Author: Diana Gabaldon, read by Davina Porter
Duration (audiobook) 32 hours and 43 minutes
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Adventure
Is this part of a series? Yes, book one of the Outlander series.
Published: July 14th, 2006 (again for the audio book edition)
Former combat nurse Claire Randall is on her second honeymoon in Scotland after reuniting with her husband Frank after the war. A visit to some standing stones hurls her back in time two hundred years into a world of war and raiding border clans. Here she meets Jamie, a handsome highlander in need of some care. Swept up in the intrigue and craziness of the time, she finds herself torn between the life she had and the life she could have….
I bought the audible accompaniment to my eBook because it was cheap and ended up just listening to it. The storyline was interesting and I loved the characters. I felt like Gabaldon took her time creating well developed characters and a rich world. I loved the ideas behind the plot and I respected the issue Claire had deciding what was owed the two men in her life.
Unfortunately, once Jamie discovered sex I felt like the plot often took a back seat to very in depth sex scenes. Maybe I am a prude, but I don’t like them to get too graphic. When reading romances, I will usually skim those scenes and get back to the good stuff (for me anyway)- plot, dialogue and character development. I would listen to this in the car or at the gym…. and I was too worried to skip forward because I was afraid I might miss part of the actual story. I seriously feel like this was a 19 hour story that was sidetracked with nearly 14 hours of smut. Okay, maybe it wasn’t that much, but it was a lot and I didn’t feel it was all necessary. Also, *trigger alert* there was a lot of attempted (and succeeded) rape. Due to this, it was a three star book for me.
On the adult content scale, I give it a full ten. As stated above there is violence, sexual content, and language. My niece will not be getting a hold of this one.
Have you read it? Do you think I am being too harsh?
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