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)
Okay, My friend SWEARS by this book and the series, infact she even named her daughter after the main character's little girl. (that happens in the next book) So needless to say that I was really expecting ALOT. Maybe if I didn't get the unabridged, it may have been better, but when I read an earlier review about how much sex there was in it, I kind of laughed because that always isn't such a bad thing right? WRONG. I felt that it lacked depth in the storyline, but again, I purchased the unabridged version. It is a series of 4 books, but after going through the entire first book, and all the 36 hours it took for me to listen to it....i just didn't care in the end.
I will not be purchasing the next book.
An interesting tale, supported by great narration. The narrator is wonderful at speaking the different characters' parts without sounding silly. Yep, the story is a long story, but I didn't want it to end, and am eager for the unabridged versions of the sequels to be available at Audible. I would much rather involve myself in a long tale than a hit-and-run fast book.
My only detraction was that though it was not gross or anything, I felt sometimes the sex was over done. I'm pretty sure I'm not a prude, but sometimes I just wanted to say, "Ok, they lust for one another, I get it!" LOL If the adult content is the biggest flaw, then this is a winner!!
Outlander is the first book I have read/heard by this author. She has talent not only in the production of an intriguing love,historical, mysterious, dramatic novel but also in the selection of a narrator to present her tale. Top notch.
This is the best series of books! The unabridged version of these stories are the best, I have been waiting a long time to see one unabridged versions put on Audible. I am so excited! I hope that the others will be soon to follow. This is a must read!
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!!!)
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.
"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.
"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!
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.
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.
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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