I read this book when if first came out many years ago. I was in my 20's and I absolutely loved it and it stayed with me. Now in my 40's, and an author myself, I read (listened to) it again and loved it even more. Beautifully narrated and it was so wonderful to spend time with Jamie and "Sassenach" again.
I'm not usually a fan of time travel novels but found Outlander extremely compelling. Diana Gabaldon has created two complicated and very human main characters surrounded by a wide variety of well developed supporting figures. Davina Porter narrates beautifully; she is one of my favorites.
I am a long time Outlander fan who has read the books several times so I was unsure what hearing it read by another would be like... Ms. Porter carried me along my beloved story of Jamie and Claire beautifully!! I am anxious for the others...
I was not sure what to expect from this story and, for awhile, I was not sure which way it was heading. At first, I (American) had trouble deciphering the English and Scottish words and accents. Suddenly, it jumped into a world of adventure, history, and powerful passion with lovely touches of romance. I then was transported, understanding every word. The main character, Claire, is a rather confident and somewhat sassy woman, considering the era in which she grew up. I love this story, the way it is told, and the way it is read by Davina Porter. I now recognize more beauty, passion, and adventure in the landscape of my own life. Tip: don't read too many reviews, websites, or info on the next 3 books in the series (I can't wait to get to the next one!); I accidently did and ruined a few of the exciting details! Never much interested in Scottland before, I now have the rather strong desire to learn more.
The author pens an amazing and riviting story and the narration is superb. I would highly recommend this audiobook.
I've read all the books available for this series twice. Now I'm listening to them and they are better every time. I've never read any other book more than once besides this series, much less a 3rd time. I've been waiting for the next installment which is rumored to be out late this year, I think. The only other books I would consider reading again are Pillars of the Earth and World Without End by Ken Follett. Another wonderful example of story and narrator that wouldn't be the same without the other!
I loved Outlander. Diana Gavaldon is a great writer. She is very descriptive of emotions and events that take place. Obviously did a lot of historical research. ( I wasn't sure about wolfs and bears in northern France in the 18th century however).
It was very adventurous, very romantic. Jamie Fraser is the
perfect man, handsome, tall, good looking, strong, great lover, great personality. It made me feel jealous with Claire.
I learned more about the history of Scotland which was interesting and since I listened to this book with Audible, I really enjoyed listening to the Scottish way of speaking and the different Scottish words. The book really came to life for me by listening to it. Davina Porter is a great narrator. I am now listening to "Dragonfly in Amber".
I have read this book at least three times and still greatly enjoyed listening to it. The narrator is excellent. I was concerned that hearing someone read the book would conflict with the way I pictured and heard it in my head. Not so! It was marvelous. I let myself be carried away in the lifes of Jamie and Claire.
These books are amazing!! I stumbled onto them last year and have read/listened to them all numerous times. This is the most fun you can have with clothes on.