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Outlander

Outlander, Book 1
Lu par : Davina Porter
Durée : 32 h et 38 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (39 notations)
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Description

This stunning blend of historical romance and time traveling adventure has captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world and catapulted author Diana Gabaldon to the top of the New York Times best seller list. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love.

In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. Their blissful reunion is shattered when she touches a boulder in an ancient stone ruin and is instantly transported to 1743 Scotland, a place torn by war and raiding border clans. Will Claire find her way back to her own time, or is her destiny forever linked with Clan MacKenzie and the gallant James Fraser?

©1991 Diana Gabaldon (P)1997 Recorded Books, LLC.

Critiques

"Davina Porter maintains the distinct voices she creates for each character throughout the lengthy narration. Her delivery of 18th-century language sounds authentic and is easily understandable." ( AudioFile)

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Global

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    4 out of 5 stars
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very good entertainment when driving long distanc


Great reader!

I've been reading this for a month, twice a day while driving to and back from work. the story is good, and the writing really brings you into the story. I couldn't keep from think of the characters! I would say this is more of a woman's book:love story.... but you also learn a lot on historical background. thanks I'm ordering n2

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Great in all aspects!

The reader is awesome !
We are indeed in the story with the different accents of the various characters !
Can’t wait to listen to the next book !

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Sara
  • 10/09/2014

The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

I downloaded this book years and years ago and settled down to a 30+ hour listen. Based on many raving reviews I thought the book was a time travel tale of beloved fiction. There was so much about the book that I knew I would enjoy. The time travel, the Scottish highlands, medicinal herbs, life hundreds of years ago, gardening...the list goes on.

However, I have to state up front I hate romance novels. At the half way point I had the sudden realization--I know I'm quick-- that this book was a dreaded romance novel. I was horrified and had heard enough of what Jamie wore or didn't wear under his kilt to last me forever. The heaving bodices were weighing me down as well. This was before Audible allowed returns of hated books. So I shelved the book with a shudder, gave up, and it sat there in my library untouched for years.

Fast forward to last month when the Outlander cable program started and I watched just to see what it was like. Well--to my shock--it is wonderful. The filming, the setting, the costumes--all fantastic. So I'm listening again with renewed interest. I cringe a bit every now and then to be honest. But I am enjoying the book at long last. I can see what those positive reviewers were about. Living proof that if you don't like a book give it time. You might like it after all.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lulu
  • 19/08/2012

The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books

I had read a few audiobooks and had even joined Audible. But until I read this book I did not understand the magic of the format. Before reading this book I had no interest in1) romance 2) science fiction or fantasy and 3) time travel genres. I'd heard enough about the series that it piqued my interest because I loved historical fiction. Especially the period of time I knew the book covered. And I always found the challenge of tackling a big book rewarding.

This book changed so many of my perceptions of genre and reading format. While I still argue that though there is definitely a romantic and sexual relationship at the books core, it was only one part of the adventure. It still doesn't fit the romance genre to me, but it did such a good job of weaving romance and sexuality into the adventure it made me curious to read more traditional romance novels and see if they handled the topic as well. They didn't, but I discovered other good books I never would have tried of not for Outlander.

Likewise, other than Anne Rice's Vampire series which I had read many years ago, this was one of my very rare ventures into fantasy-science fiction. Setting aside my understanding of reality to accept someone else's is always difficult. But reading Outlander and the subsequent books in the series, I found myself trying to work out in my mind how this might have happened. It encouraged me to explore this genre more thoroughly as well. Even more surprising, it made me evaluate my perception of "time", what it means and how it works. I found myself paying more attention to physics and the study of the time and space relationship.

The twists and turns of the plot kept me turning the page just like the best mysteries I read. While reading the book there were enough unanswered questions, clues and short glimpses of scenes or events that caught my attention and made me store them away to remember "when all was revealed." But all was not revealed at the end and I found myself turning over these clues and snippets, trying to determine their significance, what I thought they meant and what their purpose was. One requirement of a great book is that you cannot get it out of your mind after you turn the last page. This book met that criteria. I thought about it for weeks.

