The Oracle Reviews
Author: Diana Gabaldon Narrated: Davina Porter
File Size: 2562 KB, Print Length: 896 pages, Audio: 32hrs & 37min
Publisher: Dell, Recorded Books June 1, 1991 & October 26, 2004
Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another...
In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an "outlander"—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
A book comes to life to me, becoming a living fantasy …movie in my mind and some even become a part of me, this is one of those stories. There is no way you can put this book down or stop the audio without fighting with conscious and making it submit to reality. Diana takes you there; you will find yourself in Claire’s place living life with Jamie. She truly captures the human state. The past will flash forward grabbing you and thrust you head long into Scotland and the Highlands. The concept of time travel may seem too farfetched for some, but it’s the perfect launching point for this story. The synopsis does a grand job letting you know what the story is about, I can only emphasize to run not walk to your local book store, or E-book hub and download this story. You will not be disappointed. If you enjoy audio, the audio version is fantastic. I feel like taking a bullhorn shouting about the necessity to include this book and series in your library but to purchase the audio as well. Davina Porter is brilliant, simply brilliant. Her voice and performance knocked me to my bum. I’ve not said this about many narrators. Basically, if the publisher is wise they will choose the voice to fit the story or main character, which they did with Davina. But rarely does the narrator become the main character or the cast of characters with such believability. She is a true spectacular find and will not disappoint. This series is expected to be picked up by Starz and produced as a series, expecting cable release in 2014. If you purchase this story and the following series, you will be adding a true treasure to your library.
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In parts yes, in parts no.
The set up was interesting, the characters very good. The percentage of the book spent describing and dwelling on torture was way too high for my tastes. Trim that bit down and I'd have rated it higher. The parts I liked I liked a lot.
Yes, but I was left with no desire to listen to others.
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This is a thick, somewhat slow-moving book with lots of historical detail and character development, but I never got bored. I'm really looking forwards to seeing what happens in the rest of the series.
I did feel that Davina Porter gave Claire a voice that made her sound older and more mature than her 27 years, but it was very well read. I listened to it on 1.5x speed because I was trying to get it finished in time for a book club meeting, but the narration is slow enough that it still seemed a normal pace (2x was too much).
Good story, well presented nothing wrong with this in any way. But the book is written for the girls.
I enjoy both historical fiction and time travel book so thought this would be perfect for me. I did enjoy the book, but at times wanted to fast forward through the romantic interludes. In this aspect it felt more like a romance novel.
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers - historical fiction packed full of adventure and sweet romance with a wonderful depiction of marriage in both!
Wonderful voice intonations to reflect the characters personalities and yes, even, their physical attributes
Honest love does exist because I am living it but very refreshing to read about it. Listening to Jamie and Claire's love grow through "life" is inspirational.
boring...boring...boring. This is better than Ambian.
after reading the reviews and seeing that it was quite expensive...I was anticipating it to be good. The narrator sounds like she is in her 60's and I just couldn't quite get it...surely no one has read the Highlander series be Karen Marie Moning and narrated by Phil Gigante.
I've just relistened to this book. I had forgotten how wonderful it was to first meet all of these richly-drawn characters. Diana Gabaldon wrote a perfect story that spans both time and breadth of vision. Davina Porter is breathtaking in her performance.
This is one of my top three all-time Audible picks. It wonderfully balances historical fiction, action adventure, and a truly believable love story, with a tiny bit of science fiction. The performance is compelling and playful despite the fact that the reader has to constantly switch between English and Scottish accents, both of which she renders beautifully. Love it!
Claire's choice to remain with Jamie instead of returning to her life.
She did a great job trying to separate characters within the story
Yes, but that was impossible.
Enjoyed it very much.