This is by far my favorite series. The character development, historical credibility, narration, and plot are amazing. Each book in the series draws you in and you become part of the Highland landscape, the Paris streets, or the vast American wilderness. Jamie and Claire have a love and devotion that you dream of. It will make you cry, scream with anger, and laugh out loud. It’s a long series….and you never want it to end. Can’t wait for book 8!
I have read the books and decided to listen to them owing to the sheer weight and substance of the later sequels. I love epic stories that have continuity and an ongoing story the spans decades and generations. That is what this is. Gabaldon has such creative verbage and unusual similes that kept me interested and never got boring, even in the minutiae that she creates with her stories and weaves with her words. The detail that describes the scenery, the events, and the history woven into her fiction is spellbinding and extremely fascinating. I feel that I know these characters intimately.
I love historical fiction that convinces the reader that it is all true, even the fictional part. Gabaldon makes the story believable in all its detail. She creates characters that are human and fallible, who have breached all the bounds of love and found strength in their frailties. This is essentially an historical recounting of the hard fought life in Scotland, the immigration and settling of families into the colonies of the New World, but the foundation is built on the love story that begins the saga and keeps the reader interested in the human side of life, the emotional thread that underlies all families and relationships that we can all relate to and that makes strict history bearable and interesting. We meet the two lovers at the beginning and eventually follow them into their twilight years, well past the constraints of this novel into 6 more books that I can't wait to begin as soon as I am finished with the last.
Davina Porter is unwavering in her ability to not only read and enunciate the many accents that are represented in this saga, but also act out all the parts with such great emotion that it is as if you are sitting in front of a stage full of actors with your eyes closed. You can hear the emotion in her voice and then imagine it on the character's face as if s/he were standing in front of you. She speaks with a native British tongue, has a wonderful Scottish brogue, makes the Cockney London accent sound completely convincing, and her french accent is so believable. I knew all the characters instantly as she recreated them verbally for me.
I am constantly chuckling out loud to myself at the antics created in the story. There are some really emotionally difficult scenes that depict the truth of living during the era of the middle 1700's. Gabaldon has a knack for creating a love scene in the middle of this crude way of living that makes you want to go back and live there for all its hardships. Her descriptions of the scenery create the smells, the sounds, the climates so real that its hard to imagine that this is not strictly nonfiction, but historical fiction that is being read. It does what a great book always does, it makes me believe it is real.
If you're not prepared to want to read all of the books that follow this one don't even start this one. You will get so drawn in you won't be able to stop. This book is addictive and this narrator makes it even more so!
I started this book with trepidation as it was so long, but now I am hooked and can hardly wait to get the next installment. Love the story and the characters so very much. Imagining how hard it would be to go back and live 200 years ago without all the electronics and things we take for granted today; knowing the history of the future and not being able to tell the world....what a dilema....Once you start these books, you can't stop; like potato chips. ENJOY!!!
Yes, but was way too long to do that. I actually listened and read the book through my whispenet....
The story is incredible and breath taking!
Davina Porter is amazing, one of the BEST narrators!
Learned much about 18th century life (medical practices, superstitions, conveniences/inconveniences, day-to-day living, etc.) along with historical events. Also learned several Gaelic terms and phrases.
Because the story is written in first person, listening to Davina Porter's reading of the story is like listening to Clair telling her story. Ms. Porter's voice inflections and accents are wonderful!
I have read the Outlander series (7 books to date, waiting anxiously for book 8) and enjoyed them. I wanted to reread them but did not have time to waste reading when I have a mountain of housework that needs doing. The audio book was the perfect solution. I can wipe down cabinets, clean out closets, put winter clothes into storage, etc. AND listen to the book at the same time. WONDERFUL!
I'm no great historian but I REALLY enjoyed the setting - time, place & social.
The actual dialog/occurrence was good...Having said that, I could have lived without the last few chapters of the book, from about Part 7 on. They did not compel me to continue the way the first 3/4 of the book did.
She did fantastic accents. I was able to hear past a female voice doing male characters - rare!
Quite a few - but they all involve spoilers.
Some lengthy descriptions were unnecessary and a drag on the story.
I own many titles on both audio & hardcopy (or digital) and I found this particular title enjoyable in both formats pretty equally - which is rare. The first 3/4 of the book was enough to make me want to continue the series (though surprisingly not the actual ending - you'll see what I mean).
Hair dresser for 25 years. Mother of two boys. Love Stephen King.
The audio edition is very good. It was really nice to hear how to pronounce certain Scottish words. You will fall In love with the main characters and will really care what happens to them.
There is not another book that comes close. Maybe Time Travelers Wife.
When Clare saves Jamie from the prison.
No it is very long, you want to savor it.
I hesitated purchasing a 33 hour book as an audible download, but took the risk on Highlander. I am glad I did and recommend this book enthusiastically. Although starting off a bit slow, I found the Outlander to be a compelling and enlightening story. I look forward to listening the next book in the Series. I do not read science fiction and am new to romantic historical novels, especially in Scotland. Yet as other reviewers have commented, the science fiction aspect of this novel (time travel) is quite believable and makes for a poignant story with suspense and romance is an historical setting. While some have referred to Claire as the heroine, I saw her as a 20th century strong willed woman thrust into the challenges of the 18th century Highland culture. There is a balance between her getting her way and having to compromise with her lover -- all for good in the end. The sexual intimacy and passion between the lovers continued to mature throughout the novel. Yet it was presented from the viewpoint of the woman and with such credible and tasteful descriptions, that actually created episodes substantially more erotic than the words themselves. Diana Gabaldon creates suspense which is cogent, and with such historical facts, that the reader is engaged in the story. About the time you think the bad guys can't get worse, they do... to the point of wondering if the main characters will survive their challenges.Davina Porter did a wonderful job narrating the characters, except for the voice the Claire's post-WW2 husband. I felt the narration made him sound like an old man -- as if Claire at 27 years old had married someone 30 years her senior. Other than that one exception, I rate her performance as 5 stars.
When Claire becomes the heroine and faces incredible odds to save her husband.
The intensity of the sexual relationship when Claire accepts with trepidation what appears to be conflicting role as a strong-willed woman yet subservient to her husband's role as her protector and patriarch. When she finally gives of her body without reservation to the extreme physicality of her spartan-like warrior, the moment seals the intensity of their relationship and respect for one another for the remainder of the story.
Outlander is the first audio book I've listened to. I found it very pleasant to 'hear' the characters of this, my favorite book, as read by Davinia Porter. I've read the book at least a half dozen times in the last 20 years or so and it was wonderful to hear the correct pronunciation of the Gaelic terms used so often!
The obvious choices would be either Jamie or Claire as they are the central characters... but much has been written about them already. I am quite fond of Jenny and Ian Murray as well as Murtaugh though.
Heavens no! I rationed it out an hour or two at a time while on the treadmill. Talk about motivation to exercise!
chose it for it's length and popularity, my bad, struggled to get through all the touching and feeeling, not my cup o' tea, won't be going on to the next ones - the reader though is talented - the movie'll be a chick flick if they don't tone it down