Most importantly I learned that other voices can bring a whole new level to the reading experience, if it is the right voice for the right book. I would have enjoyed this book regardless, but if I read it myself and heard my voice in my head the characters would never have come so alive as they did in Davina Porter's voice. This is a perfect marriage of book and narrator. I was so surprised when I later discovered more about Porter's age, experience and background. She made a 21 year old Scotsman come to life. Her voice is Jamie to me. She handled each character wonderfully, although it is the first and only time I have ever listened to a book or series of books and thought a woman narrator did a better job on the men's voices than she did on the women's. I have loved hearing how the narrator has aged the character's voices throughout the series. You hear the young Jamie in the middle aged Jamie's voice, but you also hear the growth and maturity. I have accepted the narrators in the Lord John series, even when the book includes Jamie and actually think they are narrated well. But I am not certain I could accept another narrator for future Outlander books.

Finally, my initial interest in this book was from a historical fiction viewpoint. A good historical fiction novel, by Bernard Cornwell or Sharon Kay Penman sticks to as much historical fact as possible but presents it in an engaging and relate-able format. It makes you interested enough in the times and events that you will endure the dry-er, less lively recitation of facts of that same event or time in a nonfiction book, just to learn more. Outlander and this series delivered that in spades.





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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • crazybatcow
  • 24/09/2008

Don't tell anyone that I liked it...

I bought this audiobook because it was in the sci/fi fantasy category. The write up claims it has "a dash of time travel" - and that's all it has in the way of fantasy/time travel - a dash.

Time travel is used as a way to launch a HISTORICAL ROMANCE. And, ultimately, this is exactly what it is: a very detailed romance novel set in 18th century Scotland.

Keeping that in mind: it is VERY well done. The narration is terrific and the story engaging (though I did use the fast forward several times to get through the long descriptions of clan family lines, or details of the clothing/housing/etc of the time).

I don't like romances and I don't like historical fiction so I thought the two together would mean I had wasted my credit. Not so. Even though it's as far from my usual listening choices (sci/fi or cop/detective stuff) as it could be, the story flew by: I caught myself smiling at events in the story pretty regularly.

Assuming a starting point of 3 stars for an average story, I added one star for the narration (which brings the story to life) and a second star for making me smile in public. I took off a half star for requiring me to fast forward some of the descriptions = 4.5 star story. So I give it 5 stars because 4.5 is not possible. (I did buy the next book in the series too.)

Remember though, this is a romantic novel with some/lots of sex (though having made it through the sex scenes in Altered Carbon, this is pretty "romantic" sex) - so if you're looking for sci/fi or fantasy, you will be disappointed in this.

Otherwise... if you're not the romantic type but, like me, stumble onto this story by accident only to find that you like it - don't worry, we won't tell anyone...

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Melissa
  • 09/05/2008

Perfect stress reliever!

Not that this series needs one more great review, but if you are still on the fence about giving it a try, I would urge you to do so. I'm a 3rd year doctoral student, overwhelmed with work and obligations, and quite literally the only thing that gets me excited about my 45-mile commute to school each morning is Davina Porter's amazing voice bringing to life Diane Gabaldon's epic adventure/romance story. I miss these characters when I'm away from them for too long - it's that good!! I've read a few comments about these books being too long, but I love them so much that I'm grateful to get to spend this much time with them. It should time out that I will get my degree right as I'm finishing the last book (I only listen on my commute so they last), and I intend to start them all over again when I do. They are simply that good.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Cam
  • 23/07/2016

Beautifully written

I enjoyed this book more than I could imagined. A very well written and narrated book indeed. Storyline is intricate and intriguing. Prior to reading this book I could not imagine reading a book almost 33 hours long and not getting board with the characters. Not so here. This book drew me in more and more the more I read on. I would have given the story a 5 star had it not been for two things. 1- I felt Claire's love for Jamie was not felt as deeply as that of Jamie for her. At least it was not as clear until towards the end of the book when she stated she loved him more than her own life. Took me by surprise since I did not find her manner and thoughts toward him as someone besotted. 2- the story of Frank's ancestry was conveniently told to her in detail about the exact time she time traveled. Also the story covered the exact same characters discussed as the period she finds herself in. As someone in the medical field myself, my first thought was that perhaps she had an accident and is now in a coma and thus dreaming about the characters discussed prior to her time travel. Other than that I LOVED this extremely imaginative and well written book. Can't wait to start the next book in the series.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Katelyn
  • 16/05/2009

Best series ever!

