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 love stories about Kings and Queens in the 1500s
This book is well read with excellent accents, lots of adventure and beautiful love making
The concept of time travel is believable
I have purchased all of this series and listen to them over and over
She writes particularily well about pain and healing
I have not read the written version, but I have just finished the first book in the series and I am in love. In love with the story, with the characters (especially Jamie <3) and the Davina Porter does a fantastic job in making the characters come to life!!!
All the characters come to life in this story - Claire I love for her feisty-ness and Jamie for being so..... Jamie, I guess. I love their tender moments and I love the fights. It's all good.
Davina does an incredible job! Hands down the best narrator I have heard and I have heard quite a few. She does the English accent and the Scottish accent wonderfully.
100% recommended if you like your stories full of twists and turns, colorful personalities, romance, tension and history. AND if you like your stories LONG. Absolutely fabulous.
I'm a stay at home Mum with 3 very active boys. I'm an avid audiobook listener
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and loved the narrator, she did great voices for each character complete with accents. I can't wait to download the next book in the series.
This slightly racy historical fiction is an easy read and an easy listen. It hooked me in and kept me with the series for several subsequent books. It wasn't a genre I had listened to before but definitely enjoyable. I've recommended it to a few of my women friends and they got sucked in as well.
The narration was incredible!
What an amazing story! Suspenseful, educational, sexy, fun, and heartfelt. One of my favorite audible books to date.
The narrator was excellent, the plot was interesting and I enjoyed and cared about the characters! Starts out a little dry but gets good fast. The author brings you into the story and you won't want to stop listening. All and all a great find!
I didn't read the book
I really can't compare another to this as audible is so different than actually reading the printed word.
No, I have not but it came VERY highly recommended to me
I'm not really done with this book as yet but it's all been very good.... thus far though, I would like to say, I like the fact that love scenes are done so discretely
The only thing I might like to add (and I'm more than half done with the book) is the fact that I do feel a little bit less detail might be better. It can be boring listening to how "material feels" or how a leaf looks, etc. etc. when it really isn't important to the storyline. I could do with a little less and yes, the book would not be as many hours listening but it's a bit too descriptive in quite a few areas for me. That's just my taste however so don't "not" read it because of my opinion on that small point. It's a great story and honestly, the presentation is phenomenal!
What a wonderful story full of history, time travel, adventure, romance, and FUN!! This book was just a random purchase, I just happened upon it when I was searching audible essentials. I am SOOOO glad I decided to get it on a whimsy! Imust also say that I've picked up some Gaelic along the way and my Scottish impersonation has improved. I never knew much about Scotland or the history but since Outlander I've become more interested in their history and culture. Fascinating indeed! The characters in the story are just so realistic and you can't help but want to find out more. Rumor has it that HBO will be presenting a television series pretty soon.
There's something here for everyone; time travel; history; romance; adventure and mystery! Aside from all of that it is well written with characters you will fall in love with.
The twists and turns that intertwine Gabaldon's characters with historical figures. Her take on early medical treatments is facinating too. This book just has SO much heart, brought to life via terrific and fully drawn characters.
I loved Davina Porter's performance. I generally read and listen to a book, however, listening to this book has added a great deal to the story. Trying to read a foriegn language that you're unfamilliar with is tough, but hearing the Gaelic in this book so beautifully spoken is like listening to music.
History that will make you believe in destiny...
I listened and read this entire series of seven books (each book around 1300 pages) over the course of the summer, while attending college 1/2 time (lots of reading for my English Major too) and working full-time and now I am LOST without these people who have been a part of my every day for months now...so I began again! =) Truly great books.
"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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