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 was hooked from the beginning. I listen to a book while walking so I will look forward to the exercise. I had no trouble walking once I started listening to Outlander. I will gladly listen again since there is so much going on in the story I am sure that I missed something. My treat next month will be the next book.
Wonderfully done! I wanted to listen to the whole story in one sitting! I would deffinately recommend this book to all. My Mother loved it also and is thinking about a membership.
I don't think I will purchase another Gabaldon book, but I would certainly purchase a work read by Porter.
The historical aspect was interesting, but the story lagged too often. I felt that many less significant scenes were beaten to death with lengthy description, and I found myself often waiting (and waiting) through them to get to some actual action and/or parts with some plot significance.
Her depiction of the various characters.
I'm not sure, I couldn't quite finish this one.
I have read the book a couple of times and I always have a hard time with the beginning but listening to it I enjoyed it quite a bit more.
Warning: Listening to this audio book for extended periods will give your inner voice a Scottish accent. :)
I devoured the Outlander series, written version. Being impatient for MYOB I thought I'd listen to the series to quell the anticipation. I devoured this, too. Davina Porter does a wonderful job with the characters and it was lovely to hear their voices with the varied accents and pronunciations (English, Scottish, Gaelic for the uninitiated).
Diana Porter's narration is amazing! It's easy to forget it's a narration.. You start to believe you're actually hearing Claire speak in real-time, with every surprise and inflection.
She really gives life and voice to Claire. I could not have done it better in my own head. Listening to her tell the story made this a richer experience than reading it myself would have done. Plus, her scottish accents are just different enough to differentiate characters but not overwhelming to the point of cartoonishness.
It made me instantly regretful when it was over. I purchased book 2 in the series immediately.
This book has been out for decades. I knew my step-mom loves this series, so somehow I always kind of classified it as older-woman chick-lit of some kind. I'm in my 20's and now I wish I'd gotten this book sooner... It pulls you in with great storytelling that crosses genres.
This story is among the top audiobooks I've listened to so far. I just stated audiobooks within the last year and I thourghly enjoy them to pass the time. This is one of my favorites so far.
There is an intensity to the story as a whole that draws you and keeps you held the entire time. You can't wait to see what happens next and how Claire and Jaime's relationship changes and blossoms.
I have not heard this narrorators performance before but was really impressed by her distinction in the characters. It is not easy to create all those separate characters and to keep them straight without having start to sound alike, but she did incredibly.
From start to finish I enjoyed this book immensely and will definitely relisten to this story. Instant Classic :-)
This series has everything! History, romance, unforgettable characters...
Jamie and Clair are the characters that the story revolves around and by the end of the book you know them so well you don't want their story to end.
To pick one scene as a favorite... there are far too many to choose just one!
It is far too long to listen to in one sitting unless you're going for a long drive across country!!!
Once you start this series you are going to want to get all of them. Diana Gabaldon is an incredible story teller... you'll want them to go on and on and on....
I read this book more than once in the past but loved hearing it with voices and accents. I noticed aspects of it I hadn't before. Gabaldon's research on setting and history is excellent, her writing is sophisticated, her characters well-drawn. The love story of Jamie and Claire is one of the greatest in romance literature: complex, sensual, honest. They meet in mind, body and soul.
This is one of the best books (not only audiobooks), in which I've ever become immersed. My only previous knowledge of this series consists of me seeing the Bible-length novels in bookstores. Though I've always been an avid reader, I admit I always cringed a little at the sheer size of these novels; this was the first deterrent. The second deterrent came when I read the blurb on the back and was instantly turned off by the element of time travel (of which I've never been fond), as well as the particular historical time period (I tend to favor books set in the 19th century). But, I have since discovered the joy of audiobooks through Audible, and I reached a time when I had credits to spare and no books of interest in my wishlist. Seeing a few highly-rated reviews pop up on the main page in fiction, I thought I'd give it a shot. I am so glad I did! I was almost immediately hooked, and, though I do regret waiting so long to give this series a chance, I am rather glad I waited to experience it in audio form. I can say for certain that if I had read this book the old-fashioned way, there is not the slightest chance I would have had a clue how to pronounce most of the names in the story. Davina Porter really made this story come alive! I am, naturally, totally in love with Jamie, as I'm sure many readers are, but still, when I think of him, I hear Davina Porter's interpretation of his voice. (Now that's an interesting thought!) I had considered going to the bookstore to purchase hard copies of the rest of the series, as these are much cheaper than the audio versions, and I'm pretty stingy with my credits, but I am so impressed with Davina Porter's narration, I now prefer to just finish the series in audio format. Thank God for Audible, or else I might never have given Diana Gabaldon a chance!
The plot...no, wait, the character development. It's a tough call, as both were superb!
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