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)
All I need in life is my family and an inexhaustable supply of books.
I love books, as do you, if you are reading this review. I read (and always have) everything I can get my hands on. Now that I have problems with my eyes, I listen to books. I don't know why I did not come across this book until about 3 years ago, but am so thankful I found it.
I have listened to all of the books in the "Outlander" series and the Lord John books, as well. Ms Galbaldon is an exceptional writer! The attention and detail she gives to every aspect of her story is incredible. Her historical research is renown. (I know this because I became interested in Ms. Galbaldon after reading her books, and have read everything I could find about her.) I have learned so much about Scotland that I otherwise would never have known. (We weren't taught a lot of Scottish history in school!) I feel I am actually present with her characters because of the vividness of her writing. I can "see" Jamie, I can "smell" Claire's herbs, I can almost "taste" the wood buning in the fireplaces.
I am trying to explain how I feel while reading these books; however, I am no Diana Galbaldon. Let me just say, I have enjoyed, more than I can say, every minute I have spent listening to this series.
If you like historical novels, you will love this one.
Long, as are all the books in the series. Some repeated parts therefore 3 stars for the story - but actually the story is very good - it just seems a little slow with the repeated parts. They are brought up again and again in each of the following books too. Still worth listening to - especially with the fantastic narrator.
When I first read Outlander in the early 90's - at 30 years old I was hooked. I've read each one over and over, and have fallen in love with Jamie and Claire's love story. My only complaint is that the books are spaced about four years apart, at this rate, I will get to the end of their love story when I'm in my 90's!
This book was not my style of book let me just say first of all. If you really like explicit romance novels, you'll probably like this book. I just found the whole thing too long, boring and a bit predictable. It wasn't a terrible story, just not very interesting to me. I will not be reading any more books in this series.
This entire series is amazing, I love it so much my husband and I are planing a trip to scotland for our 10 year anniversary. The voices in the story are amazing it really helps you to drift away into the story, ive read some of this series in paperback and its sooo not the same...
I LOVED this book, everything about it. And the series just keeps getting better.....a word of caution. Don't expect to want to stop listening! The 40+ hours was daunting to me, then I found myself driving the long way home to and from work and appointments to listen longer!
Well worth the read! Err........listen! :D
I'm on a jag reading both fiction and non-fiction about WWII and the decades before and after. So, it was just dumb luck that I selected Outlander for a listen. It's a wealth of history, romance, and time travel all in one. Davina Porter's performance brings depth and nuance to an already fabulous book.
Thanks, Diana Gabaldon...now I have to read the entire series. Can't wait!
Unlike many reviewers, I think I would have loved this book in its abridged version. I like my books lengthy usually but this book has too much room for the unending love/sex scenes. The performance was good. The story is very good. Just way too much romance and sex and a couple of unnecessary profanities.
German living in LA.
I don't have a lot to say other then, it's my favorite Saga, it has everything. I love the Narration. Well, well done !
"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!
"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.
"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.
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
"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.
"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!
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.
"My Favourite Book"
This Book is called Cross Stitch in the UK, Outlander is its American title. I bought the book many years ago as the title facinated me being a keen needlewoman. It turned out to be one of the best book I have ever bought, and I subsequently purchesed each of the books that continue the story as and when they were published. My sight is not as good as it was now and reading is getting quite difficult so, I was delighted to see a number of the books available as audio books. Needless to say I will buying them all, but I do hope that The Fiery Cross will be available unabridged soon, and the next novel A Breath of Snow and Ashes will follow. I have also seem on the writer's web page that a new book in the series will be available about September, so lets keep our fingers crossed that this will reach audible eventually.
I loved this book!!! I downloaded it expecting to be a bit disappointed........time travel/scotland in the 1770's....really!! However, the storyline is thoroughly enjoyable and won't let you turn it off! The narration is extraordinary, you can instantly recognise the vast array of characters!. A word of warning - there are some quite saucy parts, and there are also some quite distressing parts.........I do not recommend having your nan in the car while you're listening to it at certain points, can be a little awkward.
"Caution - Addictive series"
The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon is so totally addictive, don't say you weren't warned! As Clare and Jamie become firmly entangled the story just gets better and better, whilst still giving you a good insight into the everyday happenings of life in the Scottish Highlands during the mid-1700's and the major events of the time. The first of (currently) six books plus a side series with another character from this series, you will be hooked by the time you finish Outlander/Cross Stitch. Plenty of website action to keep you going whilst you track down the whole series too.
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