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)
I loved the audio version especially to start the series. The narrator's Scottish accent and English accent lend themselves well to making the listener part of the story. You can practically smell the highlands greenery and heather.
The descriptions of the stone circle and the highlands spark memories of trips to Scotland. So much so that it becomes alive in your mind, picturing the characters there in Inverness and Loch Ness. Even sighting Nessie seems rational.
The play between Claire and Jamie is particularly good. They truly come alive.
To avoid a Spoiler alert. The end of the book made me feel like I needed to read on to the next part. The characters became friends and I want to see how things turn out for them.
The books are long but so full of stories that they engage and involve the reader. I can't stop reading them, it's a good thing to read in the summer when the days are long and life moves a little slower.
I love these books, I am on the third one and will continue to the last.
I love Outlander! It is a great story, and for me, it is better as an audio book because of the accents. Davina Porter masters all of the characters and their accents and brings them to life for me much better than I could do reading it myself (I am terrible at accents). If you are looking for a great story that has everything from action to romance- this is it. I have been telling all of my friends about Outlander and how wonderful it is!
I had mixed feelings about this book but listened to the end. The storyline has merit and includes romance, mystery, sensuality, Scottish history and brutality. Claire is a wonderfully warm character, a very attractive young woman who is propelled back two centuries in time, Jamie has all the attributes a man could wish for: a handsome young Scotsman, strong, popular, natural leader, capable warrior, thoughtful lover with an inheritance but outlawed by the English.
The narrator is excellent but the story falls short. It drags on and on in a repetitious and descriptive way. It lacks the literary skill to make it worthwhile perusing. It is an appropriate level of reading for a below average audience. A very light read! It is not worth reading the rest of the series but I am sure it is a good money spinner for the author and publisher.
Again and again and again... Perfect love story and I don't even read romance novels!
Jamie Frazer is the man ever woman dreams of . . . sensitive, compasionate, manly, fiercy. Every woman's one white knight. You'll see when you read it!
A definite must see. It will change your life.
Diana Gabaldon is a genius! I will read everthing she ever writes. I am a fan for life.
This series is quite amazing. I am now on An Echo In The Bone; book 7 and fear perhaps it is the last one.
Davina Porter has mastered many accents (Scottish, Cockney, French) and is evidently fluent in French and possibly Gaelic and Latin? Her children's voices are a delight.
Of course, the most amazing of all is Diana Gabaldon. That one person could have produced such a detailed body of work is mind-boggling. Does she have a staff of writers as Agatha Christie was reputed to have?
Whatever, the series hangs together beautifully. The characters become old friends.The great love that flows through the narrative could, in lesser hands, have been sentimental and embarressing. It isn’t. The characters are intelligent, brave and, perhaps most importantly, full of fun and a sense of the ironic. They also all have important work to do and do it. Massive research on so many levels was required and this reader is grateful for the hard work.
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
Outlander??? is a looong novel. Starting in 1946, the end of the Second World War, it tells the story of Clare Beauchamp, an army matron and wife to an Oxbridge Don, Frank Randall. Visiting the Scottish Highlands she mysteriously vanishes from her time to find herself in the Scotland of 200 years before. Here she meets another man, Jamie, a true Highlander??? but with a price on his head. In the book her life becomes inextricably intertwined with his. Her ???dull??? life of the 1940???s is exchanged for a new adventure.
What I loved about the book??? Well, I thought the way that Diana Gabaldon brought Clare to life was tremendous. The Clare at the beginning of the book and the end of the book are not the same Clare. The general storyline was also a winner.
What I hated about it??? The explicit sex and ???intimate??? violence made the book loooong at times and I was not convinced that it served the story. I think an abridged version of the book will do nicely as there are large parts that can be abridged without taking anything away from the excellent prose in the rest of the book.
I thought Davina Porter???s reading was divine. She was not only able to transport and take you along with her voice, she made you live every moment in the book. Maybe, I can???t say for sure, she contributed to the fact that I loved more of the story than less.
I good listen that comes highly recommended, but with an age restriction of 18 years for sex, violence and unpredictability.
I love to read!
i would listen to Outlander again, and i did listen to several parts more than once. the written word came to life easily through Davina Porter's voice. Diana Gabaldon's characters maintained their individual voices very well throughout the story. it was difficult to leave alone. i listened nearly constantly, abandoning favorite tv shows for the story because it was a riveting and visual as any movie i've seen.
the description of Jamie's endurance of the rape is so real that i could feel his confusion and pain. it was easy to understand why he couldn't bear Claire's touch until he fought the rapist and won in his opium induced dream.
when the two main characters realize that they are in love and admit that to each other, i could feel the strength of their connection.
the most powerful love since Gone With the Wind...
Outlander is an incredibly strong story made stronger by the skill of reader!
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I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, historical fiction, and romance.
Jamie Fraser is my favorite character. Those who love the hero Darcy, will truly appreciate this fine and noble gentleman.
Davina Porter does an excellent job portraying all of the characters. Her reading of the male characters with their Scottish accents is fabulous. She has great reading ability and elicits the perfect tone for humorous, somber, adventurous, and romantic moments. SHE IS CLAIRE. I can't imagine any other voice reading the part of the heroine.
Epic fantasy tale full of romance and daring adventure.
The narrator helped the characters come alive with the inflection. One word sentences said so much. I found myself inventing reasons to drive around since that is when I listen to my books.
The discovery that one can get back.
The language is so evocative. I can see and feel a lot!
"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.
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.
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
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!
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 acquired this as the free title in a 3 for 2 offer. Thank goodness I didn't pay for it!
Be very careful, the sample is taken from the sensible start of the book.
I only managed half of it - 16 hours of sex and violence fantasies are more than enough for me.
If your idea of fun is a huge 18th century be-kilted Scotsman being beaten and having sex incessantly, this may be for you.
"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.
"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.
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