Romantic, exotic, and very well-performed.
The author's description of the characters and the time are vivd. The story alternates suspenseful episodes with more domestic, introspective parts.
Her accents are wonderful. I loved the way she performed the Scottish accents.
Parts of the book are disturbing. The reader must be tolerant of a how very different time had very different manners of relations between the sexes and between parents and children. There is considerable domestic violence. The domestic violence is nevertheless overlaid with passion and attachment in the relationships. At times, I felt as though I was reading a tawdry romance novel, picked up at the supermarket (which is actually something I never read). I still have not completely reconciled how very much I enjoyed the story, and how harshly I judged the behavior of the male characters.
I am astounded by the authors ability to bring you into the story and the narrators gift of making you forget that you are listening to a tale. I love fictional stories that are based in fact and this series has me hooked from this story on. Thank you for bringing these to audio.
Jamie Fraser at this point because he has been childish, churlish,chauvanistic, and macho>>as well as loving,thoughtful,and comical...and really doesn't have a clue to what is truly going on-in other words...typical male-it seems in any century.
Yes and yea. Very good book and made even better by the awesome narration of davina porter. This book hooks youand pulls you. I didn't want to stop listening.
The entire story line. Loved how both Claire and Jamie's story unfolded and came together.
She does the best voices. You actually hear and feel all the different characters as she reads them. Will read any book she narrates. She is awesome.
We always come home.
I read this book when it first came out and love it then. It's so much better in audio.
I must admit, I have almost a hundred downloads with Audible. I usually go with the mystery and crime dramas but the reviews caught my eye with this series. I am sooo hooked. I had to laugh out loud as I read one review that said they felt like throwing up when they saw that this was being offered on unabridged through the whole series. I LOve this series and the narration is soo fantastic. I have to admit that I fall asleep at night with my ear buds in place as I try to catch just the last bit of the story before going to sleep. My husband just chuckles at me and shakes his head.
Give this series a try and you won't be disappointed!!!!!
I quite regretted buying this book for a number of reasons.
1) I have never quite been so furious with a character as I was with the heroine of this book. The heroine was the stereotype of the unreasonable, hysterical haridan who apparently is incapable of thinking properly. She is so stupid, its hard to believe that this book was written by a woman....it reads like it was written by some crusty old guy in the 1950s with a very low opinion of women's mental capacity :-)
2) For a romance novel, the romantic scenes were written quite prudishly....or maybe just written fifty years ago? Here's an example of how a romantic scene plays out..."he grabbed my hand and everything melted away...... Chapter 10". lol
3) There was an echo in the studio where the narrator read the book. It sounds like you're on the phone with a call center.
One good thing though....the narrator was absolutely outstanding. She read in the proper accents, kept the voices/characters consistent and added very natural inflections to the reading. Also, the book appears to have been very well researched. There was a lot of detail about medieval Scotland.
My first Gabaldon book.....probably wouldn't be reading her again.
The great characters, dialogue, story, narrator.....
It is an epic love story that takes place over a long span of time...it has a strong female character...lots of verbal sparring between the lead male and female characters.---in these ways it reminds me of Gone With the Wind, one of my very favorite books.
There were so many scenes I liked. The scenes I remember the most fondly were the tender love scenes and the scenes where the two lovers verbally spar.
When Jamie broke down and told her about the depraved kind of torture that Randall used to break him down.
This is a very well written book. I really enjoyed it and cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
This series wins my vote for the very best series ever. I did not want the story to end. I gave each of the 7 books in this series a five star rating in all catagories. The narrator was perfection itself.
I love a good fantasy, science-fiction, historical fiction or thriller novel - but I don't discriminate.
I was wary of reading Outlander, and wasn't sure what to expect. I had heard many conflicting things about the book and I hope to touch on most of them in this review. At any rate, I ended up loving the book.
The characters were easy to relate to them and I really felt and understood their emotions.
Claire, a WWII combat nurse and our heroine, was especially great. She is spunky, quick-witted, resourceful and has a great sarcastic sense of humor. Finding herself in the middle of the 18th century Scottish Highlands, she meets Jamie, who plays the hero. He's strong and independent (often to the point of stubbornness!), but he has his own monsters chasing him. The supporting characters were equally well drawn and unique. Even the main villain, who started out as a love to hate character, grew on me until I finally started to understand his viewpoint.
Historically, Outlander is beautifully researched, and paints a fantastic picture of the 18th century Scottish Highlands and clan life therein. I love when historical fiction ties large scale events into their world, rather than just taking place during a certain period of time.
Two of the main disputing points I've seen between those that loved and those that were disgusted by the novel are the sexuality and brutality of the novel, so I definitely want to say my peace in that regard. Yes, there is a lot of sexuality. Yes, there is beating, whipping, and rape - much if it with a good deal of detail. But I think that without it, Outlander would not be the book it is and, especially with the brutality, it really illustrates the time period where the book takes place. I didn't find any of it unnecessary or out of place. However, if you have a low tolerance for these types of things, Outlander may not be the book for you.
Davina Porter is an excellent narrator. She was able to distinctly portray both English and Scottish, male and female voices. It seemed as though almost all the major characters had a distinct voice. She's definitely going on to my list of favorite narrators.
only listened to it, but I love to be read to & Davina Porter is just fantastic...
Murtagh, because he was just always there, when & how he needed to be
cattle in the prison