Ok story, but really more appealing to the teenage mind. It has a semi-interesting mystery storyline, yet a little too simplistic to be believable, even as fiction.
No, not really that bad...
Of course, there is nothing to be said about the story other than one of the best ever written. The only reason I downloaded this version was from the need for a 'refresher'. I have read Pride and Prejudice dozens of times, but had never listened to it. I have seen all the various movies, of course, but felt it was time to add it to my audiobook library as well.
However, I felt the need to comment, in particular with reference to the performance of the narrative. It was at times, tolerable, and most of the time, spine-chilling. I am not musically-trained, so I cannot comment on the specific notes she was hitting, but the narrator's shrill, sing-song, and far-fetched performance was obviously meant to be projected into a large theater. I was listening with my MiniJambox and was beginning to worry about this version of Mrs. Bennet shattering to pieces the few nice wine glasses I owned. Not to mention the howling dogs in my neighborhood... However, determined to finish the story, I put on my headphones to finish. Turned down very, very low.
Not bad for a few dollars, but say good-bye to your high-frequency hearing range.
As an avid Audible listener, I really enjoy books that exist as part of a series, since it allows one to become engaged in a story over a long period of time. I decided to give Outlander a try since the story synopsis sounded interesting and the reviews were mostly glowing... and I'd like to add another 5 star review!
Ms. Gabaldon's writing has a very earthy, natural flow to it. The story does't feel like a rigid structure; the reader isn't constantly being set-up for the next plot point. However, it is rather interesting and keeps one's attention and the characters are complex. The narrator is outstanding!! Davina Porter adds another layer to Outlander that really brings the characters to life.
One more thing... After reading a few reviews regarding the explicit sex in the story, I was prepared for something far more graphic than what it is. I would hardly describe the sexual content of this book as anything more than R-rated. I think it is simply adult.
Simply wonderful! Story kept my constant attention and did not want it to end. However, when it did end, I was satisfied yet felt she left room for potential sequels. Highly recommended!
I read the first title in this series and mostly enjoyed it. However, I quit listening to this one about halfway through; I was done. The author has a rather gory imagination and I realized I wasn't really enjoying but instead, tolerating it. I am into dark fiction, and have a high tolerance for anything gross, but something about this book was just depressing. Don't bother unless you're having such a wonderful week that you need a reverse pick-me-up.
Overall, it was an interesting story and kept my attention. At times though, it really felt like it was dragging; therefore, I highly recommend listening to it on 1.25x speed because it's very long and also, the narration is painfully slow. Another issue is that the writer seems to have an inordinate fixation on male genitalia, and at times, uses language that almost certainly would never have been spoken by folks in 1699. This sort of breaks the illusion of the storytelling.
As a former scientist and philosophy student, I gravitate towards books like Dr. Coyne's. He is truly a talented writer! He excels at making a discussion of evolution accessible, without sounding as if he is writing for young children. He is both succinct and descriptive in each of his examples within topics, the end result is that this extremely complex subject is nicely summarized in a relatively short book. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in learning more about evolution... or even for those of us who marvel in the beauty of the natural world and never get tired of hearing all about it.
The unpredictable rhythm and events of the story was so enjoyable, I never knew where it was headed. Then, add on a rather unique, supernatural subject matter, and you have one of the most refreshing stories I have personally enjoyed in a long time. In fact, what I enjoyed most was how unique O'Malley's characters are. I read a lot of 'monster genre' books (vampire, witches, shape-shifters, etc.) and most books are somewhat predictable in that often, writers stick to the traditional backstories and abilities of these sorts of creatures.
It's hard to compare, it has elements of a dystopian novel, but it is also funny at times.
No, this was my first one. I rather enjoyed her as well, I was surprised to read one review that found her terribly annoying.
Yes, I couldn't stop listening to it
I only hope the author is considering writing more about Rook Thomas and the Chequy!
Firstly, the author offers a credible nod to alchemical history and other details of the evolution of science. As for the main story line, it is indeed rather slow in its reveal, but well worth the reader's patience. The main characters are somewhat unidimensional and simplistic, but interesting and likable.
Also, the narrator is wonderful! She has command over different accents and voices with incredible believability. All in all, I found this book very engrossing and found it hard to stop listening. I will say the ending is a bit jarring, but once I realised it was a trilogy, all I could think was that I cannot wait for the next installment. Ms. Harkness has written a world and cast of characters that seem almost real... I would recommend this book to anyone with a good imagination. However, if you are somewhat lacking in this quality and need your fiction laced with a heavy dose of reality, this is not the book for you.
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