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)
It is not often I will read a book twice, but this is so good (and the entire series) that I will have to make it an annual event!
This is a really fun book. I read it in print years ago, and it was just as much fun the second time. It's the best kind of historical fiction / romance. I just wish the rest of the series was as good as Book 1.
Davina Porter does a wonderful job narrating this romance/historical fiction/adventure story. There are fun accents and the story moves along briskly. I'm regretting the high quality Klipsch brand earbuds I got for my iPhone. There are many long passages in the book where you can hear muted talking and loud coughs as if in the next room and it's very distracting to the narration.
This is not what I was expecting but was far far better. This book was recommened to my mother, from an aunt and then to me from my mother. I have also recommened this book to many people and every single one has loved it. Diana Gabaldon has P.H.D and a large education backround that she brings to the table. The story cut short is of a women named Claire who goes to scotland with her husband back in 1945. Claire travels back in time threw standing stones 200 years and finds herself in the middle of Scottish highlands during a time of war. The book is more or less of her life there with a knowledge of the future and her fight to get home, or does she really want to get home? She finds herself attached to the past by her love for Jamie. It's so well written you actually learn a great deal about the 1700's in Scotland and so much more. If I had to only recommend 5 must reads this would be one.
I have over 100 audible downloads and this is hands down my favorite. It is definitely a woman’s book, and there is definitely romance, but it isn’t like a typical romance. I can’t stand books that are written purely for the sex scenes, but I do enjoy a great story that includes passion as an integral and important part. The story could stand alone without the sexy details and as romance novels go, this one isn’t all that graphic. Yes, some concepts are horrifying, but I don’t think the cruelty that happens is all that farfetched; life was savage in the 18th century. I was actually put off a bit by the time travel at the beginning, but it is only there to set up how a woman in the 1740's would see life through the eyes of the 21st century. Davina Porter does an amazing job of narrating. I don't often find books that draw me in so completely.
While this was an enjoyable book, the forward plot, which was interesting, was stopped in it's tracks frequently for rambling love scenes and unnecessary descriptions. Still I will listen to it again when I need a long book to distract.
I enjoyed reading Outlander, listening to it afterwards was wonderful! The narrator's voice helped bring the character to life.
This book started out slow but wow how it went on. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
So vivid and how amazing Davina Porter is. How possibly can one person switch between accents and tones. Truly amazing. Just as with the printed pages, I found myself drawn to listening at every possible moment. Instantly brought the wonderful feelings and visualizations of the characters just as in the original written text. Diana Gabaldon, and now I've heard the proper pronounciation, is the most vivid story teller I have come across. After 20 minutes by other writers, I would be dozing. With Diana, I have to force myself to bed at 3 in the morning. Time to get the next audible book. Wonderful to sit back, close the eyes and see the story unfold just by listening.
Once I listened to this first book I had to keep going. I love the story line and I am now on book 6, which does not have an unabridged audio so I am reading it so as not to miss one word. This book, however, surpasses the rest as far as excitement and romance. The romance is so tastefully done it was a pleasure to listen to from begining to end.
"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.
"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
"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!
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.
"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.
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.
"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.
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