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Carolyn Timms

YUNGABURRA, QLD, AU
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  • Outlander

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. 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. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great supplement to a favourate story

  • By Carolyn Timms on 13-06-2018

A great supplement to a favourate story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-06-2018

Descriptions (scenes, emotions, interactions, body language) are well drawn and engaging. There is a lot going on in this book, it is full of action and compelling. Davina Porter is a fabulous narrator. Diana Gabaldon's writing is superb. The combination is exquisite!

  • Assassin's Fate

  • Fitz and the Fool, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay, David Thorpe
  • Length: 45 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 332

Prince FitzChivalry Farseer's daughter, Bee, was violently abducted from Withywoods by Servants of the Four in their search for the Unexpected Son, foretold to wield great power. With Fitz in pursuit, the Servants fled through a Skill-pillar, leaving no trace. It seems certain that they and their young hostage have perished in the Skill-river. Clerres, where White Prophets were trained by the Servants to set the world on a better path, has been corrupted by greed. Fitz is determined to reach the city and take vengeance on the Four.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A deeply moving conclusion!

  • By Rosanna on 12-08-2017

A thrilling and satisfying conclusion

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-2018

This book was the penultimate experience of the series. Fitz and little Bee eventually reunited and prevailed with the help of some unlikely allies. The conclusion was sad, brilliant and inspiring. Robin Hobb is one of the best fantasy writers I have ever read.

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. 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. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator's voice does not match the character

  • By Anneka on 02-11-2016

a superb experience

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-04-2018

What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

Davina Porter is a superlative narrator. She prepares her material and delivers in a way that accounts for natural pauses, inflextions, emphases and expressions. Diana Gabaldon's superb writing is of course the background, and Davina's narration complements and extends this.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

There are so many memorable moments and all are delivered very well.

Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to all of the Outlander series presented by Davina. They are old friends.

  • Fool's Quest

  • Fitz and the Fool, Book 2
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Lee Maxwell-Simpson, Avita Jay
  • Length: 33 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 245

Robin Hobb returns to her best-loved characters with the second volume in a brand-new series. Happy endings never last.... Years ago they freed a dragon from the glaciers on Aslevjal. Then they parted ways, the Fool returning to far-off Clerres while Fitz finally claimed a wife, a family, and a home of his own. Now, betrayed by his own people and broken by torment, the Fool has made his way back to the Six Duchies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Robin Hobb is my absolute favorite.

  • By Miss on 15-09-2016

Spoiled by the narrators

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-04-2018

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoy listening in the car during my long weekly drives. As such it passes the time and Robin Hobb is a superb author. This book being the middle book in a triology spends a long time on Fitz at Buckkeep saving the Fool and coming to his rightful place in the world AFTER the reader knows that disaster has befallen his much loved daughter Bee. This leaves the reader worrying about what is happening to her.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fool's Quest?

Fitz's realisation that Bee has been stolen from Withywoods. It is a moment of profound dismay. He has been preoccupied in saving the Fool, and during that time he has lost his much loved daughter. It is a moment of profound self-loathing and bereavement.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

the narrator (particularly Lee Maxwell-Simpson) seems to have no idea of timing, appropriate pauses (sentences and paragraphs) or voice inflextions. It is as if he has not read the passage previously and does not know when certain events are coming up. I would have thought such preparation would be essential for a narrator. The other narrator is better, and I enjoyed her accented reading of the pleasant faced woman and the other invaders. I did find the voice for Bee rather more childish than I would have imagined. She is very small for her age, but she is nonetheless a very intelligent girl.

Was Fool's Quest worth the listening time?

Once I got past the annoying narrator I was able to appreciate Robin Hobb's skill of story writing.