I love Gabaldon's Outlander series, but I must say that I love Kearsley's universe as well. There were some moments towards the end of this book where the hairs on my arms stood up. It might be overly romantic but it worked for me. This is not great world literature but a truly wonderful book to listen to. Well worth the time.
The Outlander series is long and full of detailed descriptions of everything from sexual encounters, over battle scenes to life's easy and hard sides. Written in my own Heart's Blood is no different: It is a very long listen (must say that Clare's ex brother-in-law's astmas attack was a bit longwinded...) but most of the time it is a joy to be in the company of the Frasers and the people surrounding them.
I think my biggest complaint is that this is very much a story that simply starts where the las book ended which makes it somewhat difficult finding your way back into the story. I would have really appreciated a chapter summarizing the past books. I have off course listened to all of them and I know the story but there are details I've forgotten while Diana Gabaldon was writing this new story.
I liked the fact that while it will definitely be possible for Gabaldon to write more books, she could also end the series here. There's no real cliff hanger at the end although I'd be very happy to read more, to hear more from Claire, James, Briana and all the others.
Be prepared to cry and laugh, to smile and sigh, to wish for things to continue and for others to end. This is an Outlander novel like we know and love them.
I've listened to a lot of Koontz novels but this one seems to lack all the fine tuned suspense that I enjoy in Koontz. It ought to be chilling but it is rather boring and long winded instead. The characters aren't really interesting and I never felt engaged in their story or their struggle. Really it is a weak story with few plot twists and little excitement. The performance is fine but overall I felt bored more than entertained or thrilled.
I am torn when it comes to this book; initially I thought it was great but I must admit that the way it is performed and the mix of characters left me somewhat unsatisfied. I struggled keeping the different women apart and while I liked getting to know them and their lives, I also felt that the story dragged on too long. It is not a bad read but it isn't a really great one either.
I think Jacob's Room is a good listen and the narrator does a great job with a rather difficult novel. Perhaps Jacob's Room was never supposed to be read a loud and that makes this audiobook difficult to listen to. But as an audiobook (and if you know Jacob's Room) there nothing to put a finger on.
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