Perhaps, gentle reader, you watched the recent tv series, Outlander, based on the first book of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon?
This series ‘follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.’ [from here]
I’ve reviewed this book series here on my blog before, and after watching the tv series, I headed back to the books on my shelf, to dive once more into the world of Claire and Jamie.
But then I thought, wait … what about listening to an audio book or two? I quickly checked Audible to see if the books were available as audiobooks, and they were! Several were on sale at the time I checked and I purchased these and started listening to Outlander.
The book was narrated by Davina Porter, and I very quickly fell in love with her reading style and was so pleased to see that she has narrated all eight books in the series. I did some research and found out the following about Davina …
She admires authors who do their homework, like Diana Gabaldon. Davina’s readings of the Outlander series, for which she uses her Scots heritage to flavour the dialects of dozens of characters, have many fans. And they’re among her personal favourites. Gabaldon’s lengthy novels require careful preparation. An initial reading, which Davina always does, is followed by preparation of a day’s recording session, with careful anticipation of pages that may involve five or six Scots in a scene. She strives to bring each voice off the page and at the same time maintain a natural sense. A flexible voice, notes Davina, is essential for audiobook narrators, as is the ability to make quick changes and maintain a comfortable narrative level for long periods. [from here]
This is the magic, for me, of Davina’s narration; she can narrate several character’s voices with no hesitation, with no pauses, and the listener knows exactly who is speaking. I love listening to the ‘Scottish flavour’ of the voices … should a character ‘speak’ with no introduction, I know exactly who they are. She has brought the characters and their world alive to me. She has narrated over 100 books, and I would have no hesitation in recommending a book she had narrated.
Listening to the Outlander series will take some dedication if you would like to listening to the series, as they are very long. I have 14 hours left in the last (to date) book of the series to go … all 8 books add up to just over 365 hours of listening pleasure!!! Here’s a rough breakdown of book sizes.
Outlander (Book 1) – 33 hrs
Dragonfly in Amber (Book 2) – 39 hrs
Voyager (Book 3) – 44 hrs
Drums of Autumn (Book 4) – 45 hrs
Fiery Cross (Book 5) – 55 hrs
A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Book 6) – 58 hrs
An Echo in the Bone (Book 7) – 46 hrs
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (Book 8) – 45 hrs
So … anyone else game to listen to all 8 books? I believe there will be a book 9, though there isn’t a release date yet … something to look forward to!!!