I like John Norman's books from an adventure standpoint, however, I must admit that knowing that every woman at some point is going to lose her clothes becomes at a point quite tedious. For some the master slave relationships might get on your nerves as well, but happily there is enough adventure to move the story along and keep most readers entertained. This volume tends to lag a bit, but it is important to lead into the next.
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.
Between this volume and Relentless Persuit, I lost track of the characters since Sir Richards friends and family are far in the background. By the way, to read about the death of Richard you will have to buy the written volume and read almost the last paragraph of the story. As a result, to me Adam's story by reason of all of the missing prior volumes in Audible had become very uninteresting if not redundant. The missing volumes in audible during Sir Richards part of the series was annoying but one was able to follow the story and I enjoyed the series very much. Post Sir Richard. I felt there was just too much missing.
The series was exciting through the eyes of Richard Bolotho from the begining, even with the missing Audible volumes. At least you could follow the story. But after his sudden and anti climatic death, I felt the saga became redundant and flat. I may be that there are so many holes between this and the last of the series covering Adam's exploits that Adams life is a bit hard to follow from this point on. I would suggest ending the story with the end of Sir Ricahards life. At least until the missing volumes are filled in. That is unless you wish to read the written text of the missing volumes.
A view of the world from a timeless person who seemed to gain little sophistication in his experiences. By hour 13 just had enough and had to delete it. The premise of the story seemed great, and I love time travel books, but this listen was as interesting as an assigned biography, and as modivational as a late summer college lecture. Pitty, Heinlein has had some great stuff.
Gannon and Flint blend their characters into the historical panorama the way Obrian does with character depth and a realistic picture of war with his classic sea novels. Add a bit of Conneticut Yankee in King Arthurs court and you have the picture. The books so far are well thought out with a good deal of gee wiz and a huge battle but not enough exposure to make each tedius. Great Narration. Lots of listening hours for the money. I just bought 1635. Can't wait to hear.
I would call this a male version of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. That is to say this is a more male orientated time travel action. Lots of story for the dollar. Well narrated. A small American country town is ripped into Germany of the past and the citizens of that town have to deal with the never ending European wars and culture of the period with the knowledge of the present. I look forward to the next volume.
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