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 was great!
However I had tried to read this before and just could not get into it, so I tried the audio book and feel in love.
There is so much detail in this book that reading it I found it was slow reading.Listening on the other hand it was great! You could visualise everything and just get pulled into the story. I am excited to start the second book!
If you love old stories of the past with the twist of time travel you will love it. Lots of action,love and intrigue! Also a lot of history of the era that is very interesting and beautiful for you can visualise as its being told!
I would listen to this again after I finish them all
This isn't the story I normally like. But it did not take me long before I was so engrossed and could not stop! The story is well written, keeps you involved till the end! James is such a warrior anyone could love! Can't wait to start the next.
I love Davina Porter's voice. It truly makes this book come alive.
She knew just exactly how to speak the words properly and her voice is so rich and lovely!
Epic, enthralling, captivating
There really isn't any comparable book that I have read.
My other Desert Island book is Pride and Prejudice which I have read so many times I can't even begin to guess. And although they are two completely different stories in two different eras written in totally different styles at different times in history, the couples at the center of both stories are strong, good people who you would want in your life. Love all four of these fictional people and wish they were real.
Too many to choose just one. I think overall my favorites are when Jamie's humor is on display. I am in awe of Diana Gabaldon's mind to be able to write the dialogue of these wonderful characters. Such wit, humor, intelligence and good sense, all rolled into Jamie and Claire. Amazing talent on display.
Extreme reactions every couple pages!
The hero and heroine of the story are both smart, funny, resilient, capable, dedicated, loyal and totally in love with each other. Jamie Fraser is the kind of man any woman of any time period or generation would want in their life. He's everything you want in a mate, and yet he's certainly not perfect. Claire is so capable and adaptable - so unlike most of us 21st century females - she deserves the love of a man like Jamie.
The book has adventure, romance, humor, political intrigue, wonderful locations, and everything in between. It's a treasure of a book....and a series.
Davina Porter is another treasure. Having read the books before listening to the audio books I never in a million years would have thought that a woman could pull off what she does with these books. Her voices for the men, especially Jamie, are spot on and her use of different voices and accents as needed are amazing. These books would have been ruined with the wrong narrator. Only now that they are making this series of books into a Starz mini-series and we now know what Sam Heughen's voice as Jamie will sound like can I replace Davina's voice in my head when I read. Until now she had become my voice of Jamie. Another extreme talent is Ms. Porter.
Don't know. Haven't read the print version.
Wonderful concept for a story line. I have never read anything by Gabaldon and I was very pleasantly surprised. It was entertaining, suspenseful, romantic, and tastefully erotic. I like period books, especially with a little fantasy twist. I can't wait to get started on Book 2.
First, Ms. Porter was fabulous. She performed each character flawlessly and it would be difficult to pick a favorite.
Not realistic for me. I listen on my daily time on the road.
Mom, and caregiver. Variety in my music and book libraries. I love a good romance or mystery. In order to be worth my time and money
When Claire chooses to stay with Jamie. Discovering the power of love
Personally I love Claire. There are a lot of great characters but Claire has something in her that gets you to keep coming back - then of course there is Jamie!
Even time couldn't keep their love apart!
There is a slow start to this due to the set up required for the series but stick it out! I've reread the whole series several times now and am anxiously awaiting the TV series on Stars as well as the upcoming new release.
I loved the personality of Claire! I also loved how the author made such a long story interesting and able to keep my attention.
Yes - I love the ongoing stories and it is written so well that you feel like you know old Scotland.
I'm into hard Sci Fi so not the top of my list
(SPOLIER - The part where she nearly went back to the present but changed her mind and went back to Jamie.
Love across the ages
I am an aficionado of Time Travel, so picked this up hoping there would me more, Paradoxes etc. There isnt, she goes back and has a life. It was good though but a bit mills n Boon.
I was looking for a long audiobook from this genre when I ran across this book. I almost didn't buy this one but I am very glad I did! The author is very detail oriented but it doesn't seem to get in the way of the story. I felt like it had some surprising twists to the plot that kept it moving! I like the narration as well. It hooked me as I just finished listening to the third book of this series! Can't wait to listen to book four!
"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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