My mother was a huge fan of Diana Gabaldon's work when I was growing up and I had always blown it off as a silly interest of my mother's like most kids. I'm 23 now and I thought I'd give it a try to see what all the fuss was about. I was so surprised to find out that my mother had great taste in books.. if not other things :) The idea of a woman going back in time to Scotland in the 1700's and falling in love with a highlander sounds kind of ridiculous, right? Well I was wrong, it was fantastic! There is a real story line here with genuine problems unlike some other 'romance' novels I have read. The sex scenes are tasteful and do not overpower the story. It isn't all love either, there is plenty of fighting even to keep my macho brother entertained. The places, historical events, tools, and lifestyles portrayed in the novel seem very well researched. The narration is excellent. Davina Porter has a very believable highland accent. I would highly recommend this book!

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Robert
  • 09/10/2008

A Review for Males

This book was written by a woman for women. About 15% of this book is graphic romance from the woman's perspective. Men listening to these sections will find the discussion extremely boring if not nausiating. These sections are not pornography, but by being graphic and explicit, come close enough to be annoying. During these sessions, the book becomes a Harlequin Romance, and the main character becomes Fabio-like. This greatly distracts from the story-line and will drive many males away from the book.

So why did I give this book a 4 star rating? Because the rest of the story is compelling, the reader is excellent, and the characters have depth and realism during the non-Fabio moments. The author takes pains to be historically accurate, and if one has visiting Scotland, the descriptions are enjoyable and vivid.

Be warned, however, that this is not science fiction. Time travel is a mechanism, not a concept in this book. As the author herself admitted at her website, this happened by accident, and she simply went along with it. So dont get this book if the goal is to explore the ramifications and paradoxes of time travel. Such topics are explored superficially in the second book, and ignored here.

If one wants a great time travel story, I recommend To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Chandra
  • 09/02/2010

I'm an addict

I was skeptical at first, my fiance picked this book for me and after reading the description, I wasn't eager to listen. I even teased him a bit about the time travel element.

After exhausting my credits for the month, I grudgingly started Outlander and I am so happy I did! Oh my goodness! I could not believe how much I loved the book. I was drawn into this amazing story and the lives of all the characters. Diana Gabaldon paints a wonderful picture and Davina Porter is a fabulous narrator. I love that you know who is speaking before she even tells you.

I have listened to all 7 books without stopping to take a breath in between. Having just finished the last book in the series, I feel a little empty, like something is missing. I have been trying to pick a new book, but I feel a bit like I am cheating on Jamie and Claire.

My fiance, needless to say has been enjoying my addiction and has not missed an opportunity to say "I told you so!".

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • BVerité
  • 22/11/2011

Response to Negative reviews re: Romance and sex

This IS NOT A SMUTTY ROMANCE BOOK. By any reasonable standards! But Ive been Shocked to see the neg reviews calling this incredibly famous novel just that.

*****A tip for the prude or those who aren't interested in love stories: read the description before you get the book. If you can't stand any mention of sexuality, or cant understand and appreciate the story of two lovers amidst tragedy of war and time, don't purchase a 32-hour, time-travel, Scottish romance novel.

Considering all the positive reviews, I rated this book, but never wrote a review bc it was all said already. This is a beloved novel, and it is also a beautiful work of literature that will stand the test of time. I am obviously not the only one to think that.

The reason I write this review is in response to the readers who call this a silly romance, a piece of smut, or overly and offensly sexual. Oh my God! I can't imagine anyone thinking there was too much sex or graphic sex in this book. Moreover, I was annoyed for the first 15 hours that there wasn't more love and romance. This author writes the few love scenes with grace and tenderness, choosing precise words that are not offensive in the least. The few major intimacy scenes are brilliant, in fact. Diana Galdaldon was able to convey the intensity of the moment without resorting to brash language.

I wanted More time for the lovers to talk and get to know each other, mentally and physically. Thus I gave the story 4 stars instead of 5. But I still gave the overall a 5, because it was excellent.

It actually both angers and scares me that anyone is so sexually repressed that they think this PG novel is too sexy or smutty. Of all the fantasy novels I've read, excluding Harry Potter :), and of all the romance novels I've read, the sexuality is mild, to put it lightly. There are some wonderful scenes, and they are needed and important as part of the story. But as I said, these are written with precision to avoid offensive language.

