This series, INTO THE WILDERNESS, DAWN ON A DISTANT SHORE and LAKE IN THE CLOUDS is one of those sagas you'll never forget. As memorable as Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series the books are well written with loveable characters that you miss when the story is over. Every woman will fall in love with Nathaniel and it's great to see a heroine with such strength of character. I will read these again soon and recommend to everyone I know. The narrator is one of the best I have ever listened to. The series continues so here is hoping there will be more installments soon!
I do not like and do not want to waste my time reading "bodice rippers". I thought this was going to along the lines of Pillars of the Earth, but no way. I also don't like the narrator; she uses a bad scratchy voice for the men.
Definitely not worth two credits!
This story is magnificent. Truly a wonderful read.
when not listening I could not get the story out of my mind. Kate Reading is truly the best narrator I've heard she puts you directly in the story as if you were there with Nathaniel and Elizabeth. I was truly SWEPT AWAY...can't wait to get into book two.
I always try to read the reviews prior to purchasing audiobooks. I did so for this book and (since I am missing the "Outlander" series so much) decided to purchase it. [Unfortunately, this book CANNOT and SHOULD NOT be compared to "Outlander". Yes, there is a brief reference to Jamie and Claire Fraser, but it is so minimal as to be barely noticed] I tried to like the characters. I tried to get interested in the story and I hung on, waiting for it to get good. It never did. I tried so hard because I really wanted to like this book and the subsequent books in the series. I was so looking forward to another fabulous series of books that I couldn't put down. I seriously doubt I'll waste anymore credits on them. At two credits per book one would expect them to be fantastic. IMHO, they are not even close to being worth it.
I gave this two stars because Kate Reading, who does do a good job with accents and portrays Elizabeth (the heroine) very well, is NOT good with male voices. She makes all the male characters sound scratchy and hoarse, it being obvious that her own voice just doesn't have the deeper range needed to give voice to men. Her portrayal of Nathaniel is so distracting that I find it difficult to believe any woman could fall in love with a man who sounds like that! It also makes it difficult to care about him as the hero of the story when he sounds like a woman with a hick accent. That and the fact that he's really not a very likeable character anyway, IMHO. Did Sara Donati intend to make Nathaniel Bonner a strong male lead? If so, she missed the mark. He is no Jamie Fraser!! But then again I really shouldn't try to draw comparisons.....
I could imagine Davina Porter reading this!! She might have saved it, but I was actually angry that someone decided this was worth 2 credits!! A big waste, I wish I could return it for a refund.
My problem is that I start books in the middle. I started her series with the 3rd book. I was hooked from then on. I love the fact that she mentions Claire & Jamie (from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon) in her book. I was impressed with all of the Characters. I still have to listen to Dawn in the distance, even though I've listened to all of the other books (told you I have a problem). I hate that the series ended but what a classy way to go. I cried through the ending of the last book. I guess that is the reason I haven't listened to the 2nd book. But I will not provide any spoilers. Let me say with great assurance, If you liked Diana's Outlander series (I met her by the way & she signed my book from Claire, Jamie & Diana w/love. I love her) you will love these books. Please start from the beginning though. Great read. Kikienergy.
To me, this was like a continuation of my fav story/movie. The Last of the Mohicans. I love the references to characters from other favorite books and thought the narrator did an amazing job.
I hope to read more from this author!!! I kept picturing Daniel Day-Lewis as Nathanial, oh my!!!!!
I'm about halfway through this book and can't sing its praises enough. The character and plot development pull one in, and the narrator is a delight! I agree that Ms. Reading is equally convincing as male or female with Mohawk, English, American or Scots accents.
I first want to say that I am the biggest Outlander fan out there. I've listened to some the books 5 times or more. I love Davina Porter. But Outlander is in a class by itself. Nothing will be Outlander but Outlander. So lets get over it. We all love a good book series or we wouldn't be looking at this one.
These are really wonderful books if you like the genre. I'm just about to start the fourth book 'Fire Along the Sky' and really am really looking forward to it.
It took awhile to get into the first book 'Into the Wilderness'. Like in a lot of book series, it seems a little slow while everything is set up. Once I got into it I really was hooked. I don't agree that the books are 'bodice rippers". There is a little sex, so if you are offended by that, this may not be for you. There is a little sex in life, isn't there? It isn't a boring romance novel though I do think the books are written for women. There is adventure, history, love, family, prejudice, interesting relationships, heartache, loss and just life in another time and culture. Elizabeth is a strong woman and there are interesting parallels to today. The love interest isn't Jamie, but who is? He is still is charming and interesting and strong.
I own hundreds of Audible books and I find that when I start a new one, especially when I may have just finished a series or book I love, it's hard to get used to a new reader. I think Kate Reading does a beautiful job. Elizabeth is from England, so I don't understand why someone wouldn't want her to have a proper English accent. She comes from a very proper family. I think her men's voices are very good. I never find myself noticing that it is a woman trying to sound like a man. I hated that reader that read Game of Thrones. I never did get used to his version of a young girl! Look how popular that series is!
Anyway, I really think these books are worth a listen.
I would highly recommend this story to others it is easy to follow full of excitement and a great love story ( a tab bit sappy at times but definitely stomachable)! The performance was mediocre and took me out of the story in the beginning but after a few chapters I got past it. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it!