Narrator Davina Porter's gift for expression captures the history and flavor of a harsh place and time, and gives it the polish of a warm and engaging love story.
©1992 Diana Gabaldon; (P)1998 Recorded Books
"Compulsively readable." (Publishers Weekly)
"A winning combination of vivid imagination and good common sense." (Kirkus)
"Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller." (Arizona Republic)
I loved the first book and was thrilled to jump into the series but the second book gets bogged down in a million minor characters and subplots. I am near the end, I think, but the unnecessary details of Claire sewing up a man's testicles put it over the top.
The narrator is still great but she cannot save the plot.
I love this book! I have been avoiding buying the abridged version of these books for a very long time hoping that the unabridged version would come to audible. This series is wonderful for the romantic in all of us. Please hurry and put the rest of the unabridged versions on the website.
Another exceptional novel by Diana Gabaldon. I have already read all of the Outlander series, but when they started to become available unabridged through audible.com I just had to purchase them and read them again! Davina Porter, who has read all of the unabridged versions of this series brings the charactors alive. Only Ms. Gabaldon could bring to life Scotland in the 1750's so vividly, I could practically hear the wind whistle through the trees, and the draw of Jamies' sword! If you get a chance grab this series, Audible has the first 3 unabridged, the other 3 abridged, but I would assume that they will come available unabridged soon.
Another amazing book in the Outlander series. More interesting characters are introduced, all quite like-able. The love story continues nicely, and doesn't get repetitive...it seems to grow naturally. Once again Davina Porter has done an amazing job narrating. The only downside is, you better have Voyager on hand when this book ends because you won't be able to wait for it. Another must read!
i have just recently discovered Diana Gabaldon and am thoroughly enjoying her books. a bit long but never boring. i didn't want to come to the end and have found myself totally absorbed in the story.
One of the reviews for "Outlander" warned that this was a "romance novel" written "by women, for women" and as far as the "romance" part of it goes, I've found that to be true. But, I'm fascinated by history and have always loved speculation on things such as standing stones etc. I am also of scottish decent and have spent considerable time reading about and researching my heritage and I enjoy the slant that the author puts on highland history. For the most part I think she portrays everyday things about 18th century highland life very believably... er... other than the way the main character GOT to 18th century scotland... But even that is a fun idea.
So, yes, there is a lot of "romance novel" to wade through... but just enough history to keep me reading the series.
The characterization in this second book is as entertaining as in the first book. However, the lengthy exploration of Louis's French court slowed down the action without adding much to the plot. The first and last 30 minutes of the book seem disjointed, and more time could have been spent on developing Claire's relationship with her daughter, Brianna. Kept reading purely for Davina Porter's brilliant narration.
I have read and listened to all five books in the Outlander Series. They are long but simply spellbinding. I applaud audible in getting the unabridged versions, but please carry all of the books in the unabridged format. Davina Porter is by far the best reader I have ever heard. Her ability to bring all the characters to life is astounding. With most female readers the male characters take on a female quality. Not with Davina reading! I have read that the sex scenes are over done and I have to strongly disagree with these statements. The "love" scenes are done very tastefully, they leave much to our own thoughts. Take a chance and listen to Outlander, you will have a hard time turning it off.
I just love this series. What more can I say.
Just one thing....Audible bring us the Fiery Cross and a breath of Snow and Ashes unabridged and narrated by Davina Porter. Not the dodgy abridged version.
"A brilliant follow up"
This lived up to the brilliance of the first book, and I finished it in five days. Plenty of laughs and tears, and a gripping plot.
"enthrawling story worst american accent ever!"
fantastic story very well performed (ignoring the worst American accent I've ever heard, it was more west country than anything!) thoroughly enjoyable highland /time travel romp! definitely purchasing book 3
"This series of books are amazing"
absolutely, They are absolutely wonderfully narrated by Davina Porter. She makes these books as amazing as they are. Without her reading them I don't know if I would love them as much as I do.
It has to be Clare. She's witty, kind, loving and calm.
Jamie, Davina's character voices are impeccable.
Love at its deepest
as you can see I just adore the outlander series (so far..) wonderfully amazing
"Can't put it down"
No really I'm losing sleep as I must know what happens. After reading the first, I am now half way through this book and still have all the others to catch up on. Davina Porter is an amazing narrator. You honestly believe in all the characters and their different voices; how does she do it? I would never have enjoyed these books if I had read them myself. I couldn't have switched from voice to voice in my head the way it is narrated.
Oh just one other thing; A plead to reviewers; you are giving too much away and this spoils it for those who haven't yet read or finished each novel.
"I was caught in amber too"
A wonderful, wonderful story ! Painful, touching, exciting, I know it's a cliche, but I didn't want it to end, and when it did.......downloaded the next one ! I commend this to the House.
"more sex than history"
I love historical novels, but this really is more of a romance novel with a bit of history thrown it as filler. If you are looking for a book with lots of sex scenes set in a 'period' ambiance this is your book, if you are looking for more history than slightly vulgar sex than this one isn't for you.
"and the saga goes on"
So far out of the first 3 books this has been not as enjoyable. I still love the Jamie and Claire saga, but I was not as involved as book 1 or 3. I am hoping book 4 is as much fun as those 2.
"love th book"
I love it and cannot wait to read the next book in the sission and session 2 in vido
"A bit predictable"
Great narration which brings the story alive. Story was very predictable. Overall an easy entertaining listen - good for the daily commute.
"A thoroughly good read."
Excellent I I all three categories. I look forward to the next book in the series.I will wait in hopeful anticipation. THe authoress creates a marvellous atmosphere and has obviously done a tremendous job in researching the background material. The characters are well crafted and retain this throughout the whole book.
Well done Diana Gbaldon
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