I thought that my first book review should be a little different from previous ones so an audiobook review is just the ticket. I am very fortunate to be able to listen to audiobooks at my day job and they are my favorite thing to listen to as well. Who doesn’t love the idea of someone reading them a story!? I use my library and Audible to listen to books on the cheap.
“The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon–when she walks through a standing stone 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 Highland clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life…and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.” (Good Reads)
What I thought
So I have read this book before and own it and love it. I’ve recommended this series to so many people and now it’s your turn! I really was itching to start a nice long series and with the newest book recently released and the Stars miniseries it was an easy choice! The story is great as it’s not boring and progresses well. Know that the time travel is not cheesy at all and any one who likes historical fiction will love this. That being said there is a lot of sexy time in this which when I read the book was just skim until dialogue starts again but in audio format and listening at work with headphones it was awkward at times and fast forwarding to the proper place difficult. If you’re into that you’ll be good to go though. There is obviously romance in this book and it’s actually a pleasure to listen to and read. It’s not a trudge, is believable and the sexy time in there isn’t over the top fanfic-y at all. I don’t think I would put this book into the romance genre as yes there is romance but really it’s much more of a true adventure than that. I mean a woman from war ravaged England going back in time and ends up married to a Highlands Scot – super action packed. Don’t let the romance or sexy time keep you from reading this. This book is teenager and up I’d say.
Now the narrator is Davina Porter and I have listened to many of her other books and I love her reading of The Mists of Avalon. Her reading of Outlander brought a lot to the story for me. She has a Scottish background so her cadence, accents and rolls are amazing. She transports you to Scotland and all of the voices are enchanting. They are believable and don’t break the story. I think her Jamie voice is fantastic and she made him come alive! I recently started the audiobook for the next in the series called Dragonfly in Amber and am excited to carry on with this long series.
“For where all love is, the speaking is unnecessary. It is all. It is undying. And it is enough.” ― Diana Gabaldon, Outlander