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 narrator is first rate, but the story is painfully slow. I found the protaganist to be irritating and annoying. The hero seemed nice enough, but I could not get through the book. I could only make it to part 2 and then gave up.
Beautifully written AND narrated. Yes, the book is long (another reason I liked it), but the author slowly builds such wonderful characters that you become engrossed in their lives as they spill forth in this novel. One of the best books I've read (listened to) since "Pillars of the Earth." It is a wonderful love story and the historical context is very well done. Well worth every penny.
Fantasy and Romance Author
This audiobook is one of my favorite readings, and worth a repeat listening. Davina Porter's wonderful performance really improves an already-marvellous story of time travel and adventure in eighteenth-century Scotland. Outstanding!
I really like the writing style and narrator. After the first few chapters I thought this might be an excellent book. Well after nine hours of listening I finally came to the point that this book wasn't going anywhere. It is definitely 90% romance novel. From the description it seemed more like an adventure/fantasy with some romance. I had to quit listening after nine hours which I have never done on an audible book. I couldn't stand one more scene of actually nothing happening. If you are a man...be warned. I'm giving it to my wife who I'm sure will enjoy it. :)
I am a child of the 50's, love kids, animals, plants. I adopted a Sulphur mustang mare (desendant of the warhorses of the Conquistadors).
I could barely quit listening. I've listened to it twice, and will be going on to the next story in the series. The main characters, independent Claire Randall and gallant Scottish warrior Jaime Fraser, are both intriguing as personalities and are sizzle together. The historical background and detail added fascinating detail to the story. The narrator, Davina Porter, was outstanding. If you like historical novels, adventure and romance you can't go wring with this one...
The story could have been told in half the time. Lots of sex talk which wears thin after a while. The reader was excellent. Story was only average. At 30 odd hours its a big investment of time. One of those books that doesn't quite hit the mark.
Have listened to the entire series 3 times. The detail gets better each time. Wonderful writer wonderful narrator. Davina Poeter has spoiled me for most other narrators because she does such an excelent job!
Be afraid, be very afraid, this series can be very addicting. You will learn to love the relationship between the main characters, and the narrator, truly brings this story to life. Not for young listeners.
Delightful from the first sip... The character development moves you deeper and deeper into the novel. Unfortunately, you'll then want to read all of the remaining books in the series. I found them all exceptional.
I was not familiar with this series before I read the 3rd book by accident. I enjoyed that, and decided to start from the beginning by downloading the first. Have to say that listening has made the experience that much more enjoyable, and has really brought the characters to life. Love the narrator; I can actually hear humor, distress and happiness in her voice not just when quoting the characters, but as the first person narrator as well. RECOMMENDED HIGHLY.
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