, and kinda wimpy and whiny.
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.
If Harlequin Romance is your thing, you will love this one.
I paid more for this book then I normally do because it was a historical fiction with great reviews. I was very disappointed. I never felt like I knew the characters. I didn't buy into who they were and got lost in all the diatribe and unnecessary verbiage.
Kate Reading did a fantastic job.
I was bored, frustrated and wondered how in the world people could give this such high reviews. I'm wondering if we read the same book. I saw it through to the end because, well because I buy books with the promise to finish it.
Can't listen to anymore of this. It's a romance novel disguised as historical fiction. Not my cup of tea. Hoping to return this.
It wasn't bad, just had higher expectations after the outlander series. I never really cared about the characters and the narration was flat.
I homeschool my kids and live out in the country hence I have a lot of time to drive and listen to audio books. I love Audible!
(I am Mom of 3, not Dad of 3, btw)
A friend had recommended this book (print version) to me with rave reviews. We'd both loved the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. This is not in the same class! The characters are weak and shallow, the storyline plods at some points and then jumps wildly ahead without much detail. The narration is cloying and irritating. Kate Reading turns every man's voice into a lecherous-smarmy-patronizing clod's voice. Hated the male voices! Her frilly "English" accent feels so formal and yet her modern American accents for all the supporting characters (not Indian) doesn't ring true either. She needs to take some lessons from Davina Porter who narrated the Outlander series. I only listened to the first part of the book. Couldn't stomach the whole thing. Wish I could get my credit back...I could tell within the first 10 minutes that I wasn't going to be happy...and I tried...I tried...
This is the first book I have reviewed, even though I have listened to more than several hundred books. I guess it is because Donati had the temerity to make a nod to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series (with a short passage about a few of Outlander's characters). I love the Outlander series, and I appreciate the nod. In fact, my esteem for the writer of this book has risen due to this nod. However, this book is not comparable to Outlander. This book is full of "kissing," "thrusting," and "riding" — to the extent that I have quickly forwarded through these scenes to return to the plot.
In addition, I would swear this book was not written by a woman at all. I find the lead female character inconsistently intelligent, inconsistently rational, inconsistently inexperienced, and rude to her husband as a result. While she encounters new situation that challenge her world view, she does not convey this as a dillemma in a convincig manner. While Gabaldon's main character, Clair, is comprehensible in her moods, Donati's Elizabeth is an embarrassingly cliché example of female irrationality. Being female myself, I find this disappointing.
My first observation about the book was that it is, primarily, a romance novel. I like historical novels, which is the category in which I discovered this book. I also like thrillers, science, fiction, and anything that presents women in a refreshingly truthful manner (see Stieg Larsson). This book does not meet that criteria.
However, I will continue to listen to it. In addition to the fact that I can't help but be charmingly amused by Donati's reference to Outlander, I paid good money for a nice, long book. It is not the worst book I have listened to.
I think Donati has potential. I hope she can develop, as a writer, the ability to convey a deeper understanding of human and, in particular, female, issues. And of how to convey sexy scenes and other scenes without clichés and with some novelty. (Ribbons?! — ugh!)
...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