I was looking forward to this as the beginning of several books by this author in a series. I enjoyed it, but it was entirely too long and the detail got tedious. I managed to finish it, but did not find the setting or author's writing style compelling enough to continue with the series. I found the narration to be excellent, but the plot was just okay.
Much like the
As I said, Diana Gabaldon's Outlander Series is much like Wilderness. Great characters, substance of story. Can't wait to read the next one and plan on reading everything with this series. I know I will be very sad when this saga ends.
I believe Elizabeth was most interesting. But Nathanial came in a close second.
You can't listen to this book in one setting as it's too long. But I couldn't wait to get back to it and into the book's characters once again. It was on my mind much of the time wondering what would be happening next.
Kate Reading's narration was outstanding.!! One of my favorite readers is Davina Porter . . . . she is by far the most talented narrator. I felt Kate Reading was her equal and can't wait to listen to more of her books. I hope that you will offer all books in this this series. And hopefully you will use Kate Reading and Davina Porter as much as posible.
I love audio books because usually the narrator does the characters in different voices. Kate Reading is great! From British to American to Scots the accents and patterns of speech were great.
I was in the mood for a romance novel and this really fit the bill. A bluestocking who knew her own mind and had the strength to go for what she wanted.
I really like the part where Nathan was telling the story of rescuing a young boy and met the 'white witch'.This was a reference to Diana Gabaldon's series. The memory dealt with Clare, Ian and even Jamie.
I really wanted to listen all at once but it was a long book and I do have a busy life. It was my listen while driving and on my breaks between classes.
If you are looking for a highly historical book, this is probably not the book for you. If you want a good romance in the setting of America 200 years ago then this book will be perfect. I enjoyed it and I hope you will also. I can hardly wait for the next installment.
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!)
Great read, reminded me of Outlander series. Could not put my iPod down .
Great characters, very interesting plots :), couldn't see the 30 hours go by.
I found this book fairly absorbing with many twists and turns. I was a bit disappointed in the ending so will have to go to the next book to find out what is next. I found reference to Claire from the Outlander series which amused me because I love the Outlander series and would like that series to go on and on. There were little bits of historical fact weaved into the story. I would have liked more of that, as I like to be educated as I am being entertained.
I was captured by this book from the minute I began to listen. Then imagine my surprise when I noticed sly little references to the characters from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, I loved it! Both authors have a very similiar style and are masters at weaving their intricate story lines together. This 1st book of the Wilderness Saga is wonderful and I look forward to reading them all, bravo Sara!
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.
I could not put this book down. 30 hours went by in a flash. It is a little overwhelming to have so much happen so quickly to Elizabeth. I wanted a bit of peace and quite but that is what Eliazabeth wanted so much. I could not wait to buy the second book.
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.