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)
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SEX, you guessed it, if you have read all the other reviews. The story is exquisite, the narration is OK, but the SEX.. I am a woman, and I assure you - none of my friends fantasize about garbage like this, I mean about the boring sex scenes, very repetitive and well, boring... Historically speaking the book is well done. Of course... one wants to read the next book. However, what bothers me most... there is not enough of questioning from the husband to the wife - when she tells him, she is a time traveler. Are you kidding she comes from the future, knows about electricity, running water, birth control, food, the Holocaust - and NEVER NEVER NEVER mentions this to him... ah not to realistic, this would have been so much better had the author developed a bit more from the future into the daily happenings of the past.
And please, Miss Diana, none of us women want that kind of sex or that much of sex, especially if the main hero isn't that clean or lovely smelling to begin with....
Would I recommend this.. YES, if you are willing to listen to Miss Diana's sexual fantasies, a bit repetitive, boring, and historically the story is fine....
so.. yes get it - but be warned.. a bit mushy even for females...
I enjoyed listening to it at the beginning of the book but towards the second half, it just became tedious. There were parts in the book that had long-winded descriptions which became too much for me to listen to, so I fast-forwarded through it. I do love the story but I'm hesitant to listen to the rest of the series due to the long descriptions that is part of Diana Gabaldon's writing style, which may suit other reader's/listener's but not for me.
Enjoyable romp in the highlands!
I almost didn't buy this book after reading some of the reviews, however I'm so glad I did! The 2 main characters were easy to relate to and had interesting lives. I enjoyed the mention throughout the book on the use of herbs for medieval medicine. I found myself wanting to keep listening, which is always a sign of a book that I would want to read or listen to again.
I'm no expert of that timeline, but it seemed authentic to me. I didn't find the flogging and bodice ripping offensive as most of it wasn't very graphic and I feel it portrays what the population was like during those times. Also romance novels are much more graphic with their sexual scenes than this book was, the main characters' sex scenes would be similar to a new romance between young male and female married couples. I also enjoyed the brief amount of time travel, wish there could a have been more of that.
LOVED the narration by Davina Porter! That could be, because I SO enjoy the gaelic accent using terms of endearment, consternations and expressions. She did a splendid job switching between male and female characters, sucking me right into the story. I felt as though I were Claire on the horse riding behind Jaimie escaping the Red Coats or locked in a room waiting to be burned at the stake.
All in all a great historical, fantasy escape!
Very long boring story. I couldn't get over the fact that someone was telling me a long long story and only once I thought...oh it is going to finally get good, and that lasted for one sentence and then it went back to a long long boring story.
I am giving up after the second section turned into harlequin romance novel porn with absolutely no redeeming aspects. The whole story is ridiculous anyway. I really don't care if she stays in lala land or finds her way back to her own time...sorry but this is one of the worse books.
I listen while driving,(alone), and while on break at work. I used to read several books a week. I belonged to Science Fiction Book Club.
This is listed in the sci fi section. Other than one event there is no relation to science fiction. This is a graphic soft porn, with some homo sexuality thrown in for some reason. I bought this book understanding that it had a sequel. When I finished, I decided that I had enough, only to find out that there are more than one follow up book. There are better science fiction books out there, and there must be better romance books out there. Save yourself a lot of time, and a credit and pass on this one.
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I debated getting this for nearly a year before finally grabbing it on sale. I enjoyed it immensely though I have to admit I listened with some trepidation waiting for the sex scenes I had read so many reviews about. I love time travel and dont mind a good romace so long as the story isnt overpowered by mindless sex with the fabio sort. I found myself interested right from the start, and when the first sex scene popped up I found it tasteful and relevant, so I figured the remainder couldnt be too bad. The story went on and it sucked me in, the writing is excellent, the narration is superb, and you genuinely care about the characters as well as the rich vein of historical details Gabaldon provides. There are a few odd moments when you have to listen to some pillow talk between a sexual novice and his more experienced wife, but I took it all in stride. The only problem I had was the villain's odd sexual attraction to the male hero. It gets pretty graphic and disbelievable, and if I hadnt committed so much time and gotten so sucked in I probably would have given it up, but as I said before, I was invested. The story really is good, if you can look past the bizarre sexual deviancy that dominates the last few chapters. Also, I probably would have gotten the second book but it is not available on audible quite yet.
It started off great with an interesting premise and fascinating historical details. I liked the narrator's voice and her various accents. About half way through, however, the story loses steam (both in action and in romance) and just meanders on and on in a very repetitive way. With about 2 hours left, I realized that I just didn't care anymore what happened to the characters so I stopped listening. I'm glad I bought the book on a major sale because I would have been upset that I wasted my credit on it.
The author is a competant craftswoman but there seems to be more artifice than art in this story.
Obviously it pleases many people but it was not a good choice for me as I hope for something with a bit more body.
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