In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. Their blissful reunion is shattered when she touches a boulder in an ancient stone ruin and is instantly transported to 1743 Scotland, a place torn by war and raiding border clans. Will Claire find her way back to her own time, or is her destiny forever linked with Clan MacKenzie and the gallant James Fraser?
©1991 Diana Gabaldon; (P)1997 Recorded Books, LLC.
"Davina Porter maintains the distinct voices she creates for each character throughout the lengthy narration. Her delivery of 18th-century language sounds authentic and is easily understandable." (AudioFile)
I enjoyed the first 3 books in this series immensely and rate each one 5 stars. The problem, however, is that the 4th book, "A Breath of Snow and Ashes" has a different narrator and, worse, is abridged. I give the *series* 3 stars because I feel cheated after having purchased the last two books in the series. It is very jarring to listen to three unabridged books with the same narrator and then switch to a new narrator midstream. The characters seem drastically different, the story is choppy (I detest the abridged version), and I can't imagine what Audible was thinking when they snuck these last two books in without warning the reader of the changes. I've stopped listening to the 4th book and plan to purchase the printed version so I can finish the story with the original narrator's voice in my head.
...and sometimes clever dialog about sums it up. The best thing about this book was the narration; the reader is a one woman theater.
I came close to quitting halfway through, and after slogging all the way through I wish I had. The pornography quotient dropped off in the second half, but it was replaced by agonizingly detailed descriptions of flesh wounds.
The historical aspect of this novel was secondary to the sex and violence. The time travel component was completely superfluous.
The narrator was wonderful, but what a waste. I hope she branches out to something more enjoyable and worthwhile.
There is a reason that this Gabaldon series is the benchmark against which all other novels/writers are compared. The Outlander series, the story of Jamie and Claire, seem to climb into your heart and take up a permanent residence. I have read these novels more than once, and listening to them via the voice of Porter gave them a wonderful, fulfilling life once again for me. For years I have attempted to find a story as endearing and as compelling. As I said: all others pale in comparison. I'm always left longing for more. Only Gabaldon can satisfy.
I guess if you are into soft core pornography you might enjoy this book.
Otherwise, it's just ... boring
oh, the narrator is good, but the story is ... boring.
I liked the reader - she did a good job of keeping the different characters differentiated via inflection & accent. The story kept me engaged and interested, but I felt the author was a little clumbsy in many of the foreshadows used to warn the listener of the plot turns and twists.
I classify this story as an entertaining summer read - it doesn't require much of the listener to participate - and to enjoy you should not spend too much energy questining beyond the basic outline provided by the author.
Other than the time travel, this audiobook is actually a historical romance. In other words, a lot of 18th century love making. Great novel for the girls may be an uncomfortable listen for the guys. Its long but I hated it when it was over.
I am not usually fond of romance, but this book is great. It has lots of action, character development, and plot. Its plot moves well without so many characters that a listen gets confusing. Can't wait to start the next book.
I started to enjoy the first part, but after awhile it turned into a sappy soap opera. Way too long and I got tired of the woman time traveler's insecurities and whining, plus the constant arguments with the young Scot. I started cheering for the villan! It turned into a terrible waste of time. I gave up 1/2 way into part 2.
I loved this book. This was a great first read and I really enjoyed it. It was perhaps a little more graphic with the sex than I was comfortable with, but someone else may like that. I loved the story and the adventures they had in the Scottish Highlands. I loved the reader and her voice inflections with each character in the book, you could always tell who was talking. I would recommend this book to my best friend, but would let her know in advance that it was a little graphic. Great Read.
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