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)
ok book overall, tad boring. something a bored housewife would enjoy. The idea is original and nice but story developed came out not quite as good. way over the top "magical" sex and way too much of it, not that I mind reading these, but they disrupt the flow of the story and though they feel in place at the beginning, later they just become too repetitive, and turn into annoyance for the reader.
the problem with first person narrative is that there are no parallel shorelines and in this book particular way too much of the main characters personal emotions that make you yell out "I get it... get on with the story"
The story was extremely well written. I found myself laughing out loud and having to explain to my wife what it was I was listening to at the time. The relationship between the main characters was well done and explored the range of human emotion as well as common and not so common situations that we may find in our own lives. However the graphic description of their personal intimacy was way over done and over the top. I used the click wheel on my iPod to get past it, but it was not a necessary component of the story and really ruined the book for me. I wish Audible had a rating system in place that would warn about this kind of content. The narration was exceptional and really added a lot to the story.
Great premise for a story, but the first few (and only) hours I listened too was basically a romance novel, the story and reader not nearly as interesting as I had anticipated.
Sorry but I was hoping for a decent historical novel. I like painless history or cultural enlightenment but this is a killer. I like the premise and I have no problem with a female narrator but this harkens back to my youth when during the horse opera matinee I would close my eyes as the cowboy kissed the girl and think, "Yuk, mush." Well there is a lot of Yuk in here; at least for a guy.
I have read all of the books in this series in print, and really enjoyed them. I thought it might be fun to listen to them as well. I was sooooo wrong. This experience really points out the essential difference between reading a book in print and listening. When I am reading, I often skip over sections that do not appeal to me. When I am listening on my iPod, this is not easy to do, so I have to listen to every word, which is sometimes a great benefit, especially if the writer is skilled.
My first clue should have been Davina Porter's simpering voice when she portrayed the female protagonist. I heard a very different book than I read. Like Kay and Thomas (previous reviewers), I tired of the lurid bodice-ripping scenes very quickly. I am NOT a fan of romance novels and I read this series in print for the historical interest, as well as the day to day detail of life in the 18th century, which I found fascinating. I am not entertained by damsels in distress getting raped, nearly getting raped, or getting "spanked" for disobeying a husband. Unfortunately, I have purchased four of the audio novels in this series, and while I barely got through the first part of Outlander, I will not be subjecting myself to any more of them.
One thing you need to know about this BEFORE you buy it is that it is a "romance" soft-core porn and that's about all. Oh but you do get the added message of "It's OK to beat a woman if you really love her and she deserved it". This is one of the first audio books I did not finish, although I did manage to get half way through.
The book drags and drags through mundane descriptions of 18 century day to day life. First time i did not finish the book. I got through 2/3 of it and could not stand it any more.
I'm obsessed with Claire and Jamie and Scottland and I love the vinettes that Gabaldon writes. Lots of action and suspense and romance and a bit of history. Wonderful! I'm actually reading Firey Cross right now so I'm pretty far along in the series. It's only a bazillion pages long and you love these characters so much, you are really glad it goes on and on. Real value for your dollar too! Great narrator. I often forget that its one person reading. She does the accents so well and all the foreign names of people and places. A winner. I'll read / listen to this one again one day.
I truly can't see what the most recent viewers can possibly have to complain about with this book. It has the perfect balance: Well researched, accurate history . . . extremely well developed characters . . . interesting plots that move quickly and aren't predictable. This book (and those which follow) is not for the faint of heart. It takes place in 18th century Scotland and England, these weren't peaceable times, folks! They were violent at times, and the violence and sex in the story is appropriate for the period. If you want a quick, easy and mindless read, try Harlequin. If you enjoy well researched historical fiction, this is a great book for you! The narrator is quite gifted, and brings the characters to life.
This was my first audio book. I have now read (heard) all of this series and am totally addicted to my audio books. I first got them as I drive a lot for my job and I promise you the km's just fly by when I have a good book. I actually look forward to long drives now! I even got my book club to read the paper version of this book 2 months ago and they also loved it. It can be a little racy if you are a conservative reader, but what a great story with fantastic characters!
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