The culture, material, settings could not have been more out of my realm of experience and understanding, but the style of writing is so raw and feels so honest I felt drawn in by a sense of intimacy and within a few pages the characters were "my family" and I felt completely invested in their stories.
EL James take note, you've got the eroticism down- but Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series elevates the eroticism by embedding it into a remarkable story with delicious awe inspiring characters that the reader can engage with and care about. She includes fascinating historical elements, and depicts the entire range of human capacity and emotion, while adeptly weaving in pathos and a sparkling humor. After reading 50 shades I just wanted to wash the filth off, after reading The Outlander I wanted to fly right back to Inverness and revel in the beauty of the Highlands and the Highlanders and then to find DG and give her a big hug for the many hours of pure listening pleasure that she has gifted me. And a note to Davina Porter, WOW, top narration honors to you.
I found this to be a beautiful story, poignant and instructive. I very much liked the interweavings of such disparate characters. The historical, religious, and architectural fabric of this novel were perfectly balanced. The narration was strong and prosodic. An excellent story, that I will not likely forget.
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