Having downloaded and loved many romantic historical novels by Diana Gabaldon and Maya Banks in this genre, I purchased this download with great expectations. Unfortunately it fell far short and ended up being a disappointment. While the narration was sufficient, the writer fails to create a compelling dialogue.The plot is disclosed in the description and does not change in the book. The monotony of whining over potential love does not really create the tension that you typically find with similar heroine and unreachable disenchanted lover. The flashbacks become annoying. Even though only 8 hours, I found this book a challenge to listen to. As an aside it lacks to the historical fact basis and poignancy of the authors cited in my past downloads.Save your money, or your credits, and look somewhere else for a stimulating and credible romantic historical novel set in Great Britain.
No. If it had been my first book in this genre, I would answer Yes.
Jenny Sterlin did a good job reading this novel.
I hesitated purchasing a 33 hour book as an audible download, but took the risk on Highlander. I am glad I did and recommend this book enthusiastically. Although starting off a bit slow, I found the Outlander to be a compelling and enlightening story. I look forward to listening the next book in the Series. I do not read science fiction and am new to romantic historical novels, especially in Scotland. Yet as other reviewers have commented, the science fiction aspect of this novel (time travel) is quite believable and makes for a poignant story with suspense and romance is an historical setting. While some have referred to Claire as the heroine, I saw her as a 20th century strong willed woman thrust into the challenges of the 18th century Highland culture. There is a balance between her getting her way and having to compromise with her lover -- all for good in the end. The sexual intimacy and passion between the lovers continued to mature throughout the novel. Yet it was presented from the viewpoint of the woman and with such credible and tasteful descriptions, that actually created episodes substantially more erotic than the words themselves. Diana Gabaldon creates suspense which is cogent, and with such historical facts, that the reader is engaged in the story. About the time you think the bad guys can't get worse, they do... to the point of wondering if the main characters will survive their challenges.Davina Porter did a wonderful job narrating the characters, except for the voice the Claire's post-WW2 husband. I felt the narration made him sound like an old man -- as if Claire at 27 years old had married someone 30 years her senior. Other than that one exception, I rate her performance as 5 stars.
When Claire becomes the heroine and faces incredible odds to save her husband.
The intensity of the sexual relationship when Claire accepts with trepidation what appears to be conflicting role as a strong-willed woman yet subservient to her husband's role as her protector and patriarch. When she finally gives of her body without reservation to the extreme physicality of her spartan-like warrior, the moment seals the intensity of their relationship and respect for one another for the remainder of the story.
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