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?
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"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)
The story, the mix of a special love story and the glimpse at the culture and the hardship, simplicity and richness of 18th Century Scotland.
It is hard to pick, Claire is an incredibly strong woman, Jamie is strong, honorable and has a wry sense of humor and himself. Maybe they can together count as one, they are so connected.
Such a versatile voice, she helps one see the story, understand the Scottish speech, hear what Gaelic sounds like, and sets the tone for each scene.
It would be difficult, it is over thirty hours long! It is extremely hard to turn it off to go to work, go to sleep but I got a lot of housework done and crocheted a baby afghan.
I loved reading the book, the audible version is so much more. I will continue listening to all of the series and probably won't stop there. At fifty something, I have remembered how much I love being read to.
Absolutely, because I would love to hear all of the details again now that I know the story.
Jamie, because he was passionate yet practical.
All the "Scottish" noises... She portrayed Dougal so well.
I couldn't stop thinking about the story, but mostly I loved the character of the story and the complete immersion in the culture. The love story is quite engaging.
Loved the narrator!
I got about 3/4 of the way through. It seems to be a well built story with a good performance. No matter how intriguing time travel sounded, it is a Romance through and through. Just not for me!
I did purchase the next story in the series. Toward the end of this story was disturbing & graphic male on male incest & torture. I didn't like that in my head & skipped over it as much as possible. Unfortunately, this seems to be important in the story line of the next book & I have found myself unable to listen further. It makes me feel anxious & I listen to be entertained & prefer happy thoughts.
Maybe not because of the above. I did enjoy her thorough character development and their relationships to each other. The story lines were interesting, action packed & compelling.
I'm not sure why this book would be recommended as a first listen. Part two was the beginning of the end for me. If the nonessential sex scenes had been cut, part two would probably have been 1.5 hours long as opposed to 8+ hours. The rape in part 4 was nauseating and almost unendurable. I would never have continued with this book if it wasn't for my love of Davina Porter's skills as a narrator. I have listened to many books narrated by her in the past, and I've loved every one. I still find it hard to believe that she had anything to do with this one. What a waste of her talent and my precious credit.
I almost gave this book 2 stars because I really hated it, and I mean groaning out loud hated it, about 80% of the time. By the end, however, it left such a bad taste in my mouth that I could give the story no more than 1 star. Do yourself a favor by skipping this one. You will save your time and your credit.
I have an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a Master's Degree in Professional Writing from Maharishi University of Management, am author of THE RELUCTANT VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK, and am an avid reader/listener.
I really don't know how to characterize this book. For the first 16 hours I thought it was a mundane romance with the stereotypical macho-tough hero and smart-ass heroine duo who take turns rescuing each other from impossible situations. I was basically just sticking it out because I'm compulsive about finishing things. Historical romance genre fans would probably find it well-written, at least until the last few chapters, when it suddenly takes a horrific twist that seems to have no where to go except to complete tragedy. But then, it twists again find resolution with a flash of psychological brilliance (however unlikely) and a merging into some well-written, genuine depth of sanctity, before returning to the mundane romance. No matter what your tastes and preferences, this book requires a significant amount of "suspension of disbelief," but if you can make the twist and turns, you might like it. It will certainly will be shocking and distasteful to some, though I thought those parts required some of the best writing and a deep understanding of dark psychology. I also appreciated that the faith aspect was neither maudlin nor dogmatic, but meaningful. Even so, I think I'd rather have spent my time with War and Peace or other proven classics.
I found 'Outlander' kind of by accident. I had purchased 'Pillars of the Earth' and it took me forever to get around to listen to it. After I eventually did, I loved it so much I started looking for other historical fiction books. I read some reviews on google and decided to try Outlander. I almost didn't give it a chance because some websites labeled it as a 'romance' novel and I had no interest in reading a romance novel.
At first it was ho hum. I was kind of bored with all the genealogy and botany talk. I hate to admit, but I kind of glazed through the first couple hours of the book.
Then Claire ended up in 18th Century Scotland and I was hooked. I have listened all of the sequels and am currently waiting for the author to finish writing the latest book. The narrator is amazing. I can immediately tell who is talking by the tone of her voice and accent. Her accents are dead on.
I have to admit that although I was not looking for a romance novel and this is definitely not your typical romance novel, I am sort of in love with Claire and Jamie's love story. After I finished 'An Echo in the Bone', I felt kind of lonely and missed these people.... so I just started the series over again. I love it that much. The book is so well researched and thought out, I feel like I know so much about Scotland.
If you decide to choose this book, you will not regret it. This series is definitely the cheapest and longest vacation that I have ever taken!
Let's do the good first:
The reader is terrific. She nails - pitch and accent perfect - every character. It's a delight to hear her.
Time Travel as a concept is 'well-used' but absolutely viable and is executed near perfectly.
The author's done superb research and has marvelously accurate historic details. Her use of language is excellent.
I wanted to like this book. A friend recommended it - and the novels that follow it - with total approbation.
The plot rips make a sieve look solid.
The Heroine's actions are consistently stupid and thoughtless.
To buy into this book you must purchase:
A 20th century woman can speak - immediately clearly enough to be understood by 14th century fighting men.
A 20th century trained nurse can display her skill in the 1400's and have no one notice.
A woman of 14xx can be literate and have no one think anything of it.
"She's a lady," and no one thinks to see that her clothes are far superior to anything available anywhere at the time.
Worst of all .... IS IT
A Romance - Heroine has (at least) two husbands. (There's a 'w' word for her or at least some of her actions.... Witless - what were you thinking...?)
An Adventure - British Vs. Scots! England Vs. France. France Vs. Everybody. And So?
A Bodice Ripper - Heroine spends a LOT of time having sex or being in positions where she might get sexed.
A History - some of it is spot on accurate; but Nothing Really Happens in the time and place for World History.
Time and again, the Heroine does stunningly 20th century things - and no one notices. Ouch.
How stupid is she? In the Villain's clutches, she has time to search his office. (Don't ask, I didn't find it very believable either.) And uses some of that time to pour sand on one of the Villain's wigs. Oh, bother.
I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.
I love the premise of this book. I was really excited when I found it and jumped right in with both feet. To my suprise, I had a hard time getting sucked into the book the way I usually do. I have an extensive Audible library with all genres and lots of different narrators. Davina Porter is one of my favorites and the performance was as good as usual. Maybe its the amount of explanation and detail that is given in the book, or maybe I was just a little off when I tried to listen to it. I wasn't able to finish it because it just seemed like a bit too much information. I will try it again at a later time.
A well written book that is believable becomes a great audio book when the narration is done by someone that truly feels the action. Davina Porter is EXCELLENT !
The story is done with a simple yet very involved outline, the small parts of daily life not skimmed over, but the days not written in a dense curtain that stops you from living the characters lives with them.
Claire has caught my attention the most to date, as she struggles with the emotions.
Her clarity in actually BEING the part, I found no fault in her reading at any angle.
( I listed to this book at roughly 3 hrs minimum up to 5 hrs or more daily for over 2 weeks. I backtrack and resume alot due to my little hectic part of the world, but I don't want to miss a word)
ABSOLUTELY ! But alas, I am a Wife, Mom, Granny & have a crew of dogs & cats & a cockatoo & turtle that rely on me...........
If I could of taken a week off - I would of done just that!
This book has already been added to my PERMANENT library here at home. I am purchasing the entire series, and most of all, I am telling all of my reading buddies about it.
It is books like this that make me super glad to be a part of Audible.com !
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