Fascinating, engrossing and well written. Couldn't wait to complete the series. Plenty of room for further stories, both before and after this series. The only downer... the age difference. Pretty unbelievable and seemingly unnecessary.
The storyline is intriguing and fascinating, but the clincher is the narration by Davina Porter. Her accents are amazing.
A bit offputting were the so very numerous explicit sexual encounters. Makes one wonder if Diana Gabaldon is in fact a male as it would seem to appeal to the male ego that a woman, forced to marry a stranger, would initiate oral sex as their first married act together. Yup. To also not object to but apparently enjoy his smelly sweaty body makes her very unbelievable or perhaps British. They aren't too fond of showers?
Anyway, sexual encounters aside, the story was great, the literary tension wonderful and the characters very full. Highly recommend, but not to any of my younger relatives. Too much sex.
I was first drawn after having listened to The Host, but I wasn't prepared for the superb quality of Twilight. In a way, it was a problem to listen to it, as unlike with other books, I was unable to do anything but concentrate fully on the wonderful constructs and beautiful & emotive descriptions throughout. I couldn't work at anything, but had to just listen, enthralled. So much for multi tasking. A superb listen. It won't disappoint.
Once the groundwork was laid this novel was so gripping, moving, intriguing, thought provoking. I hated having to stop listening to sleep. The language, imagery, complexity of description, depth of emotion was amazing. What an imagination and what moral and ethical issues! The best novel I have read/heard in years and Kate Reading narrated to perfection. I still can't stop thinking about the characters. They were so well defined. I want more.
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