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)
Wow! An unbelievable read that I could not wait to get back to. I'd be sitting at my desk at work thinking about the story of Jamie and Claire, just waiting for coffee to listen to some more. I can't believe the level of emotions I went through in the course of this book! While I have truly enjoyed a number of novels, this one really caught me by surprise and is if not the best, certainly in the top two of my audible reads!! Well worth a credit!!
the Scottish voice is nice, but not worth the time. I got halfway through, but then had to quit.
I'd read this series of books in print years ago and love them. Many people have raved about the narrator so I tried it. She's not bad, just not what I would expect Claire to sound like. But my real problem with it is just hearing all the graphic love scenes read out loud - I prefer to read it and just skim those!
I am a fan of Davina Porter from her readings of M.C. Beaton's book and now a big fan of Diana Gabaldon. I will admit that I have had the Outlander series books for quite a while; just could not get pass the first 50 pages of Outlander. Once I joined Audible.com, begun listening to Outlander, I became fanatical. I go back and forth with reading the book and listening to the book. The characters are breathtaking. The history of 17 century Scotland, the love between the main characters and the surrounding people who love/hate or who I love/hate, got me so captured, that now I need her books to breath, sing, scream, holler, infuriating, howling, and any other adjective I can find. You, book lovers of the world like me, have got to read at least the first one. Then tell me you are not addicted to Claire and Jamie, Just tell me!!!
I had read the books some years ago, and admire this author/story teller who is so detailed yet gives fast moving adventure and characters. However, if there is an improvement on perfection, it is in the reader here! Incredible accents and voices that truely make you SEE what you are hearing. I enjoyed every minute!
Don't you just love a great story well told?
The naysayers may have wanted more action. Each love scene is written so discreetly written as to not embarrass all but the most prudish and none roughly written as MANY other 'thriller' love scenes. There is also action hand to hand fighting with dirks and swords. This book is LONG and held my attention to the very last word. No wonder people rave. If you want historical fiction with a very solid love story this is unbeatable. Every sentence in this story is so perfectly crafted and so perfectly narrated that they are breathtaking. The nuances in the narrator's voice are the best I've heard yet! She makes every sentence a joy to hear.
saga of a scottish culture and time travler. I could not stop listening to this. When it ended I was disapointed but then found out there are 7 more volumes to this book. I cannot wait to get the rest. You will not be disapointed with this story.
I love this series. I am almost done with book 2 and can barely put it down. It did take some doing to get through the first 3 chapters, but it is well worth it.
It is a lot more graphic in the sexual content department than other adventure novels I have read, but it still is a far cry from being a prototypical "bodice ripper", as another reviewer quipped. The plot, setting and characters make this a terrific novel in its own right. I am not a fan of the romance genre in general, but am not opposed to romantic content, (which this does indeed have in spades). However, it also had adventure, political intrigue, and the Sci Fi genre's favorite paradox - time travel, which turns out to be more than just a method of getting a modern woman into historical Scotland. As other Sci Fi stories in this vein, it grapples with issues like "if you could go back and change it, should you?" along with delving into the potential consequences of doing so.
If you plan to take a trip to Scotland, or have any other particular reason to learn more Scottish history, this is one of the more interesting way to go about it. I certainly am absorbing historical details better than I have in any history classes.
This book is enthralling- I couldn't get anything else done while I was listening to it. And the narrator was fantastic. But I have a weak stomach for torture and it cast a dark shadow over the whole story.
"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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