by Diana Gabaldon
Released: August 7 2001
Series: Outlander #4
Published by Delta
Narrator: Davina Porter
Length: 44 hrs and 54 mins
“Gabaldon makes her emotions and the resulting journey very much real, making this journey a far more intriguing one.”
~ Under the Covers
Here’s one thing I’ve learned about this series – if the sheer size of these books scare you off from reading them, try listening to the audiobooks. For someone like me who needs to be reading/reviewing books regularly, I can’t be spending a lot of time on one book. I feel like if I had actually read this book, it might take me about a week. I’m definitely slower when it comes to audiobooks, but at least I can be productive while listening. And the great thing about these audios is that the narrator is absolutely wonderful at the various accents. She’s able to do the perfect Claire and Jamie voice, but she is also able to do a convincing Brianna accent as well.
Instead of going deep in the plot of this story, which would probably take up a lot of time because this is a massive book, I just want to comment on Gabaldon’s ability to build on her characters. I would have been happy with Jamie’s characterization in Outlander. He endures so much and yet, their story is far from being over. Claire and Jamie are pushed into greater danger and its clear that Gabaldon isn’t afraid of putting her characters through the ringer. Their pain and suffering, as their moments of triumphs and achievement are all made better for it and I think that’s why readers fall so madly in love with them.
I need to talk about Brianna briefly. Her presence adds so much to the book. It brings back the time travel element in a much more interesting way. I felt like I could sympathize with her character because although the circumstances are extraordinary, Gabaldon makes her emotions and the resulting journey very much real, making this journey a far more intriguing one.
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