I am very excited that there will be a new Diana Gabaldon book in the Outlander series in just two months. I decided that I needed to have a quick refresher on the series. Therefore I chose to listen to the abridged versions of the books as read by Geraldine James.
Outlander is one of my all time favorite novels, and it is very hard to define. It is a time travel, romance, adventure, and historical fiction story. Gabaldon writes in fantastic detail with great characters and story. My only sadness is that one her books ever have to end.
Outlander is the story of Claire Randell. She is a 1940’s British nurse that is in Scotland on her second honeymoon with her husband Frank. They are together again after a long separation during WWII. When Claire is wandering the countryside, she touches a standing stone that sends her back to 1740’s Scotland. There she meets up with various characters and is taken back to the stronghold of the Clan Mackenzie. She helps out a wounded young Scot named James Frasier. Jamie is a tall, redheaded, handsome man. I will say that I find him one of the “sexiest” men in literature. Much adventure ensues. Claire is forced to marry Jamie to save herself and finds herself torn between her love for her "future husband" Frank and current husband Jamie.
The CDs leave a lot out as they are only six CDs versus the 30 or so for the entire unabridged version. There were odd gaps at times, but it was still a great story. The music was rather cheesy. Ms. Brooks does a great job with the readings and the accents. This set of abriged CDs is in no way better than the original book, but it is good for a refresher on events.
I had never listened to an audio book yet that had descriptive “love scenes.” I was working and listening to the book at the kitchen table one night. My husband walked in and heard “’OHHH,’ she moaned” and was like “WHAT are you listening too?” I tried to explain it was one of my favorite novels of all time, but he remains skeptical!!
If you have never read Outlander, I highly recommend it.