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)
A real story--something with historical value instead of passing this off as more than a cheap romance novel.
Had something--ANYTHING actually happen instead of taking a short story and putting it in 7 books for a prime ripoff of readers.
6 1/2 of her books.
I wish I could get back the 34 hours I put in listening thinking it would get better. I read this as a glowing report from a really good friend. I will NEVER read another of this friend's recommendations.
The Oracle Reviews
Author: Diana Gabaldon Narrated: Davina Porter
File Size: 2562 KB, Print Length: 896 pages, Audio: 32hrs & 37min
Publisher: Dell, Recorded Books June 1, 1991 & October 26, 2004
Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another...
In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an "outlander"—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
A book comes to life to me, becoming a living fantasy …movie in my mind and some even become a part of me, this is one of those stories. There is no way you can put this book down or stop the audio without fighting with conscious and making it submit to reality. Diana takes you there; you will find yourself in Claire’s place living life with Jamie. She truly captures the human state. The past will flash forward grabbing you and thrust you head long into Scotland and the Highlands. The concept of time travel may seem too farfetched for some, but it’s the perfect launching point for this story. The synopsis does a grand job letting you know what the story is about, I can only emphasize to run not walk to your local book store, or E-book hub and download this story. You will not be disappointed. If you enjoy audio, the audio version is fantastic. I feel like taking a bullhorn shouting about the necessity to include this book and series in your library but to purchase the audio as well. Davina Porter is brilliant, simply brilliant. Her voice and performance knocked me to my bum. I’ve not said this about many narrators. Basically, if the publisher is wise they will choose the voice to fit the story or main character, which they did with Davina. But rarely does the narrator become the main character or the cast of characters with such believability. She is a true spectacular find and will not disappoint. This series is expected to be picked up by Starz and produced as a series, expecting cable release in 2014. If you purchase this story and the following series, you will be adding a true treasure to your library.
The Oracle (Maria Mercedes)
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This was my first audio book and I absolutely loved it! It was a great love story that made me laugh and cry. I look forward to becoming acquainted with her other works.
I love the style of writing and the reader is PERFECT for the book - I have already downloaded the other 6 books and am on my second!!!
the pure rawness of his love for her
I fell in love with Jamie, wished I was Claire and longed to go back in time to Scotland!!
The narrator's ability to do the accents so well.
The voices and accents are so authentic.
Not really, but I do look forward to reading more.
I read this book on my Kindle while listening to the audio. Great feature from Amazon. It only took me one week to listen to it all because I was doing both. Now, I'm reading the second book on my own without the audio. Listening to it is definately better and is taking me much longer. I hope to finish the whole series before it shows on Starz!
It was very nice to hear the Gaelic words pronounced properly, and the narrator made the story come to life.
Jamie will always be my favorite. If you're familiar with the book, you'll already know why. If you're not familiar with the book, read it or listen to it and he'll become your favorite too.
My favorites were when she voiced the little children (like Colum's son Hamish, or young Jamie.)
Jamie's reaction to Claire deciding to stay with him rather than go back to her own time always makes me teary-eyed.
A great way to spend your time cleaning house!
Without a doubt, Diana Gabaldon's writing will make you feel as though you understand what it is like to have lived in the 18th century. Her characters come to life, and live in your heart. Davina Porter is also amazingly talented as the voice of this story.
No other series really compares, but I also really liked "The Bronze Horseman" by Paulina Simmons.
Davina Porter captures the voices of the characters, is rich with intonation, accents, and is simply beautiful. She is my favorite narrator.
Yes! Hard to put down, but the sheer length makes that impossible surely!
A must read!
Davina Porter's performance brings the characters in this book to life in a way simply not possible when read in print.
Doctor Who?, which the story goes, was the inspiration for the male lead character and the 18th Century Scottish setting of this book, because of the element of time travel I guess, and the way trouble seems to follow the characters. The Time-travellers wife as well, for obvious reasons.
Davina Porter narrates an edition of Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, and does do very well. I find it however, easier to listen to her narration of the Outlander series, though I do not think that reflects in her as much as it does to the much of a muchness and sameness of Cranford.
Definitely made me laugh in many places. The crying does not come until later in this series!
<3 this series v. much! Cannot wait for book #8!
I did not read the print version, however the narrator of Outland did a great job and made you seems like you were really in Scotland. The narrator had my attention the entire book.
The romance, danger, hurt, it took me through soo many emotions. I could not stop listening to the book.
I have not, but after reading Outlander I purchased the next two books in the series.
Towards the end of the book when Jamie was in jail and gave himself up in order for Claire’s release, when Jamie told Claire to leave him because he could not think of her any longer, and when Jamie and Claire where in the hot springs at the end.
I would have loved to see Claire get pregnant when her and Jamie where still together.
I am a Domestic Engineer, knitting fan, voracious reader and reluctant exerciser!
Gabaldon's time-sweeping epic love story is set against the back drop of 1700s Scotland. The characters are well developed and incredibly likable. They worm their way into your heart quickly and lodge there comfortably. Porter's narration brings life to the heavy Scottish brogues and lighter English accents in a way that only endears the character to the reader.
"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
"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.
"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.
"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.
"One of the best"
Don't start this book unless you are prepared to want to read the whole series. It is wonderfully read and a real page-turner. Strong characters that you will love. Beware also when you get to book 5 because the one available at audible (as at Aug 09)is abridged and has a different narrator. A bitter disappointment.
"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.
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