Diana Gabaldon's powerful, witty, and heroic characters lend themselves well to the rich, melodic narration accorded them by Davina Porter. Under her spell, listeners find themselves transported back through time to exciting, faraway places alive with people they would enjoy knowing.
©1993 Diana Gabaldon; (P)1998 Recorded Books
"Triumphant....Her use of historical detail and truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer." (Publishers Weekly)
I now have my husband just as hooked on the saga of Jamie and Claire as I am (except I actually went out and bought the printed books to read because Audible only has the 1st three unabridged books). DO NOT try and make do with the abridged versions because they are awful. If you must wait-they will be worth it. The first 3 are for download here (about 40 hours each). They are long but you are still wanting more. My husband and I listen to a little bit every time we get in the car together (I've already listened to them all).
Davina Porter brings them all to life-you can tell who is talking without the "he said-she said" at the end of the sentances.
This is my favorite book out of this series. You have to read Outlander to understand what is going on but trust me its well worth it. The characters become like friends and you find yourself caring about them and there story while learning a great deal about Scottish history. Outstanding book.
I just finished listening to Voyager and was crushed to think my adventures with Jamie and Claire were over. To my pleasant surprise I found that there are three more books. To my consternation, they are abridged and narrated by someone other than Davina Porter. She is Jamie and Claire. In Ms. Porter's profile she won an award for her narration of "A Breath of Snow and Ashes" so I know it is out there. I hope the other two books are also out there, unabridged and narrated by Davina Porter.
On another note, I just recommended the Outlander series to my mom. This is definitely one of the best series I've come across in a long time.The pairing of Diana Gabaldon's writing and Davina Porter's narration is perfect. All the characters come to life. I found myself laughing out loud at some scenes and smiling wistfully at others. Do yourself a favor and listen to this book and the two that precede it.
Once again Diana Gabaldon has brought Jamie and Claire back to life in a great adventure of love. This, like all the other books in the Outlander series, draws you into their lives and allows you to share their passion for life and their love together. Truely you are able to join in their adventure as if you were there with them. Once you start this you will not want to put it down.
I'm not sure who I love more - Diana Gabaldon or Davina Porter.
They are perfectly suited for one another and the product of their collaboration is a treasure.
Voyager was not as enjoyable as Outlander, but I still enjoyed it immensely.
I LOVE these books! Davina Porter is AMAZING and brings all the characters to life in this series. I listen to them about once a year and cannot wait to have them ALL on my ipod (right now they are on tapes...ugh!) You will not be disappointed (as long as you get the UNABRIDGED version..you won't want to miss a minute of this story!)
Hurry up Audible...I already need the next one!
Diana Gabaldon is simply the best author there is. Her books are emotionally charged and have you wanting more and more. I was thrilled that Audible got the unabridged versions of Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager. Do not EVER get the abridged versions. There is simply too much left out. I can't wait for the unabridged versions of Drums of Autumn, Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow and Ashes. Give these books a try, you wont be sorry.
very nice listen
yes, but I find the sex scenes to becoming a little much.
she handles the characters very well.
I did have a couple of chuckle moments
Claire can be infuriating at times and jeez louise cut back on the sex please. It was titilating in the beginning, but now is just becoming eye rolling. Please....
Davina Porter is again fabulous and flawless in her reading of this book. The story itself is, however, painful for me and is my least favorite in the series. The main character falls from grace and in my opinion never recovers fully to his previous stature as a truly admirable character. I also felt that some of the plot points were contrived and several main characters were behaving in ways that were distinctly inconsistent with the characters the author had so faithfully and deeply developed in earlier books. Still, one has to endure this volume in order to get to the next one -- Drums of Autumn. And ultimately, it's worth it.
Again I really loved this book You just have to keep going to find out what happens. Some parts seemed to go on and you wanted to know quicker what happen to people and things like the pictures of Brianna, but as you find out it is worth the wait. I would tell anyone who whats to get in to a good story to get all these books. I hope that the next two will be coming out unabridged and they have the same person reading them. (she is Clare) to me anywhy. I am on the next book don't know what I will do when I am done.
Absolutely love this series. The detailing of the time is outstanding that you can really loose yourself in the book. The audio reader is a joy to listen to you. I find the series gripping and thrilling to listen to. At times very funny. Can't wait to start the the book.
I have already read the whole series to date and was eagerly waiting until I upgraded my phone to get these books from Audible. It is such a pleasure to be able to listen to this wonderful story told so brilliantly by Davinia Porter.I can now listen anytime on my laptop and mobile phone when out for a walk its a wonderful thanks to Audible for this experience.
"Gabaldon at her best"
The saga of Jamie and Claire continues in book three of the Outlander series. Gripping, entertaining, and addictive in general, this series truly comes alive when read by Davina Porter. Highly recommended.
"A FIVE STAR ripping yarn"
Fans of historical fiction will love this magical adventure story, ranging far and wide. I wanted to give five stars but for some reason the website will only accept four!
"One of the best ever."
I have read this series as they have been published. I am now enjoying them just as much in audio.
