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)
Interesting storyline... but a bit OTT with the romance scenes...
I liked learning about Scotland. Not too crazy about the 1700's....
The story line is fabulous. The author can really weave together a story. Great romance!! But so much more!!
Actually for me there were two - when Jamie takes Claire back to the stones and when Jamie is 'detained' by Jonathan Randall and Jamie's sacrifice to make sure Claire was safe. But there was so much there were so many more that were so compelling.
When Jamie told Claire all that Jonathan Randall had done to him, I felt it took so much of him to admit those things, but it was also his ability to do that that helped heal him.
I've listened to the first two books and cannot wait for the third. The narrator is so fabulous on each of these. I also find that the characters are funny - especially Jamie. I wish I was Claire!!
Is it sci-fi, historical fiction or is it a love story? This long (31 hour) book is replete with 18th century Scottish daring-do and combines with a thing between Claire and her love interest, Jamie Frasier. It was so long (how long was it?) that I began using a wee bit of a brogue. I'm on to Gabledon's #2, Dragonfly in Amber.
I am so glad my daughter in law introduced me to this series. I "grab a listen" whenever I a few spare moments, and love the reader's command of the different voices. You won't be disappointed in this book!
Don't listen to the fist book...or you're hooked! The author was inspired and the narrator brings every character to life. Be careful, you'll have to listen to them all!!!!!!!
I've not read the print version but the narrator brings you there in time
she have a wonderful way of bringing the different ppl to life
A story of love, life and survival
I would diffidently recommend this book to all
Great storey, great orator. Good plot and characters. Love love love it, highly recommended.
I read this book years ago, but it was even better listening to it. The narrator is excellent! Her performance drew me into the characters and I loved her accents! I debated spending my credits on this series because the stories are very long and detailed and oftentimes I prefer a shorter, "lighter" story when I am traveling; but the series and performance is so well done that I have just purchased the rest of the Outlander series. I only read the first three, so it will be a treat to hear the others performed as well! .....now the only decision to make is do I go on and listen to Lord John's stories as well?!
Davina Porter has a very dynamic voice and is delightful to listen to. Only negative thing I would point out is you can hear someone coughing in the background. I had to smile, it made me feel like I was “in” the story and it was one of the other characters coughing.
YA and Fantasy Nerdfighter. DFTBA!
Absolutely! Hearing the scottish accents come to life is so much more rewarding than reading them on a page!
Having read the book multiple times (in swedish), it was amazing to hear it come to life! Davina Porter did an amazing job with the different accents, all the characters felt so real all of a sudden and I can't wait to get started on the next one!
"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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