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)
The length of this book has deterred me for some time now. That said, I decided finally to pursue it on audio book. So glad I did!
As this book has been out for some time, I won't discuss its plot, just the overall characteristics that made me love it.
I love a book that teaches me something along the way, encouraging me to look things up. Life in the Scottish highlands mid 1700s was a brutal time and place to live. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about day-to-day life and how the clans worked. Most especially, I have accumulated a wonderful new vocabulary!
The characters were so well done, I loved and hated them as appropriate. The element of time travel was spot-on because I can never get enough of it.
Audio book recording was choppy at times... leaving me to feel like we may have skipped something. Ultimately, I think it was all there.
Highly recommend if this kind of stuff is your bag.
After I finish the series.
The history of the time period.
Gathering of herbs and their uses.
Yes, hard to stop and go to work!
Anxious to start #2.
I would not recommend it.
The way of Kings
we listened to part one and half of part two. Found it full of soft porn and spousal abuse. Was looking for Science Fiction or Science Fantasy. Found 0.5% science and 99.5 percent soft porn.
At the top of the list with an exceptional few others
I don't think I would compare it to anything I have read before. I found it unique.
She is what narrator's should aspire to be like. You don't get any better than her.
Yes, but due to the length it would never be possible.
This is the first time I have been compelled to express my opinion on an audiobook. I loved every minute of this book and am so glad there are 7 more for me to listen to. One of my all time favorites.
I read this book several years ago which inspired me to continue with the entire series. When it was announced that the mini-series was going to be available on TV, I decided to re-read the first book for review. Then I saw that it was available on audiobook so I downloaded it and was hooked again! Davina Porter does an amazing job. I want my husband to listen to the book, too, but I am too engrossed to relinquish my Kindle.
Claire, of course, is my heroine. And then, Jamie. The sole-mate connection between them is what everyone dreams of having.
I cannot pick a favorite scene. The entire story keeps moving you along and it is hard to even find a stopping point so you can go to bed.
This book pulled out every type of emotion in me.
What can I say that hasn't already been said about Outlander. The author's detail on life in the 18th century, a storyline that never has a dull moment, and the characters that jump out from the pages make this one book you don't want to miss! I read this book in written form when it first came out and just listened to it again. It was just as wonderful the second time around. Do yourself and favor and get the audio version even if you've already read it.
One additional note - I was listening to it on my older ipod and the last 6 hours wouldn't play. I switched over to my phone and it was just fine. I suspect the length of the 33 hour book was just too big of a file for my older player.
I've spent my entire life around the written word - writing it, editing it, teaching it. So, it's no wonder I also love to read it!
I must've been living in a cave these past 20 years because I swear I had no knowledge of Diana Gabaldon or her Outlander series of books until the Starz series came on. But, after watching Episode 1, I decided to read the book and listen to the audio version simultaneously. Now I know what all the fuss has been about!
The enduring love between Claire and Jamie is romantic and wonderful. The author writes of their friendship and then love with such care. And, the backdrop of 1943 Scotland as the Highlanders fight the British for freedom is visceral and all too real.
While the book could be a tad shorter for some, I didn't mind the length as the author had me turning the page with rapt attention. In fact, I made a pact with myself that I would NOT go directly into Dragonfly in Amber (Book 2); that I would give my mind (and my eyes) a rest. But, that did not happen, oh no. I dove, feet first into the second book with enthusiasm. In fact, I'm rather glad I discovered this series so late...I don't have to wait for the next book to be published!
Thank you, Ms. Gabaldon, for this treasure trove of Claire and Jamie stories!
A busy Mum and Accountant. Listen to books while driving to work or sunbathing is my guilty pleasure.
If this the first book in the series, it was a great start.
First time I have heard Davian Porter. She gave a excellent patrial of the characters, although towareds the end sometimes I felt her voices sounded very similar to the other.
I could have listen to this in one sittling if time allowed.
This is the kind of book that is so well devised that it keeps the plot moving at such a quick pace you don't really know what happening until it's too late. I listened to this book over a four day period of emotional stress. It has been a week since I ended I I still don't know if I should feel angry, frustrated, abused, or shocked.
Would I recommend this book to anyone? Probably not.
Did I want to immediately listen to the next seven books after finishing Outlander? ...yes.
This is my first review, but I loved the story and character and just had to share. I've never tried immersion reading before but it helped paint a picture in my mind of each character and location. I love the mix of romance and history.
Davina did an excellent job with Claire's voice, I loved the British accent. Her ability to give each character their own "voice", and was able to paint a mental picture of each character as the story progressed.
As I was reading and listening to the the horror at the prison and the abuse to Jamie by "Black Jack" Randall I was disgusted and a little sick. Was this type of torture and the very descriptive detail needed to tell the story?
Overall I loved the book, I'm disappointed the way the movie is going. It doesn't seem to be following the book.
"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.
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.
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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