In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. Their blissful reunion is shattered when she touches a boulder in an ancient stone ruin and is instantly transported to 1743 Scotland, a place torn by war and raiding border clans. Will Claire find her way back to her own time, or is her destiny forever linked with Clan MacKenzie and the gallant James Fraser?
©1991 Diana Gabaldon; (P)1997 Recorded Books, LLC.
"Davina Porter maintains the distinct voices she creates for each character throughout the lengthy narration. Her delivery of 18th-century language sounds authentic and is easily understandable." (AudioFile)
At the top - I love this book.
The total immersion of the reader into the 1940's England and then again into the 1700's. While details and descriptions are very well done they aren't so overwhelming that you get frustrated. This novel will completely take you into another time. Davina Porter is an excellent actress/narrator and her ability to go from one accent to another and her ability to create the richness of the characters is beyond par.
I like the part where Claire and Jamie are first married. That has to be the best. But the one part where Jamie tell's Claire that she's tearing him apart - made me swoon. Diana obviously knows what passion and love is and has described this exempliarily in this Novel.
I honestly want to move to Scotland now and I wish that my husband had red hair. I've found that I have taken up some of the Scottish sayings.
I cannot wait to read the next novel.
Performance is excellent! Story is a "page turner". I couldn't put it down.
How does she do it? Fabulous job with accents and voice changes.
Yes, but it's about 32 hours long. Not possible.
Read it. You won't be sorry. In fact you'll want to buy the next book in the series immediately.
What a spectacular piece of literature! The descriptions of the locations and historical references was spot on and so well done that I didn't even notice them, other than to think, how dull this story would be without them. I loved the intimate details of the times that were included and the fabulous narration of the main character, Claire. Normally I balk at fiction works that are as long as Diana's, but usually because the added details don't enhance the book. However, take even a few words out of this splendid novel, and something truly beautiful would be lost.The voice work by Davina Porter is so well done that I, now, when reading this book in paperback or kindle formats, hear her voice in my mind. She captures the essence of Claire, Jamie, and the full cast of characters with such skill, she brings them to life in my minds eye.
There are no other comparable books, Diana Gabaldon is in a class by herself!
Davina Porter is magnificent!
I would have LOVED to have the time to listen to this book in one sitting, but due to it's length, it was not possible... I ached to plug back in each time I had to take a break.
I'm a very simple person who love to read or listen to books. My favorite genre is Historical Romance but am willing to spread my wings and fly temporarily over to sample a little young adult adventure or suspense, but I will without fail, return to romance..
If you don't want to become obsessed with Scottish highlanders, James Alexander Malcolm McKenzie Frazier and Claire Elizabeth Beecham, I highly recommend you stop before downloading this book.....Want too proceed, okay, don't say I didn't warn you...
I absolutely love every book in this series. I've listened to them so many times and I even purchase the paperback versions.
Both Claire and Jamie are real to me in so many ways. The love, true, deep, unending love they have for one another is something I want in my life. Jamie understands what it means to make a vow and keep it, even if it means putting his life in danger. Claire has such a big heart, she believes she can make a difference in people's lives, that conviction alone gets her and Jamie into many amazing adventures and scraps...
Jaime even had to beat Claire's behind with a belt because of her ignorance and hardheaded ness.
Oh and by the way, you will also learn about history including the dates. Diana Gabaldon has the ability to bring you into any space in time and plant your feet firmly on the ground in that period, when you return to your time period, you lose your footing. The feelings and emotions follow you for days after you finish the book.
Davina Porter narration of the series is awesomely amazing. You never get the characters confused nor do you lose the flow of the story, cause Davina bring life to each person and you feel the hate or the love they portray.
Hope you enjoy the obsession as much as I have.....
Enchantingly mesmerizing story
Jaime His character is so strong yet gentle, thoughtful and caring. Full of emotion.
The fact she can change her pitch of voice to draw you closer to each character in the story. Well done Davina!
Lose thyself in time
Love the story. Never know where it is going to take you.
At first glance Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall seem an unlikely pair. But they quickly become inseperatable. This story is one of the best love stories of all time. Beautifully written and magnificiently narratted, it is a story for all to enjoy.
The story is so captivating, that each scene is memorable in its own right.
Davina Porter makes all the characters come to life each with their own voice and personality.
Tears, laughter, fright, and rich with romance, this book has it all.
One of the best books I have ever listened too or read. It kept me wanting more and I could not wait to start where I left off.
The story is original and the historical aspect is on point. The characters were well developed as the book progressed and you could actually feel the love between Claire and Jamie intensify and you want to root for them.
Jamie..she plays him wonderfully.
True love transcends!
Nothing - and I really tried! It is rare that I give up on a book prior to finishing it, but I could find no purpose to listening.
Possibly it was the narration that bored me, rather than the book itself, but I do not feel the need to read the print version.
I have considered purchasing this book many times, but always passed it over for something else. I'm not sorry I bought it (on sale) because now I know. It has received rave reviews over and over, but I just could not listen to it. It was simply boring to me. All books are not for all people.
Yes. Even though, I wasn't fond of the narrator at the beginning of the novel, through the course of it I fell in love with the story and its characters. I couldn't help but love the whole experience of this audiobook.
A page turning bodice ripper with added pornography. The book started off ok but I found the increasing dominance of the sex scenes became boring. Definitely written to appeal to women rather than men - my husband couldn't stand it and gave up on the first book.
