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Monday, May 28, 2012

Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon

It is difficult for me to imagine a passionate love affair with a historian called Frank but imagining one with a Scottish warrior- well, now that wasn't difficult at all... I thought I would be the one swooning each time the dashing James Fraser made an appearance....

From the first couple of lines I was taken in by the wit and banter between Claire and Frank, despite the fact that I found it hard to imagine the passion between the two of them. Once Claire finds herself with the daydream-inducing Jamie, it was nearly impossible to put this book aside, even for sleep or work.

I have fallen completely in love with this story, the characters, and most especially, the humor I found throughout. There weren't a lot of raucous, belly-laugh moments but it was a rare part in the story when I wasn't at least smiling and/or chuckling. The cast of characters Gabaldon introduces are so endearing I started to miss their presence in my day as soon as I finished the book. I listened to this one and I'm so glad I did. Admittedly, there are books that lose some of their effect when they are heard and not read; however, there are others that actually benefit from a spell woven more completely through the voice of a talented storyteller. Outlander falls into the latter category. I was thoroughly enchanted by the story but the narrator brought it to life and made it impossible for me to stop listening. For the first time in a very long time, I found myself casting about for additional household chores to attend to just so I could keep listening. It has been a good long while since I've cheerily gone to scoop dog poop... Thank you, Diana Gabaldon for the clean yard :0).

I am anxiously looking forward to getting back to fiery, witty Claire and her equally clever warrior in the next book in this series, Dragonfly in Amber.

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