Diana Gabaldon writes a very compelling, exciting and historically accurate portrayal of life in the 1700s. Her use of language, custom, scenery and mannerisms are right on and make the story come to life. Her books are not for the week of heart or mind and I love her for it. This is my third time revisiting this book and I love the audio version. It is exactly how I imagined it as I was reading it the very first time. I've met Diana on two occasions and she is as an amazing story teller in person as on paper!
Yes, I realize that this is historical fiction but these books give you a little glimpse of what 18th century life was like for women. Adventure without packing and a mindless afternoon while sitting by the ocean - what could be better.
I Love Olive
This book goes on and on with the dumbest details and wandering away from what could be an interesting story. I kept thinking something good was going to happen, and finally started skipping entire chapters, and still didn't miss anything! The first book (Outlander) was good, and I thought the story/plot had potential, but this author is not Charles Dickens. She should skip the descriptive details and tell the story.
An incredible series! I have read all of the books in this series in hardcopy, purchased them as CDs so I could listened to them a second time while travelling and anxiously waited until they were available for download to my IPod so I can enjoy them again and again. If you are new to the series - 'lucky you'! Download them all at the same time and listen to them in order. (If you don't it doesn't matter - but once you meet Jamie and Claire you won't want to let them go).
These stories are mostly fluff, although there is some researched historical detail to take a little edge off the guilt. The narration is fantastic.
I've just finished "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" which I recommend very highly, especially if you find historical detail interesting. It's non-fiction, but some of the scenes are presented as if you're in the room, very dramatic.
I listened to all three of these. I still enjoyed the first the most. That is the best story. The next two seems just to be a continuation of that and tying up of loose ends though this one is more about her daughter. Anyhow, I love the books though they get long. Narrator is excellent.
I love Gabaldon's books. This is my 3rd time thru and the characters remain fresh and entertaining. I thoroughly enjoy the detail and historical references. And, I have to admit that I have never enjoyed historical sagas before Gabaldon's writing.
It seemed to me that it took a while for the story to get going, but once it did, it moved right along and made me want buy the next bookin the series.