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 this book so much that I had to go and get the series. I have all of Dana Gabaldon's books and just love hear about Jamie and Cara. She makes you feel like you are in the 1700's right with them. I just got the Lord Gary books and cannot wait to hear the rest of the story. I hope you enjoy her book as much as I have!
The novel has a excellent story line and you get to love and know the characters, especially Claire and Jamie. Davina Porter does all the voices of the characters in a superb way of making you think it is really them. Loved the series.
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I am a fan of Davina Porter. She really brings this book to life. I am hooked on the series and apparently will have to buy the books published after Voyager. The chemistry between Jamie and Claire is exciting and at first subtle but the reader knew something was going to happen. I completely enjoyed immersing myself in this story.
What a story and what creativity the author has as she wrote an excellent book as well providing us with historical information that will make you appreciate every creature comfort you have! I obsessed about the characters, so I definitely bought into the storyline. I gave this book to several friends for Christmas and they too enjoyed it. The narrator was excellent and provided the best reading of such a turbulant novel. Entertainment at it's best! Go for it!
I have read all this series as they have come out. I tossed up whether to listen to the audio. I have loved it all over again. The narrator is excellent and I have looked for lots of excuses to listen to it. I did skip parts of the book when reading where it got a bit graphic over the torture but have had to listen as I can only go forward and back an hour on my ipod. Its well worth the listen even if you have read the books.
Outlander is the top pick for every romance reader whose put together a list of their own. This was the first Diana Gabaldon novel I have ever read, and I did so purely because it is so widely loved by all.
Naturally, given the hype, it could not possibly have lived up to my expectations. It was long, painfully so, and though the plot was creative and the writing fair (a little overdone with the attempts at artistry, I fear), I could not like this story. She is married already- doesn't that bother anyone else? And Jamie beats her. On purpose. And likes it. What was Gabaldon thinking? After 800 (or so) chapters, I STILL couldn't forgive him and hated the heroine for so quickly and lamely getting over it without even making him earn her forgiveness.
I suppose the character development is noteworthy, and the dialogue is better than average. There is a lot of unbelievable monologuing, however, which begins to resemble the narration after a sentence or two. There are also so inconsistencies with ages and timelines, but with a book this long, you're bound to forget what happened in your first week of reading by the time you get to the end. All in all, I'm glad I gave in and finally read this one, but only so that I know not to believe every review I read about romance novels.
I have enjoyed listening to the book. I just could have done with less description on a particularly graphic, violent/sordid part in the story. Of course, this continues in the second book, though much less detail, as it is rehashed by the victim many times. It seems too explicit to me. The rest of the story, the romance, etc. is very good & really long if you're wanting a good value for your credits. I probably will finish the whole series.
While the story overall is engaging, I became increasingly frustrated by the main character's lack of understanding for an earlier culture - didn't this gal (the character) read any history in her schooling? She was forever putting herself in untenable situations without much forethought or empathy for the impact her actions would have on others (or herself, for that matter). The author could have done much more with medical and herbal knowledge of the period, with more attention to the main character's work as a healer, and developed fuller stories around that theme - and a good bit less of the gratuitous sex. I did enjoy listening to highland accents, though!
Have listened to the first 2 segments. So far, a fairly entertaining book - solid escapist material. However, it has turned into a fairly sexed up bodice ripper as well. Certainly not the kind of historical novel that impresses like "Gates of Fire" or "I, Claudius"
"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.
"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!
"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.
"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.
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 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!
"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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