Diana Gabaldon has a new book in the series due out in a few months time. I shall buy that in hardback,and get the audio when it comes out,
"the best yet"
After following the adventures of Claire and Jamie i found that this book had a better pace and more intrigue than the previous ones. Previously i wanted the story to move on but in this one the I enjoyed the action which kept me listening. Hearing about Claires life in the 21st century, meeting her daughter and also hearing Jamies activities after surviving Culloden added was most enjoyable and helped link it together. The links to previous characters and events was clever, The last part was certainly a roller coaster ride with the listener wondering when they ever got time to eat. All ready for the next book.
"Brilliant book, beautifully read"
Part of the 7-book "outlander" series which in the UK starts with "Cross-stitch". Complex, multi-character story which has lots of flashbacks to fill in what has happened since Dragonfly in Amber.(Warning - spoiler follows) I have to admire the author's decision to allow her main characters Claire and Jamie to meet again no longer encumbered by small children or other responsibilities! - the development of their relationship which is handled brilliantly, is a fascinating part of this book. At the same time the atmosphere and events of the 18th century are vividly portrayed, without in any way overwhelming the adventure. I don't have any great interest in historical fiction for its own sake but this is mainly an exciting love story with evocative romantic (etc) scenes between spouses. Not a book to listen to with the under-16s unless you want to open up some challenging subjects for discussion. Some interesting lines between Claire and Jamie did emerge unexpectedly on the journey to school once, and I received a number of shocked glances (possibly because the characters were laughing about sex rather than because the kids didn't understand the words....).
On a practical note, the division of the book (unabridged and therefore very long/excellent value) into chapters so that you can skip forward and back easily on an ipod is really useful. The narrator is matched brilliantly with the book although as a non-Scot I can't tell how successful she is in conveying the various regional Scottish accents. She reads beautifully and handles the emotional depth with great skill.
"Puts the romp into "historical romp""
I would recommend this series in general as a refreshing change from standard audio fare - the time-travelling element adds an intriguing sci-fi twist to the historical novel format and brings light and shade to the unravelling of the plot. The storylines are inventive, the background picture-setting richly descriptive, and the dangers and perils engaging. However, I also agree wholeheartedly with the previous reviewer about elements of the 'adult love story' which by book 3 felt decidedly voyeuristic and 'a few bodice-rips too many' - by this stage we are in no doubt of the depth of enduring passion between Jamie and Clare. I too resorted to fast forward on more than one occasion.Perhaps it is a tribute to the author's ability to instil life in her characters that it makes us feel so squeamish at the violation of their privacy and 'too much information' (particularly about their private parts and gymnastic challenges - enough already!) Luckily there is plenty of other action to move onto.
Much credit must go to Davina Porter and her faultless and talented narration - there is an interview with her at the blog Outlandish Observations which I would recommend - good to put a face to the voice that has entertained you for a few hundred hours! I defy you to think the words 'Jamie', 'Sassenach', or 'Lallybroch' without her melliflous tones resonating in your head!
"A little suspension of disbelief required"
I can't help wondering how many more things can befall this couple, and I still have another three books to go after book 4 which I am currently listening to. They get in and out of scrapes faster than Jack Bauer though the timeframe is obviously a lot longer than '24'. However listening to it whiles away many an idle hour, and the narration is excellent. If the narration changes in book 5 I will probably read that one, although an abridged version may be no bad thing in the case of this series. I too wince a bit at the sex scenes throughout the books, they become a bit tedious.
"I really wanted to like this book but....."
I love the story of Jamie and Clare. It was one of the things which attracted me to this series. The first book captured my heart and my imagination. I love the passion between them, the desperation, violence, a sort of consuming need. The second one was also good, though I didn't like the set up of the story, which I think I can't describe without giving too much of the plot away. I especially didn't like the ending. I started listening to the third book because I wanted to find out how Jamie and Clare would end. Sadly the story just didn't grip me like the others. The spell of believe-ability seems to have been broken and I'm not sure why. Maybe it is the age difference, maybe it is the shift to America, but I just couldn't get into this book at all. There are also parts of this book which are just so terribly out of place. The whole bit with the Chinese guy??? NO, NO, NO. It was badly done and a poor comic interlude which I was really surprised at coming from Gabaldon whose previous writing I have found to be both superbly poetical but also very visually minute and realistic, painting a very good image of real human life, feeling, motions, gestures etc.
I really wanted to like this book, but I think that Gabaldon fell short in following up after her previous books. And the poor quality of this book has really put me off buying the others. This is even before I have gotten on to the narration.
I do love the overall descriptive narrative of these books. Davina Porter's voice is melodic and infinitely toned, which makes listening to the long theoretical, philosophical, panoramic descriptions through the books a real pleasure. However the problem with these books from a narrator's point of view is the massive amount of characters requiring regional accents. She's got English and Scottish down, and I'm happy with that. Her french and German in the previous book got a little wonky and then we come to the American voices, which are so badly done I was actually embarrassed and had to stop listening to those parts. I'm surprised that so many people have given her performance because I found her lack of skill at doing the range of voices really irritating. They really should have made this a two person recording it might have given Davina a break, but she just gets totally lost with the necessity of maintaining consistency and realistic style of the multitude of voices.
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