So to anyone who fits the uptight mold I describe- start looking for your fantasy books in the kids section.



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    1 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Doug D. Eigsti
  • 08/07/2015

CAUTION: Romance Novel Ahead!

This is a very popular book, popular series, and popular author, but not everything popular is right for every reader. Just like Romance readers don’t like Science Fiction—and, no, a Romance Futuristic is not Science Fiction, not even if it involves an element of Time Travel. Make no mistake—this is a Romance novel. I decided to give it a try because thousands of people can’t be wrong. Well, they are not wrong, I am sure their fondness for this book is genuine—for them. When you look at the fawning reviews and the thousands of ratings remember this important fact: Many thousands of people enjoy a nice romance novel. I am just not one of them. Go into any used bookstore and browse through the stacks and stacks of romance novels. Witness the avid romance readers bringing in bags and bags of books for trade and you will understand that there is a whole world of Romance readership, and fandom, that Science Fiction geeks will never be a part. I wanted to like this novel, I really did, but I just don’t get the whole Romance thing. I only made it about 90 minutes into this one.

Davina Porter was just average for me. She fails at depicting male voices convincingly. I realize that she is playing to a female audience but she did not help make this book accessible for me.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • berrymelon
  • 18/12/2011

Eine Geschichte, die einem im Gedächtnis bleibt

... oder jedenfalls ging es mir so, denn auf Diana Gabaldons Highland-Saga aufmerksam geworden bin ich vor nicht ganz zehn Jahren schon durch meine Tante. Interessanterweise gab sie mir das Buch nach kurzem Überlegen mit den Worten: "Ja, das ist ganz jugendfrei, das kannst du gern lesen" und mir glühten ab etwa der Mitte der Geschichte dann doch ganz schön die Ohren. Vielleicht hatte sie auch nicht erwartet, dass eine Zwölfjährige so weit kommt, aber sei's drum :)

Was hierbei das hohe Suchtpotenzial ausmacht, ist gar nicht so sehr die grundlegende Idee. Denn es ist die in unterschiedlichen Varianten schon mal aufgegriffene Geschichte einer Krankenschwester, die sich aus zunächst unerfindlichen Gründen plötzlich im Schottland des 18. Jahrhunderts wiederfindet und sich gezwungen sieht, sich in dieser äußerst merkwürdigen Situation irgendwie zurechtzufinden. Hätte sie ihrem Mann nur etwas besser zugehört, dessen Hobby es war, ihr detailverliebt von genau dieser Periode der schottischen Geschichte zu erzählen. ... Aber auch so hat sie einiges zu tun, denn allein das Überleben in dieser fremden Welt ist schwierig genug - wird sie doch als Britin für eine Spionin gehalten -, auch ohne dass sie zu einer weiteren Ehe mit einem ihr kaum bekannten Schotten genötigt wird. Der allerdings eine nicht abzustreitende Faszination auf sie ausübt ...

So oder so ähnlich laufen zugegebenermaßen eine Reihe von Geschichten ab. Was Gabaldons Highland-Saga in meinen Augen so großartig macht, ist ihre geniale Umsetzung. Zunächst ist der Schreibstil ein wahrer Traum und hat mich als Kind schon gefesselt - und das in der deutschen Übersetzung. Das englische Original wie es hier von Davina Porter gelesen wird, übertrifft dies sogar noch. Sie schafft es, den schottischen Akzent glaubwürdig und charmant vorzutragen, dabei aber immer verständlich und angenehm zum Zuhören.

Besonders wichtig ist mir gerade bei Hörbüchern auch immer die Darstellung verschiedener Charaktere, besonders hinsichtlich ihrer Stimmen. Gabaldons Geschichte ist so eine, bei der eine ganze Reihe von Charakteren auftreten und sich in den Handlungsverlauf einmischen. Was einerseits für das Buch selbst spricht, das dadurch eine wunderschöne Dynamik erhält und somit zusätzlich zu den gut recherchierten Hintergründen sehr glaubwürdig daher kommt. Auf der anderen Seite sticht hier wieder Porter als tolle Sprecherin hervor, die genau diese unterschiedlichen Charaktere auch verkörpern kann.

