Once again, the narration is superb. I become completely lost in the characters.
Hard to say...I feel like I have become friends with the main characters and now that the series is over, I have said goodbye to these friends...very sad.
She brings a richness to the story and an understanding of the pronunciation of the Gaelic words.
I didn't have an extreme reaction. I enjoyed the historical perspective and I both laughed and cried.
Gabaldon's series isn't what I would consider serious literature but I have really enjoyed listening to her stories via Davina Porter.
It's just beautiful
I was so transported to the time in which this story takes place. Having read the books that led up to this one, it was once again an opportunity to be immersed in a time and place other than my own. The beautifully woven threads of people whom I love so dearly is again set against landscapes of breathtaking wonder.
I can hardly believe how amazingly she writes and yet even again how Davina Porter manages to speak each character with such perfection. I am about to start the last book. It will be so hard to do. I want to listen very slowly so as to make it last as long as I can. I know another book is in the works, but how long it will take to become a audio book is anybodies guess I would suppose. The work involved in creating an audio book in the way that Davina Porter reads must be a difficult task. So savoring each morsel is part of the process for me.
This book has been wonderful. Stephen Bonnett is gone. I don't know name spelling because it is audio so that was a guess, but I think I will miss his malevolent counterpart in the story. I like that Brianna met her brother. I loved all of the information about the build up to the revolution and seeing it from the perspective of the mountain folk, rather the usual stories from an urban (if you can call it that) slant.
Also, there is Diana Gabaldon ability to capture so many of the details of the time. Her description of things like the syringe that she had been using and then the new one she had found that the other doctor had been using. Brianna's attempts to modernize her living conditions is humorous and again a true glimpse into the time and materials available and an interesting look at differences between now and then.
I should stop enough is enough. Just let it be said I loved the book. I love all of the books. And I am sure I will love this next book which I am starting in about 5 minutes.
Fantastic! The best reader I have ever encountered
I have read the book three times and I listened on audible and I must say it touches my heart just like reading it does. Diana Gabaldon has a way of telling a story like no other and the characters Jamie and Claire have a love that binds them like no other. Davina Porter's telling of the story makes it almost real.... It's by far the best book and series I have ever read and I have read alot. I give it an A+++++ :)
Davina Porter takes Gabaldon's magical story and threads with with depth and conviction! The audio book, brings out glimpses of the story that I missed in the print version, and amplfies all the touching scenes in both this book and the entire series.
Diana has such an imagination! I am a drive time listener and cannot wait for the commute for the next part of the adventure. The descriptions are vivid and the narrator is exceptional. Looking forward to the rest of the story!
The consistency of the story, the thread of characters and twist through what may or may not have happened in the past. I am really eager for the next book, I would love to see what happens with the little one….. without giving the story line away
I think the match between the author and Davina is PERFECT. I think it sooo wise to retain Davita, she has so got into the characters, is consistent in tone, un-written interpretations. I love listening to her!
I have listened to this series end to end 3 times now..... yeah, ok I'm an addict.... I really like the story.
This question made me laugh. I am a very slow reader and if it weren't for Audible I would have never gotten through this beast. I can't even think about re-reading it because I want to know the rest of the story so much! However, I probably will revisit Jamie's and Claire's world again many times over.
Detail, detail, detail! You get to feeling like you are there with the characters. They become family. Besides being amazingly historically accurate, the many adventures, tragedies, and stories are amazing.
Nope-can't do it without spoilers!
The regular characters are amazing as always, but I think Tom Christie was maybe the most memorable. He was a tortured soul who lived through so much and kept doing what he felt was honorable to the very end. They don't make people like that anymore.
Start with the first book-don't skip around!
I've never read the print version
I can't think of any other books outside the Outlander series that really comes to mind to compare with this book. The balance between fantasy and intelligent historical scene-setting is so richly satisfying. By the time you get to this book, you care so deeply about the characters, and don't want the whole thing to end, but Gabaldon wraps it up very nicely, and you feel you can move on somehow.
Davina Porter is an extraodinary story teller. She voices each character so distinctly, you would not have to hear the narrative introduction to know who is speaking at any given moment. Her pacing is wonderful, and her vocal range is remarkable. Listening to her is as least as much of a joy as the stories themselves.
I think Roger Mac would be my choice for a dinner guest. I'm deeply intrigued by his spiritual journey, and his journey from manicured academic to rugged pioneer, a spiritual journey as well as a physical one.
Allways with Diana Gabaldon books I want to finish quickly because they are so good, and when I finish I'm sad because I want more and can't wait for the next one. First I read her books now I love listening to them.
I liked her performance in other Gabaldon's books, she is fantastic with accents and tone of voice.
I was so excited that Audible finally had a Breath of Snow and Ashes unabridged and read by Davina Porter. It's been almost two years since I first listened and subsequently became addicted to The Outlander Series and Ms. Porter's excellent narration of these engaging books. Snow and Ashes was everything it should have been with wonderful plot twists, well-developed characters I've come to know and love, and such detailed & interesting depiction of life 200+ years ago. You certainly get your credit's worth with the Outlander series! Hours and hours of listening pleasure.