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 decided to get this book based on the reviews and I was not dissappointed. It was a wonderful book. I loved the romance, the action and history of the story. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
This book is a total and complete romance novel. 99% of these "glowing" 4 star reviews have to be from women. I dont know how this made it into the sci/fy fantasy category or why other guys who were similarily dupped like myself are not also chastisizing it on reviews. I have a problem where once i start a book, no matter how bad it is, i have to finish it, but this book had to be taken out of the ipod after 6 hours.......i kept waiting and wishing that it would get past the sappy gooshy love scene stuff and into some real action, but the opposite happened. As i got further into it, the love scene descriptions became longer and more frequent.....we are talking like 20 to 30 miuntes to get through one love making session, then 5 minutes of actual story material, then another 30 minutes of Claire getting it on.....(and not written in a hot way, so dont get your hopes up)
Nutshell: Im sure its a great book for the romance novel category with lots of "imagery" and depth. I can see women just totally going for all the emotional stuff...... and the narrator is GREAT, but thats all its got going for it.,.....if you like action, if extended love scenes make you gag....THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU!
As a last resort.
She pays too little attention to moving any semblence of plot along. While the romance could have been good, it becomes a purient interest in sex. I'd fully expect beastiality in the next volume, if I get soooo bored that I read another. What a shame. These characters were enjoyable. They just became one dimensional.
The reader was excellent. The characterizations were clear. Her voice delightful.
I'm just so disappointed. I wanted something more than Harlequin romance.
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
I was fooled ! this is little more than a dressed up harlequin romance. The only thing I got out of it was an insight into what women must perceive as romance, great sex and their idea of ideal manhood, most of which I found rather disappointing. If I was Jamie I would have fled her like the plague! Pretty well written and narrated for what it is though.
Overall I thought this was a very good story, but, it is not Sci-Fi as it was listed. It does have a smidge of time travel at the beginning which sends our heroine back in time 200 years, but after that, it is an historical romance novel. It is a very well written historical romance novel. The story is compelling and the author is extremely descriptive. She does a good job of immersing us into the world that she has created.
I'm a male, and I did read other reviews before listening to this book, so I knew it wasn't really Sci-Fi and I knew it was a bit of a romance novel (even though I don't like romance novels I took a shot, mostly for the historical fiction portion). Knowing all that, I still really enjoyed the book.
The narrator, Davina Porter, was awesome! She reads with passion and feeling and nails the Scottish accents. Her portrayal of each individual character was so good that I didn't even need the "Randal said" or "Jamie said to her" parts, as I knew exactly which character she was reading.
Well worth the listen, yes, even if you're a guy. Overall a well written, engaging, and compelling story, that is superbly narrated. I'll be moving on to the next book in the series in short order.
I wish someone had told me that it was just another harlequin romance wanna-be before I bought it. I should have read more reviews than I did. It's the first time I've actually heckled a narrator out load as a story was being read to me. It was just that bad. By the way, if you're hoping for any answers to things brought up early in the book or for obvious inconsistencies, don't hold your breath... answers or explanations are not given. I think the ploy is that you MUST buy another book to get your answers - or at least I'm assuming there will be answers. Trust me, I'll never know. A book should be able to stand on its own - even a book from a series. This author should try reading authors like Alexander McCall Smith (#1 Ladies Detective Agency) or Stieg Larsson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Hell even Stephenie Meyer (Twilight) and Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games) were better than this and they were written with teenage audiences in mind. Maybe it's fine for the young ladies (not teens since this particular authors seems to think that rape is cool or sexy or desirable or something like that - not something I'd want my kid to read).
Anyways, I'm in my 40's (a woman by the way so yes, even woman can hate this book, not just men as implied in other reviews). I like romance in books as long as the romance doesn't take over the storyline and assuming the author isn't trying to overcompensate to make the woman seem ridiculously heroic (way too cliche and over done) and I love sci-fi (sadly something this book had very little of). I didn't find any part of this book interesting - if you are anything like me (man or woman) you will hate it too. Too bad since the concept is a good one and I had high hopes.
I honestly could not finish this book. I found the story too long with not much adventure and definitely not fantasy or sci fi, or anything barely related to a supernatural experience. The fact that our heroin is taken back in time does not make this book fantasy. As a matter of fact that's the last time we hear of anything that is supernatural.
I tried to like this book but absolutely could not get into it.
The main character
When this was recommended as a must read I thought it would be a great listen. However, the story line was extremely slow and the author is a lady who is extremely dissatisfied with her current love life and fantasizes about making love to large highlanders. I only say this because half of the book is devoted to her discribing love makng to a historical highlander from 200 years ago when the main charecter is already maried. Basically the plot sucks, so unless you are looking for a romance novel find another book.
I wouldn't try another book in the series. The action is totally unbelievable. Two prison escapes from Scottish Castles. More bodice ripping than anything else. Davina Porter is a great narrator, she must have been falling under the table from boredom.
Nothing would induce me to listen to another book in the series. Scotland and it's history have been insulted.
I have listened to several Davina Porter's performances. Her performance is good in spite of repetative, revolting content.
It might make a great short story.
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