Arlington, TN, United States | Member Since 2013
I have truly enjoyed the Outlander series, and have enjoyed Book 8 very much. Many reviewers have stated that it is repetitive, but I have to say, that it feels like Davina Porter is a friend and she is telling you a story, and when we talk to our friends, don't we retell stories and details to each other? So, that part did not bother me. As to my "WHY?" - I know Mrs. Gabaldon has gotten some heat about profanity used in her books. She explains that they are her characters, and they use the bad language, understood. I have to say, I do understand that soldiers in those days used profanity, especially under the circumstances they lived in, and we today, helas, use it whenever, but this one got a bit too rich in profanity, especially the "cussing trinity" - you know which ones I mean. It grieved me.
My next point was, that why on earth did nobody give Davina German lessons, at least for the stuff she was trying to say. I don't speak a word of Gaelic, and it's sounds wonderful to me what she says, but I am fluent in German and French, and the German was SCHRECKLICH (that means terrible), her French is quite good.
The story was a bit slow, and some important key points in the story could have been addressed sooner and in a bit more detail, but Mrs. Gabaldon has promised Book 9, assuring us she wasn't done telling the story... so I will go with it, hopefully I will live long enough to get number 9 - and the gaps will be closed. (there were some big ones)
Overall, the story is a richly woven, colorful and at times enigmatic tapestry, and stays with you, even when you are done reading or listening. If you are looking or hesitating to start the Outlander series, don't - every book is worth it, you will be enriched. (minus the profanities) and will actually learn quite a bit of history, medical knowledge, herbal knowledge and fall in love with most of the characters.
Some character development was exquisitely done!
None really, as none of the time travel books out there come close to the Outlander series.
Too many to tell, I don't want to spoil the stories.
Made some "European noises" during some of the cussing.
Davina Porter is fantastic, and I am so glad, Mrs. Gabaldon and her continue to work together. Brings the books to live and I so enjoyed it. Hope my review helps a bit, but I would definitely recommend the series, and congratulate both of them and the director.
The book was overall well written, and is true to some degree. Europeans (I know that I am one of them) take great care what to cook, how to prepare it and gladly spend more time in the kitchen, then doing other things. I cook everything from scratch and we eat pretty healthy, much cheaper then if we were to eat processed foods. I have to agree that in the States,children snack too much, drink too early juices (full of sugar) and are eating quite a bit of their meals in the car, rather than at the table. This book is definitely a valuable tool, if you are willing to try this approach in order to cure your picky eater into an eater. So, overall her story has good value, but it could have been written in two chapters!
Karen Le Billon writes adequately, nothing impressive, somewhat unimaginative. She is very repetitive and sometimes when you are listening to the book you think, wait did I go backwards in the story? That's how repetitive her story is. Also, not everyone in France eats that way, although true, the average French person eats more nutritious food, then some of my friends here in the US. I think her husband Philip sums it up nicely in the book when he says that both sides - American and European - well French, have both good points and bad points about their view of food and nourishment. What I did not appreciate in this cultural dilemma, but pointed out very clearly by the author is that French give a great deal of thought to their food. If you (doesn't matter who you are) don't accept that, you are or will not be accepted. And even if you are "accepted" - they (the French) never really make friends with you, because they just don't do THAT easily? Hm, sounds to me a bit as hypocrisy - Yes, we shouldn't overdo, over-fuzz or mindlessly eat - healthy food is hard to come by and we should respect the product. However, are we humans, friendships and future relationships not much more important than how we view food, even if we are :bien éduqués" meaning "well taught"? I rather pass on a wonderful french dinner and spend time with a friend or a new friend to make, than snob them because they don't appreciate their food the french way.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! HORRIBLE narration. I almost cried when I heard her French, it's terrible, ruins the whole book. She is an ok reader for English, but her French which obviously was not "edited" or "rehearsed" really takes the fun out of the book. Therefore I would NOT recommend this book as an audible book. I really think that Audible should screen their readers when they read in different languages!
