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 kind of stumbled on this series - and thought that I would try it since it received so many rave reviews. I usually read thrillers/suspense novels, but I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the narration was fantastic. I just skipped over the highly descriptive sex scenes but the story is very engrossing and I had a difficult time putting it down, in spite of the sex.
I was very disappointed to see that the follow up books in the series are all abridged, except the latest but that didn’t stop me – I had to get them all, now I am waiting for the next installment and the movie!
I bought this audiobook because the reviews were great. I tend to like scifi, time travel and fantasy books and have read my share of romances over the years.
This book is terrible! The characters are one-dimensional, the story repeats itself incessantly, and the mediocre descriptions of person and place drag on and on and on. What is worse- the story is wholly unbelievable and ridiculous!
I love stretching my imagination with well written fiction, however outlandish, but this story is not even backed up with exciting details or remotely believable backstories or explanations. Just: a lady falls back in time, can't explain where she comes from, and everyone is kinda ok with that. No. Sorry, just no.
And anyone who says this is smut is out of their minds. This is the most pedestrian "romance" ever. I think there is more action in the Harry Potter books. Pfffft.
Save yourself the time and leave this one on the virtual shelf. I just wasted hours listening to a load of dross hoping for some redeeming passages. After about 8 hour so f suffering, I am throwing in the towel. I can't even finish this thing.
Of the fence? Walk away, fair reader.
I'm an audiobook junkie. I've listened to hundreds of books in the public domain, and I use my one audible credit per month with care.
Because of my belief in Christ, I do not delve into the occult. This book hits you hard with it, and it doesn't let up. I gave it about 30 minutes to go another direction and it did not. I turned it off and deleted it.
This is, hands down, the best series on Audible.
This review is long overdue (I first listened to it in 2010), and I cannot avoid repeating things that have already been said. I am just one of many grateful reviewers.
Outlander is the first book in a very long, detailed, and utterly absorbing saga centered about 2 wonderful people and their extended families and friends (and enemies). The series contains adventure, history, war, family, and of course, passion and love. And it all revolves around 2 people named Jamie and Claire as they travel through Scotland, England, France, the Caribbean, and America. And every now and then, Claire travels through time. It spans not only decades, but centuries. It is absolutely wonderful and I can hardly wait for the next book, scheduled for release in late fall 2013.
The narration of the entire series by Davina Porter is utterly flawless. Perfect accents (particularly Scottish), different voices for a very long list of characters, both male and female, and the capability to portray any emotion you can imagine. The best female narrator I've ever come across...
But it is the story itself that captures the imagination.....Diana Gabaldon is the maestro of story telling. I am in awe that one person could have such an endless and diverse imagination as to create such fabulously detailed characters, and settings, and historical anecdotes. Her historical research is obvious. And accurate. She is simply sublime.
If you have not listened to Outlander, or the 6 books that follow it, I cannot urge you strongly enough to try it. You won't have any regrets, I promise....and you'll be waiting with bated breathe for #8, just like I am!
I meant to purchase book 3 in series and instead purchased book 1
I would prefer to return the book and receive a credit due to the excessive costs of book 3 and I will use a credit to purchase in 6 days once I receive my next credits.
I must say this is one of the best books I ever read a most imaginative and well written story. You fall absolutely in love with the characters and get carried away by the story and yes you will want to read the rest of the series you cannot help it !!!
Some many lets see um!! It's hard to pick one sorry.
Davina Porter's is a greater reader helps to make the story come to life.
This was my first audio book. I chose it based on the many reviews I researched for first time listeners. I am very thankful for the reviews as this is one of the best stories I have listened to. I am not very thankful as I can not find a narrator as good as this. Thank goodness there are so many books in the series to keep me busy for a while. (Am currently on book 3 and my opinion remains the same) My love of the story is even more improved now that starting with book 3 it is available for Kindle whisper sync for voice. I can now read the story when I am not in my car. Bonus, Bonus, Bonus. Sit back, relax and enjoy!
No, just a different experience than reading the printed word.
It has such depth of feeling.
It helps to hear the various accents - Scots and English. It makes the story richer.
When Jamie sends Claire back through the stones to save her and the child before he goes to fight at Culloden.
"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.
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
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.
"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!
"My Favourite Book"
This Book is called Cross Stitch in the UK, Outlander is its American title. I bought the book many years ago as the title facinated me being a keen needlewoman. It turned out to be one of the best book I have ever bought, and I subsequently purchesed each of the books that continue the story as and when they were published. My sight is not as good as it was now and reading is getting quite difficult so, I was delighted to see a number of the books available as audio books. Needless to say I will buying them all, but I do hope that The Fiery Cross will be available unabridged soon, and the next novel A Breath of Snow and Ashes will follow. I have also seem on the writer's web page that a new book in the series will be available about September, so lets keep our fingers crossed that this will reach audible eventually.
"Caution - Addictive series"
The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon is so totally addictive, don't say you weren't warned! As Clare and Jamie become firmly entangled the story just gets better and better, whilst still giving you a good insight into the everyday happenings of life in the Scottish Highlands during the mid-1700's and the major events of the time. The first of (currently) six books plus a side series with another character from this series, you will be hooked by the time you finish Outlander/Cross Stitch. Plenty of website action to keep you going whilst you track down the whole series too.
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.
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