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)
The most entertaining book I've read yet. I can't wait to see what happens next, it makes me laugh in the car every day. I am eagerly waiting the next installments and have requested the next lot of sequels from audibles as unabridged. Great!
I have already read this book twice in print and relished every word and phrase. Gabaldon cannot be surpassed for her mastery of elegant prose that never hesitates to make its point. Along the way, you are treated to fabulously crafted descriptive passages and witty exchanges; she is one of the few authors who is worth reading every word, several times.
This audible version achieves that same degree of excellence. The narrator is perfect for this role -- she creates with great authenticity an entire population of characters that can be cantankerous, mischievous, opinionated, tender, calculated, downright evil and sadistic, and some very wise. Her work is a treat to hear, and her well-paced approach makes this very long book worth listening to every moment and a treat to savor the prose along the way.
High marks for author and narrator. Well worth the time and the listening...many times over.
In my family we have a saying "... and then the dog pissed on him" which in this case means I thought the violence Jamie is subjected to is too much. I am temped with the sequel, but am afraid to find yet more violence and that "the dog did indeed piss on him". Somethings are too horrible to even read about for me personally, yet, the Jamie's tragedies seem to be most of the plot to a point where they get boring. Other than that, the story could be quite enjoyable.
I liked this book so much that when I discovered the rest of the Outlander Books,Audible offers are abridged, I went out and purchased them to read.
The narration is terrific with Scottish pronounciations and accents. Get it, and listen to it. You won't be sorry but be warned, you can't read just one.
First off, thank you Davina Porter!
Finally an unabridged version of Outlander. For all of us Gabaldon fans, a true dream come true. This was fantastic to listen to. Can't tell you how many times I have read the book or how many people I have given the book to as gifts! It is just a great escape. I read all kinds of books, too. If you have never tried Historical Fiction this is a great place to start; it edges on Romance - I think Jamie and Claire have sex about 500 hundred times throughout the series, but thats what makes it fun! I learned a great deal about Scottish and European history from this series. This book is the best of the bunch. They all get very long winded after this one. Read it and enjoy.
I am so jealous of anyone reading it for the first time!
Normally, I would not have listened to this title, but it was recommended by a friend, who said she was not getting other things done. Now, I understand why - I have been reading primarily nonfiction political books, but since I finished this, cannot get the characters out of my mind. Now, I have discovered this is a series - the rest of my winter listening is set. Both my friend and I enjoyed the story, but were also captivated by the narrator - I will look for other titles from her, also.
Gabaldon really knows how to write compelling historical fiction. Her characters are well-developed and her historical details are rich. This tale makes you salivate for the next book in the series.
Having just finished unabridged Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, I was drawn in by the great reviews and historical romance aspect of a book that I would probably never have found but for the links here...The narration was absolutely wonderful even if the text sometimes had more decription of injuries and sex than my imagination needed to complete the scene. I agree that the guys may not like it, but take a cue from the reviews! Hopefully Audible will hear the customer requests for further offerings of Davina Porter and the unabridged versions as part of the Audible offerings. I am so pleased to see "Dragonfly.." recently added and will eagerly await the rest!
"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!
"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.
"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.
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!
"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.
"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.
"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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