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September 5, 2014

This Month’s Audible Pick – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Audible-Recommendations-September Hi Kind Friends! This month my Audible pick is Outlander…. I chose it purely because I am LOVING the new show based on the book. So I wanted to read the book to get spoilers. If you have Stars, you have to check out Outlander. There are four episodes so far and I’m hooked. Outlander is the story of Claire Randall, a combat nurse and wife from 1945 who accidentally travels back in time to 1743 Scotland. Oh dear! As you can imagine having so much knowledge about the future is problematic, especially when you are not sure if/when/how you will be able to get home. Here is the theme song for the show. I literally could not sleep because I had this stuck in my head.

 

Isn’t it haunting?

First impressions: I’m about an hour into the audio book and so far I have mixed feelings. I just got to the part where she was transported back in time so hopefully it starts to pick up because the beginning was very slow. I’m not sure if it’s the writing or how it is being read. The narrator, Davina Porter, sounds a little too old for the part. I have no clue how old the narrator actually is but her voice just sounds older to me. In all fairness though I may have been spoiled by the TV show. Since I saw the show before listening to the audiobook on Audible it may have given me an assumption of what Claire should have sounded like.

As always, I’ll update this post once I complete the audiobook to let you know what I think.

Keep tabs on my Twitter and I’ll let you know when I’ve finished it. This may be one that takes the whole month though, it’s over 30 hours! I can’t wait to get dive into the areas I haven’t seen yet on the show.

Update (9/25/14): IT WAS AMAZING! I eventually got used to the narrator and stopped minding her voice. Overall I really felt connected to Claire and her situation. The genre felt very action/adventure. The focus on the future is there but not enough to make it feel fantasy or sci-fi in nature. My only two complaints were that Claire wasn’t very concerned about the consequences associated with changing the future and she didn’t feel as much regret as I believe her character should have felt when a love interest popped up. I am very excited to continue with this story.

What do you think I should read next? Should I start on Outlander book two immediately or finally start book two of Game of Thrones?
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