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After listening to Voyager I was hoping for something a little different and certainly got what I wished for. This book, besides the first, was my favorite of the series. Same adventure and romance as always but with excellent turns of fate. Loved it!
This book was well written and had a pretty interesting story but all in all I had to push through to get to the end. I like my books to be page turners and this one wasn't quite that for me.
The performance wasn't my favorite either, I think Kate Reading did a fine job, but her voice just didn't click with me so it distracted from the story a bit.
I feel this would be a good series when I want to take a break from other novels, but not a 'go to' series for sure.
This book sat in my Audible library for over a year - I can't even remember what made me download it but seeing previews for the movie coming out this year made me check it out. And I'm so glad I did.
This is not my typical read, I like dystopian novels, adventure, sci fi you name it, but tragic love story? Not really my thing. Probably because there hasn't been a tragic love story written quite as honestly, poignantly, and beautifully harsh.
This book will make you laugh and cry - not in that Disney movie kind of way, but in that "Life isn't fair and I underestimate it's ability to strike without cause, but there are people out there who experience it and somehow make it beautiful" kind of way.
And I have this sinking feeling that the movie will somehow make this earnest contemplation into a sappy love story so please read it first just in case I'm right :)
I love this series a lot so this review is in no way an indication of not having liked this 3rd book, just perhaps not as much as I enjoyed the others. While I really liked the message that came across in this last story, I felt that there was so much uncovered but not explored. Maybe it's just me pining after a 4th book, but with so many new revelations I almost felt this book a bit rushed considering the vast amount of unknowns it revealed.
If I ignore that, however, the story was great and the ending just wonderful. A recommended read...or listen :)
Had I listened to this book when it first came out in 2009 I would have been DEVASTATED with the ending. Not that this book was in any way a disappointment, there was just so much going on and then BAM, I heard "The End" and my heart literally sank.
This series is SO wonderful and this last book promises just as much adventure as the previous. Perhaps there was a tad bit more military background than I was expecting but Gabaldon has a way of blending that right amount of historical fiction in her books to make you love them even more.
Here's to the 8th book and many many more!
I will say that this book took me longer to get through than the previous ones, not that it didn't interest me as much but perhaps there was less 'page-turning' action and more character/plot development. But the fact that this is the 5th book I've gotten through in the series (all of which are 50+ hours long) and still want more, is a testament to how wonderful and beautifully written this story is. On to the next!
I think I formed a really high standard for this series based off the first two books and this third book just didn't live up to that standard.
The story was still incredibly exciting and well performed. The author writes beautifully and shared some really interesting thoughts through this last book. I think I was just let down a little by how everything ended; with the story and with the characters.
I'll stop there so as to not give anything away but I still highly recommend this series, just wanted a tiny bit more from this book.
I wanted to like this book, it's a very interesting idea for a dystopian society, but I don't think the author took it to the lengths he could have. The characters had the potential to be very engaging but I never found myself getting attached to them. There were definitely a few moments in the story where I felt very engrossed but overall, it just wasn't believable to me.
Maybe there were too many ideas introduced that I felt weren't properly explored so it prevented me from really getting into it.
And the narrator is verrrrry monotone also so beware.
This 3rd book definitely has a different dynamic to it. The character's are no longer their young, naive, inexperienced selves. Years of different experiences have sculpted our main characters, not in such an extreme way that they are different people, but their priorities, loyalties, and intentions have spread wider than just each other. Of course I loved this story just as much as the others, plenty of romance, intrigue, and humor. Adventurous as always, but new and unexpected.
Already started the 4th!
Again I'm more than pleasantly surprised at how wonderful this series is. Diana Gabaldon's words are beautiful and the story is exciting, tragic, romantic, and adventurous. Can't say enough good things!
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