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)
Story makes you use your imagination. Long and repetitive themes.
More expression and great accents.
Maybe, but it would be LONG
No qualms about the audio book, but not sure what all the fuss is about about the Outlander series.
I was expecting Connie Willis (To Say Nothing of the Dog), and I got Danielle Steele. It started out with promise, then disintegrated into a romance novel; blech. Now I've just bought the Connie Willis sequels -- hope she hasn't fallen down on the job!
I'd never heard of the Outlander series despite the fact that it's been around for a while (it started in the early 90's). I only purchased the books based on audible members' near-universal raving praise.
That praise is dead-on. It's a beautiful love story and a rousing adventure with humor, tragedy, villains and heroes. Moreover, the narrator was born for this series; she's one of the best I've ever heard.
I've spent the last five months listening to all eight volumes; just finished last week and can't wait for the next volume (I understand the author is working on it for release in late 2013 - my hope is that the narrator will do this new one, too.)
Start with Outlander and then listen to the sequel. You will be hooked.
I cannot think of another book that reminds me of Outlander because it is a historical novel - romance - with a touch of science fiction.
Porter's vocal characterizations added depth to the story.
Claire and Jamie realizing and then professing their love for each other.
Outlander is one of my all time favorite books. I love it on a cold rainy day, snuggled on the sofa with a hot toddie and a blanket its a great get away. Now I can listen to it as I walk, drive or even do housework! Davinia Porter breathes lfe into my favorite characters brunging a whole new level of enjoyment to the Outlander experience.
Nothing like a historical romance with a twist of fantasy to take you away from the stres of every day life. Add a good looking highlander and you've the recipe for a perfect stay-cation in my books!
Claire's dawning realization that she's awake and has somehow been brought to another time. Her strength of spirit in managing to accept her lot without becoming a blithering idiot is remarkable.
She brought the characters to life, gave an individual voice to each personality.
I'm still not sure a movie wouldn't ruin the Outlander experience for me so I can't answer this one
love to read
Jamie, Claire... The history, the Scottish...
Shadow of Witches, because of the historical factor...
She does an outstanding job of portraying every character!
ALL of the above!
Years ago I read the book and loved it. I now have it to listen to whenever I get the urge.
I find Outlander as complelling as Twilight. One is about a human and a vampire finding their ultimate mate and Outlander is about a woman that has to travel back to the 1700s to find her perfect mate.
Davina Porter's interpertations of the characters are critical to the story and her accents are so wonderful to listen to.
There are many moments in the book that moved me. The one that comes to mind would ruin the book for someone else if they read it here.
The Book Rev
I personally love srories that involve Time Travel and I love stories about the History of the Dark Ages, this book hit on both topics. Once you get past our heroine's life just after WWII and the fantasy of the time travel you find a wonderful story of the day to day life in that time period. Our hero must learn to live in a day and age when a woman's voice and her presence is not even acknowledged, life under clan ruled society, the brutality of ancient warfare, the dangers of life outside of a castle, and herbel medicine as opposed to anti-bacterials.
There is a place in the story where our heroine's abilities concerning bandaging the wounded is acknowledged and she is asked to take over for the man who no longer acted as a healer. The author describes the scene that she found when she first walked into the healing center. She found hebs, animal dung and noxious mixtures that she could not even hope to identify instead of the modern day medice she was acquinted with during WWII. It was a powerful juxtaposition to her days working with the wonded of WWII and finally to our pesent day medicine.
This is a very good performance.
The discription of the brutal life during the Middle Ages without the access to modern medicine, the discription of life without the rule of law and the access to police help, the absense of equality under the law is a harsh existence and it is amazing that anyone lived through it. Society has come a long way towards the protection of the weak, the poor and the disenfrancised, but we still have a ways to go.
This is definately a Mature Audience book. Even so not only did I buy a copy for myself but I purchased two more to give as gifts.
Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.
#1. I read the print book first. I've read, re-read, listened and re-listened to all of the books. I've sent this book to friends and picked up extra copies to share with people. One friend said she dumped her copy at GoodWill because she didn't like the witchcraft. That was the beginning of the end of that friendship. The "witchcraft" had to do with a longtime custom of Scotland. The author does her research. Unlike other best-sellers, these books make me feel good and clean. I can't believe they are being marketed beside that fifty shades of smut volume. The sex in this book is normal and sweet.
I loved being taken to another place and time. Eating breakfast in a castle. Not knowing what would happen next.
Davina is elegant. She portrays Claire as being quite sharp-tongued. Most Americans could never get away with that, but Claire is tallish, slim, pretty and an ex battlefield nurse, so it all fits.
Deflowering a virgin bridegroom and soon after teaching him the concept of so good it hurts and oooh, don't stop!
There is always more to appreciate in these books. After a few listens, one stops chomping at the bit to see what happens next and relaxes into the ride. Then you enjoy the ride, smell the flowers. Some devotees didn't care for Brianna at first. I personally thought Jamie was a bully and Roger a wimp. With each reading I appreciate more and more how very well Diana handled all her characters and the poignancy of family love across oceans and centuries.
At the top - I love this book.
The total immersion of the reader into the 1940's England and then again into the 1700's. While details and descriptions are very well done they aren't so overwhelming that you get frustrated. This novel will completely take you into another time. Davina Porter is an excellent actress/narrator and her ability to go from one accent to another and her ability to create the richness of the characters is beyond par.
I like the part where Claire and Jamie are first married. That has to be the best. But the one part where Jamie tell's Claire that she's tearing him apart - made me swoon. Diana obviously knows what passion and love is and has described this exempliarily in this Novel.
I honestly want to move to Scotland now and I wish that my husband had red hair. I've found that I have taken up some of the Scottish sayings.
I cannot wait to read the next novel.
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