I absolutely loved the scenes of unexpected meetings with family members. I was so happy Diana had the opportunity to meet Phillippe. I also loved meeting the various famous people from the 16th century such as Kit Marlowe and Queen Elizabeth. Deborah Harkness did a fabulous job bringing them to life!
My favorite character is Diana (no surprise there). I love the way she always wins over Matthew's family & friends despite their prejudices. She inspires fierce loyalty in the people she brings into her circle.
I highly recommend this series. Diana and Matthew's story is one of the most unique I've read in a long time. If you love Diana Gabaldon you will love this series as well.
No spoilers here but will just say this has been the most exciting book in the series so far. The storyline advances to a level that left me satisfied & dying for the next installment!. Some authors only give you a nugget at a time to stretch out their books but not so with this author. This is by far my favorite UF series.
I wrote a negative review regarding the author's performance as a narrator on the first book. While it is true the narration was bad, I decided to give book 2 and 3 a chance. I found that the narration improved with the second & third installments. The story line is interesting and the character development has progressed to the point that I am hooked. I will buy the 4th & 5th installments when they are complete.
I can't in all honesty recommend this audiobook simply because of the author's narration. It is horrible! It's so boring I had to keep listening to parts of the book over & over because my mind would wander & I kept getting lost. It sounds like a librarian reading out loud to children for story hour. This was a really good book & I wish the author would consider having a professional narrator re-record the books. I think I will be getting a refund & will just buy the books on my Nook. Audio books are expensive & people should be able to listen to a narrator who can bring the book to life. I own over 200 audiobooks that I've listened to multiple times because the narrators are more like actors & make it a great experience.
Other than the narration I think the book is definitely worth reading. Save your money/credits & buy the ebook or paperback.
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