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 first read the paper version of the Outlander series a few years ago. Knowing that I was scheduled to make a lot of flights and travel, I decided to try the audible version. I already knew and loved the stories, which would lessen the "gamble" of purchasing something unfamiliar. The audio version met my requirements; that 9 hour transatlantic travel was made bearable with my old friends, Claire and Jamie.
Outlander is a fantastical story with a large dose of historical fiction and lots of bodice ripping. It is hard to compare to other historical fictions, as I typically read the drier versions.
I can not identify one particular scene.
The paper copy of this book is around 1000 pages. I knew I could never listen to it in one sitting.
My only very slight criticism of the book is that I expected Claire to have a younger voice. Not a young voice, mind. Just younger. Nonetheless, as what frequently happens in this kind of thing, one adjusts.
I love details but after a while I could not bear it. Diana Gabaldon is a great writer but there were quite a few moments when I had to jump ahead past some of the details. At times I spent 2-3 minutes hearing about snow fall or the specific colors in a scene. Although the details seem to place me right in the characters mind, there is a specific moment when one needs to move on.
no need to see the film... the audio book is better and leaves your own mind to work.
great series. I am loosing track of whick books Ive read. I need to look into my library
I've been spoiled by Diana Gabaldon and her Outlander series. Nothing else compares.
The history is painstakingly accurate, the premise wildly creative, the use of description outstanding... this is the writer I wish I could be, read by a spot on reader who, in over 200 hours of reading remains absolutely spot on the entire time. This is a work of art.
These books are huge, and the temptation, when reading them, is to skim, to find out what happens next. You can't skim in an audiobook, so you can fully enjoy the writer's incredible use of image and character. Furthermore, the reader gets the pronunciation right. I haven't a clue how to correctly pronounce the gaelic.
It made me late to work. It made me stay out weeding the garden to picture perfect perfection. It made me ignore my husband. It made me read the history of the period (I recommend 1776). It inspired me to create art of my own.
Some people don't like this writer's work. When the zombie apocalypse hits? Those people will not be bunking at my house!
Amazing Love Story
Jamie Fraser. He's a realistic hero who has flaws and yet still seems like the ideal man.
After listening to Davina Porter for over 30 hours, I immediately purchased the next book in the series. She's easy to listen to but I found it to be a little slow in some parts so I increased the narrator speed to 1.25 and it was perfect.
laughed and cried. loved it
The narrator is outstanding. The idea of the story is fascinating - waking up in another century. I wondered throughout which of the possible endings would come to pass.
Her command of the Scottish tongue is a lot of fun and she easily transitions between voices.
The ending was a disappointment to me. It's like the author got tired after writing such a long (too long) book and just said, "The End". I was stunned when it ended.
Say something about yourself!
After reading several reviews from several sources I have learned that the people who love this book/series are nearly fanatical about their feelings and take it very personal when somebody decides they don't care for it. Taking great care not to offend the lovers of this series, I want to say that I enjoyed the story that author Diana Gabaldon put together. I do not share the passionate love for the story as so many, it is a story that takes me to a different time in a land far far away, and I enjoyed the entertainment factor. I did not relate or connect with the characters in a way that made me feel like I couldn't stop listening.
The flaw comes with the narrator. While clearly spoken, I found her voice grating and unpleasant. Often she created these voices for characters that made her sound like she had a mouth full of mashed potatoes when she spoke, and her voice just wasn't music to my ears.
I have not decided whether or not I'm going to read any more of the series, but if I do, I will go for the Kindle version and read it manually.
This book has all of the elements that I thought would make my perfect story. WW2 nurse travels back in time to 18th century Scotland. And in that, it was great. However, I don't understand why the author seems so bent set on demonizing homosexuals. It adds nothing to the story other than creating something of a foil to the nonstop sexual escapades of the main characters who are constantly "seeding" each other. Miss Gabaldon, before you write your next book, please get out of your backwater, right wing, hillbilly town and see the world a little bit.
a disheartened homosexual
If you like books that are filled with sex, wife beating, well any kind of beating, rape, with a heroine that is fickle and weak. And in between all those beatings, and abuse, there are ramblings in the countryside with more sex, and then a little rape, then some more sex, but before all that goes on there is about 8 hours just getting to know the heroine. Who is a bit shallow, and yet adjusts to 18th century life with almost no problems. (not too plausible) I know that others absolutely loved the book, which is why I decided to get it, but I just wanted others to know, that it was 10 romance novels long, yet there is no direction, and ends leaving you wanting.
No, normally I love a series because I don't want my books to end but this one left me wanting more.
I went into this really hoping to like it. The friend who recommended it said it was her favorite all time book. After reading the premise I thought I would love it. It sounded right up my alley but something was missing. I can't put my finger on what exactly but normally I can't put my player down because I want to know what happens next and with this story I didn't care. Maybe I don't like it because I didn't believe she really would have fit in as well as the book portrays.
I wasn't a fan. I thought her voice sounded much older than the characters 27 years.
taken out the ridiculous sex scenes, or quit pretending this is a straight-forward novel.
The book starts out okay enough. It turns south for me pretty much as soon as they introduce Jamie Fraser, the perfect man who only exists in the imagination of undersexed housewives. He's strapping, tough, yet sensitive and virginal. He's completely unrealistic. Then he and the main character spend a better part of the second half having sexy sex in every scenario imaginable. Don't let the "historical fiction" moniker fool you: this is bodice-ripping mom porn at its very core. That is of course before it turns into psychotic man-rape. After 35 grueling hours i finally reached the end to find no resolution whatsoever. I will not be plowing through the rest of the series to see this horribly over written piece of filth meet its conclusion.
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