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 am not sure
Someone who did not sound so much like my grandmother... at times I felt as if she was reading the book to me and considering the plot it was a complete turnoff
a bit more of a realistic sense and a more experienced Jamie ... some more turning points and focus on the important, less on the fluff
I started reading this book because many people had suggested it and also because the TV series caught my attention. I have read long books before but at times I had problems with this novel because it lagged during points when it could have perfectly avoided and vice versa it rushed through some pretty crucial points in the story.
The characters were interesting but several times the male lead was not believable... I mean, come on, a rough Scottish islander with such sensitivity despite the historical time? The female character with her nurturing attitude seemed to be the one wearing the pants for most of the time...
I am not sure whether I will continue with the second book. I have read a preview and it intrigues me but I am afraid it will lag on forever like the first book. Yes, I will think about it, but for now I will read something else.
There is too much talk about family abuse. At one point one of the main characters can't seem to stop talking about it and as a listener it takes to long to get back to the main story. Had to stop listening at this point.
I just depends on her stories.
I think the narrator did a good job on all the characters.
Disappointment. The story line was great.
I would not buy another book from Gabaldon - might listen to one if it were free. I almost gave up on this book a few times, but forced myself to finish it just in case there was some miracle ending to make it worthwhile. There wasn't.
I would listen to Porter's narration of other works.
The general premise was interesting, but the sex was way overdone and actually got monotonous. It was barely a historical fiction and mostly steamy romance -- boring! The story also had a completely dull ending. I know there is more coming in book 2, but I can't be bothered to listen to hours more of gratuitous gropings, heaving creamy bosoms and throbbing loins to find out what happens to Claire, Jamie or poor Frank. I was hoping for more history and intrigue and less soft porn. Disappointed :-(
I also found that what happened in Wentworth Prison was over the top (my husband asked me to turn the audiobook off when I was listening at bedtime because he couldn't stand that section - that was a first). The escape was ridiculously implausible. I'm ok allowing for time travel, but the rest of the action needs to be believable or it gets too far into fantasy and the genres just become muddled.
The narrator was fine and I enjoyed her talent.
Make it PG or PG-13 so I could listen to it with my kids in the room. Calling it historical fiction was misleading. This was an "R" rated romance novel with a thin varnish of sci-fi, the supernatural and history. The plot was weak in comparison to Game of Thrones or Pillars of the Earth -- both of which have romance and sex that spice up the plot rather than overpowering it. It distressing to think so many people have rated this book 5-stars!
I enjoyed learning of life in 1740's Scotland and loved the excellent narration. For me, it was frequently boring and would have been better if shortened. Also, way too many sexual details. Good literature doesn't need a crutch.
Yes, I could hardly wait for it to end so I could listen to something better.
No, too long.
I kept thinking it would get better because of the good reviews, but it never did for me. I've learned that a good book trumps good narration.
I have read Outlander many times but listening to it has brought it to a brand new level.
Jaime was my favorite character.
She brings a whole new dimention to the story and characters.
It was hard putting it down.
Awesome listen. Highly recommend it!
Yes! To enjoy an excellent read.
None other that I have read.
Diana weaves an extraordinary tale!
This is not sci-fi. This is a completely quiche romance novel. Strong modern women trapped in old times ... strong primative man ... forced to wear amazing dress ... bad guys threatening rape ... rescue ... surrender ... etc. Its so weird that romance writers can only write one plot and weirder still that anyone would voluntarily read such drivel.
Davina Porter was excellent as a reader and I would definitely listen to this one again. She helped the words come alive with a perfect accent. I read this book years ago and found it more pleasurable to listen to it.
My absolute favorite book of all time. Would recommend to anyone.
I like historical, southern books - southern accents, antiques - The Ole' West, Ghost Towns, Victorian Era, Southern Humor!!
Listen to Outlander! AND, you will get the bonus of watching it on TV too! The saga of Claire and Jamie, goes on and on ......... wonderful story. Claire goes back in time from 1940's to the 1700's in Scotland. The television series is very true to the book & it's great to see the characters and give them a face.
Yes, plan on repeating the complete series. I often re-read multiple book series because sometimes you miss key events, or don't understand their significance until several books into the story. If its really good, as Outlander is, I will go straight back to book one upon completing the final in a series.
So far its Jamie, though his sister has great appeal. I look forward to seeing what both of them get up to in later chapters.
Haven't quite finished so I'll wait on this question. Took a break to download the rest of the books. I like it that much.
Right before Jamie was caught. I enjoy the banter between Jamie and his sister. Claire feels at that moment that she is truly part of the family and sees how much that means to her.
Davina Porter is the perfect narrator for this series. A narrator can make or break an audiobook in my opinion. A good narration takes me away in the story, not giving thought whether its a male or female voice. You get the feeling that whatever character is speaking, the focus is on them in the moment and it feels like a movie in my head. i can fully visualize their appearance and demeanor, just with a good voice narration. Davina Porter can do this with such skill as to make every character emerge in full color.
"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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