I love this series of books. I love this narrator. I love that all the books in the series are now available on Audible (there were two in the middle that previously weren't). The Outlander series is what Audible is all about.
The series is the story of a woman who accidentally travels 200 years back in time and meets the love of her life. Whenever I explain this premise to people I get raised eyebrows, but the truth is that the books are more historical fiction than sci fi/fantasy. I read an interview with the author once in which she said she set out to write historical fiction, but just couldn't get into the mindset of an 18th century woman so devised the time travel in order to place a modern woman in the period she wanted to write about. That decision made the books even more interesting. All of the main characters are relatable and fleshed-out. The history is meticulously researched. The conversations, love stories, intrigue, etc feel organic. The descriptions of Scotland - both modern and historical - are amazing and make me love the country even though I've never been. I really have almost no criticisms of the writing.
Meanwhile, Davina Porter is one of the best narrators I've encountered in an audiobook. (Thank you, thank you to the narrator and audiobook producers or whoever arranged for the same narrator to read the whole series so far.) She manages to have a completely different voice for each main character and to my untrained ear moves effortlessly from one accent to another as the story dictates. Her American accent is not perfect, but it's still very good. She has a great cadence, sounds like she's read the book 100 times prior to narrating, and never stumbles over what must be incredibly difficult Gaelic words... (in fact, a friend of mine who is reading the whole series on paper calls me occasionally to have me pronounce the Gaelic words for her).
Clearly, these are some of my favorite all time audiobooks. Despite their length, I'm on my third time through the series. Speaking of length, all the books in the series are pretty long, but still only one credit so if you have an Audible subscription, they are great deals. In short, buy the books, you won't regret it.
Hearing all the different accents made this book wonderful! I've read this book twice and loved it then and hearing it made it even better!
Favorite character is Claire. She's intelligent & confident. Being in the medical field myself made her character even more interesting.
This is my first book to listen to of Davina Porter.
Love is Timeless
I'm a piper and a knitter, and reading is my drug of choice.
I keep returning to Outlander again and again. I still remember what happened, which isn't always the case, but it's delicious to hear it happen again. Life during that time seems to have been researched very well, and is described in all it's nuances: good and bad.
My favorite character is definitely Jamie. He has so many things going for him and equally many things going against him. It's delightful how he handles it all with equanimity and humor.
The performance is superb. The different voices that Davina Porter uses to create the characters add so much to the story, and help me to remember who each character is and what his or her history and connection with the main character is.
I would love to listen to this in one sitting, but it's way too long. That's all the better. Gives me more time to live in the story.I hate it when a good story ends, even if it's a happy ending.
The best book of the series.
Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!
Since my family is from Scotland, and I enjoy hearing the fabulous brogue and seeing a fine lad in a kilt, how could I not be carried away by the bold Claire, and her man Jamie. Throw in time travel, history, adventure, fabulous characters and some pretty steamy sex - this was a fun romp. Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
You feel like you are there. The reader takes you right into the story and you experience the emotions and action of the story.
By listening to the story. You experience the Scottish life up close and can almost put yourself into the story itself.
She brings Jamie to life!
I had to force myself to turn it off.
This is the best way to do this particular series.
I was very skeptical about this book. The length of the book made me think it would be slow; however that is not the case. The story moves along nicely and kept my attention.
Only to friends who love chick-lit, romance, and romantic sex.
If you are primarily looking for historical fiction rather than romance and chick-lit style sex, you'll probably want to give this a pass. While the numerous sex scenes are not offensive, they detract, in my view, from the historical context, setting, and plot. I gave up after part 2, even though Davina Porter is a great reader.
I loved everything about this story. It was suspenseful to the point that I had to stop listening to it for a day because I wasn't sure where the story was going and I didn't want it to end how I thought it was going to. Other than giving it up that one day, I am lucky I got anything done while listening to this book. I didn't get a lot of sleep either because I just wanted to keep listening.
I haven't listened to Davina Porter before, but I couldn't have asked for more in a narrator. She was magnificent.
There is a part where Jaime is with Randall and gives himself to him to save Claire. I don't easily cry, but I was so moved during this whole part of the book that I did shed a few tears.
I completely recommend this audiobook! It is a great listen and I am so glad I got it!
Yes. There is a lot of content and I am sure I will find something I missed the first time through.
When Claire passes through the standing stones.
Less sex, more history
Continual, progressively detailed descriptions of progressively more violent sex
Wikipedia says this book is hard to classify by genre. It isn't. It's a romance novel. The historical parts are minimal, and I don't trust their authenticity.