This imaginative story line contrasting modern life against the days of the Highland Uprising in Scotland is a clever tapestry of fiction, history and culture.Though others have attempted to replicate her Highlander adventures, the original is the best (as is usually the case). I have listened to the entire series, and being short of listening material one day, I listened to Outlander again, an action that lead me to continue through the series a second time. Highly entertaining, as you listen again, you find more meaning and connections where you may have missed the deeper significance the first time through.
The narrator, Davina Porter, is so fluent in her differentiation of characters, voices, and emotion that I quickly find I am lost in the story and characters without any conscious effort to distinguish between the speakers. She is an orchestra of voices in one talented person.
I was a bit skeptic when I first bought this book seeing that lots of people had quite a lot of criticism about it. I initially bought it because it was lengthy and I liked the way Davina Porter sounded. But once I actually started listening to the book I was hooked. I enjoyed listening to Davina Porter doing the different accents, and the book is written so descriptively you can actually see the characters in your head. The story is so moving you can't help taking sides with the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who has lots of time on their hands cause this is not a light listen.
It is not often I will read a book twice, but this is so good (and the entire series) that I will have to make it an annual event!
This is a really fun book. I read it in print years ago, and it was just as much fun the second time. It's the best kind of historical fiction / romance. I just wish the rest of the series was as good as Book 1.
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.