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)
Exciting, Romantic, Thrilling
She's very good. She keeps in character from book to book in this series.
It's silly but yes, I laughed and cried
I have stopped watching TV. I listen to audio books while I do everything. I like this series so much I went back while I was on book 6 and started over with Outlander. I love the length of the audio books. I feel like I'm getting my monies worth. My advice is to buy the 3 credits. then use them to get all the audio books in the series.
Outlander is a fabulous story that brings Scotland to life in the mind's eye. The relationship between Jaime and Claire is so well done that every misfortune brings tears to your eyes and every slice of joy puts a smile on your face.
I have read this book myself and thought it would be great to listen to as I worked. Unfortunately, the narrator sounds like my grandma and does a terrible Scottish male voice that had me cringing every time she did it. Also, all the 'romantic' scenes were replaced by ".....a little while later...." These scenes are a great part of the book and I was very disappointed that they had been omitted.
I would put all the "romance" scenes that they took out and put them back in!
This is an awesome series and now that it has been released on Starz, they need to re-do the narration using the stars of the show or someone such as Phil Gigante for Jaime.
I have read all the books multiple times and cannot get enough. Now, its so much fun to listen to the books. So creative and an amazing escape. I love these stories so much. Well Done Diana!
Of Course it's Jamie and Claire but all the characters have chemistry.
First, I am glad a women told the story since its mostly from Claire's point of view but I like how she uses different voices to represent different characters seamlessly.
A brilliant premise that chose instead to go the route of romance and feeling up people's kilts. Over, and over again.
No. What a load of tosh. This book was decently written but completely missed its chance. A women goes back in time and just completely shrugs off that momentous experience and moves on with her life. And takes 33 bloody hours to do so?
She read it okay. She doesn't, for example, kill herself before the end of the book.
I don't understand the raving reviews. This book is boring. Regret this purchase. Will never buy another book by this author.
Engaging love story
Davina is outstanding. This series is my first encounter with her. She does each character very well. She is Claire, Jamie, and all the rest. I don't know how she does it.
It is rare that I find books so engaging that I can't put them down. I'm listening to the series and have to say I'm addicted. I listen every minute that I can. My husband is feeling neglected. Diane has the ability to keep you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what's next.
Love love love the books, I'm on book 4 now and so glad I'm just getting started so that I can listen to them all back to back. I would love to see this as a marathon miniseries. The one hour episodes are just not enough. The first 8 didn't even get through the first book. Excellent casting for both Claire and Jamie. All characters are well developed. I'm not usually one to read love stories, but the historical nature of the book keeps it interesting for me.
This is the best audiobook, I have ever listened too!
My favorite character was Jamie Fraser. Such a dominant, strong, yet loving man. The best part is that now we can envision the story line, by watching Outlander on Starz.
Claire... She did an amazing job, portraying her persona.
I had many emotions
Yes, but with reservations, It is a love story with explicit sex but the concept is interesting. It is a sort of sophisticated Alice in Wonderland with a bit of history.
Not heard her before.
Yes and no
It ends up in the air and I would like the 2nd book.
Its started with the TV Series, but it will end with the writer! I am about to start the third book and I never want it to end...
Jamie of course!
Two good eyes! Seriously, Davina Porter is one of the BEST female narrators that I have ever heard.
I think Barry's review pretty much sums it up for me, as well. It was beautifully, beautifully narrated, but like many one and two star reviewers on Amazon, I quickly got fed up of the violence and the rape, and the connection between homosexual proclivities of one character and his wickedness, as if the two are somehow connected.
The story was an epic adventure, but really, the time travel thing didn't seem to feature largely; once her husband found out she was from the future, there was no real discussion about "What's it like?" or talk of technological and scientific advances, which is, I imagine,would be utterly fascinating to someone in Scotland in the 1700's, just as someone from the 3000's would have us gripped with curosity as to what life is like in the future.
Instead, he (Jamie) seems to matter of factly accept that she's from the 1940s and they go their merry way through the story from there, which leads me to feel that the whole time travel idea was just the USP (unique selling proposition) that could land yet another epic adventure novel onto bestseller lists, but which, ultimately, didn't feature heavily as a them, other than to give Claire more advanced medical knowledge, family history knowledge, and the dilemma of whether to return to her time or stay. And so I felt the story lacked believability.
Although it's had fabulous reviews, I found the story dragged on, and as previously noted, the various flavours of rape, beatings and graphic violence got a bit tiresome.
"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!
"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.
"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.
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.
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!
"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.
"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.
"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!
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