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)
Most enjoyable. Great narrator. Gotta go , I am off to read book.2!!!.
Enjoy the book, make sure you have time because it is difficult to put down.
All of it, the characters, the time, the medical info, the love story, I feel like I am there with Claire, Diana Gabaldon is a master!
Best Book Ever, Seriously.. Read It!
I was skeptical because of a few of the more negative reviews I read on here but after actually listening to the book I'd like to speak directly to anyone who's going through the reviews right now trying to decide if this book is worth a credit and 30+ hours of your life. I read it and I loved it and I'm using my next credit to get the next book. The narrator is the best I've ever heard. If you're still on the fence about it just remember... this book has over 21,000 reviews and has averaged over 4 stars. If THAT many people have taken the time to write down their impressions of this book and most of those people said GOOD things, it's probably a generally good book. And it is, in fact it's excellent. 30+ hours is a long time but once the book is over you'll wish it hadn't ended.
I can not stop listening! Outlander is a captivating story I recommend to everyone. The narrator voice is just as I imagine the main character, Claire, to sound. Very well, and written and performed. A story for all time.
Jamie is everything a man/Scot/warrior should be plus he wears a kilt! Claire evolves into a warrior herself, doing the unthinkable to save her or Jamie's life. I must admit her battle with the wolf outside the prison was a stretch, however, she is Claire the superwoman. I listen on my IPad, my IPhone in the car, doing chores, applying makeup and in the car. I have loved it and hate to see it end. I can't imagine the next books being as good.
I can only compare my immersion in it and not the content. I loved the Tudor series by Phillipa Gregory.
Davina Porter is simply the best reader there is. She does English, Scots, Gaelic, French and American accents perfectly. She lowers her voice for males without sounding ridiculous and you recognize who's speaking in the moment. However does she remember which voice she used? She is flawless! I would listen to just about any book she reads.
Yes, but it's really long, thank heavens.
Get past the first several chapters and you will be hooked as I am.
Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is a Treasure! Even more wonderful than the books, characters, and storyline are how they come to life as read by Davina Porter. She is exceptional and the very best audiobook narrator I have ever listened to. She transforms Diana's words and you easily escape into the Scottish Highlands and come to know all the people and places.
No other books compare to this series.
Read the entire Outlander series. Read anything narrated by Davina Porter. She is tremendously talented and her character voice work is second to none.
"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.
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.
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
"Get out of bed and get on with the story!"
The story gets the narration it deserves. Both are tedious and more Mills and Boon (I imagine as I haven't read any) than serious historical novel. A possibly good idea is interrupted by so much sex and "oooohhhhh Jaaaammmmieeee" that it never really gets a chance. I did listen right through to the end, even though I wanted to stop half way, and have masochistically even gone part way through the second book, thinking it may improve, which it didn't. If anything it got worse. Unfortunately I bought three of this series at the same time on the basis of other reviews, but just couldn't face any more of this tedious drivel.
About 60% of it.
I can honestly say that nothing I have read has annoyed me more than this series.
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.
"Eat your heart out Barbara Cartland!"
Some degree of historical reality/accuracy is useful in a historical novel,.
Lacked any depth, just a bodice ripper using a historic setting - the Scottish highlands. No conception or the era or realistic characterization.
No. Heroine, "oh gosh, I've time travelled, never mind."
No redeeming features for me. A big error. Thought it may be interesting and a little different. It was certainly different to anything I would spend time listening to.
My mistake, but perhaps it should have been made clearer in the blurp that this was a shallow bodice ripper in Mills and Boon gendre and should be avoided by all but those of a certain gender and age.
"Slow and boring"
The time travel concept made the book sound promising. However, the lack of knowledge of the geography of Scotland and other Scottish themes made some of the listening laughable. So much extraneous detail made for extremely long listening, resulting in impatience "to get on with it!" Less sex, less words and more actual story could have saved this novel...perhaps!
"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!
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