OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.Historical and Romance are my two least favorite genres, which I should have considered before investing 16 hours into a 32 hour audiobook. I love the narrator, but the book was just too slow for me. Listening to the dirty parts on my morning commute was an interesting experience, but those parts were always ruined by the characters pillowtalk (Jamie talks about how he saw a girl get raped once... NOT GOOD PILLOWTALK). Beyond that, Jamie and Claire seem to go back and forth between treating each other like children. When Jamie spanks Claire for disobeying him, it wasn't sexy, it was uncomfortable. And even though the book did an admirable job of trying to convince me it was appropriate for the time period... I'm a modern reader and can't get past it. Not being able to root for the romance has kept me from being able to finish.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life...and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
GREENWITCH by Susan Cooper
Simon, Jane, and Barney, enlisted by their mysterious great-uncle, arrive in a small coastal town to recover a priceless golden grail stolen by the forces of evil -- Dark. They are not at first aware of the strange powers of another boy brought to help, Will Stanton -- nor of the sinister significance of the Greenwitch, an image of leaves and branches that for centuries has been cast into the sea for good luck in fishing and harvest.Their search for the grail sets into motion a series of distubing, sometimes dangerous events that, at their climax, bring forth a gift that, for a time at least, will keep the Dark from rising.Again, this one is just slow. There's nothing technically wrong with the narrator, but I dislike his voice. I may pick up the paperback and finish the story in the future, but I was dreading getting in my car to listen to this one.
LUNATICS by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel
One of them is a bestselling Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist. The other is a winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Together, they form the League of Comic Justice, battling evildoers in the name of . . . Okay, we made that line up. What they do form is a writing team of pure comic genius, and they will have you laughing like idiots.Philip Horkman is a happy man-the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for kids' soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with goddamned jerks and morons, and he's having a really bad day. The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.Where that all takes them you can't begin to guess, but the literary journey there is a masterpiece of inspiration and mayhem. But what else would you expect from the League of Comic Justice?I just couldn't get into this one. I occasionally laughed, but it's stupid humor that takes everything too far. Besides that the two main characters are completely obnoxious and I couldn't get into the story at all.