Delighted that Audible was finally able to secure the rights to Davina's reading of book 5. I've been waiting for what feels like forever!
I can't answer this question.
I am disappointed because the book is 'short' on story, and 'long' on her attempts of ribald writing meant I'm sure to stimulate the senses.The book is also peppered with many unduly long and discriptive passages about things like vomiting -- please. We get the idea.
I find the book distasteful compared to the others in this Outlander series. I actually prefer the read book, because I can - and have FREQUENTLY - pressed the icon to move to the next chapter - and skip whats left in the chapter I'm on. This is the FIRST book I've done that with - typically, I've hung on every word, and would never fast forward on the others in the series, as I do with this one.
I have a few parts to go. I'm hanging in to see if the very feeble storyline improves and gives me a reason to buy/listen to the next and last book in the series.
This book is back to the grand read of the initial books in the series. The author continues to intrigue us with Jamie and Clair and other characters, although I must say their daughter Brianna and her husband Roger are among my least favorite. I find Brianna annoying, and Roger neutral at best, but it is a great series and worth the investment.
Seriously. After waiting all this time for the unabridged audible version, I finally got started listening to this and am now thinking abridgment might not be such a bad thing. I am pretty sure that fewer than 8 hours of time in the story pass in the first 8 hours of the recording. I got very impatient for the story to start moving, and when it finally seemed to get along, the multiple storylines separate and backtrack over the same time again. I am still only to part 3 of the recording, but at 16 hours in, it isn't too early to say that even fans are going to need a lot of patience with this book.
Have been waiting along time for this. I have the rest of the outlander series was just waiting for this one. The whole series is a must have you get lost in Jamie and Claire's story.
Awesome, wonderful, beautiful, funny, hot, scarry, dramatic, thank you thank you thankyou!!!!! Love this series. And LOVE Davina Porter.
Probably anyone who's gotten this far in the Outlander series is doing it as a labor of love (& they're definitely best done in order), so overall it gets 5 stars, even if 4/4 doesn't seem to lead to 5. My minor gripes with this entry in this wonderful, absurdly bloated epic (& they said Stephen King was too wordy!) don't keep me from basically thinking it's great; terrific story, great characters, great history, great performance.
1. With the story itself; we see more of Bree in this one, & it ain't all pretty. The tantrums & snits she comes up with are not at all surprising, considering what her mother said & did at times (but she grew out of it), but they're even scarier coming from an Amazon like 6-foot tall Brianna. She tends to punch when someone --usually tho not always, poor ole, good ole Roger-- gets her mad (which is not difficult). The girl is in serious need of anger management. It makes her considerably less of a sympathetic character to me. Granted, she has some major things to deal with, but it doesn't justify her beating up her man....& then she turns around & hesitates be mean to someone who really deserves it (like S Bonnet).
2. The narration: Davina Porter does a truly awesome job yet again, but...at times in this entry she slides just over the line & becomes a bit overwrought. She still is spot on with the characters' voices & dialogue, but this time she has a tendency to over-dramatize text --the 'stage directions,' as it were. Such as when the thunder crashes, she really bears down on the CRASHED. Sorta like; ...the..night..passed...slowly... and then thedaypassedquickly. Rather as one reads a bedtime story to a young child, with LOTS of emphasis & acting out of words. It's not drastic, just somewhat short of the very-near perfect touch of her performances of the earlier books.
My one last gripe is that Claire & Brianna both tend to totally ignore the fact that they are in a completely different world than that of the 20th century. They just stomp around as if it's 1968 America, like huge loud, quintessential "ugly" Americans crashing a formal tea ceremony & demanding some dang burgers & a beer & Honey get me a real chair, I ain't gonna sit on the floor & where's the TV! Claire & Bree are basically on an alien planet... & then they get mad at the 'natives' when some huge communication gap yawns because they've completely steamrolled social custom & the mores of the time. They repeatedly forget that people ended up dead a lot in the 18th century for far less provocation than they offer at times; just chatting someone of the opposite sex at a party could lead to guys dead at dawn, but neither of them really pays much attention to what comes out of their mouths.
I listen to an average of 100 books a year, and the Outlander books are some of my most favorite! I find myself going back and listening (they have to be fantastic for me to want to re-listen) time and again. Davina Porter does a brilliant job with the narration!
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great story, history, and depth of the characters.
Everything! It's joyful, heartbreaking, thought provoking and pure entertainment.
Davina Porter is a marverlous narrator. Not only does she perform each part with the ability to define each one, she imparts a wonderful emotion with her voice. I think I'd listen to anything she narrates!
This audiobook is a great way to spend a credit if you enjoy a great tale told very well!
I started with Outlander several years ago, rejoiced with the availability of Drums of Autumn and Dragonfly in Amber. I sadly stalled when Fiery Cross was unavailable. I tried to listen to CDs borrowed from the library, but gave it up when changing CDs became tedious. When I was forced to actually read the books, Gabaldon's story IS compelling, I heard Davina Porter's voice in my head. Thank you so much for bringing this and A Breath of Snow and Ashes into the Audible fold. I look forward to many happy hours of listening. Starting the series over again is no trouble at all. In fact it is one of the very few series I've wanted to re-listen to. Thanks.