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 have read and listened to Outlander several times.
I loved the time travel, romance and the Scottish family dynamics.
I have listened to the whole series read by Davina Porter and she makes the characters come alive to me.
Romantic time travel back into the Scottish highlands
It started off very slow, but after an hour you are completely drawn in. The story is narrated with alot of detail, the characters become so lifelike, the history of Scottland, and the 1700s are wonderful. Its a must read for any historical romance fan.
the wedding was priceless.............
Davina is perfect for the the level of detail illustrated in the story and its developmet, she is the perfect narrator. I loved her voice and the way in which she brought emotion into the words.....
Epic love story spanning the centuries and continents, .........
The time travel aspect was very interesting, although hardly touch on in the book whatsoever. The characters spend a lot of time copulating, without much real plot or action. Even when the action picks up (and I'm at a loss to say where the book's climax was, although the characters seemed like they had at least one per chapter), it doesn't last, and doesn't resolve in any satisfying way.
I will likely not read the rest of the Outlander series.
The audio characterizations of the Scottsmen were very good, especially considering that the narrator was female.
I have recommended this book to many friends. All of them have read it and become fans of Diana Gabaldon
There isn't one moment. There cannot be just one in a book like this.
The Scottish and English accents are great. Also the Gaelic and French pronunciations. It is difficult to read through these if you do not speak French or Gaelic. She is an excellent reader and she really brings the characters to life
The Scottish "ghost" in the beginning of the book that Frank finds standing in the middle of a stormy road watching Claire through the window of the bed and breakfast as she combs her hair. This moment becomes even more moving if you read through the series a second time.
I have read these books twenty times or more. I have just started to listen to them in Audible. I really enjoy hearing the accents and Gaelic and French pronunciations.
Every time I have read (or listened) to these stories I have picked up on new things that I didn't catch before. Diana Gabaldon does a fantastic job with her research and tying all the stories together in wonderful ways. She may write something in book two that will be mentioned in book seven. You may not tie the two together until you have read the series a couple of times and then it just jumps out at you.. I have yet to catch her in a mistake. She is truly my favorite author.
Books are the key to my heart, body, mind and soul.
The story is so intriguing from the very beginning. It's so innocent yet primal at the same time. I can't help but think of my hero William Wallace and Jamie Frazer is a great fictional Braveheart-esque character. The innocence between Clair and Jamie is so enduring in the midst of war time set at a lot of the same places of William Wallace's fight for freedom. Not to mention the flawless narration...outstanding all the way around.
Claire...her endurance and strength is overwhelming
No but now I search for her performances instead of book name!
Outstanding intro book to draw you in for the long haul. Wonderful series'
This is a long book -- but it holds your interest the whole time. It is filled with romance, adventure, and a little lust here and there
It is fun to consider the differences in the two time periods. The many characters were all so well developed and unique
I generally prefer to listen to women's voices
This book is too long for one sitting -- but great for listening to while doing long boring chores
have listened to multiple times -- more fun each time.
Love Diana Gabaldon books and the audio for these books are fabulous. Can't tell you how great they are. Listen to them yourself to find out. It's like a Braveheart story from a woman's perspective. Don't shy away gentleman, my husband likes this series too.
Can't pick just one.
The accents and enunciation of some of the Gaelic words. She does a great job.
Yes but they are too long. Great for road trips (with no kids) not for children's ears. Maybe sleeping children.
Listen or read this book and all the others - you won't regret it.
If your in the mood for a time travel forgettable romance this is the book for you.
She did a nice job
I really liked the historical bits of the novel. And while I like a strong female character and a good heroine novel, I didn't think that repeated hearing of details about her satisfied sex life did anything for the plot.
I would, and have! I have listened to this book at least 10 times and enjoy it each time I hear it.
Jamie, the gorgeous warrior. Honest, strong, sexy and loyal, what's not to love?
Yes I have and to me she is the gold standard. You ALWAYS know which character is speaking in a book when she is performing.
The wedding and wedding night.
I could not love this book and performance more. It's great!
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