This was ok as a story but not one that you can't put down. I had NOT read the previous parts of this series and found no difficulty in following the events as they unfolded. The book was alright but not one I would pay full price to read. The length was nice because it covered many miles of my jogging.
Great audible book. Davina Porter is so seamless in her narration, great accents. She does English, Irish, Scottish so well. Wonderful story so rich in detail, beautifully written.
I love books!
I read the hard copy of the other Outlander books before the Fiery Cross They were very big books as well but it is so different to listen to a big 55 hour book. Slow starting but it is a really good book and I would not change a thing. I have no idea how accurate the history is in the Outlander series but it is such a fun way to get a feel for the time just before the American revolution. I loved the narration but I think for the next book I will limit my listening to one part at a time and listen to other books in between.
Having listened the other books in this series I found this one a little slow to get into what the story was about. Perhaps it was due to listening to other 5 one after the other then having to wait for the unabridged version of book 5. That being said, it was still an entertaining book and the tale of Jamie and Clare continues to to enthrall. As always, Davina Porter,s reading and characterisations are brilliant. She brings every charater to life, Eagerly awaiting the unabidged book 6.
Absolutely, fantastic story, lots of detail
Roger, because of the adversity he faced
When it was discovered that Jemmie had the gift for Time Travel
It certainly made me feel like crying in parts
Roger clawing his way back from death
I like them all for different reasons, but if I must choose, it would have to be Clair.
Davina Porter sets the book on fire, her narration is quite enchanting. Davina makes me forget that it is she who does all the voices.
I dont want the story to ever end...
There's been a fairly steady decline in this series. The first book or two were good guilty pleasures, but it's gotten a bit stale since then, and this book was probably the low point so far. They're too old for the steamy sex now, I guess. Diana seemed so inspired early on, but this story really dragged. It feels like she out of ideas. The pacing is too slow.
One specific dislike: her writing loses its way when she switches to other character's points of view. When she writes as Claire in the first person, that seems to work. When she writes as Roger, etc., it's much less absorbing, for me at least.
Davina Porter, however, is still fantastic.
This is one of my top 10 favorites and one I will listen to again.
I have many favorite characters in this entire series but if I had to pick one I think it would have to be Young Ian Murray.
When Jamie rescues Claire and explains why he does this for her.
Claire, I have many questions for her.
When I finish one of these books there is a certain sadness or loss. Similar to saying goodbye (for now) to a dear friend. The story grabs you and pulls you in with the other characters. Great detail allows me to see hear and smell the things the characters experience during their journeys.
Call of duty.
Jamie is caught in a web that is not of his own creation or choosing. A true leader that others follow, he is caught between the political demands of the North Carolina Governor against the Regulators and his own desires and past experiences, Jamie must choose. And choose wisely. Good luck with that!
The hanging of Roger.
Fundamentally changing a central character is a great challenge for a writer. Diana does it well. She shows the weaknesses of Roger along with his stupidity. Yet we never lose respect for him and cheer his recovery. But Roger will never be the same. His personal struggles affect him and his family. By the end of the book, this subplot leaves the reader wanting more and looking forward to what comes next.
The whole story of the attempted murder of Duncan for "romantic" reasons leads to the unexpected death of a slave. Claire deduces the murder and solves it through an autopsy. What we take for granted today was considered sacrilege and scandalous 250 years ago.
In a book driven so strongly by the characters of Claire and Jamie as well as their relationship, I really like her development of Roger. He starts to develop his own position beside Jamie when his stupidity changes his life and those around him. His struggles are real and very well described by the author. Well done and come just a little too close to home.
This book is a fabulous addition to the Outlander series. It lays the groundwork for the coming chaos of America's first civil war - the Revolutionary War.
As someone who lived in North Carolina for 26 years, I learn a great deal about NC history from these books. When the author mentions an event, I cross check the facts and discover her research is flawless. And more fun for me. I look forward to each book to discover something new. And I love the relationships the author develops. There is plenty of action scenes for the guys written in a way that makes me wish I had lived in that era. But the breadth and depth of the relationships drive this story and make it all the more enjoyable.
Divina Porter is the voice of this series. Her reading makes the books even better. Combining a well written book with a powerful reader creates an irresistable story. She has the ability to project female, male, adult, and children;'s voices flawlessly. And her ability to maintaion those voices from book to book over the years amazes me.
The Outlander series is written from a female perspective and Divina delivers that feminine view very well. Yet she delivers the male voices, attitudes, and emotions equally well. Divina is one of the all-time great readers.
For those wondering where to start in the series, each book is written with enough background information that each book can stand on its own. You can start with the first book, Outlander, if you like. However, if you feel like jumping in the middle with another book, go for it! You can read (listen) to these books in any order and the quality of the writing makes for a truly enjoyable book.
Listening in order is nice and fun, but is NOT mandatory. Enjoy this book and every one in the series in any order you wish.
Davina Porter brings this world to life. Diana Gabaldon has created a rich and inviting world and Ms. Porter, the color that gives it life. I look forward to the time of day when I can turn the book on and sit back to llisten.