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)
What a strange wonderful story! Something original and captivating! A very long story that I did not want to end! I can't wait to start the next book.
I have a quilting business. Since I love to read, I cannot read a book and quilt at the same time. Now I can listen to books and quilt too.
It sits in a tie between Outlander or Swan Song.....both are #1
Not read another book to compare to the story line in this book.
It is hard to pick just one...but I think Jamie
Time travel, war, love and history
I was a bit doubtful about this book. I was afraid it would be a love story with time travel....which is it was....but it was so much more. The narrator was excellent. She had me thinking about the book in a Scottish brogue! She did all the characters with an individual accent and style. The story: I was truly anxious to see what the characters would do. I am just now finishing this first book and have purchased the 2nd book. I just have to know how everything and everyone turns out.
I read the book many years ago and enjoyed it immensely. However, the audible version is just wonderful. The narration by Davina Porter put this book onto one of my all time favorites. Please don't let the length intimidate. I just finished and even as I write this I have started the second in the series "Dragonfly in Amber."
Yes. I loved listening to Davina Porter. The story was action packed and drew you in to each character.
Learning a bit more (tid bits) of history while listening to a novel.
No extreme reaction, but enjoyed and looked forward to visiting it. Kind of sad when it was over.
Well done. Quite an accomplishment for your first. I am going to read/listen to the entire series
I normally do not give a comment about a book I like but felt compelled to give one this time, which is this was an overall very good story, This story will be TV show is coming to Starz and I wanted some background because I story about this time period, I am writing because I read the one star ratings first prior to reading the 4s and 5s stars rating. First, this is FICTION and second the sex scenes are not as graphic as the Story of O, Spartacus, and True Blood.
Every one of the negative statement started out with they are not a prude but continued with a negative comment. Ranging from the fact that Claire choose to be with Jaime over Frank (regardless that they was only to for 6 months prior to her being a combat nurse and was away for 6 years), about Claire ability to adjust to 1743, coming from 1945, and about the rapes to females and the rape and sodomy to Jamie, again this is fiction and there are cable TV shows that reveal more if not similar graphic incidents to inmates in prison getting rape. I agree with someone comment about the first 15 hours of background was a bit much. So it will be interesting see how the TV show will reflect.
I guess because I read a lot “Smut Book” this was mild in comparison to some of the other authors (like Maya Bank, Sylvia Day, and E L James, etc) description of the graphic sex scenes.
The characters are strong and memorable. The performance by Davina Porter is excellent and part of what makes the book one of my favorites. She brings each of the characters to life.
I love the history, the mystery of the time travel and the romance between Jamie and Claire. Several of my friends have read the series and we still discuss it like we know the characters personally.
Only in this series, her ability to uniquely be so many characters is phenomenal.
Cry yes, worry yes, get mad at Claire sometimes yes, melt my heart at the love and passion between Jamie and Claire yes. A great book brings all your emotions in and this one does it.
Don't do the abridged you will miss out on so much. Don't be intimidated by how long the books are there is never a dull moment. Pay attention, little things come up in later books that will have you go ohhhh.
I will listen to Outlander again and again. The author paints a vivid landscape of life in another time. You become emotionally invested in the characters that become flesh and blood in your mind's eye and, as all good stories go, you become "hooked" and can't wait to hear the rest of it... and then you're sorry when the story ends. Fortunately there are more books in the series.
Love, conflict, history, Scotland, time travel.... what more could you ask that all of it is rolled into one amazing story. I loved every word of it.
I love, love, love that Davina Porter puts so much into her reading... she adds inflection and emotion and made the story come "alive".
I appreciate Jamie's love for Clare. It is a quiet, unassuming and all consuming love that makes you only hope that it could be achieved in your own life.
Don't put off reading or listening to this book. I'd read Dragonfly in Amber years ago not realizing that Outlander existed. Outlander makes the entire storyline even better.
developed, interesting, deep-hearted
At first I saw the length of the books and wondered if they would keep my interest. It is a great saga thus far in the first book. I am about to begin the second with not missing a beat. I liked the way the author took time to develop the storyline.
I have read the series and now I am listening to it. This will be a series I listen to over and over.
All of them, that is why you never get tired of reading it
Claire and Jamie. You fall in love with these characters and can't wait to hear what they go through next.
I would, and I did. It is a long one, but it is an adventure worth repeating.
Jenny - a secondary character who as a nursing mom went out to search for her brother, at least for a short time, and took a kidnapper hostage to find out where he was by knocking him over the head with a rock and tying him to a tree. (They did let the man go)
I honestly don't know, but she does well with the different accents including Scottish with ease. Very expressive and accurate narration.
Several, but one is particularly intriguing... Claire gets a message from a condemned "witch" who says she is not sure it is possible and a year. Opens the door for a lot of possibilities for the series.
I will be devouring this series.
"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.
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.
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
"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.
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.
"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.
"Slow and boring"
The time travel concept made the book sound promising. However, the lack of knowledge of the geography of Scotland and other Scottish themes made some of the listening laughable. So much extraneous detail made for extremely long listening, resulting in impatience "to get on with it!" Less sex, less words and more actual story could have saved this novel...perhaps!
"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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