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)
I love to read all genres of books, but love my historical romances!!!
It did not captivate me, it could not keep interested and It could have been so much shorter, maybe it would have been interesting. Was so hard to finish and I couldn't even the plot.
A bunch of blubber, chick lit disguised. I really resent this type of blubber being passed off as general fiction.
All the charters are well developed and felt necessary to the story. There is enough true history to give one a desire to believe in the story. Oh and the narrator! Davina Porter has a beautiful voice and has enough diversity to give voice to each of the different charters.
Clair and Jamie's wedding night was quite memorable. In fact there are many well placed romantic and very sexy sections in the book and all seem like they should be there for the story to be full and well rounded. I don't always feel sex scenes in books and movies belong that sometimes they are just there for sex appeal and not to further develop a charter or story. Here, as in the entire series, all are necessary and well written!
I am sure I have but this series is my favorite with her as the narrator. What a talent she has. The narrator is as important to a good digital book as the story it's self. There are some voices I love to listen to and Davina Porter's is certainly one of them!
There are so many moments in the book I cannot choose one to stand out over the others. All I can say is I am quite glad I have the books both physical and digitally because I am sure I will read and listen to them many times. In fact I am in need of a new paper set of the series now.
I am glad to see the movie come out. I have seen the first pilot/episode and feel the books have been justly represented. I suppose I may have to purchase those too.
Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.
Loved it once I got into it. Starts slow but hang in there it gets better and better. This is a story full of romance and adventure. There are lots of unexpected twists and turns. This book is over 30 hours long and we'll worth a credit. It is also a series and I look forward to starting book 2. If you can get through the first 2-3 hours then you will be hooked. I highly recommend this book.
Main St USA
Definitely at the top of my list, this is a book (series) I will reread many times. It's a nicely paced story that taps into all your emotions from laughter to tears and everything in-between.
Jamie of course. He's such a strong and lovable man.
Davina Porter bring the characters to life. She does a brilliant reading with the accents and pronunciations that if reading I would never have sorted out.
I was totally surprise that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. Diana Gabaldon writes with such detailed description you feel like you are a part of the story. I have to say that I listened, and read also, along with Google images to get a complete visual.
This story is not just a story, I felt completely taken away and placed in to 1700s Scotland. I purchased this for my long daily work commute, and found myself listening with headphones everywhere else I could. The narration is perfect in accents, tones, voices, it's perfect.
It's VERY long, and while I found that I could not stop listening, you do need to take breaks. The violence and suspense can get very intense.
Yes, absolutely. It was not what I normally listen to (business books) - or read (crime/mystery thrillers) but this book was so well written, and stunningly well-performed, that it transformed my daily commute in to a pleasure. Now I can't wait to listen to the whole series.
The characters and the big story line
Jamie. He made the story. He would die for Claire. And in his short life he had been through a lot.
Everyone. Davina can do female and male voices great and it keep you listening and listening. Davina voice changes as what the characters were feeling.
I can not wait to listen to the rest of the series. I love the romance and the history of this book. This is a time travel story but its not like your normal time travel book. Its more about romance and history. If you love historical or romance book you will like this book. Outlander is 5 stars all around for me.
I really think that Diana Gabaldon wants to crush all the hopes and dreams of her readers/listeners. That being said, she makes you fall in love with every single character and she subjects them (and subsequently you too) to any and everything. You can never predict what will happen. This book is so good! First, you are laughing out loud the next you are crying your face off. I definitely got sucked in and was way too invested. I had to stop listening at one point because I was too scared of what was going to happen to my characters!
Davina Porter is so amazing! She is one of my very favorites! Every accent/dialect/language she performs is perfect. I wish she would just narrate everything!!!
Such a good book... its a must read. Dont hesitate to spend a credit on this one. Its also very long, so you will enjoy it for a long time.
"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.
"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!
"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.
"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.
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!
"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!
"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.
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