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 had no idea what to expect in this series, but found myself completely captivated with the story and characters. I highly recommend this audio book - but be forewarned ... You will end up needing to listen to all of them, which is a huge time commitment, but well worth it!!
The first of the Outlander Series was written by Diana Gabaldon in the late 90's and for some reason I've never heard of it. It's a hard book to classify as its part historical novel, science fiction, and romance. I'll skip a summary of the plot because its available elsewhere on the audible site. I'm 65, male, retired (sort of), and normally read mysteries, science fiction, and thrillers. I purchased the first volume, Outlander, on a lark and became hooked. What a ride! The plot is great and Davina Porter is one of the best Narrators I've come across. Her voice is made for the main character, Claire Randel, and she does the switch from character to character seamlessly. I can't recommend this book more. Its a long listen but at the end you're looking for more.
It was perfect
I can't come up with a comparison,I wish I could I would buy it.
My favorite scene was when she was getting Jamie out of the prison.
I did not want it to end,I hope there would be a sequel.
If you want a way to make your daily walk an adventure, listen to this book.
I love the historical side of this book. I was so impressed with the medical side. I want to learn more about the healing arts .
I enjoyed the discovery of Davy Beaton's surgery. The difference between the two times.
The narrator is wonderful in her way of bringing each person to life with their own inflections and accents.
I would have completely left out the last 1/4 of this book. I flew through the first 3 sections but then it took me over a week to get through the final one. It was boring and completely took away from the pace of the story. What she did with Jamie in the monastery was completely ridiculous and except for that, nothing happened there. A better editor would have been more heavy handed in that section.
Some of them, yes, others, no. Not everyone would tolerate the violence. While it didn't bother me, I know many women who would be disturbed by the almost constant threat of rape and torture. I also felt Gabaldon got a little carried away with the sex scenes. It wasn't that they were too graphic, it was just, "Again!!?!? Really?!?!" But if those aspects of the book wouldn't bother you, the story was decent until the last section.
No but she was fine. Very standard reading with a British accent. Does a decent job with her Scots.
It depends on how it was done. There would need to be a LOT of editing and what they chose to keep and what they chose to pitch could make or break the movie.
I wish Diana Gabaldon had spent a little more time on character development in the beginning of the book and less time on the sex and violence. I know that's what sells a book these days but I find character development makes for a more compelling read. I feel more connected to the characters and then anything that happens to them later in the book is more personal to me.
This is a well researched historical novel (Book 1) in a series that keeps you glued to the (ah hum) pages. The story moves quickly (except for the love scenes) but in such a way that you feel that you've moved on with a full understanding of the events at hand. I'm glad I didn't read this one, and chose to have it read to me. Pronouncing many of the names, places, and miscellaneous foreign words certainly would have been a challenge. I purchased the "Outlandish Companion," a handbook that addresses many of the details in the series and found that written Gaelic, Scots, and French would have been impossible.
Davina Porter does an outstanding job carrying each characters voice through the entire series. Her pronunciation of the difficult Gaelic, Scots, and French is perfect! She is amazing! Kudos!
The entire book (series) is riveting.
I can count the number of novels I've read (I don't particularly like novels) but this series stands among some of the best stories told. Historically correct (Yes, I did spot check those things that seemed a little odd to find that they did make it to the history books --- with the caveat that print doesn't make it truth) in even the most minute detail. It was quite easy to separate fact from fiction where the "holes" in history needed context.
I recommend this series to anyone (like myself) who prefers non-fiction, but might be looking for a novel for a bit of relaxation. And to those who prefer fiction, a little history told well!
Read this book last year and devoured the rest of the series. We are on a journey from California to Michigan and I picked this audio book up to listen while we drove. the miles flew past and I was back in Scotland all the way. My husband seems to be enjoying it as now that we have arrived, he is finishing the book.
Jamie. I'd love to meet the real Jamie and fall for him like Claire did, haha.
Loved the narrator's Scottish accent as well. She brings an authenticity to the story.
After they are married and fall in love.
Read or hear it. What a tale.
Interesting historical fiction
The life of characters durning this time period. The people think Clair is a witch, because of her knowledge.
She was Great. She brings a whole new level of enjoyment to audio books.
Yes, but it is way to long to try it.
Tried to listen to whole series. I think it would take months. Hard to find that much free time
Outstanding powerful story
I feel Outlander is a one of a kind novel
Her voice wraps you in the story
This novel constantly plays with your emotions but for me it wasn't to the point of tears or laughter.
Being able to sit back and close my eyes to enjoy one of my favorite books,
When Claire realizes she in big trouble.
It kept me hooked for hours. I stayed up later than I should have to listen.
Listen to or read this book because you will find it to be one of the best reads you've had in a long time. Once you get to chapter 5 you'll be hooked.
"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.
"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!
"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.
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.
This is a book I Chose mainly on the blurb that accompanies most books, but what a choice!. This is by far the best book I have read in many years. I was hooked from the first chapter and just had to go on reading all the following books in the saga. I was very disappointed Audible decided to include an abridged version with a different narrator and had to go elsewhere for the unabridged version. That said I would recommend this book and all subsequent books in the series to all who like romance, action,eroticism and history because this saga has the lot. Highly recommended
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!
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.
I acquired this as the free title in a 3 for 2 offer. Thank goodness I didn't pay for it!
Be very careful, the sample is taken from the sensible start of the book.
I only managed half of it - 16 hours of sex and violence fantasies are more than enough for me.
If your idea of fun is a huge 18th century be-kilted Scotsman being beaten and having sex incessantly, this may be for you.
"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!
"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.
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