No, we get it.
Due to the narration I would NOT recommend this book. Read it in print! Some valuable advise in the book.
No, because the suspense is gone.
There were really no favorite characters as they were all pretty pathetic. However, I must say that Ms. Hawkins (the author) has an eye for detail and weaves beautifully the feelings, the disgust, the thoughts, the mind set, the life experiences of her characters into one comprehensible, factual person in the story. Therefore the characters become quite believable. Even if you can't relate (thank the Lord) you know that a person can go through this kind of stuff. That part was sublime. I did NOT like the nasty language (Profanity alert) and one of the characters got very repetitive. Also - this book is NOT uplifting, it's quite "sobering" - but well done.
The male voices were not very well done, however the female voices and the feeling, the angst and the overall sentiments were very well captured. Job well done.
Not moved, but I got tired of the "black -outs" and the repetitions.
Worth a credit.
The character of Lucia was well developed,as were those of her family and friends, especially her boss Delmarr, who I particularly liked. Lucia, although very Italian was trying to cut off her "old world ties" and live in this wonderful New World she had been placed in. She is very talented and wants to take her life into her own hands, but.... The story keeps flowing and has some twists and unexpected happenings.
I felt that Lucia was a very real heroine. Her poise, loyalty and grace made her decisions understandable and it is so hard to understand her if one is self-centered. I felt I learned a heart warming lesson through Lucia. You will love the story.
No, I haven't, but her performance was good.
This book is worth a credit.
Joel Rosenberg skillfully weaves the feelings, complexities and insights of Christianity and Muslims into an exciting, cutting-edge political thriller. The characters are believable and the story has a interesting underlying love story. I recommend this book if you want to learn a bit more about the Middle East and what "could" be going on.
Yes, it was energizing.
Well narrated, he added depth to the story.
Integrity, Leadership, Family
Not a favorite scene - but an eye opener. It is amazing to discover that the Clintons are actually very good friends with the Bush Family. They don't tear each other apart. They work with each other. Wish we all did the same.
Heartwarming. The reader will appreciate the love that was put into writing this book. It is full of respect, admiration, and stories that will make you smile. The book's value is increased due to it's characters still being alive and so much part of us. History in the making, but also History that's unique in its father/son relationship.Worth a credit.
True story of a young girl sold into slavery, with all it's hidden, dark and dirty aspects. A not too much talked about subject matter, yet, a true story. I was beguiled by the story and wanted to know what was going to happen next. Cannot and actually refuse to understand parent that sell their children - and in this case - WHY THIS particular one?
Shyima is my favorite character, only she can tell it the way she felt it.
Great narration, warm voice and clearly spoken.
I would recommend the book, even for young adults.
A believable story with charming characters. This is a story about family and friendship, love and loss, hope and dreams. It is also about the choices made during our lifetimes and how we deal with life’s up and downs.
Narration was GREAT.
Yes, the story draws you in.
Highly recommend the book, it is worth 1 credit.
Wonderful, Educational, and this book is a page turner. Rich in history!
Caroline Lee's performance is excellent!
Worth a credit. Don't miss out on this one.
I love books that are written in first person. Not long after you start listening you feel one with the author. The simplicity and matter of fact analysis of the author's account seem simple at first, yet are very rich and profound, once you think about them.
There was no particular moment I would pick, but the way Sara handled and acted in different situations was remarkable, somewhat unexpected, witty and shaped and saved some of the lives of those that met her.
I got this book on sale, but it's worth a credit. Yes, it is a Holocaust story, but what I liked most about it was that Sara did not seem bitter and hateful. She ended up being the master of her destiny - in a worldly sense.
I would give it a B- -- it's a cute story, and a very light read, just wonderful to take your mind off a stressful day.
Some humor and the assistant of the main character is a hoot.
Mrs. Ronconi did a good job.
Almost, but I did have to sleep some
Ending is a bit abrupt? and confusing? However if you can get it on sale, like I did, get it.
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