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)
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The story is phenominal by itself but the narrator does such an amazing job of reading that I felt like I was with Jamie and Clair throughout the entire story. I was so sad when it ended and I didn't have the next book ready to go. This was such a great purchase. one of the best audiobooks Ive listened to. Currently listening to Dragonfly in Amber and it is just as wonderful. If you love well written, well researched, fantastic tales this is the story for you in print or on audio you will not be dissappointed.
I've never read a book that was quite so different. I had no idea where it was going much of the time, but it was always very interesting. It did get quite lengthy and the author spent a lot of time explaining things, maybe a little too much. But because of its length, it was nice to know it wasn't going to end any time soon.
Wonderful narrator and could've been a great story - had tons of potential - but it was far too long and spent far too much time on their sex life. Now, I'm not a prude, but really, after the 20th time she went into great detail, I was pretty much over it. Almost gave up, but the narration is really very good so stuck with it. Part IV definitely the best. But unless you're willing to listen to the sequel, (I'm not), I wouldn't waste the credit.
The reader is wonderful, her voice just takes you to where the story is taking place! You can picture it all. I know this book is over 20 years old, but it is still current and well worth your time and money!
Five stars does not do this book or narrator justice. Gabaldon's writing is electric and addicting. I feel as if I am part of the story and sense the love, hate, violence, passion, sorrow, war, action and way of life of the characters. Extensive research must have been explored to bring to life how people lived in the 1700's. The narrator is most excellent in the presentation of the many characters in the Outlander. Excellent French, Scott, and English accents that easily distinguishes each character for the reader. Each time a new book in this series is released, myself and several friends begin with the Outlander and continue through the series to refresh our minds to completely enjoy the newest release. This is our all-time favorite author and narrator. Thank you Diana and Davina.
If you enjoy lengthy descriptions of rape, kidnapping, narrow escapes from various perilous situations and a Scottish guy who may be some women's fantasy of what men "should" be, then this is the book for you. I was looking for historical fiction and found very little history in this sappy, romantic tale.
This book started out slow as some books do but as the story developed I totally fell in love with it and with the scottish warrior and hero of the story Jamie Fraser. By the end of the book I was so hooked on the story I had to read the sequel Dragonfly in Amber and it became as obsession with me. I had to buy all the books which is upto book 7 Echo In The Bone and am anxiously waiting for book 8 to come out this year or next year. I can't wait! It is one of the best books I have read. And i have read alot of books. And have never admired a character more than Jamie. He is like the ultimate hero.
Men - you need to know, this book shouldn't be in the Sci Fi/Fantasy section...it should be in the romance section. Aside from a momentary 'time travel' plot device, this book is a straight up chick flick harlequin romance. Don't get me wrong, it's well written, and not terrible, but seriously, you will be getting in touch with your feminine side if you listen to this one.....and a guy can only take a certain amount of discussion about the main character's "strong manhood" or "his solid urgency" before you wonder what the heck you're listening too....
If you're looking for romantic love stories that have lots of sex from the chicks point of view....get this book. If you're looking for something that would be more interesting to the average guy....move on.
Don't say I didn't warn you!
"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.
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!
"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 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.
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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