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.
Definitely among my top 5, overall; I haven't even finished it yet!
I really enjoy the juxtaposition of a modern woman in a somewhat primitive yesteryear.
Davina rendered each of the characters, I feel, with an equally convincing quality.
I've been listening over the course of several road trips. As I travel for work, I really look forward returning to this "listen."
Brilliant author, equally realized in the character-voice interpretations of Davina Porter. I couldn't have done better in my own head!
I started this series without too many expectations, but the description sounded interesting and thought I'd give it a try. It was so good I hated when it ended, even though it's a long read. And, I now have all the unabridged books in the series and am looking forward to reading the next and newest book. The narrator is the absolute best for this series. Ms. Porter makes the characters come to life and be some of the most memorable of all time. Definitely well worth a credit!
Yes, and if it wasn't an excellent story the background noise and voices would have bothered me enough to return the book. The story itself is very well written and the performance is good.
yes, excellent job
The recording seems poor. I was able to hear other voices in the background as if someone was sitting next to Davina Porter reading another book. I am hopeful that this was not intentional subliminal suggestions.
Say something about yourself!
Claire falls through time. Circumstances bring Jamie into her life. There are all sorts of events that happen to them as they fall in love. There are some steamy love scenes and some language. The story is told in such a great and moving way. I simply couldn't put it down.
I love the narrator.
Pillars of the Earth. Well written like that book.
Jamie... Of course. But I love the confusion that arises when Claire slips and uses modern cuss words.
Yes. Could na put it down you can.
Someone keeps coughing in the background. Like in the other room from the narrator. A disgusting noise. It doesn't happen all the time but often enough to be a distraction.
Diana Gabaldon mixed historical knowledge, vivid characters, and alot of imagination, with a beautiful love story that sailed through time.
Davina Porter portrayed the different characters in a clear cut way that was easy to follow.
The Stone Circle of Love