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)
The length is a blessing and a curse. It allows you to follow the story in magnificent detail which allows you to get closer to the characters. I loved it so much I did not want it to end.
I can't pick just one between Claire and Jamie. They come as a package deal. The chemistry they have from the moment they meet is subtle yet obvious.
She gives individuality to the characters.
It did both. There were some tear jerker moments along with some things that make you shake your head with humorous delight.
I've tried listening to other long audiobooks but sometimes it gets a bit tedious. I did not feel that way at all with this book. I wish I was longer b.c I would have kept on listening.
I tried really hard to like this book. I am not a real lover of romance stories so that is probably what distracted me. I didn't hate it but I couldn't finish it either.
This author sucks you into a story you will find very difficult to leave. Can't read fast enough. Love how much factual historical data that is included. My house could burn down around me when I am with Jamie & Claire.
The story line, the character relationships, and the details that paint such a great picture!
AMAZING! She really understood the characters and I even forgot at she was all the characters voices most of the time! Brilliant!
I laughed so much but I also cried at some parts!
This really is my favorite book of all time! I am so glad I purchased it!
Ummm. Since the book was highly recommended by friends when first came out, obviously many love it. Not entirely my cup of tea, but undoubtedly those that love historical romances would enjoy the recording
Yes, I actually wish I could listen to it in one sitting.
A good read and would recommend it, and will. The narrator did a great job.
Romantic, exotic, and very well-performed.
The author's description of the characters and the time are vivd. The story alternates suspenseful episodes with more domestic, introspective parts.
Her accents are wonderful. I loved the way she performed the Scottish accents.
Parts of the book are disturbing. The reader must be tolerant of a how very different time had very different manners of relations between the sexes and between parents and children. There is considerable domestic violence. The domestic violence is nevertheless overlaid with passion and attachment in the relationships. At times, I felt as though I was reading a tawdry romance novel, picked up at the supermarket (which is actually something I never read). I still have not completely reconciled how very much I enjoyed the story, and how harshly I judged the behavior of the male characters.
I am astounded by the authors ability to bring you into the story and the narrators gift of making you forget that you are listening to a tale. I love fictional stories that are based in fact and this series has me hooked from this story on. Thank you for bringing these to audio.
Jamie Fraser at this point because he has been childish, churlish,chauvanistic, and macho>>as well as loving,thoughtful,and comical...and really doesn't have a clue to what is truly going on-in other words...typical male-it seems in any century.
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