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)
They are both wonderful! You can't go wrong either way. Davina Porter is a brilliant narrator!
Claire and Jamie - cannot possibly just pick one :)
Once again, too hard to pick just one but I do love the scene when Jamie rescued Claire from Black Jack Randall.
Just everything. I have read it multiple times, both in print and audio.
If you enjoy epic adventure, timeless love and brilliant character development then this book is for you!
Yes absolutely, I already have with great succes. I would recommend this book to everybody who reads romance stories and at the same time likes their books to be extremely well researched, wellwritten and recount actual historical events. Brilliant author!
I cant pinpoint a moment, its the entire story that captivates. It was a little weird that it starts in post world war 2 Inverness, Scottland, but actually involves timetravelling. It is one of those things where you think that it must be a bad idea for the plot of an historical romance but ends up thinking its not at all imposible. The main female character Claire thinks like a modern sociaty woman, and therefore its kind of like being in medieval Scottland yourself, seing life at that time trough modern eyes, which actually makes the story better.
Cant tell you - I read it first, so maybe it makes it a little easier to start a book, when the hardcopy is so heavy that you get tired from holding it when you read? Its a lot easier to plug in your iphone!
No laughing or crying - but it made me research Scottish history and made me so intriged that I went on a holliday to the highlands and actually went to see some of the places that plays a large role in the story. (which I would say was an extreme reaction)
This is the first novel in a series of books not yet finished. And you would think that the story becomes borring after 2 or 3 books, which I find is generally the case, but not here - I am still waiting impatiently on the release of the next book in the series.
Davina Porter is simply a fabulous character reader, able to morph from character to character, Scots to English, male to female seamlessly. Loved her voice and her tempo as a full reader. This is great summer read for fun and an even better winter read to cozy up with a cup of cocoa and a lap blanket.
Captain Black Jack is easy to hate and despise and that makes a great character, but as a woman I loved to relate to the strength of the main heroine Claire Randall-Frazier. Gabaldon's creation of this strong-willed and intelligent woman is a great addition to other literary works that can develop a female lead that has multi-faceted personality and captures real human authenticity to link the reader in a personal way to the character. Think Jo in Little Women or Jane Eyre.
The Trials of a Time Traveling Highland Sassanach
I first read this book about 10 years ago. Once I started I could not put it down. Now every time a new book is to come out I start reading them all over again starting at the very beginning. If you love history you will love this series. If you enjoy time travel this is the series for you. If you just love good reading this is the one to read. You fall in love with Jamie and Claire and get transported right along with them.
The historical aspect of the story and the character development.
The whole thing I love it so much I can't pick just one.
I cry everytime I read them.
I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.
Unfortunately, I purchased more in the series before I read the first book. I had credits that needed used up. But the answer is, "No' I would not purchase again."
She has a nice voice and did a pretty nice job of switching back and forth between the dialects.
No, I am sorry to say. I hated all of the corny love scenes. I enjoy historical fiction, but all of the ridiculous romance was too much.
Don't waste your money or credits.
My best friend sent me text messages every few months telling me to start reading this series. I have a very busy life with no time for anything let alone one of my favorite pastimes, reading. So, I joined Audible JUST to start this series. Anyway, it was everything she claimed and more. I found myself in love with Jamie (sorry to my husband) and associating with Clair as I have similar spunk and spirit. What I did not like, however, were the details of the torture. I could have done without that-- it was very hard to take even though I know it's only a book. I found myself fast forwarding through those parts because after the first few situations it was just too much. Davina Porter is stellar. Seriously amazing... WOW.
Tell you about myself? Well I am a book lover, of course, my husband says I have a book addiction :) it might be true...
Brilliant, Funny, Beautiful
Claire and Jaime's Wedding Ceremony
My Favorite scene will always be when Claire realizes she does love Jamie and Cant leave him
Of Course! But its very long and if you dont take breaks you wouldnt get anything done.
I also own this book and the rest of this series and it is my favorite set of books. Diana Gabaldon's Story telling style is epic and Davina Porter tells it with such passion and so many different voices I never would have know that she was only one person!
Gabaldon is the writes with such detail and imagery that I often here the voices of the characters in the back of my head for days after finishing a book. When I finish reading or listening the entire series (again) I am always at a loss trying to find someone who writes as well.
She does an amazing job making each character sound so unique.
I have laughed and cried throughout the books.
"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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