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)
I have read this entire series in paperback, and always wondered how some of the Gaelic words and names were pronounced. Thanks to Davina Porter, I have an answer! She does a great job of bringing the characters alive. I decided to listen to this series on audible in preparation for Diana Gabaldon's next book in the series, and also for the upcoming tv show on Starz next spring!
This is the best series, I have read by far.. There is no other author that can transport you like Diana Gabaldon, and Davina Porter is such a wonderful narrator! I recommend this series to anyone that I can! Since I have read this series I have been on a search to find anything that can even come close to Diana's novels.. I am now rereading them preparing for her eighth book out! Love, love these books!!
without a doubt - time well spent listening!
Clare, but Jamie is equally wonderful - there is no fear and both are ready to do the right thing no matter what (we could use more people in todays world like them)
the character voices are incredible and the book just comes to life so that you feel you are right there with Jamie and Clare
the incredible love between two people and the obstacles to be together
I think Diana is a brilliant writer and Davina is equally brilliant a narrator
Interesting storyline... but a bit OTT with the romance scenes...
I liked learning about Scotland. Not too crazy about the 1700's....
The story line is fabulous. The author can really weave together a story. Great romance!! But so much more!!
Actually for me there were two - when Jamie takes Claire back to the stones and when Jamie is 'detained' by Jonathan Randall and Jamie's sacrifice to make sure Claire was safe. But there was so much there were so many more that were so compelling.
When Jamie told Claire all that Jonathan Randall had done to him, I felt it took so much of him to admit those things, but it was also his ability to do that that helped heal him.
I've listened to the first two books and cannot wait for the third. The narrator is so fabulous on each of these. I also find that the characters are funny - especially Jamie. I wish I was Claire!!
Is it sci-fi, historical fiction or is it a love story? This long (31 hour) book is replete with 18th century Scottish daring-do and combines with a thing between Claire and her love interest, Jamie Frasier. It was so long (how long was it?) that I began using a wee bit of a brogue. I'm on to Gabledon's #2, Dragonfly in Amber.
I am so glad my daughter in law introduced me to this series. I "grab a listen" whenever I a few spare moments, and love the reader's command of the different voices. You won't be disappointed in this book!
Don't listen to the fist book...or you're hooked! The author was inspired and the narrator brings every character to life. Be careful, you'll have to listen to them all!!!!!!!
I've not read the print version but the narrator brings you there in time
she have a wonderful way of bringing the different ppl to life
A story of love, life and survival
I would diffidently recommend this book to all
Great storey, great orator. Good plot and characters. Love love love it, highly recommended.
"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.
"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!
"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.
This is a book I Chose mainly on the blurb that accompanies most books, but what a choice!. This is by far the best book I have read in many years. I was hooked from the first chapter and just had to go on reading all the following books in the saga. I was very disappointed Audible decided to include an abridged version with a different narrator and had to go elsewhere for the unabridged version. That said I would recommend this book and all subsequent books in the series to all who like romance, action,eroticism and history because this saga has the lot. Highly recommended
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!
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.
"A great escape"
I loved this book. The idea of time travel has always fascinated me and this book does it wonderfully. I could not stop listening to this story and was sorry when it came to an end. I can't wait to listen to the next part of the story!
"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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