Number-one New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon has captivated millions with her critically acclaimed Outlander novels, the inspiration for the Starz original series. From the moment Claire Randall stepped through a standing stone circle and was thrown back in time to the year 1743 - and into a world that threatens life, limb, loyalty, heart, soul, and everything else Claire has - fans have been hungry to know everything about this world and its inhabitants, particularly a Scottish soldier named Jamie Fraser.
In this beautifully written compendium of all things Outlandish, Gabaldon covers the first four novels of the main series.
For anyone who wants to spend more time with the Outlander characters and the world they inhabit, Diana Gabaldon here opens a door through the standing stones and offers a guided tour of what lies within.
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I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
Don't get this book if you're expecting another Claire and Jamie story. That's not what this is!
it's exactly what it says it's a "companion" to the first four books. In the beginning, you get a foreword from Diana Gabaldon herself. Then you get basically the "Cliff's Notes" for the first four books in the series Outlander, Dragonfly In Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn.
This book is mostly narrated by Diana herself. I find this fascinating .... some listeners say they thought she was a terrible narrator and that parts of this companion are boring -REMEMBER this is NOT a story - this is more like an educational guide and a journey into the mind of Diana herself. We find out how she goes about creating the most wonderful book series in the world. It's like getting into the mind of a mad scientist. She has such a quirky way of reading - I find her narration wonderful.
Maybe some people don't like this companion book simply because there's not enough Jamie and Claire (and while I love Jamie and Claire) - this companion book is absolutely fascinating to learn a little bit of the magic behind all of the madness or the madness behind the magic whichever you want to say! She delves into all kinds of things that's readers may have questions about - not only in the story but in her personal life.
What I think is really great that and author would open up to her audience like this! She even includes a couple recipes! (she does read them out - it's an audio book if you don't want to hear her read out recipes - just FF through that part!)
Without a doubt, the best part of the entire companion is her letter to a friend about how one of her days went. I was rolling laughing! She truly is amazing - she just has such a gift and it's not just when she's writing Outlander books - she can write a plain ol' letter and have you riveted!
She's let her readers and fans in on a little piece of herself. I am so thrilled that she decided to narrate most of it herself. If you're a true Diana Gabaldon fan (not just a Jamie and Claire fan) you're going to love this!
I do recommend purchasing the hardcover book as well so that you can look at the pictures, the horoscope chart, and recipes.
Oh my goodness the "Butt Cooties" section is hilarious - I'm talking laugh out loud type stuff.
I just don't have the words. I adore hearing Diana Gabaldon and laugh at her wonderful experience,. I absolutely love Davina Porter WOW! Thank you Diana for the other world!
Oh, what a fun listen! The Outlandish Companion is a reference based on the first four books of the Outlander series. Ms. Gabaldon describes how she began writing novels, her research approach (fascinating), synopses of books one to four, questions she gets from fans, etc.
This audiobook is narrated by Davina Porter, as well as author Diana Gabaldon. Ms. Porter narrates most of the Outlander audiobooks (I believe the novellas have a different narrator) and is wonderfully talented. Ms. Gabaldon's narration is candid and refreshing... listening to her comments felt like listening to a friend and made me like the Outlander series even more. Highly recommended for Outlander fans -- the kindle version is very good but the unabridged audiobook is amazing!
I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.
To me, this book would have been much better purchased as a true book. It is a companion and therefore something that you can pick up when you need to remember something about the series. It is a great book, but I don't feel listening to it is the best way to read it.
I love your books Diana but I'm glad you didn't read them yourself. We all have unique talents and yours is writing!
In fact I had to shut it off before it WAS over because it was that horrendous.The author's portion of this was like one of those radio commercials where they speed up the legal information at the end of the ad for whatever they are selling so it sounds like it is on fast forward and you cant even keep up. With Davina Porter such an enormous voice to listen to both in character, tempo, talent, and pleasurable sound, this was the complete opposite..... and the Rambling about recipes and toilet seats? I bought this hoping to learn more about the history of the characters and plots etc as listed in the synopsis. What I got was a diatribe fit for a therapist's office rather than anything entertaining or informative. I have listened to all the books 3 times, and thought I would try another angle rather than starting over again (I listen while I paint) so bought this.....bad idea, Diana Gabaldon, is a fantastic entertaining writer, but should leave the narration to someone else, and the personal rambling for a private journal instead of a published book.....
the only reason why there is more than one star for 'overall' and 'performance', is because of Davina Porter's narration. However even her portion she was required to read was literally like an Outlander series cliffsnotes book, complete with recycled excerpts from previous performances, rather than a more in depth look beyond the main books, which is what I had expected and hoped for....an absolute disappointment.
Although I was drawn to this book to learn more about the history behind the series, I was disappointed overall. It's hard to listen to the author as narrator whose voice and tone is not suited to narration. Her decision to read footnotes was distracting and somewhat confusing. Would not recommend.
I really enjoyed hearing from Diana on her thoughts and feedback from various readers. I giggled to myself several times because it's very apparent where Claire got her attitude!
This Companion to the first 4 books of the Outlander series is like creme de la creme! Filled with Diana Gabaldon's insights (read by the author), humor, backstory, letters and her responses, and a whole lot more, it also includes a full synopsis of each book beautifully narrated by Davina Porter. For Outlander fans, including those seeing the Starz TV series, it is a must-read, though the actual BOOKS should be your first destination. The Outlandish Companion has also been updated to include fun and interesting information about the TV series and Diana's experience with the fine producers, directors, actors and whole film and costume crew in Scotland.
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