Davina Porter does a wonderful job narrating this romance/historical fiction/adventure story. There are fun accents and the story moves along briskly. I'm regretting the high quality Klipsch brand earbuds I got for my iPhone. There are many long passages in the book where you can hear muted talking and loud coughs as if in the next room and it's very distracting to the narration.
This is not what I was expecting but was far far better. This book was recommened to my mother, from an aunt and then to me from my mother. I have also recommened this book to many people and every single one has loved it. Diana Gabaldon has P.H.D and a large education backround that she brings to the table. The story cut short is of a women named Claire who goes to scotland with her husband back in 1945. Claire travels back in time threw standing stones 200 years and finds herself in the middle of Scottish highlands during a time of war. The book is more or less of her life there with a knowledge of the future and her fight to get home, or does she really want to get home? She finds herself attached to the past by her love for Jamie. It's so well written you actually learn a great deal about the 1700's in Scotland and so much more. If I had to only recommend 5 must reads this would be one.
I have over 100 audible downloads and this is hands down my favorite. It is definitely a woman’s book, and there is definitely romance, but it isn’t like a typical romance. I can’t stand books that are written purely for the sex scenes, but I do enjoy a great story that includes passion as an integral and important part. The story could stand alone without the sexy details and as romance novels go, this one isn’t all that graphic. Yes, some concepts are horrifying, but I don’t think the cruelty that happens is all that farfetched; life was savage in the 18th century. I was actually put off a bit by the time travel at the beginning, but it is only there to set up how a woman in the 1740's would see life through the eyes of the 21st century. Davina Porter does an amazing job of narrating. I don't often find books that draw me in so completely.
While this was an enjoyable book, the forward plot, which was interesting, was stopped in it's tracks frequently for rambling love scenes and unnecessary descriptions. Still I will listen to it again when I need a long book to distract.
I enjoyed reading Outlander, listening to it afterwards was wonderful! The narrator's voice helped bring the character to life.
This book started out slow but wow how it went on. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
So vivid and how amazing Davina Porter is. How possibly can one person switch between accents and tones. Truly amazing. Just as with the printed pages, I found myself drawn to listening at every possible moment. Instantly brought the wonderful feelings and visualizations of the characters just as in the original written text. Diana Gabaldon, and now I've heard the proper pronounciation, is the most vivid story teller I have come across. After 20 minutes by other writers, I would be dozing. With Diana, I have to force myself to bed at 3 in the morning. Time to get the next audible book. Wonderful to sit back, close the eyes and see the story unfold just by listening.
Once I listened to this first book I had to keep going. I love the story line and I am now on book 6, which does not have an unabridged audio so I am reading it so as not to miss one word. This book, however, surpasses the rest as far as excitement and romance. The romance is so tastefully done it was a pleasure to listen to from begining to end.
As an avid reader and Audible.com member, I love books but also always have an awareness of how the book I'm listening to makes me feel. That's how I decide how much I've enjoyed it. By that standard, this book is one of the very best I've ever listened to! I enjoyed every element of this book - the love story between Claire and Jamie, the history of the Scottish Highlander Clans and Jacobite uprisings that occurred in the mid 18th century, the descriptive writing (like none I've ever experienced) and Davina Porter's beautiful voice. Diana Gabaldon is such an amazing writer! To those who say this book is like pornography, I say, have you ever read a romance novel? In fact, Outlander's love scenes are much less descriptive than most I've come across. You are aware of the act they're engaged in, but it is not offensive by any means. Jamie and Claire are newlyweds in love for heavens sake. I would recommend this book to anyone - you will slip away and lose yourself and love every second of it!
The narrator is FANTASTIC! Able to capture the accent wonderfully and give subtle differences to character voices that make them easily distinguishable. The writing is elegant, the romance is NOT overdone (I have read a LOT of romance novels and this book is nowhere near as graphic many I have read) and to tell the truth, I felt MYSELF falling in love with Jamie Fraser! During the recounting of the hero's disgusting and graphic encounter with the villain (be warned) I felt depressed and hurt for him. I laughed and worried and wallowed in sentiment and listened when I should have been doing other things. This book wont change your life but it will give you hours of entertainment and let you escape the confines of the day to day hustle and bustle for a while....and leave you dying to come back for more.