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 almost called it quits when Clair left with jack Randal but listened more, I had to stop listening and quit the story when Clair made a deal with Jack her husband's torturer & rapist... Yeah Jack Randal has proven to be a trustworthy sort, could it possibly be a good idea to trust the fate of the war on jacks word?
No, but I would read it again. I loved the story, but there is an annoying echo several times in the audio. I tried to listen with headphones, without, on different devices, but it was always there. A small echo as the narrator reads.
Davina Porter has an amazing, soothing, sweet voice and her performance is fantastic and perfect for Clair. Just that annoying echo--which isn't her fault.
The author sacrifices a cohesive story at the alter of filling pages. Far too wordy, filled with unimportant "plot twists" which serve no purpose other than to extend the already overlong narrative. If you've "made up your mind" to read this series, then be prepared to the suffer through this installment.
Fewer of the little unimportant "feelings" the protagonist takes such pains to describe. This book would have been well served by a "less is more" approach when detailing each and every thought and emotion Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp Randall Fraser is having/did have/would have/would have had but for....etc, etc, etc.
very near the top
the time setting, imagining both the primitive and the sophistication that were woven into the story. and they way Claire was able to handle it with out exposing her true identity.
the normal life on the family estate
The detailed private scenes were not necessary, it was a distraction.
Definitely would recommend this series. They say you can start with Book #2, but I think the start with "Outlander" 1st is important for the details. Really love the whole concept. Totally beliveable. and EXCELLENT narrating by Davina!
Jamie defends the honor of Claire and kills his godfather Dugal before he has a chance to kill Claire.
Davina keeps you totally enthralled. She is perfect!
I listened to the first book in this series, but can't force myself to start this one. The first one had some torture sections (particularly late in the book) that made me sick and I couldn't listen. I had to fast forward through some of that. It was also very, very long, which isn't normally a problem for me. (For instance I loved Pillars of the Earth!) I bought the second one before I finished the first. But now, I'm going to return it because it's been sitting in my library for weeks and weeks and I can't make myself listen.
Make a better recording without background noise of someone else reading another book just loud enough to cause distraction.
Even on its own I would recommend this book; however, I suggest beginning at the beginning.
Jamie's realization that Claire is real, both times.
Their first reconciliation as they are both hesitant and self-conscious.
A sequel like no other!
This is a wonderful book on its own, yet it is the perfect book to follow Outlander.
I'm on the 3rd book of this series and like the story line. Ms Gabaldon does a wonderful job with her vivid descriptions but often there is so much of the minute that you loose track of where the story was going. Although, listening to Davina Porter tell the story does help make all of the unnecessary detail more enjoyable. She is an excellent narrator.
good question....I have found after reading about half the book (I started reading and then added listening about 1/4 way thru) that the reader's interpretation opf particularly Jamie's voice really conflicts with my imagination's version! He sound so old and not romantic at all to me. And I find that Clair's voice is not consistent.
I love the story - it is the reader's voice (althou very good) is not ideal for my enjoyment of the book.
She did a great job considering the vast characters she had to represent...however, as I mentioned above, I think it's time we had multiple readers...as in animated movies. It would be so much more enjoyable. (Esp male voices for male characters...)
"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.
I cold not stop listening
The love between Clair and Jamie
The voices of the narrate was.
"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
impossibile to stop. it is so good. perfect story, well written. The reader is great
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