I've not read the print version of this book. However, the audio version allows the narrator the ability to inflect emotion into the "voices" of the characters.
When Connor returns to the castle on horseback and snatches Brenna off the ground during full gallop, he is just realizing what she means to him.
The first half of the story set the stage for the second half, it was snow moving and made me wonder how long it would take to get through the rest of the story. But once the second half started, I actually did listen all in one sitting. It was such a "page turner" that I ended up listening to it late into the night and left me so revved up that I couldn't fall asleep right away. I got up, worked for a couple of hours, then finally falling asleep in the wee hours of the morning. I haven't had a book do that to me in a long, long time.
The story is unusual and doesn't turn out at all the way you might think. I was surprised at the ending, which doesn't happen often. This story is well formed and interesting all the way through.
There are many stories where people fall into bed together at the first chance they get. This is a story that allows the characters to form a permanent relationship first.
I have listened to other books narrated by Angela Dawe. She strikes a cadence in her reading that can be annoying. When she is reading character lines, she does a great job. The voices are believable and easy to follow. Yet almost every sentence has the same tone and it becomes easier to pay attention to HOW she is reading than WHAT she is reading.
The Hero and Heroine are together almost the entire story.
Rosalind Ashford's voice drones on and on. Within the first five minutes I knew it would be a chore just to continue to listen. She tried to affect character voices, but it wasn't done very well. Please don't ruin other audio books by using Rosalind Ashford.
There was always something happening and never really had a dull moment. The story would either be better if you read it from the book or if it had a different narrator.
I will listen to Outlander again and again. The author paints a vivid landscape of life in another time. You become emotionally invested in the characters that become flesh and blood in your mind's eye and, as all good stories go, you become "hooked" and can't wait to hear the rest of it... and then you're sorry when the story ends. Fortunately there are more books in the series.
Love, conflict, history, Scotland, time travel.... what more could you ask that all of it is rolled into one amazing story. I loved every word of it.
I love, love, love that Davina Porter puts so much into her reading... she adds inflection and emotion and made the story come "alive".
I appreciate Jamie's love for Clare. It is a quiet, unassuming and all consuming love that makes you only hope that it could be achieved in your own life.
Don't put off reading or listening to this book. I'd read Dragonfly in Amber years ago not realizing that Outlander existed. Outlander makes the entire storyline even better.
Caroline was annoying and Bradford (Jered) was too jealous for my taste. There was also an inordinate amount of talk and not enough action, it seemed. After a while I just got tired of the constant bickering. I did enjoy the excitement of the bar room brawl and the underlying mystery behind the murder attempts.
Caroline, though independent, was annoying and acted quite childishly. Bradford (Jered) seemed too jealous and distrustful. Not that it couldn't happen in real life, but the story seemed to drag on and on and I couldn't wait until I reached the end.
I had a hard time getting past the reader's interpretation of an American voice. Usually I like Anne Flosnik, but didn't like her as much in this performance.
The cook could have been cut without changing the story very much.
It seemed there was a lot going on, yet my overall enjoyment of the story was diminished for several reasons. This is not one of my better reads.
No, first time. And except for the voice of Jamie, her voice allowed me to keep my mind on the story and not necessarily on the reader. She did a fine job of telling the story and keeping me interested throughout.
In a world of brutality and intrigue, loyalty and love endure ....
This was a really great story line. I get tired of romances being only play by play sex and truly enjoy a good story being told. It kept me on the edge of my seat and rooting for Ailis. Thank you!
Tracy Brogan did a wonderful job of mixing story line with "internal conversation". The characters were believable and the story lacked for nothing... except maybe a sequel?
I love Sarah Coomes perfect for this story. Her intonation and inflection were wonderful and her portrayal of each character was superb. Thank you, Sarah!
I absolutely couldn't stop listening and found myself wishing the story would continue without end.
I love stories set in Scotland. This is one of my all-time favorites!
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