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'm an audiobook junkie. I've listened to hundreds of books in the public domain, and I use my one audible credit per month with care.
Because of my belief in Christ, I do not delve into the occult. This book hits you hard with it, and it doesn't let up. I gave it about 30 minutes to go another direction and it did not. I turned it off and deleted it.
Didn't read the print version
You see what it was like to live in the 1700s in Scotland.
No, way too long.
It was interesting to hear how the Scots lived back in the 1700s and their relationship with the English. There's a lot of cruelty and violence, but also it was a simpler life and they managed the best they could with what they had. There were some sex scenes but tastefully done and not near as explicit as the usual highlander romance novel. There are scenes of cruelty and violence but that was the way of life back then. There were some slow spots that bogged the story down, but all in all the time passed quickly for such a long book.
The narrator did an amazing job and pulled you into the story so you weren't always aware of the passing time.
The most enjoyable part of listening to this audiobook is hearing Diana Gabaldon's story coming to life. The narrator, a woman, is able to realistically perform the voices of several different characters (male and female) with different accents. By no means am I an expert in accents, but I was able to easily differentiate between the characters (at least the main characters) easily. The book has some of the dialog written in Gaelic and it was nice to be able to hear how those things are pronounced.
I have several scenes that I very much enjoy in Outlander. One of those is when Claire doctors Jamie when they arrive at Castle Leoch. I also enjoy the scene where Claire takes a "picnic" lunch to Jamie at the stables. She ends up falling asleep as Jamie and Alex, the horsemaster, sit next to her talking quietly. That scene just seemed very peaceful. But my most favorite scene in this book/audiobook is when Jamie and Claire have their conversation at Lollybrach about Jamie's reasons for marrying her. I cry every time I read/hear this part.
This is a great story and one that I have read (as well as listened to) multiple times. It has romance, history, and even fighting/swordplay. The time travel element of this book is minimal, although it does make several appearances in later books in the series, also minimal. The time travel does serve to give the female character a dilemma. You should give it a read or listen.
This is just a really good book: story and performance to keep you listening.
I liked how i could never catch up to the story: it was always when I thought of some detail or question, it would have been answered immediately in the narrative.
She brought the story and emotions to life in a way I have rarely experienced.
I definitely laughed, and there were also parts I wanted to avoid.
It has been some time since I have read a book like this: a truly worth while endeavor.
Avid reader, enthusiastic book club organizer, aspiring writer & devoted mommy of one Doberman puppy, Maddox, and one Half-Arab mare Kissy.
Best AudioBook Ever!
Jamie makes this book what it is.
Davina Porter does the character's voices so well! Her voice IS Jamie Fraser.
I laughed and cried.
James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser
After reading Voyager first (a gift) and loving it I went back and read each book in the series in order. I didn't think they could be any better but the audio version made the characters even more well defined.
Jamie's telling how he knows she was the woman for him. (so hard to answer without giving to much info).
The end that is not really the end.
Call me a romantic! The Wedding Night!!
I read the series the first time. Having someone tell me the story has been a completely different experience, not always the case. It is wonderful to let go of all the day's stress and lose yourself in a good story. I'd also like to mention how impressed I am with all the research Diana Gabaldon must have done and how much I actually learned from her stories.
Fabulous writing event
I have read this book, and Davina Porter is the perfect voice to these characters, bringing them alive with character and personality. Her reading is supurb,utilizing accents that clarify class, and she does it in English, Scots, French and American besides. I have given this book as a gift and I have given away the audio version as well. I found that people enjoy the audio even better as all of the characters become more real with such a competent reader.
The author is a marvelous storyteller, and weaves an intense physicality into the story through capturing all of the senses of smell, touch, feel, sight and sound.The book moves fast .Claire has accidentally been thrown from one husband in the 20th century into a second marriage of necessity in the 18th century.The somewhat redoubtable nurse Claire is pulled from one world into another, as her relationship with the world of Jamie Fraser deepens. Is she a bigamist?Is she a murderer? Is she a nurse and healer? She is capable of much. Between the ongoing preparations for the Jacobite wars, and the lesser infighting of the clans and their blood oaths, the action is continuous, the characters complex and interesting.The wedding night remains one of my favorite well done scenes,as does the imagery of clan MacKenzie working out their proscribed roles of the day, with many smaller character roles becoming real. The action scenes are fast and continuous, and all ties together in one long storyline, with multiple threads being woven together. A most satisfying read and listen.
Gosh I loved this book, each time I have read it, and those that followed. This of all, however, is the best.
Yes but I guess I would wait a while to make it more enticing. It is a wonderful performance.It is amazing how accurate Davina Porter gets all the mens voices.
For sheer force of performance I would have to choose Jamie. The accent is awesome and the nuances made me feel I knew what he was indeed thinking.
Loads of scenes were great but I particularly enjoyed the initial scenes where Claire meets the Highlanders and helps Jamie with the dislocated shoulder. Those early scenes are precious as they set the scene for the whole story..
Many but too many to list!
Highly recommend that listeners or readers choose this book first as it is the very beginning of the whole sage and you learn so much about the characters.I gave this performance 5 stars for everything because the performance balances the wonderful story teller abilities of Diana Gabaldon. The detail is amazing . One of my favourites I can come back to ..
This book was so amazing.. Yes it was long but you just have to keep with it. I like to listen to multiple books at once, in different genres. That comes in handy with a book as long as this one. Sometimes the book seems overwhelming and rather than give up, I would just take a break and listen to something else for a while, sometimes I would go a few days before getting back to it. But I am so glad that I kept up with the story it was so compelling, I didn't want it to end. And I haven't bought the second book yet so I was glad that there was a free preview at the end of this book because I wasn't sure that I wanted to buy the next one. Now that I have listened to the preview I will be buying that book as soon as my credits come through.
The love scenes were nice and tasteful....
I would call them sex scenes but it seems more apt to call it love scenes. A lot of the books that I normally listen to are more on the erotic side so those I call sex scenes. The ones in the book weren't as bold as I'm used to but they were good nonetheless, and it didn't detract from the story.
Some people think that time travel is too far-fetched to make a good story...
That is not the case here, I pondered over this book for months debating with myself about getting it. This book is not some crazy back to the future type... Just give it a try, you won't regret it...
This is, hands down, the best series on Audible.
This review is long overdue (I first listened to it in 2010), and I cannot avoid repeating things that have already been said. I am just one of many grateful reviewers.
Outlander is the first book in a very long, detailed, and utterly absorbing saga centered about 2 wonderful people and their extended families and friends (and enemies). The series contains adventure, history, war, family, and of course, passion and love. And it all revolves around 2 people named Jamie and Claire as they travel through Scotland, England, France, the Caribbean, and America. And every now and then, Claire travels through time. It spans not only decades, but centuries. It is absolutely wonderful and I can hardly wait for the next book, scheduled for release in late fall 2013.
The narration of the entire series by Davina Porter is utterly flawless. Perfect accents (particularly Scottish), different voices for a very long list of characters, both male and female, and the capability to portray any emotion you can imagine. The best female narrator I've ever come across...
But it is the story itself that captures the imagination.....Diana Gabaldon is the maestro of story telling. I am in awe that one person could have such an endless and diverse imagination as to create such fabulously detailed characters, and settings, and historical anecdotes. Her historical research is obvious. And accurate. She is simply sublime.
If you have not listened to Outlander, or the 6 books that follow it, I cannot urge you strongly enough to try it. You won't have any regrets, I promise....and you'll be waiting with bated breathe for #8, just like I am!
"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.
"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!
"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.
"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.
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.
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