I don't know if the writer misspelled words, or if the reader mis-pronounced them. This was distracting. The plot is rather like a combination of a romance novel (minus the sex scenes) and a quest. The central idea is compelling, but this particular story is not.
Many situations moved forward that were left hanging at the end of the last book in the series. And many new situations presented themselves for future adventures. I always grieve the end of a good book, especially one in this series because it will be years before the next one is published, and I want to keep interacting with the characters. The transitions from points of view are smooth, even when they happen quickly. The characters (full of strength and flaws) continue to develop and become more themselves, which is how people are in real life, for good and ill. For the first time in the series, for me at least, the ending was highly satisfactory, except, of course, that it IS the ending of a book in a well-loved series, and I will wonder about the stories left untold.
No other series has captured my attention as the Outlander series, and I have read and will read many books in many series.
Davina Porter is one of the most skilled readers around, able to change her voice and pacing to suit the subtleties of each character. She never drones with the same intonation in each sentence or gets caught up in her own voice the way so many readers do. Narrator aside, my favorite character of the moment is Rachel, the Quaker girl. She is well matched in courage to Ian, though so different in philosophy. The reader doesn't miss a beat in delivering this character's speech and determination.
No. Not because it isn't that good, but because I wanted to savor it slowly, as one does fine food and drink. It will be more years to wait for the next one in the series, and I know I'll listen to this and its predecessors over and over until then. I just didn't want it to end soon.
I love the way the author studies all the bits she introduces about 18th century culture, medicine, history, and how she experiments with her various ideas about time travelers. Each story in the book deserves more space and attention than the book can contain: Rachel and Ian, Dotty and Denzel, William, Lord John and his brother, the Duke, Roger, Bree and the children, Fergus and Marsali. Jamie and Claire are always the fulcrum around which the world of this series revolves, which is as it should be. The clear growth of the author is amazing to observe over the series. This book in particular demonstrates her development.
It's in the top 10.
There are so many interesting characters, and the reader does a fine job of sorting them out by voice and pacing of speech. One of my favorite parts was when Roice & Hadrian met with Ezra because Ezra's speech sounded Shakespearean. The reader did such a great job of this without missing a beat. When Ezra's speech got modern, the pacing and vocal characterization were still consistent.
No. I wanted to spread it out and savor it. I look forward to listening to the others in the series.
I would if I knew they liked romance novels. It's juicy, although it is quite formulaic.
Maybe. When I really like a series, I'll listen multiple times to catch all the nuances. Once I hear the rest of the series, I'll know more.
Haven't decided yet.
I love listening to the narrator! He does each character very well and conveys emotions through his voice skillfully.
Not a moment, but the overall description of London's East End.
He portrays Dr. Watson as a rational being, rather than the bluff, slightly stupid Watson of other days. Again, he is able to communicate character via his voice that can't be had in books.
I took a star off for the story because I thought the ending could have been better. On the other hand, not too many writers do a decent job with endings, and this one was still pretty good.
While this is a very interesting piece of historical fiction, the premise it began with felt far too contrived. I almost stopped listening. However, I was driving, and now that I finished the book, I really miss it. The atmosphere was well conveyed, and I appreciated the narrator's ability to change character and accent. Looking back at the book, it felt as if the modern day writer the story begins with is fairly superficial and much too pleased with herself. However, as the story develops in both times, she seems to mature to some degree, though is still not a well-rounded character by the book's end. I got the impression that the beginning of the book was tacked on later because it just felt "off". This writer has potential, but she did not portray the detail or complexity of plot and character that is such a compelling part of the Outlander series. I enjoyed it, but Audible did the writer a great disservice by suggesting this book was comparable to Diana Gabaldon's books.
This is a lovely gothic-style novel full of fascinating characters and exquisite language. (The story is interesting too.) The flow of the language creates a compelling atmosphere against which the tale is set. The reader performs each character in a way that makes him/her identifiable, and his reading of the Spanish names and places adds to the atmosphere, making the audio version much more satisfying to me than a print version. I allowed myself to be carried by his voice into the times, places and stories of this book. After awhile, all the names of people and places sorted themselves out, and I was quite comfortable. While I often found the music distracting, at the end of the book, I learned that it was also composed by the author. Perhaps that helps explain his lyrical use of words and language.
One of my favorite books, but the reader is not very skilled at differentiating between character voices. Sometimes the speed at which she reads is so fast that savoring the language and social satire is quite impossible. There are many better-read renditions out there!
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