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 have not read the print version. But it wouldn't be the same without Davina Porter.
It is just different than other things i have read and it draws you in and captures your imagination. Entertaining and absorbing.
Everything is good about Davina Porter's performance.
Did not read the print story. Audio edition has been an addiction after the first few words. I have just finished the last audio book (#8) and immediately started over with the first Outlander story. Diana Gabaldon is amazing, and the narration by Davina Porter is perfect!!!!! Hope you enjoy!
Ability to bring every character and event to life in my mind.
Both laughed and cried. Even laughed the second time reading.......skirted the time in Wentworth Prison, otherwise listened to every word like it was the first time hearing. Helped make everything come full circle.
Addicted to Audible.com!
An exciting story, wonderfully performed, with all the romance and history you could want. The reader is expressive and artfully renders each character unique by a small change in accent or tone. The characters are believable and interesting. A great read, er listen!
Fascinating, romantic and funny.
I can't think of one
Her voice definition for each character and her language accents were formidable.
It made me laugh and blush. A very well written book and even better narrated. I don't think I could have enjoyed this book if I had read it rather than listened to it. D. Porter added the right ambiance with her Scottish accent and various other language accents. It would have been hard for me to get the right tone for the story and characters.
I was hesitant to read this book because I am not a big fan of stories based on previous centuries. But I picked the book up based on the high reviews. OMG was I pleasantly surprised. I got captivated by the characters (particularly Jamie). The story had a little bit of everything; suspense, romance, action and drama. I can't wait to get the next book on the series.
If this was an audiobook on tape or CD it would be worn out by now. Thank goodness that digital media is obsessive proof. I have read (listened to) this book three times now.
The first time, Iw anted to kick myself for waiting so long to meet Claire and Jamie. I have since recommended this book to EVERYONE I talk to about books. I warn them that no man will ever be enough once they've met Jamie Fraser, and that they will soon become obsessed with kilt-wearing scotsmen. I thank my sister (Jenny) and my good friend (Cathy) for making me aware of this Outlandish Outlander world. This Sassenach is officially obsessed with this series.
1st Read - 10/2011
2nd Read - 3/2012
3rd Read - 3/2013
(Sassenach - The Gaelic term for a Saxon. Survives in modern day Ireland and Scotland as a derogatory term for an English person. ALSO, a term of endearment that Jamie uses for Claire)
Um, really? James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser!
and Claire and Murtagh.
Because he's the perfect Alpha Male.
And because she's Claire and Murtagh is just very Scottish and loyal.
Davina Porter is AWESOME - That's not even a strong enough word.
She narrates these books and you get lost in them. She is Claire. She is Jamie.
She ceases being a voice reading a book and becomes the characters of the books.
Thank you Davina Porter! Thank You!!!!!!!
I laughed, I cried, I had quite a few WTF moments.
Life in Scotland in the 18th century was harsh.
Jack Randall is an EVIL character thats evokes so much anger for what he does (for no good reason) to ruin Jamie and Claire. Black Hearted Black Jack Randall!
You MUST read this book. If anyone you know has recommended this book to you because they think you may like it, then you probably will LOVE it!
Give it a try - give it at least until Jamie and Claire meet.
This is probably one of the most entertaining audiobooks I've listened to thus far. From start to finish, it was stellar!
I was a little skeptical when I chose this book. The subject seemed a little "out there". But I was sucked in from the first few moments. Claire and Jamie's story is one of the best yet. The only negative, if there is one, would be the weak ending. The story was so strong throughout. I thought the ending to be a bit weak when it could have ended with some of the loose ends tied up. I'm hoping that perhaps the author is working on a sequel?!
Do not hesitate on this one. It's well worth it.
I truly enjoyed the Discovery of Witches series and am waiting not-so-patiently for the next installment. Although there was no witchcraft in this book, the time travel element was close.
The author made all of the scenes very vivid and the narrator truly made them come alive.
This would be a great movie!
Again I say, do not hesitate on this one. You will not be disappointed!
Jamie of course and then Claire
This book will take every emotion you've got.
Ready to read the next in the series and counting the days until I have more credits.
The narration is fantastic. I adore this series.
Discovery of Witches
No. But I love her now.
Yes! Which is amazing considering my love for the print version.
Claire AND Jamie, of course:)
For me, this book (in print) was incredibly engaging. I have always been enthralled with the characters and the story in it's entirety. I had a credit available and was looking for a book that would distract me enough to enjoy the exercise of running (this requires a GOOD book:). I was thrilled at the complete bonus of listening to this amazing story teller read me my favorite historical, action love story of all time:). She brings a life to the characters that enhances every single one of them. Davina Porter has brought Claire, Jamie Frasier and the Outlander Story to life!
Well, yes, but knowing from having read the book that this would be impossible.
This is an amazing Audible.com combination. A wonderful story read by a gifted storyteller!
I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys historical romantic fiction.
I love the concept that standing stone circles could be a conduit to another time. I found Claire's story of grappling with the differences between the 20th century and 18th century cultures as well as general way of life very engaging. Jamie is a larger than life character and quite easy to fall in love with. I could wish Jamie's torture scenes weren't so graphic, but they do serve to illicit sympathy for both Jamie and Claire.
Davina Porter's narration is fantastic and one of the best aspects to this audio book, especially her Scottish accents.
A sweeping drama that asks if we had a chance to change history, could we and should we?
I'm looking forward to the rest of the 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.
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
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.
"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!
"My Favourite Book"
This Book is called Cross Stitch in the UK, Outlander is its American title. I bought the book many years ago as the title facinated me being a keen needlewoman. It turned out to be one of the best book I have ever bought, and I subsequently purchesed each of the books that continue the story as and when they were published. My sight is not as good as it was now and reading is getting quite difficult so, I was delighted to see a number of the books available as audio books. Needless to say I will buying them all, but I do hope that The Fiery Cross will be available unabridged soon, and the next novel A Breath of Snow and Ashes will follow. I have also seem on the writer's web page that a new book in the series will be available about September, so lets keep our fingers crossed that this will reach audible eventually.
"Caution - Addictive series"
The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon is so totally addictive, don't say you weren't warned! As Clare and Jamie become firmly entangled the story just gets better and better, whilst still giving you a good insight into the everyday happenings of life in the Scottish Highlands during the mid-1700's and the major events of the time. The first of (currently) six books plus a side series with another character from this series, you will be hooked by the time you finish Outlander/Cross Stitch. Plenty of website action to keep you going whilst you track down the whole series too.
I loved this book!!! I downloaded it expecting to be a bit disappointed........time travel/scotland in the 1770's....really!! However, the storyline is thoroughly enjoyable and won't let you turn it off! The narration is extraordinary, you can instantly recognise the vast array of characters!. A word of warning - there are some quite saucy parts, and there are also some quite distressing parts.........I do not recommend having your nan in the car while you're listening to it at certain points, can be a little awkward.
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