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 really enjoyed this book from start to finish. The story is well written with a nice balance of history, romance, action & suspence.
The narration was wonderfully done.
Yes- the print version would seem very long but the audio edition is so gripping and addictive that one can't stop listening. You simply don't want it to end.
The wonderful and realistic characters-flaws and all- and the amazing but credible story.
The moment where Jamie confesses to Claire how Randall had tortured him and her subsequent way of helping over this.
I almost wish I had never started this compelling series - all the other audio books seem so bland in comparison!
I was not sure if I would like this book, but I love it!! The series is soo wonderful & you really feel like you know the characters. I am half way through the last book & feel as though I will be bored with any other books until the next one comes out!! Please hurry Miss Gabaldon!!!!
Just listening to the sound clip had me hooked. The author challenges us with a variety of words to precisely portray the events as they unfold. The narrator has an incredible range of voices to give each character its own life. I'm so glad this is just the first in the series.....
I have read the written version of this book but it is much better listening to the audible version. You pick up so much more than when you read it The narrator is clear and concise and has the perfect tone for this book. I would recommend to one and all. A fantastic story
Davina Porter is an incredible narrator. Her ability to change voices from scottish to english, male to female, old to young, etc. combined with this wonderful love story brings this book to life. She does an amazing job with Outlander and all the additional novels in this fantastic series. If I could give this series by Diana Gabaldon/Davina Porter a 10, I would....It is truly one of the best ever written/narrated.
Bachelor Chef and Mathematician. I don't bother with books shorter than 20 hours, not worth the effort.
I am slowly becoming a fan of Ms Gabaldon and it appears that this series has some interesting side passages that could be worth exploring. The history that this book encompasses is for the most part accurate so she has done a bit of research on the subject. The performance is excellent as Ms Porter has sufficient talent to keep all the characters voicing consistent and has a very good grasp of the many dialectical nuances of the Britons and show this with her differentiation between the English dialects as well as the differences in the Scots dialects of English and Gaelic.
I have already decided to purchase the next book in this series to see what intrigues follow, and of course, how the romance comes into play in the history of the plot.
I could listen to Davina Porter read the local telephone book - she has a rich vocal talent that made even the sometimes 'romance-novel' sections of Outlander bearable. The novel itself is interesting, though the character is somewhat uneven. Sometimes she shows callous disregard that causes great suffering for others, then compassion that ironically ends up as bad or worse for herself and others. The time-travel aspects raise questions that are not really addressed to my satisfaction, and the often self-centered main character lost my sympathy quite a few times. I did enjoy the book, but am not going to invest in the sequels.
LUV IT! This audio has been my most outstanding yet and I am laced up in the second novel already. Most brilliant author and narrator, I am very appreciative and most thankful for it.
This is truly My Favorite Series of all Time.
The Characters are so real.
I am currently listening for the 8th time.
Each time I listen, I find how more intricate the characters are woven.
I simply can't wait for the next book.
I would recommend this book to anyone, and have to many of my friends.
It will not disappoint
"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.
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!
"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.
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.
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