I've listened to every Phil Rickman book available. I love them all, But this is by far my favorite. Phil Rickman tells a great tale. As far as the narrator, I think Emma Powell has the perfect voice for these books. She's narrated them all and I've come to associate her voice with my mental image of the characters. It wouldn't be the same with another voice.
One of the reviews for "Outlander" warned that this was a "romance novel" written "by women, for women" and as far as the "romance" part of it goes, I've found that to be true. But, I'm fascinated by history and have always loved speculation on things such as standing stones etc. I am also of scottish decent and have spent considerable time reading about and researching my heritage and I enjoy the slant that the author puts on highland history. For the most part I think she portrays everyday things about 18th century highland life very believably... er... other than the way the main character GOT to 18th century scotland... But even that is a fun idea.
So, yes, there is a lot of "romance novel" to wade through... but just enough history to keep me reading the series.
I don't usually write reviews but I had to throw in my two cents worth on Kathy Reichs. It seems like so many people that write reviews of her books parrot the phrases "Too Technical" or "Boring". It's the "Technical" stuff that makes her books so interesting. They are anything BUT boring. If technical isn't your thing listen to something else. I find Kathy Reichs very entertaining.
This is the best book I've listened to for a long time. It had me from beginning to end. The narration was a bit dull at times but the story made up for it... Excellent book!
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