"Get out of bed and get on with the story!"
The story gets the narration it deserves. Both are tedious and more Mills and Boon (I imagine as I haven't read any) than serious historical novel. A possibly good idea is interrupted by so much sex and "oooohhhhh Jaaaammmmieeee" that it never really gets a chance. I did listen right through to the end, even though I wanted to stop half way, and have masochistically even gone part way through the second book, thinking it may improve, which it didn't. If anything it got worse. Unfortunately I bought three of this series at the same time on the basis of other reviews, but just couldn't face any more of this tedious drivel.
About 60% of it.
I can honestly say that nothing I have read has annoyed me more than this series.
"First book of a series"
This series is a mixture of science fiction, history, medicine and romance. Forget historical or geographic accuracy. This is escape and should be taken as fiction based on fact. Diana Gabaldon wrote this as an exercise and did it extremely well, even though she had never visited Scotland before writing Outlander. It is thought provoking, funny, sad, erotic and dramatic.
There are, to date, six books in the series following the Frasers from Culloden (and the lead up to it) to the beginning of the War of Independence in America. There is one or possibly two more books to come.
Ever wondered where certain ideas came from? Who thought of putting phosphate on bits of wood with an air proof covering? Could have been someone who had already seen the idea in action.
I thoroughly enjoyed the books and Davina Porter is an excellent narrator. She manages to capture a 1940's English female accent but still does a very good Scottish male voice. Quite an achievement and well worth listening to.
"Outlander (Cross Stitch)"
Having read the books many years ago as they were written, I thought it would be interesting to listen to the first one being told. It was very quickly addictive and many things went by the wayside until I finished listening to the story. Davina Porter was very good, however, I agree with the reviewer who commented on her Scottish voices. I am Scottish, and the accents did grate slightly. However I appreciate the difficulties in being female and trying to narrate in an 18th century male Highlander voice. Overall, very entertaining, and very enjoyable. I look forward to listening to the others.
"Lose yourself in a gripping story."
I thoroughly enjoyed this. Being a bloke I was looking for a nice time travel adventure but I soon got caught up in the thrills and spills of highland life without missing the real reason for choosing the book. The first couple of chapters drag a bit but keep close attention as they make historic references picked up later on. I was fascinated and enthralled!
I found this painful to listen to. Firstly the reader speaks as though she is the Queen, which I found really off-putting at times. Secondly, the chapters before the time travel drag on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on.... and they go into so much boring detail about things that no-one could possibly be interested in. It also included some of the most excrutiatingly embarrassing and unsexy sex scenes.
I thought once the time travel happened, I would be embarking on a thrilling historical romp. I was sorely disappointed. It was more of the interminable detailed descriptions of the most boring events and more of the awful sex scenes.
I actually fell for the 5* reviews on this book and feel like a bit of a fool for doing so. This really is "chick lit" and quite poor at that. The story is historically very weak indeed and is really aimed at female titillation because every other scene revolves around sex and, to be honest, it's so damned boring! What's more it has the clichéd goody v baddy storyline that has been done to death since time immemorial.
It took so long to get going that I almost gave up on it on three or four occasions. It's a shame really because when it did get going it was actually quite good but for 70% of the time it wasn't. If it wasn't for Davina Porter's amazing narration I don't think I'd have stuck it out til the end. Without her wonderful voice the whole thing would've ground to a halt rapidly.
To put it in the sci-fi/fantasy section is a bit misleading because the only thing that is faintly related to this genre is the initial time slip. With a bit of imagination from the author we could've really been put into the excitement and terror of a 20th century woman suddenly finding herself in the 18th century but instead we have a main character that knew exactly how to behave and speak from the start and was all too accepting of her situation.
Because the times where the story got moving were quite good I give it 3*s but for the most part it was a load of tosh and I certainly shall not be listening to any more of the series!
"Eat your heart out Barbara Cartland!"
Some degree of historical reality/accuracy is useful in a historical novel,.
Lacked any depth, just a bodice ripper using a historic setting - the Scottish highlands. No conception or the era or realistic characterization.
No. Heroine, "oh gosh, I've time travelled, never mind."
No redeeming features for me. A big error. Thought it may be interesting and a little different. It was certainly different to anything I would spend time listening to.
My mistake, but perhaps it should have been made clearer in the blurp that this was a shallow bodice ripper in Mills and Boon gendre and should be avoided by all but those of a certain gender and age.
"well worth listening to"
I was never sure about reading audiobooks until an injury meant that I couldn't hold a book to read. So I bought Outlander a historical novel - has wrongly been labelled a romantic fiction - should be relabelled as a historical fiction, I enjoyed in paper form but listening to it on Audiobook really really makes a difference, Davina Porter (the narrator) has a natural gift at bringing the various characters to life. I absolutely love this book, so much so that I rave about it to all my friends and I have listened to the book on more than one occassion. I would definitely recommend it.
I acquired this as the free title in a 3 for 2 offer. Thank goodness I didn't pay for it!
Be very careful, the sample is taken from the sensible start of the book.
I only managed half of it - 16 hours of sex and violence fantasies are more than enough for me.
If your idea of fun is a huge 18th century be-kilted Scotsman being beaten and having sex incessantly, this may be for you.
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