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 read the entire series a few years and loved it. I was a little hesitant about listening to it but have found it a real treasure. Listening to it forces me to hear details I probably skimmed over during my reading. The narrator does a good job of changing characters although everyone once in awhile she slips a bit, but not much. It makes me fall in love with Jamie Fraser all over again!!
This book takes me away to a time that is truly adventurous and dangerous with lots of old fashion romance. Your heart yearns for Jamie and Claire to be together. I have read four books in the series. I purchased the abridged Outlander version and was sorely disappointed. But alas, the unabridged version of Outlander came and I haved been happy since. I truly recommend this as one of the best romance / adventure novels ever. I hope they come out with the rest of the series in UNabridge version SOON.
I'm not generally one to read/listen to romance novels, but decided to try this one based on the reviews and the sample. I'm amazed at how engrossed I became in it. Davina Porter is awesome! I'll try the rest in the series when I find the unabridged versions read by her. She does the different characters voices so well, you can tell who's speaking even without context.
I finished this book this morning and I'm so sad - I guess I'll have to start over.... The story is very engrossing, there were very few times in the 30+ hours of listening that I felt "get on with it" - every word was a pleasure. The reader is absolutely superb - what a great fit. Highly recommended.
I cannot say enough about this book, and the others in the series. Gabaldon's writing draws you in immediately, and all of a sudden, you feel as though you're there, watching the action in person; almost like another character in the novel.
Davina Porter's narration is a dream. She has every one of the accents down pat, and she makes it easy to distinguish who is speaking. She especially helps with the Gaelic and other foreign pronunciations, so that my not knowing these words doesn't "get in the way" of the story line.
I look forward to listening to more of the unabridged books in the series [hint! hint!] as soon as possible. Like all the other reviewers, I like this format much better, regardless of the length. It doesn't seem like they are anywhere near as long as they are--in fact, I would listen to these books no matter how long they are. They are that good!!!
Don't ever fool yourself and think listening to an abridged recording is an OK thing to do. This may be long (30+hrs.) but you will be sobbing when it is over. Davina Porter's narration is perfection and "Outlander" will start you on a journey you'll never forget. Now if we can just get audible to bring in the other 5 novels in the series as unabridged editions, all will be right with the world. Once you know Jamie and Claire, you will never forget them. This is the book that you will reccommend to everyone you know and reread to get your fix once you have finished the series. READ THIS BOOK!!!( OK, listen to this book, but just get this book!!!)
I just relistened to this book thanks to the addition of the unabridged version with Porter. My first impression three years ago remains the same -- it is just everything I would want a book to be. The reader brings life to the characters who are already larger than life. I could listen to it repeatedly. Why listen to the abridged version and lose anything of Claire and Jamie's time together?
This is quite simply the best audiobook I've ever listened to. After I started it, I would look forward to my commute so I could listen some more. PLEASE get the other unabridged titles in this series read by Davina Porter. And get them soon! I will buy every one.
book in the series. I lean towards mysteries, thrillers and contempory fiction, so this book was a pleasant find. I listened to this book based solely on the reviews and I am so glad I did! Thirty some hours flew by and I didn't want it to end. I went to Diana Gabaldon's website and she said the other 5 books in the series should be in audio format by September or October. I can't wait!!
It's mind boggling how anyone could consider a wife beating, self absorbed, whiner like Jamie Frasier to be anything even remotely heroic. Further, Claire's incessant apologizing for Jamie's behavior resembles Stockholm Syndrome at best, battered wife syndrome at worst. The author should be ashamed.
"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.
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.
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
"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.
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.
"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.
"Slow and boring"
The time travel concept made the book sound promising. However, the lack of knowledge of the geography of Scotland and other Scottish themes made some of the listening laughable. So much extraneous detail made for extremely long listening, resulting in impatience "to get on with it!" Less sex, less words and more actual story could have saved this novel...perhaps!
"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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