Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I Didn't Watch for the Watch

SPOILER ALERT: Dinna read unless you have read 3/4ths of Outlander. 

How could this have happened?!  I have been listening to Outlander tonight... Claire told Jamie she loves him... Jenny had baby Maggie... all was right with the world...and then next thing I know...

BAM!!!  

Jamie's gone! Oh, he's GONE! (said like Rudolph)  Ian came riding along on a strange horse - sans peg - and I'm like "Ohhhhh NOOOO! I didna know! I didna REALIZE! I don't even think I knew Jamie WENT anywhere!" (that's what I get for watering flowers whilst listening to Davina's soothing voice).

Sigh. Now... we wait. And wait. And wait s'more. I am sad, sassenachs. For I know that even when we find him.. he won't be "him" for a verra, verra long time.

Fasten your seatbelts... we're about to hit some turbulence. (Understatement... party of 1?!)

17 comments:

Jeaniebirdie said...

It happened too fast for me too, the first time I read this part. All of a sudden Jenny leaves wee Maggie, and Claire and Jenny are out looking for him...Aaand the rollercoaster begins...

I actually had to go back and look. "What? When did Jamie leave, what happened to Ian's leg. What?"

Carol you're right, Jamie willna be himself for a verra long time after this...

Megs said...

Once I got to Lallybroch I was on the lookout of when Jamie was going to be taken! I couldna remember exactly when it happened, so the whole time while I was reading (listening), I was on guard!!

I didna realize how loooong the Wentworth prison part was!!

Buckle your seat belt!!

L said...

I have to give Jenny two thumbs up here. She really shows us she is a strong, determined woman who would do anything for her family. Murtagh really kicks butt in his quiet weasel faced way. Even more now that we know he thinks Claire is a faerie. Did Murtagh think Claire could magic Jamie out of prison.

lesley said...

oh carol
have the tissues ready, the wentworth scenes were worse while listening :-(
lesley :-)

lesley said...

i ended too fast then
not just the wentworth scenes the abbey as well :-(
lesley :-)

Karen Henry said...

Carol:

Yeah, it's MUCH worse when you know what's coming, isn't it? That feeling of dread, knowing what's going to happen but being powerless to stop it.

Hang on, and get the tissues ready for the last part of the book.

Karen

Patti said...

Haven't gotten that far in my reread yet, but it gets verra bad for awhile doesn't it? I started rereading BTW so I could follow along with you and because my mother-ravenous reader that she is, did not care for Outlander. WHAT?!? So I'm trying to find what she could have possibly found wrong with it! LOL

Alli said...

Once Jamie gets taken I enter one of the many scenes/parts of the book that I dread reading...I just don't look forward to it and am so tempted to skim or skip. Wentworth (SPOILER ALERT............), the duel and aftermath, the end of Dragonfly, the "return" and hasty departure from Lallybroch in Voyager, to name just a few. These are some of the scenes I just dread reading...glad I'm not the only one!

Tracey R. said...

I canna even imagine how awful it's going to be to hear Davina do the part where

SPOILER



Jamie tells Claire that he canna be her husband anymore b/c of Randall and that she should go back to her own time. HOLY CRAP.

Megs said...

Tracey- its sooo sad :(

I had forgotten about that part, so it surprised me in the re-read!

Jo M said...

Carol, I feel your pain. I am currently listening to the abduction part of A Breath of Snow and Ash.

Turbulence, indeed....I might need some smelling salts...this is definitely one of those times where rereading is WAY more intense than the first time through.

Stacey said...

And *listening* is worse because you can't skim, or skip, no matter how much you might be tempted. Make sure you are alone, not driving, or on your lunch break at work, or waiting for your children, when listening to the last part of OL!!! Because I totally agree with everyone who recommends having "tissues ready."

Sirena said...

Oh, I feel the same way all the other commenters do! It's funny how even when you re=read, you have this incredible feeling that things could somehow turn out differently, and it mingles so seamlessly with the dread of the part of you that already knows that the turbulent times are coming :-( And that ye couldna stop them! Eeee!

Karen Henry said...

Tracey (and anyone else listening to the audiobooks):

Word of warning: DO NOT listen to the more emotionally intense parts of the books while driving! I learned this the hard way. Driving home from work one evening, listening to the scene in OUTLANDER where Jamie is being given last rites, I suddenly found myself half-blinded by tears, still driving down the road, about a mile from my house. I got home without incident, but it was a pretty scary experience.

Since that happened, I make a point of NOT, EVER, listening to the more emotional scenes while driving. I wouldn't dare, for example, listen to the farewell scenes in DRAGONFLY while driving.

Karen

Tracey R. said...

Yikes Karen!! Good to know because I have been listened to them in the car nonstop for a week now on my way to and from work. In fact, yesterday I told a coworker I'd drive her home--and then later realized that I wouldn't get my 15-minute Davina "fix," and just about cried!! LOL.

I've also discovered that the audiobook is GREAT for walking/running. Normally I do a three-mile walk, and it feels like about 5 minutes long listening to this thing. I'm beginning to think a marathon is within reach...

Purgatory Carol said...

Thanks for the comments, all. Now that I've gotten some good advice:

JE SUIS PREST!!!!!!!!

PS - Thanks, Karen. Wow I NEVER thought about what a bad idea it would be to listen to a sad part while driving. I realized the other day - while listening to a song in the car that reminded me of Ardsmuir - that I can make myself cry in about 2 seconds when thinking of JF in jail. :( Too bad I'm not an actor; I could have used that to cry on the spot!!

Jo M said...

Tracy, audiobooks are also great for packing. I just moved, and the only thing that kept me sane was being able to listen to books on my ipod. Some libraries have a program where you can check out digital copies of the book by downloading them on your ipod or other such device.