Oder um es kurz auf den Punkt zu bringen: Die Highland-Saga hat es über einen verblüffend kurzen Zeitraum geschafft, eine große Fangemeinde hinter sich zu versammeln und das aus gutem Grund. Diese wundervolle Geschichte (sowie die Fortsetzungen) in ungekürzter Fassung und in einer so schönen Lesung hier im Angebot zu haben, ist auf so viele Arten toll, dass mir langsam die Adjektive ausgehen. Vielen Dank dafür an das Audible-Team und dicke Kaufempfehlung! :)

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • hedy11
  • 18/11/2006

Faszinierend gelesene ungekürzte Fassung

Davina Porter schafft es hervorragend, Charaktere zu verkörpern und Stimmungen zu übertragen
- viel besser als die auch nicht schlechte Sprecherin der gekürzten Fassung, Geraldine James.

Noch wichtiger: diese Version ist eben ungekürzt, so dass neben dem roten Faden der Geschichte auch die humoristischen und erotischen Nuancen nicht untergehen.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • juliaakn82
  • 04/08/2006

Fantastisch

Dieses Hörbuch ist einfach grandios! Die fesselnde Geschichte ist hervorragend vorgelesen. Jeder Charakter bekommt seine eigene Stimme und der schottische Akzent ist überzeugend gesprochen. Das wichtigste aber: es ist endlich eine ungekürzte Version, die jene Details enthält, die diese Geschichte so liebenswert machen.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • amanog
  • 07/11/2011

sprecherin perfekt

Die Geschichte vom Zeitsprung ist ideenreich mit vielen Facetten aufgebaut. Die historischen Hintergründe stimmen oder sind genial angepaßt. Passagenweise geht das Buch in einen sogenannten Frauenroman über, diese Teile halten sich allerdings in Grenzen, auch wenn dann der Kitsch leicht übertrieben wird - wovon Klein.Emma träumt.
Allerdings ist die Sprecherin so hervorragend, dass man über diese Schwächen glatt hinweggehen kann. Die schottischen Passagen werden so klar im leichte Akzent und mit den entsprechenden abweichenden Begriffen beschrieben und vorgetragen, dass das Herz eines jeden Schottlandfans höher schlagen muss.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 08/09/2010

Keinerlei Sprachbarrieren

Super vorgelesen und auch f?r Nicht-Muttersprachler leicht zu verstehen.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Susanne
  • 27/09/2013

Spannende Geschichte fürs Auto

Für längere Strecken spannende Geschichte in einem gut verständlichen und durch die excellente Sprecherin auch gut verstehbarem Englisch. Keine hochgeistige Literatur aber gut zu hören. Wechsel zwischen Spannung und Entspannung. Mir gefällts und ich würde es unbedingt weiterempfehlen.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • annaninja
  • 18/01/2012

just beautiful.

listening to davina porter is like listening to your favorite aunt telling you the most colorful stories.
every character has his/her voice and ms porter is keeping this voice throughout the whole story.
i can highly recommend this audio-book!

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • c4791
  • 12/04/2013

Ich bin nicht reingekommen

Teilweise interessant, aber wirklich reingekommen bin ich in das Buch nicht. Die Charaktere haben sich für mich nicht entfaltet und ich habe mich ständig gefragt, worauf das alles nun hinausläuft. Für eine Erzählung aus der Ich-Perspektive haben mir Gedanken und Gefühle gefehlt, aus der dritten Person heraus hätte ich weniger Probleme damit gehabt.
Die Sprecherin hat mich genervt, Stimme zu hoch, zu affektiert.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Holger Flick
  • 27/01/2008

Interessante Geschichte, zu langsam gelesen

Die Geschichte ist interessant, kein Zweifel. Jedoch besitzt die Sprecherin die Gabe extrem langsam zu lesen, wie ich es bei keinem anderen Hörbuch erlebt habe. Daher wird die lange Geschichte einfach nur unerträglich lang. Als Buch zum Lesen definitiv besser.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Sonja
  • 02/09/2007

Nette, aber seichte Unterhaltung

Viel Alkohol, viel Sex, ab und zu etwas Action. Als leichte "Hintergrundunterhaltung" ganz nett. Sehr gut gefallen aber hat mir die Sprecherin, die es bestens versteht, jedem Charakter eine eigene Erzählstimme zu verleihen.

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