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)
This book has it all and I loved it! The storyline gets you hooked and you really feel for the characters. The performance was really great also. I instantly used my new credit to buy the second book in the series.
Yes! I really enjoyed it! It had a bit of everything - fantasy, action, romance. The story intrigued me, I coudn't leave it alone.
There were so many, I can't narrow it down. I always enjoyed it when Clare stood up to all of the big strong men.
I hate to really say since I don't want to spoil anything, but one of my favorite parts was after the wedding when they're getting to know each other and our hero is so sweet and considerate.
There was a problem with the audio edition. An error occurred at part 3 which delayed my ability to finish the book for several weeks. It was corrected and I have completed the book. In general - yes the audio version was better for me because I could listen while driving.
I really enjoyed the characters and story line.
I loved Ms Porter's presentation of the book. She made it feel very real and personal.
Yes - I would have loved to listen to it all in one sitting. I was most frustrated when the error occurred.
I loved every minute of this book! The story, the characters, the performance- all perfect!
She is always wonderful. I don't know how she keeps track of all the different voices and accents!
yes fantastic story and easy to listen to
kept you interested
in the monastery and he was so down and she would not give up on him
I have read the entire Outlander series and loved them so much that I bought the audio book to listen to while I walk. The narrator Davina Porter brings the book to life in an amazingly visual way that makes you feel that you are there on the journey with Jamie and Claire Fraser. Truly excellent.
This is more of a book for people who like a good long read, with more description.
No, I am not really enjoying it, the highlander theme is not for me, nor is the time travel. And i don't like big long books. Especially when some thing could have been left out and simplified.
I don't have any as i think she need to change her tome more with each character, and the main character voice seem to change now and then.
Cant say not finished it, and don't think I will as it not my kinda book
Avid reader through college now with no time to read. Audiobooks saved my life!
I really liked this book. I bought the first 2 in the series when they were on sale and put them aside for a rainy day. I knew they were particularly popular with female readers and a genre I don't typically read (historical romantic fiction) but with so many good reviews, I decided to give it a try. I also liked Twilight (books NOT the movies) so I figured I may be more tolerant of the female perspective than some of the men I've seen that didn't like this book.
Overall, while I do agree that the narrator doesn't sound much like she should when reading the main character (she sounds MUCH older than Claire), she does such an amazing job with all the rest, especially the men, that it really was easy to overlook. Sometimes narration can make an otherwise good book bad. In this case it really helped me get through what was a very slow and (IMHO) boring start.
That said, once the story kicked in, slightly after 1/2 way in, it never stopped. For such a long series of books, I suppose it's ok to have a lot of character development and such to begin.
I really liked this book and I think those with an open mind probably will too.
This book made me fall in love with audio books. This one is such a perfect read for audio. Loved it.
"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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