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)
Creative, enriching, captivating
She makes the characters come alive! The distinction between Claire's voice and Jamie's voice is unreal. I never get them confused, which is sometimes a problem with other narrators. Or, a male does the female's voice, and it just sounds like a man doing a really bad imitation of a whiny female.
It made me laugh. The evolution of the two characters seemed so plausible that, from the beginning, you knew they were going to make a great couple. Their conversations and 'learning moments' made me laugh out loud several times.
This is one of the richest books I have ever experienced! It's rich in storyline, character development and writing style. Diana Gabaldon claims on her website that she started writing the series in an attempt to better her writing skills but I am absolutely skeptical. The vivid imagery and dialogue in this book are concise, but not simple and boring. Ms. Gabaldon has a talent for choosing perfect descriptives. I feel that listening to her books has enrichened my vocabulary and speech patterns...Not to mention I have been thoroughly entertained! I'm a sucker for physical, brutish male heroes who are intelligent and formally educated!
The narrating was awesome.
The story was fasinating and new and complicated.
Too many to say. The way she writes you can really imagine all the scenes and adventures easily.
Again too many to say. I liked how Claire is introduced to child bearing and rearing through many experiences and then in the end, well you know. I can't give away the end now can I.?
I did not want it to end.
I kept imagining Mel Gibson making this as a film.
I tried to enjoy this a light bawdy entertainment, but by the end I felt assaulted by Catholic allegory.
The Outlander series first came to my notice after someone had written a review of another similar style of story. I decided to look for the book and I am hooked. I am now on Book 4 and I am totally obsessed with Claire and Jamie. Diana Gabaldon weaves so much history through her plot ... so interesting and Davina Porter's narration and gift with accents makes these books truly memorable. I would recommend them to anyone who loves a good, spicy historical romance, So glad I found these books. Please hurry up with books 5 & 6 ... I don't want to skip straight to book 7.
Romance means sex I think. This book is NOT fantasy!!! But the story is good enough to enjoy and I don't give bad reviews if I pick a book outside my taste.. Davina is one of the best readers you will find.
I love this book. The story was so good I could't stop listening. Even though it was quite a long book it never was boring. After reading, I think about it all the time. It really sticks with you.
This is my first audible book.
It is also my first review.
The book is fantastic. I've read it many times over. I can not say enough wonderful things about this author or her book.
I sew for a living and listen to this audible while working. Ms. Porter does a very good job. I love the changes in voices and accents.
Buy this. You won't be sorry.
I am new to audiobooks, having listened to maybe 5 all together. this is the 2nd best, behind
the accents. it was great hearing the different accents. davina porter did a wonderful job in that regard.
at 34 hours, I would say
it was a great listen, very engaging, but after reading the book myself, there is that disconnect in my interpretation and the professional reader. inflection, tone... these help shape the story for me, and i thought they were off. my impression is that claire is a force of nature, and the readers voicing of her makes her seem a bit more hesitant. other than that, it was great. LOVE the accents, which is why i bought it in the first place. the reader did a great job with the various accents. will probably buy another.
Just gross sex scenes...also narrarator is great but too old sounding for someone talking the sex descripts.
I don't know
Like Ann Desche
"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.
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.
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 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 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.
"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!
I acquired this as the free title in a 3 for 2 offer. Thank goodness I didn't pay for it!
Be very careful, the sample is taken from the sensible start of the book.
I only managed half of it - 16 hours of sex and violence fantasies are more than enough for me.
If your idea of fun is a huge 18th century be-kilted Scotsman being beaten and having sex incessantly, this may be for you.
"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.
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