When I first read the series ten years ago, it was quite disturbing in a chauvinistic in a sexual way. The story was good, and fun. the science must be taken with a the grain of salt, but that's ok its an adventure story not a text. These days with the heavy hitting S&M story's like Shades of Grey, John Norman has nothing of the shock value his tale had back in the day. The story ties aliens with abducted earthlings, medieval sword and arrow play into an entertaining series. If you are into online Role playing, whole lands are devoted to this series in Second life, so read it and live it as well if you desire. Enjoy!
If you are a fan of rail travel, this is a wonderful book reflectingon th origins of rail travel and experiences of a traveler using different systems world wide. A great read for those who love trains and rail travel.
A very enjoyable first volume. Easy to follow, lots of action and magic set in modern times. A great book for all ages.
Not a complex plot or a vast number of characters. All enjoyable. lots of action. A great bedtime read for all ages. A fine second volume seamlessly picks up from the first.
Well worth the listen. A peek into the start of the glory days of commercial aviation with interesting characters, a bit of a mystery to boot.
I had to listen to this story at .75% speed on my Ipad and deal with the echo that was the result. However, the story is exciting with plenty of suspense, but the one who did the narration needs to lay off the caffine.
I remember reading a very long winded (many volume) fantasy tale in which over time even the readers began to wonder if the author was writing with an ending and point in mind or just to make money. In the end the author actually died and a stand in had to complete the work. After listening to the whole series, I have come to the same conclusion with Outlander. After the first four books I think all that could be said was said, be it in such graphic and I dare say historically accurate ways that one can only wonder whay a 20th century woman would submit herself to a world of dirty bodies and inadequate bathing facilities, endless manner of brutality and ignorance. If you are a student of 18th century history, I believe you will find this an interesting view of life with a very mild twist. If you are an avid reader of the likes of Patrick Obrian, Alexander Kent, and even the historical -go back in time- historical fiction of Eric Flint you will find the action not the priority of the series. I would suggest thiking of this series as Shades of Grey meets the Revolutionary war. The ending of this book as I had mentioned earlier made me wonder why I started the series in the first place.
One can't agrgue with the story telling skills of Gabaldon and the intense historical accuracy and character details she brings to each book.It took me two weeks to listen to every morsel of the Outlander story constantly backing up to insure I missed nothing. However as the books went by I began to find that as a male, the constant " Perils of Paulene" weak female in danger being abused and later saved by her strong man became very predictible. Further. It could be said that the amount of attention being placed on a womans feelings of being mated with, impregnated, lactating and breast feeding and giving birth was far more information than I needed, and almost every femlae character in the book seemed to involve many or all of these situations. However having said that there are many great action scenes in the series as well, but not exactly enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. The naration is fantastic. Great female read, ok male read would be my comment.
What we seem to have gotten into is basic repetition. Endlessly helpless female constantly blundering into problems only to be saved by her strong male. More babies dropping, endlessly detailed sex, birthing, breast feeding, more story lines than a drop of pickup sticks and getting more confusing. The women reviewers seem to love the series, but I think males will start wondering if there aren't some more exciting reads out there.
I had looked at the reviews for this book this book numerous times before my purchase, but at the price was put off. However, I finally decided to take a chance and was much more than pleasantly surprised. First, this is not a flash bang, in your face good against evil simplistic story. It is a well developed, dare I call it a scholarly piece catering to the intellectual reader. Though some people rating this call it slow, I call it immersive. I like others would put this book on a most favored status in my library, and I am sure I will return to it again and again over the years. The closest series I could compare this nov3el to is Patrick Rothfus's The name of the wind Series or the Voyager series by Diana Gabaldon. Beyond the story, the narrator is beyond first rate. She has an amazing command of voices and truly makes the Audible version easy to follow and a joy to the ear. Believe me, I rarely give a book five stars. this and the second of the series is underrated in my view at that. I eagerly await the third volume of this series.
Based upon the prior review I was at first hesitant about purchasing this book. However upon completion I was pleasantly surprised. As I am a great fan of the genre of stories of the sea from the likes of Patrick O'brian C S Forester, Alexander Kent and Richard Henry Dana, I offer the motivation of Dana stating that more than enough books have been written about the sea from the standpoint of the officers but rare are those by the crew. Likewise I submit that this book fills the same gap in the modern age. If you are fascinated by submarines as I am this book fills that void and offers an amazing view of average people living working training and just kidding around amidst extraordinary powerful equipment in an unimaginably hostile environment. Good read.
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