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 is a really good book. It's well written, has well developed characters and best of all it Gives good insight into Scotish clan life. I gave it 4 stars solely on the fact that I don't have patience for romance in books.
Jamie Fraser - honourable, loyal and the PERFECT HERO! Who could turn away a man that will do anything to protect you - arrrgghhh....
Davina Porter has set the bar for all narrators I scrutinize before purchasing audiobooks - and that is set extremely high! Her range of character voices really gave creedence to the story. It was very easy to follow the story, with her careful storytelling. The only thing I found annoying was an echo that emitted a quiet repeat of her narrating and coughing by someone else (during recording) in the background now and again.
Many...many... this is the only audiobook to generate all feelings of emotion for me (so far) - tears, awe, sadness, happiness, thrill, fear...it's all in here...!!
Definitely stumbled across this book by accident, and a blessing to have discovered the series... I couldn't stop listening, purchasing credits before my monthly one was due in - unable to wait to get the next book!
The book started out pretty well and then the author added in a second romance and it got kind of weird. First, I would have preferred if the story just focused on the protagonist's efforts to get back to her own time. Secondly, when the 2nd romance is added in she went from a strong independent woman to a submissive wife, I preferred the earlier version of Claire. Third, many of the encounters between Jamie and Claire are marital rape. Very creepy. I don't care that it's historical fiction, it's creepy.
She was very good at all the character voices. She gave each character a distinct voice, which must have been difficult given the large cast of characters.
I don't know - the first part is good and the narrator is great but it just got long and weird.
This is one of the best stories I've listened to so far. I can't wait to get into the next book in the series. It's a fascinating look into what life might have been like in that time. It's also a wonderful love story. There's lots of action & interesting characters. I really like the narrator's performance - the accents fit the characters & she has lots of expression, emotion. It's totally opposite of boring. She draws you into the story as if you are there as things happen. She pronounces some of the words differently than I would, but overall I love the performance & will definitely look for more books that she narrates.
The only downside to the book is some background noise during parts of the book - you can hear other voices in the background- not loud enough to understand what is said, but loud enough to be distracting & annoying. I think it's possibly other books being recorded. Luckily, it's only there a few times, for a short span each time.
The amazing detail Diana Gabaldon puts into every chapter is excellent, from clothing to medical practices
It has a richness of detail comparable to James Michener Hawaii and The Source
Her voices and french accent are amazing!
It has wonderfully funny scenes and comentary by many characters, as well as heart rending events that make the reader cry
The sounds quality is not perfect, it has a low background hiss that can be distracting.
I've read this book in paperback twice. When reading a book I find myself speed reading if interested in the story because I want to find out what happens in the end and therefore I miss many of the small details. Listening to this audio book brought this story to life and I heard all the little details I missed before. Davina Porter's reading is so powerful and her voices, accents and inflections truly bring the characters to life. This audio recording is one of the best I've heard and is truly theatre of the mind. A great audio reading for both men and women, but in particular if for women who like sci-fi and romance.
I'm not going into details of the story. You'll have to find out for yourself. You won't be disappointed!
There were many to mention here. It's one after another that keeps me captivated and wanting more.
Again there were so many it's hard to say which one was my favorite.
Absolutly. I had difficulty during the work day because all I wanted to do was listen and the thought of having to turn it off to do to the office was devistating. Couldn't wait for the weekend and listened for hours and hours while doing my gardening and house cleaning chores. I find myself foregoing watching television to listen in the evenings. Who needs all the commericals and mindless "I'm so bored with all the tv programs" I'm changing the channel constantly when I have this book playing. Already started the second one in the series and don't know what I'll do when I've finished the very last one.This book series is a definate must read!!!!!!
I would heartily recommend this book to all of my friends who love "bodice rippers". If you like books that contain any paragraphs detailing "the swell of her breast", you're gonna love this.
Totally disappointing and unexpected ending, like the author just ran out of gas and didn't care anymore after the humongous effort of filling all those pages.
Her diction, and her ability to switch voices quickly and reliably.
Never read another Gabaldon book.
This book was very Follett-esque: Like Pillars of the Earth, Outlander began with a marvelous idea for a story and then got bogged down with the notion that the reader will only stay interested if every 12th page contains a cheesy sex scene designed more to make 13 year old girls giggle than to enhance the story line. The other thing that disappointed me was the sassy and cynical tone of Claire's dialogue. No woman transported to an earlier time who was so repeatedly put in danger of losing life and limb would be such a trash-talker.
The dialogue. Tremendous use of language. The narrator pegged it big time!
Beautiful descriptions. Plenty of tension and feeling.
The time travel was very believable. Some aspects of the book were a little controversial to some, but it reflects the time period. "Politically correct" and "gender equality" were not terms of this time period.
I didn't particularly care for this book. The idea of the book sounded really good, but there is way too much sex in the first part of the book. Seems like every 15 minutes the two main characters are having sex. Maybe it is just jealousy that they are having way more sex than I am. I am not against sex or sex in books, just thought it was too much of a theme.
The story is a good concept, just not my style.
For readers of romance I am sure this is a great title to have in your collection. Just not my cup of tea.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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.
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 actually fell for the 5* reviews on this book and feel like a bit of a fool for doing so. This really is "chick lit" and quite poor at that. The story is historically very weak indeed and is really aimed at female titillation because every other scene revolves around sex and, to be honest, it's so damned boring! What's more it has the clichéd goody v baddy storyline that has been done to death since time immemorial.
It took so long to get going that I almost gave up on it on three or four occasions. It's a shame really because when it did get going it was actually quite good but for 70% of the time it wasn't. If it wasn't for Davina Porter's amazing narration I don't think I'd have stuck it out til the end. Without her wonderful voice the whole thing would've ground to a halt rapidly.
To put it in the sci-fi/fantasy section is a bit misleading because the only thing that is faintly related to this genre is the initial time slip. With a bit of imagination from the author we could've really been put into the excitement and terror of a 20th century woman suddenly finding herself in the 18th century but instead we have a main character that knew exactly how to behave and speak from the start and was all too accepting of her situation.
Because the times where the story got moving were quite good I give it 3*s but for the most part it was a load of tosh and I certainly shall not be listening to any more of the series!
"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.
"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.
"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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