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)
This is a very slow drawn out story, seemingly set in a time long gone with a style to go with it. Patience is required and then only if you wish to plough through every tiny detail of the main character's lives to get to the point where something happens. A thorough disappointment results from an (initially) exciting premise.
I am not a prude, but I found the sex scenes to be excessive and at times disturbing in their violence to women. Maybe if I had read the book, I could have scanned the parts that I didn't like, but in an audio format, I was not able to do this as easily. I very rarely leave a book unfinished, but I have not been able to return to this one.
I wish I'd read the reviews of this book before I bought it. I've none to blame but myself for diving into a story that expends altogether too much time (irony) on matters relating to 'coupling' and petty torment between the two main characters. They are neither of them particularly interesting, the means and manner of their physical and emotional rutting tedious, boring me to sobs by half-way through.
If there's a story in this worth pursuing, I've given up trying to stay with it. It clearly all 'works' for the majority of the reviewers of this parish so I'm the exception. To Audible: Perhaps a more clear indication of what a reader might expect. This isn't 'romance', it's soft porn. Nothing wrong with that, just don't be coy, tell it like it is. It'll save dopes like me wasting their money.
Took this on a long road trip and could not get through it, even though I tried to fast forward through the many overly descriptive & very lengthy, repetitive romantic scenes. I did enjoy the historical aspects though, but not enough to try to negotiate my way through the redundant mire of phrases such as "...and then his arm was around my waist...". The romance could be decreased by about 90% and this volume would still have a load of romantic passages in my estimation. I typically enjoy historical fiction and the author appears to have done a good job researching the period; I just found the romance to be overdone, redundant and down right painful to get through. Just when I got interested in the tale, I would encounter yet another lengthy, boring, bodice ripping interruption in an otherwise darn good tale. I found the experience to be infuriating, so I just gave up on it. Maybe an abridged version would work for me!
This Author is a very sick person!! I can't believe some of the things she comes up with, HIGHLY OFFENDED!! A man being raped by another man, just sick!! This is supposed to be a romance novel. I will never buy another book by this author ever!!
I got through part 1, about 12 chapters. I kept waiting to engage with or relate to the character, but it just didn't happen for me. I did not like the narration, did not get swept up in the tale even though i really wanted to. It was too painful to invest any more time in it. Very disappointed!
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If you like sex and scenes of homosexual sex with bondage and sadism tossed in then this book if for you.
For me it was a fascinating ride in what passes for a New York Times best seller. I also makes me wonder why anyone would read it and reminds me of the depths our society has descended.
Of course,” Lolita” held a bunch in fascination and if you like graphic descriptions of brutal sex such as “my insides felt like it was battered with a blunt interment” then this book is for you.
As for me, I’ll be a bit more discerning in the future and will ignore this author in the future.
As for the rating, if I could rate it negative I would.
I purchased the first two books in this series hoping it would be interesting and was very disappointed. I love history (particularly the history of Scotland) and was excited to find these books, unfortunately they fell very short of my expectations. These books are very slow paced. I found the story more like a soap opera than an action adventure. There were times I was curious to see what happened to the characters, so I would struggle through the painfully slow, sexually explicit parts of the story that make up the majority of the books. However after several instances of sodomy, rape, and finally sexual child abuse, I knew the author would not be changing her pattern of writing more about sexual encounters than advancing the plot. In short, finding out what happened to the characters was not enough of a draw for me to waste my time finishing this series. I would not recommend these books to anyone.
Story is intriguing, however I prefer not to be part of other peoples sex life. Would like to have known it was R rated, any way to get my credit back?
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
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!
"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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