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?
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"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)
book in the series. I lean towards mysteries, thrillers and contempory fiction, so this book was a pleasant find. I listened to this book based solely on the reviews and I am so glad I did! Thirty some hours flew by and I didn't want it to end. I went to Diana Gabaldon's website and she said the other 5 books in the series should be in audio format by September or October. I can't wait!!
It's mind boggling how anyone could consider a wife beating, self absorbed, whiner like Jamie Frasier to be anything even remotely heroic. Further, Claire's incessant apologizing for Jamie's behavior resembles Stockholm Syndrome at best, battered wife syndrome at worst. The author should be ashamed.
I really don't understand why this book was so highly rated. It is a collection of unrelated scenes that have no real connection with the story. In fact, there is really no story! Characterization is extremely poor and author has wasted a lot of words describing the meaningless details. The 16th century Scotland setting was poorly depicted with no real historical facts or tie back to any event. The narrator was okay with accents etc. but she read the book so sleepily that you lose the thread very quickly. It is long and extremely boring book. After enduring 3 of the 4 parts, I finally gave up. Save your credits for a better book like Pillars Of the Earth or Da Vinci Code.
Nothing. There is no story here only carnal female sensuality. Its low base and shallow.
She sucks as author. Get a real job.
All of it.
Having read and listened to all seven of the Outlander series it's hard to know how to describe it as anything less than my favorite series of books I've ever read! As someone drawn to books about time travel, I'm often let down because of how implausible the experiences seem. But Diana Gabaldon's concept is fascinating and totally thought provoking. She presents the concept of time travel in the most intriguing way I've ever read. Her characters, both male and female are so richly drawn, the story so enthralling that you find yourself waiting with bated breath for her next installment. Her books are so incredibly well researched that it takes her years to complete each, and we are well rewarded by how historically rich each is, the writing impeccable, the dialogue (so very difficult to do by so many writers) not only diverse and believable, but funny and wise and eminently quotable always. The narrator, Davina Porter, gives the best performance I've ever heard, her Scottish accent delectable. Be careful, once you start, it is very difficult to read any other books until you've completed the series, so totally engrossing is her writing.
Fabio should be pictured on the cover as Jamie with Claire lying at his feet, a look of lust on her face. This would give you a good idea of what you are about to spend 32 hours listening too. Ultimately, this is a book with a few character conflicts, but no really story and when Claire started killing wolves with her bare hands, I had had enough.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
In an effort to avoid being labeled "a prude" by those who thrive on steamy romantic encounters recounted in all their splendor; I will absolutely vouch for the fact that this is a wonderful, engaging story with fabulous narration. I really enjoyed the 200 year time travel adventure and loved listening to the experiences and perspectives of a 20th century woman who had inadvertently become a resident of Scotland in the 1700's.
That said, after listening to in-depth descriptive narrations of wedding night romance, followed by additional and even more descriptive narrations of newly-wed pleasures and various steamy encounters in the grass and elsewhere, I say "Enough!" We get it! Jamie and Claire were hot for each other! Now get on with the story!
I wanted more of the story. . . since I fully understood the physical attraction of the central characters. What happened next? Would Claire fall in love with him? Would Claire be burned at the stake? Would Jamie evade capture by the redcoats? Could his own clansmen be trusted? Would Claire choose to return to her future life when she learned she could? But answers to those questions unfolded ever so slowly, interlaced with. . .you guessed it. . . steamy descriptions of unabashed physical attraction.
In addition, I have to say that I was baffled by a "modern day" woman accepting a beating from her husband, but maybe that's just me. Domestic violence it was. And there was sadistic homosexual sex mingled into the story line to boot.
This is a great book and I will probably purchase the next book(s) in the series because I think the story itself is amazing and want to find out what happens to Claire and Jaime and Frank. However, I am hoping for a little less time spent on the sexual pleasures and perversions of the cast and characters.
So, call me a prude if you must, but I'm really just an avid historical fiction reader who found much more steamy romance, not to mention sexual violence, than I expected.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
This book held my attention from the beginning to the end. The character development was exceptional. The sex was delicious and tastefully done. The story was engaging from the beginning. Davina Porter did a very good job with the reading and with the Scottish accents. I can't think of a book I have enjoyed as much, in recent memory. Can't figure out how I didn't know about it sooner. Onto the next sequel!
I like a trashy novel as much as the next person, but this was tedious. This book is pure romance fiction of the gentlest and rosiest kind. I was midway through part 2, and no real plot had raised its head yet, so I gave up. Perhaps if I had persevered, something exciting would have happened, or at least a corset would have actually been ripped.
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