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 in love with the Outlander series. If epic & historical fantasy, romance, and adventure are your thing you will love this series. Diana Gabaldon is a master of her craft. The story progressives cohesively with great rhythm & timing of events. The characters are dynamic & strong & loveable.
At first I was skeptical, and was slow to get absorbed by the story. But soon thereafter I was swept away and didn't want to stop listening. Now I have just started the 2nd book in the series, and while I was also skeptical that there could be a sequel to match the power & epicness of the 1st, I am hooked and I don't want to ever stop listening. I am now officially obsessed and want to read (listen to) the entire series, after which I plan to start watching the TV show. I highly recommend this series to all of my friends and if it were my way I would never stop talking about it.
The audiobook experience is absolutely perfect, and I highly recommend it as the BEST way to begin enjoying the story. Davina Porter does an excellent job. She really brings all of the characters to life with unique voices that I soon recognized with ease, and I have completely fallen in love with Jamie's voice. She expresses the Scottish accents & vernacular that I would not get by reading alone, and that is worth everything. I love the characters she has brought to life, and I very much enjoy the abstract visuals in my mind's eye.
There are so many amazing moments in Outlander. The last quarter of the book is probably my absolute favorite.
I loved her Scottish accents and her consistency with unique character voices. I am in love with Jamie's voice.
YES. In fact I want to listen to the WHOLE SERIES (5? books) in one sitting. But you know, that would be bad for the rest of my life, like my job and my partner, and maybe my health...
FUCKING AWESOME & EPIC AS FUCK. I think this might be my absolute favorite romance story of all time, on par with a Chinese series… It's definitely on the list of My Favorite Books Ever Written (which pretty much only consists of The Mists of Avalon). And I believe that the audiobook experience is an absolute necessity, to really soak in the language diversity and still enjoy your imagination of what the characters and scenes look like.
ten a c lass
great for escape
When Claire curses Jack Randell with the day of his death
the scene where Jamie had to "spank" Claire
laughed and cried. different times
didn't want the book to end. Listened for 3 days straight. couldn't put it down
More action early on. Too much time having tea etc.
I won't read the further books in the series.
I didn't feel the performance brought me close enough to the characters
I thought the premise/story-line was interesting and had potential but it didn't go where I thought it should.
Say something about yourself!
After watching 3 episodes of the TV series and hearing from friends who've read this how marvelous it is, I decided to go for full spoilers and get the book. You see, I'm not completely sold on the series yet at this point. Good characters, love the sets and the music, but... is there a story here beyond just your basic romance? That was question.
The short answer is no, not really. Romance novel fans will have little problem embracing this as the characters are solidly human in their personalities, and the little bits of Jacobite intrigue flavor the story nicely. It's just a question of how "steamy" and explicit you like it, because this book goes for broke on that front.
Having read similar books by Susanna Kearsley, even though Outlander is clearly one of the first of this kind of book, I think I'll stick with Kearsley. Gabaldon's writing style has spunk to the characters and more grit, but not as much gloss or magic as Kearsley. It comes down to personal preference on that front, but for me, I like historical fiction to be historical and fantasy to be fantastic. Gabaldon got this backwards.
For those of us who read historical fiction for the history, the devil's in the details. It takes a 2 second Google search to confirm that a Scottish claymore does not weigh 15 lbs. It weighs just around 5, a maximum of 6. That's a heavy sword. Smaller swords traditionally weigh less than 2.
There's a scene in this book that goes to great length to teach our heroine the proper use of a dirk. The only thing I can think of is this is how it must feel for astrophysicists to read science fiction, because I kept screaming at the instructor character for being a complete and utter moron. The historical martial arts community has a vast online presence, and they're very helpful to anyone -- especially writers -- who wish to aim for something resembling real life accuracy. Why would a self-respecting writer randomly make stuff up when such resources abound? It's like when Bugs Bunny puts his fingers into the barrel of Elmer Fudd's shotgun and makes it backfire. This book would have you believe that's how it works, and to those with even a basic knowledge of historical blades, the story just implodes on itself. As a swordfighter, I'm squarely in that category. Without that, I'm sure it's much more entertaining to the larger audiences, and clearly Gabaldon's fan following confirms that, so she must be doing something right.
With that in mind, the characters are still interesting, so I'll see where the TV version goes for now. Seems wrong to me when the TV version is better than the book, but there it is.
Davina Porter (by any name she uses) is a magnificent narrator, as always, lending her skills in languages and dialects in her typically superb manner. She gives this book an air of credibility that the writing just doesn't.
This is one of my favorite book of all times I have read it in print and listened to it twice on audible. I cannot understand the negative reviews, but maybe its not for everyone but I was captivated from beginning to end. The narrator was amazing and brought life to a story that I was already in love with. Great read
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
Other listeners have raved about Outlander and I sort of get why that might be for the story structure is good and the Gaelic imagery excellent. However, there is little or no benefit in it being about time travel for this is where the imagery fails. If one was to time travel all of a sudden without knowledge or preparation there would be so much more going on regarding the challenge of the effect upon time and place. Our heroin is just too 'accepting' of the situation for the tale to work for me. It set up an expectation for me that was not fulfilled
Excellent romance novel.
When Clare had to shove Jamie's shoulder back into place. Made me sqeamish.
No extreme reactions.
Very well written, I like Gabaldon's narrative style. My only issue is with the reader. Although she read well, her voice made it sound like Clare was a much older woman - not what I envisioned her to look like at all.
Yes. The author takes you on a journey through time and history where a strong willed woman, Claire, is thrown into the past during a time when women had different roles. This book had me constantly wanting to know what Claire was going to get herself into next, and how the relationships would develop along the way.
Really connected to Davina Porter's portrayal of Claire.
I didn't like some of the frog-like voices used when Porter read the male character's lines.
I initially downloaded this book onto my kindle, and decided to purchase the audible to continue listening to the story during a road trip. I found myself reading from my kindle when I had time to sit back, and listening to it on audible during the times when I needed to multitask.
I did not initially notice it, but during the last half of the audible, I thought it sounded like there was a faint voice recording in the back of the audible. Possibly another person recording another book nearby - very faint.
LOVED THIS! I'm not one for romance novels and I wouldn't classify this as one even though I think it's thought of in that vein. Although it has a primary relationship...it's so much more than that! Action, adventure, hardship, history, and some romance to boot. Diana Gabaldon writes beautifully and Davina Porter is a ROCKSTAR narrator!
Best listen of the year so far for me...
Narration was good with what she had to work with
Women hate pornography, but they will read the hell out of it. A co-worker recommended this book to me per my interests in science fiction, and my Scottish heritage. It turned out to be a rambling romance novel with frequent woman fantasy sex. Longing for some development and the fact I was listening to it on a 75 mile hike in the Cascades I made it through the whole thing. If you are so unfortunate to start this nook and you don't find it going anywhere, go no further! If you are a repressed woman seeking sexual fantasy it's all yours.
"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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