I originally stumbled on this story at the bookstore and after I started reading I had to purchase it on Audible so I could listen and drive. The story of Jamie and Claire will have you hooked and the narrator does such a fantastic job she makes listening to the story better than reading it myself. I have finished all that Diana Gabaldon has written so far in this series and eagerly await the next book.
Interesting premise. I tend to enjoy historical novels - I try to immerse myself into the era portrayed. This was a simple task with this book. I followed this book immediately with Alex Haley's Roots. I was intrigued by the relatively short difference in time frame - thinking about Scotland in the mid-1700's and America in the later 1700's. Good stuff.
This novel is the first in a series that I happened upon when buying audio books for a 30-hour drive. It surpassed my expectations in all areas since it is no cookie-cutter romance novel - it is a saga with such rich characters and descriptions that you can practically smell the heather! The entire series is a must for anyone who is looking for a novel to not only entertain, but to make them think! Every time I read it, more details are revealed that I missed the first (or second or third) time! This story is one to savor but definitley one to keep away from the ears of the children due to the sexy love scenes as well as the not so sexy love scenes! I won't spoil it for you - read the book! You won't be sorry. The narration is excellent and D. Porter does an excellent job of all the accents (English, Scottish, French, etc) as well as making the men's voices believable too.
I enjoy historical fiction, but I usually avoid romance novels. I was a little apprehensive about this one, but I have enjoyed the series enough to purchase the first four novels. That being said, though, I have to take a break and listen to other books in-between...a little too much sappy romance at times.
I would imagine most men would "not" enjoy this series. It definitely does not belong in the sci-fi genre, time travel is not explored in-depth and is just used to set-up the premis of the story. Not a high-brow read, but entertaining...in smaller doses.
After completing both Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, I was looking for something epic, well narrated, with interesting characters. I read other Audible reviews that referenced back to the "Outlander" series. I was hooked from the beginning. Davina Porter's narration is perfect, whether she's voicing Claire, Jamie, or any of the other characters, major and minor, male or female. Claire is a witty, 3 dimensional character and the story is highy entertaining and engrossing. I would highly recommend both this book and the series.
I found the Outlander an amazing read. I was very skeptical initially after reading the reviews which said there was too much explicit sex in it and the fact that the book ran for so many hours. But I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The intimacy in this book is no more or no less than the Nora Roberts or Diana Palmers out there. I actually found it even less which was very pleasing and not so descriptive. I had initially bought the audio version cause of Davina Porters narration. I must say I wouldn't have been able to read the book myself with all the Scottish names; they would have ended up as tongue twisters. I found the narrators voice and accents to make the book even more interesting.
For all those out there who said it was too romantic or too explicit or too unbelievable, it must be because you’re used to reading instruction manuals that are devoid of feelings. Off course it’s unbelievable, it’s fiction, no one said it was based on actual circumstances. Okay so maybe it does mirror a bit of history but it does give it a beautiful twist.
I can’t wait to finish the other books in this series. Thankyou Diana Gabaldon for writing so imaginatively and to Davina Porter for bringing it to life through audio.
I'm obsessed with Claire and Jamie and Scottland and I love the vinettes that Gabaldon writes. Lots of action and suspense and romance and a bit of history. Wonderful! I'm actually reading Firey Cross right now so I'm pretty far along in the series. It's only a bazillion pages long and you love these characters so much, you are really glad it goes on and on. Real value for your dollar too! Great narrator. I often forget that its one person reading. She does the accents so well and all the foreign names of people and places. A winner. I'll read / listen to this one again one day.
You will be lost in the story before you know it! Fantastic details and great story line! Can't wait to read/listen to the rest in the series.
When I started listening to the story, I really wasnt a big Fan of Frank. Claire, I liked from the start..and wasnt sure if i wanted to continue...but once everything started to come into play I couldnt stop myself from listening..evrything Jamie and Claire had gone through...My goodness....if i was to read the book i would have never gone to sleep...Thank you Diana for writing such a wonderful story...You made me love the highlanders even more!!!
I had trouble getting started with this audiobook. I started once and gave up. Give it a little time and it gets really good. When she goes back in time to 1700's the story picks up and is very well written. Sometimes, there is too much description and the story slows. However, historically, it is excellent. Story wise, very entertaining. Narrator is great.