Beneath the hundreds of pages spent describing the main characters running towards each other through the tulips in slow motion, Outlander is a very good story.
Time-travel stories often spend too many pages describing the contrasts between modern and ancient, as experienced by the traveler. In this story, the main character is modern, but not a stranger to sudden adversity. So we are spared some of that.
All characters are drawn fairly well. The novel is mainly a Masterpiece Theater-flavored family drama set in 18th-century Scotland, very few sci-fi or fantasy elements.
Outlander bears none of the clever conundrums of The Time Traveler's Wife, nor the memorable, edge-of-your-seat pacing of Connie Willis' Doomsday Book, two other novels with heroines forced to straddle the centuries. Outlander has too many romantic scenes, too much swooning and fainting and sentences that begin with "My heart was racing..." Beneath all of this is a great story, worth reading or listening to.
I read Outlander when it first came out 20 years ago and fell in love with the series. I held tightly to for a couple of years before I shared it. But when I did I shared with everyone. Last year I noticed the unabridged version and told my husband he had to listen to these books. He accused me of withholding them from him! He enjoyed listening while commuting to and from work (102 miles round trip). I listen while I work during the day. He'd come home each evening and "update" me on what Jamie and Claire were up to during his ride. He has already listened twice he enjoys them so much.
Davina Porter is now the voice of Claire for me and my husband! She does an excellent job reading the story and giving life to the characters. I can't imagine anyone being able to give life to the books like Davina's reading.
I own the whole series 3 times over - hard copies, CDs and now from Audible.com.
This book has a decent reader but is so slow I kept falling asleep during it. A little more action and a lot more editing. I wonder if they where going for word count.
I wouldn't buy another book by her
She did a good job for what she had to work with.
I had hoped for an in depth tale and all I got was boring and more boring.
I am a devoted mother and a passionate grandmother. I defend my family to the death . I have finally graduated college and earned a degree.
As for the book it was more like Soft core porn....over and over and over story lost me , got bored with it... really had no clear focus. Reader was excellent. So if you want to listen to porn this is the book for you
I purchased this audio book based on the glowing reviews from other Audible listeners and also from a family member who loves this series. I love history and I was very intriqued by the element of time travel. I was anticipating a smartly written novel that explored Scottish history in a fresh way with a little bit of romance and time travel fantasy. What I got was a glorified romance novel with very little of anything else. I would have enjoyed this much more if the author had given us more historical development and more investigation of the time travel element. Too much of the book is spent on the sexual escapades between the main characters and the details of various fights and beatings. Honestly, I got completely annoyed with the main character Claire because I kept wanting her to continue trying to get back to her real life in the future. Meanwhile, she just continued to traipse around the Scottish countryside, alternating between sex with her new husband and various fights with those encountered on their path. This was just not what I was expecting from this book and I really didn't like it. In fact, I got to the point where listening turned into a chore and I finally gave up and never did finish it. The only redeeming factors and the only reasons I gave any stars in my rating were that the book is well written, for what it is, and the narrator was excellent. She is the only thing that kept me listening as long as I did. I would love to hear her narrate something else. I fail to understand why so many people enjoy this series because, to me, it was a waste of a credit.
They are worth every bit of the money i spent, get them now while they are one sale!!! Hurry. I want more, what is next, don't stop. I have read them all.
One of the best narrators that I've heard. One of the few women that can do a man's voice convincingly, and her Scottish accent is spot on! The story is enchanting as well!
History, Romance, suspense
This is a stand alone series for me
I loved listening to it - very different from reading. She really weaves a spell with her voice. I was unsure she could carry off the "Claire" in my head - but now I can't imagine someone else trying to read them aloud.
Yes and no. I read the books and loved them. I do prefer to read my books, but when I go for walks, I like to listen to stories. Takes my mind off of the steps. Anyway, I really enjoyed hearing all the words pronounced properly. My Gaelic isn't that great!
I would love to listen to it in one sitting, but it's so long! If I had the time, I would have!
I found listening to the series after reading them all equally enjoyable.
I purchased this book on the recommendation of a friend who is also an author. She raved about the writing, praising Diana Gabaldon in a way that truly piqued my interest. Well..... she was RIGHT!! I quickly found myself entranced with the story of Claire & Jamie. I've always love historical romances which take place in far away lands.... the descriptions of Scotland are full of fabulous detail, bringing each scene to life. I have never been so anxious for my monthly credit to appear on my account.... it means that I can treat myself to the next installment of this series :)