It was 1992, I roamed Barnes & Nobles in Saugus. I was looking for anything that was “Celtic” related. Anything and all books that cover Celtic mythology, history, and customs. I saw the cover of the book Outlander. It was a beautiful cover with a tartan covered picnic tablecloth. I loved science fiction and romance, with a smather of, well, history. I sat down with it, when bookstores like Barnes & Nobles still had comfy chairs to curl up in. I bought the book and waited for each of the others to come out. Always wanting more.
I fell in love with the language, the story, the characters of the book. I was working on my own novel back then. I never finished it, and it was for my consumption rather than anyone else. I am not even sure if I still have the files anymore, I doubt it. It seems like many lifetimes ago. I do still have my research and the books. I did create a reference for them but that too is long lost. I will most likely get around to that at some point.
I even started an email conversation with Diana Gabaldon, the author of the novels, gave me some advice. It was nice that she responded. Diana was an early adopter and was online since CompuServe days! I wish I still had the emails, but I lost them when I stopped using my AOL email many years ago.
The books gave me an escape. I waited with baited breath for the next books over the years. I read up through # 6. The last two books I just stopped reading. I am in the process of re-reading or is that listening to the complete series and I am now on Firey Cross.
I always waited for signs of a movie, or even a TV series. It wasn’t until a few years ago, that my wish for that came through. Outlander is on Starz. I will talk about it in a moment.
In truth, I only read up to A Breath of Snow and Ashes (book #6). Although I love Gabaldon’s style, I got overly tired of the minute detail to woman’s breastfeeding nipples, descriptions of what is in a child’s diaper, and other unnecessary details.
I have started listening to the audiobooks over the last few months. I really do love the audiobooks, Divina Porter is the voice actor. She really does a great job at creating different voices, my favorite of her voices is for Jamie. My least favorite is Claire- Her reading of Claire reminds me of the actor Barbara Leigh-Hunt who played Lady Catherine in the 1995 mini-series of Pride and Prejudice. Divina Porter played Claire’s voice a little too old for the character at times, and although I never imagined her as such, a little too aristocratic, for me. But I can get over that, and have.
When I am at home listening to the books, I might follow along with the Kindle book, it automatically syncs to the page. The audiobooks do match what is in the books, Just a little note of frustration, sometimes in Fiery Cross, the editor of the audiobook, does not speak “Gaelic” but rather gives the English translation instead. Again, this happens a few times, and in those few times, I just wanted to hear the Gaelic.
Overall, I really love how they directed the Voice Actor. I love that she has different voices and is really enjoyable.
Here is a list of the times for the audiobooks (I am currently on Fiery Cross):
Voice Actor: Divina Porter
Outlander: (Pages: 850) 32 hrs and 43 mins
DragonFly in Amber: (Pages: 743) 38 hrs and 58 mins
Voyager: (Pages: 870) 43 hrs and 51 mins
Drums of Autumn: (Pages: 880) 44 hrs and 54 mins
Firey Cross: (Pages: 980) 55 hrs and 34 mins
A Breath of Snow and Ashes: (Pages: 980) 57 hrs and 46 mins
An Echo in the Bone: (Pages: 1149) 45 hrs and 57 mins
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood: (Pages: 825) 44 hrs and 59 mins
Outlander, the TV series by Starz is a fantastic adaptation of the books. Ron Moore heads the adaption for TV with Diana as a consultant. Currently, it’s in the third season, with another season being filmed. I am sure that there will be season 5.
I took a new interest in the books since the TV show came on. I started re-reading through listening to the audiobooks. To be honest I am still am in love with the books as I once was a long time ago.