Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander

 

Claire Randall, on a second honeymoon in Scotland with her husband Frank, gets transported back in time. Over 200 years back in time, to be exact. Suddenly her life is vastly different; new life, new home, new time, new husband, too. But is that a bad thing?

 

Published: June 1st, 1991

Publisher: Dell Publishing Company

Pages: 850 (32.50 hours audiobook)

Series: Outlander #1

Three Stars (2)

Sometimes our best action result in things that are most regrettable.

 

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just 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 circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

 

We have nothing now between us, save – respect, perhaps. And I think that respect has maybe room for secrets, but not for lies.

 

I picked up the Outlander audiobook after previously DNFing the paperback but still feeling the growing pain of Droughtlander. I figured this would be the perfect way to read the book while still being able to do things around the house. I would turn it on while I was driving, while I was cleaning, or cooking and it made my down time a little more enjoyable. While the narration was wonderful, it’s really the book that lagged for me.

Makes me sad to say, but I feel like Outlander is going to be one of those series where I like the show more than the book. For me, the show is amazing. The acting, the costumes, the locations for filming, everything about the show is so visually stunning and basically a masterpiece. I figured if I loved the show as much then the book has to be amazing!

For me, this book just has so much unnecessary filler. There are some chapters that seem pointless with countless pages of unnecessary descriptions of their days, I found myself bored and there were multiple times I looked at the remaining time on my Audible app and thought I couldn’t wait for it to move on. I think the plot of this book, the amount of research done to get that sort of accuracy and the characters in this book are amazing. It just seemed to me that the book could have been a hundred or so pages shorter.

The actual narration and execution of this book was spectacular. Even though I was bored at times, I was content with listening because the tone of the narrator’s voice was so calming. Maybe it was her accent, but I could listen to her talk for hours. And while I won’t be continuing the books, paperback or audiobook, I feel I will miss hearing Davina Porter’s voice on my morning commute.

I’m really sad about not liking this book because I do love the show and I was hopeful that I could read the next books while waiting for the new season, but this book just wasn’t for me. I’ve never really dipped my foot into the world of historical fiction or historical romance,  although I have been looking into it, and look forward to giving more historical fiction a try in the future. If anyone has any suggestions as to what I should pick up to read please comment and let me know!

 

Find Outlander here:

Goodreads     –     Amazon     –     Barnes & Noble

 

The Outlander series:

 

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3 thoughts on “Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

  1. I got all the books and I ended up not liking the book series but nonetheless, lovely book review! I loved reading your thoughts and opinions. Have a great day 🙂

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      • I know exactly what you mean. I found this book series to be extremely problematic so I DNFed it. I hope you find a better read soon though. Have a great day 🙂

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