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)
yes. I have read the books over and over. Now I can listen when i can't read them
Claire and Jamie's wedding night, Claire and Jamie rescuing each other from various troubles.
All of Claire and Jamie's moments
Wanted to but don't have time.
Say something about yourself!
Listening to Outlander again would be pure joy! I've read the books twice over, why not do the same with the narrated version.
The character distinction Davina Porter brings to the book is amazing. From the voice of Claire to the young voice of Claudel/Fergus.
This was the first book from Audible.com that I have listened to until the end. Diana's storytelling abilities coupled with Davina's interpretation was out of this world. I can't wait to listen to the next book. Bravo!
This is the best audio book I have heard thus far. And the narrator was perfect.
Jamie's detailed description of his ordeal while captured. I felt like I was there hearing it directly from him.
The emotional connection between Claire and Jamie that gradually formed.
This book totally blew my mind. I normally don't read time travel books or write reviews but I am now HOOKED on this story. If you are even thinking about this book........ then please just give it a try. You will not regret it. WOW I'm still in shock
While exquisitely performed with with an intriguing setting and premise, Outlander soon devolves into a deluge of excessive description and gratuitous sex scenes.
The story attracts the reader with a promise of historical fiction, but the romance soon takes center stage. Romance enthusiasts no doubt account for the vast popularity of this series, but lovers of sci-fi and historical fiction who care for stories a bit lighter on the romance will soon find themselves rolling their eyes as the protagonists fawn over each other again and again.
I have no criticism of Porter's performance, and her voicing and use of accents brings the characters to life.
All in all, Outlander proved adequate enough to keep me listening for its substantive length, but I have no interest in taking on the rest of this series, and would only recommend Gabaldon to historical fiction readers who also legitimately enjoy the romance genre.
Outlander is a book that has no genre; romance, adventure, time travel... It looks at relationships on many levels, and the sociological viewpoints make you think. I fell in love with Jamie, he is my favorite male character to ever be written, but it wasn't immediate. It built slowly, like love does, and there were times where I wasn't sure. I wasn't sure I even liked the book to start, but now years later I have read and listened to every book in the series.
The story builds, and none of the issues or story lines are black and white. Love isn't made out to be perfect and easy, it is messy and complicated. It isn't just a love story between two people, it is a love story with a mix of villians, friends, family and those who don't fit into any one category.
Davina Porter is the most talented narrator I have ever listened to, my favorite characters developed a new life through her. If I had to choose, it would be Jamie, of course!
I would, I do, I shall, without doubt, immerse myself in this book and the Outlander series!
There is no other book or series of this kind! Within it's own genre, the Outlander series is singular and unique. Additionally, the vocal artistry (and I do SERIOUSLY mean artistry!) of Davina Porter is above exceptional.
Yes! As always Davina Porter breathes life and depth into the creations of any author.
Yes. I am always excited about hearing the voices davina creates.
Treat yourself or gift someone you want to impress with this exceptional series read by a great talent! you won't regret it. I joined Audible to get the longest book I could get my hands on. (Hehe!) I remain with Audible because Outlander became my favorite.
The author and narrator alike are both at the top of their games. I have recommended the audio version to friends and I will continue to do so.
Claire makes mistakes -- a lot of them -- and has to deal with consequences.
I love every scene after Claire passes through the stones to the very last line.
There is nothing else as engaging and vivid and breathtaking as Outlander.
I have some misophonia, so the sharp way the narrator pronounces "s" sometimes makes me want to scream and rage. I wish voice directors had worked to ensure she said "s" in a soft way. Also, while I think the narrator is excellent, her voice is too old to be Claire.
I read. Sometimes I listen to books and call it reading. I write. Sometimes I transcribe coffeehouse conversations and call it writing.
Ahh yes, the well hung stable boy warrior poet virgin from the distant past meets the happily married sexual dynamo thrown into a different area code... Err time. Enemy rapists, true lust, and 10 sexual innuendos on every page. Enjoy ladies.
No. I would be laughed out of the room
Jamie, it is best that a woman's version of the perfect man have the voice of a woman
One? How about ten!
Why!? Really! Why!?
I LOVED Davina Porter's narration of this book. I also loved the plot and the characters. Good tongue-in-cheek humor throughout the book. Lots of twists to the plot.
Unfortunately, there are so many explicit sex scenes they become burdensome, even boring. So much sex cheapens the novel. Stop at one or two vital sex scenes, perhaps? And leave out the detailed sex-torture event. The main male character's role was weakened by his willingness to gush about it. I was unimpressed by the additional torture as a "cure" for his subsequent melancholy.
I'd love to follow the rest of this adventure by reading the remainder of the series. But I haven't yet made up my mind whether I want to put up with more hours of detailed sexual encounters that don't really add to the story line beyond the first few sentences. Wish I could listen to an abridged version of the Outlander novels, leaving out all but a few relevant (shortened) sex scenes. That would be a quality book.
I am an avid audiobook fiction fan and had just become a fan of historical romance when Audible.com put the entire Outlander series on sale for a ridiculously low price. I purchased ALL 7 books based on the overwhelming positive reviews of the 1st book - Outlander. By the time I got around to listening to this book, I'd forgotten the specifics of the plot... When the book began, I was certain I'd made a huge mistake as the beginning of the story was not your typical "highlander" story; but, I kept listening anyway- still assuming I'd wasted my $$ due to not investigating the books thoroughly. Boy, was I wrong. The way this book weaves through time and produces this epic love story is brilliant! The book sometimes gets bogged down with details that appear to be irrelevant, yet it all intertwines into the storyline and characterizations that make this book impossible to put down. I'm through the 4th novel in this series now and it keeps getting better. Lastly, the narration is superb. Each character is clearly differentiated by the narrator and makes it seamless in its story-telling.
"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!
"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.
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.
"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 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!
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.
"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.
"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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