Great story, perfect pacing, unforgetable characters.
The narration is just stunning. I will listen to anything Davina Porter reads. A master in the craft.
Overall, a wonderful audio experience.
The production quality was terrible with a constant hiss & other background noises throughout. I understand it was recorded a number of years ago, but should be remastered.
Contrary to popular opinion, I intensely disliked the way Claire was narrated. I don't know if it was DP's way of portraying feminine youth, but every sentence sounded like an exclamation & the cadence was unnatural. Also, the most powerful scenes in the book were completely flat - just no comparison. First & last audio excursion into this series.
Read the book.
Yes You exist with the characters
Jamie and Claire's wedding
All of them
Yes cry and laugh
I am SO glad that these books are long. I don't ever want them to end! The books I've read so far (the first 3) strike a perfect balance between adventure, romance, history, and suspense. Thank you Diana Gabaldon!
Davina Porter is an amazing narrator; I always know which character she's narrating because of her subtle intonations and accents for each individual. Her voice lulls me into the story, and I never want to stop listening.
SUCH A GOOD STORY I COULDN'T STOP LISTENING. NOW WILL BE A MINI SERIES ON STARZ. IF ITS HALF AS GOOD AS THE BOOK IT WILL BE GREAT. CAN'T WAIT FOR NEXT BOOK
CLARE IS A STRONG WOMAN. AND VERY BELIEVABLE. THE FEAR SHE HAD TO OVERCOME WAS OVERWHELMING BUT SHE DID AND SURVIVED.
I came to Outlander by way of the Audible audiobook, and only got the book second. The audiobook, performed by Davinia Porter, was fantastic, one of my favorite audiobooks ever, and the experience of reading/listening was the best I've had with the "Whispersync" feature that syncs your Kindle book and your audiobook. Gabaldon at times writes the Scottish characters' dialogue phonetically, and I know that some people do not enjoy that. It can be confusing and disconcerting. The audiobook helps with that tremendously, because I always had Ms. Porter's lilting accent in my head as I read those portions, and so struggled much less than I might have in deciphering it. If you love audiobooks, do give this one a try. I'll definitely be doing the same on Outlander #2, Dragonfly in Amber, which I'll be downloading directly.
I originally listened to this book on audio tapes (or maybe CDs) provided by Recorded Books many years ago, possibly as much as 8 years ago, since it was originally recorded in 2006, but I don't remember exactly. I was instantly draw in by the characters, meticulous descriptions and historical accuracy and detail of the story. I have since listened to every successive installment with just as much rapt attention and enjoyment as this first one. I have just listened to Outlander again, inspired by the upcoming TV series to revisit the story. I just had to write this review to say it is just as compelling, fascinating and enjoyable as it was when it was a new adventure for me. As I read it this second time, I find myself looking forward to certain scenes with delicious anticipation, and wincing when I come across something I had forgotten (usually unpleasant).
Not to mention Davina Porter, one of my all-time absolutely favorite narrators. I could not imagine any other voice bringing Jamie, Claire and all the myriad characters that inhabit the thousands of pages of this series to life.
So here's the cautionary statement: THIS IS NOT A HISTORICAL ROMANCE NOR IS IT FANTASY OR SCI-FI. Yes, there is romance and some explicit sex, and there is a fantasy/scifi element, but this is essentially historical fiction with the emphasis on historical accuracy and exploration of the social, political and cultural norms of Scotland in the 1740s, filtered through the experiences of the two main characters. The relationships between the main characters, as they develop throughout this and the succeeding books, are realistic and touching at the same time, with ferocious arguments as well as sweet and/or erotic love scenes. There is also horrendous cruelty and a few scenes between the two main characters in this particular installment that could make some people (especially with our modern sensibilities about domestic violence) squirm extremely uncomfortably. But the point is not to be PC or to make us uncomfortable. The personal relationships in this book, as well as the others in the series, are complex and reflect situations, actions and reactions that would have been completely acceptable and appropriate to the culture of that time and place.
The experience of reading this and the successive books in this series is one not to be missed for any fan of historical fiction!
Loved it the first time and in some ways even better the second time. Can't wait for the series, and definitely going to listen to the new book.
This first book in the Outlander series grabs the reader and won't let go.
Claire's firebrand heroism and positive attitude in the face of insurmountable obstacles gives the reader hope and a way to escape into the reading of the book.
Davina Porter has the most extraordinary ability to create a multitude of different voices that perfectly match the characters she is portraying.
Yes, I would listen to it again, in the future. I am so impressed with the narrator, her voices, the characters, the story - just everything.
The rest of the series of Diana Gabaldon. I'm looking forward to each and every book!
The accents!!! It's marvelous to listen to someone with a English accent, who then switches to Scottish. And her enunciation is perfect.
I really like the timing and the banter between Clare and her husband, Frank. The narrator was spot on with that.
I would listen to ANYTHING that Davina Porter reads. And I will listen to anything that Diana Gabaldon writes. I KNOW I will not be disappointed and always entertained. It takes me out of my existence and into another world.