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 usually kind of a literary snob, and I would probably be embarrassed to be caught listening to this book, but I really liked it a lot. Sometimes I lose my place and go back too far, and with this book I didn't mind listening to the same passages again. It's a good story, plainly. I am sure the blended old and new language and the historical portrayals and accents would be laughed out of the room by other snobs, but this audio book was so entertaining!
The sex that some reviewers are complaining about is the easiest thing to defend about the book. Sex is such an important part of life; why shouldn't it be included in our stories? I didn't think it was too graphic and I found it pretty fresh and real, although I (unfortunately) don't "read" a lot of books that deal with this part of life.
The end is clearly not the end, and I am going to buy the next installment. (I may hide the title while listening to it...)
At first this book was really good then the last 3/4 of the book was nothing but sex. If she took out all the awkard sex scenes the book would be half as long and twice as good. I won't be listening to the sequal.
The beginning of this story starts out very slow but it's needed to set the groundwork for an amazing and action pack story filled with history, war, romance and time travel. Once you make it through the first few chapters you won't be able to stop listening. The reader has an amazing voice and is able to bring the characters to life in your mind. The writer captures your heart and gives you the feeling that you are there with Claire and Jamie. I loved every minute of this book and you will too!
Diana Gabaldon is a genius of the first order. Ms. Gabaldon has woven a story that mesmerizes, captivates, and excites. Of course, Outlander is more than a romance novel, but that doesn't take away from the fact that Jamie and Claire's relationship makes each page sizzle. And Davina Porter is a first rate narrator. I've listened to Outlander at least 3 times and each time Ms. Porter drew me in with her beautiful lilting voice. Have a great time listening to this wonderful tale of a love that transcends time.
This book, like so many today, needed a good editor.
The reader of this book does an excellent job, The premise of the book is good, the characters are good, BUT it's a romance novel. It has too much sex and a windy story that does not appear to be going anywhere. I bought this because I saw many reviewers and a high overall rating. I should have read the reviews, then i wouldn't have bought the book.
I love this series so much. When I first started the series, I wondered what my Mom has set me to reading. Well after 5 years, I have read and re read my books so much, I am working on my second and some books my third copy as they have been read to shreds. I have also listened to the series at least once and am happy to come here and listen to it again and again. I will admit I prefer Geraldine's reading over Davina, but that is just a preference thing, nothing against anyone. I hope you come to love the characters as much as so many of us have to. Enjoy a wonderful book and find yourself hooked from start to finish.
The first part of this book was hard to get downloaded. I love the series and have read all 6 books. I however, feel the person narrating the book sound a bit on the older side and the persons in the book are not old at all. Other then this. It is a great series. It is a real Historical Romance.
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