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)
really enjoyed this....took me a bit to get into it, but then couldn't put it down...hope there are more in the series.
This is the best series I have ever read or listened to in all my years of listening to Audible.
I loved the story and the detail in Diana Galbaldon's writing. You feel like you are there in Scotland with Claire and Jamie. AND...of course the incrible love story.
There are so many it is hard to choose, but I loved the talk they had before they were married.
You will fall in love with the charters in this series of books.
yes. The accent was amazing
This was a wonderful love story. The accent of the reader is wonderful.
Wonderful accent and very easy to listen to. Held me captivated
No but I could not quit listening to this book.
Could not quit listening to this book. Immediately started book two. This audiobook was excellent.
I love the timeless romance between Jamie and claire. Their love knows no bounds.
Outlander is a unique book in and of itself. There aren't many other books like it.
There were too many to count.
The part where they said the vows in gaelic.
Some portions of this book may be hard to read. There is gratuitous sex, violence, rape, alcohol, torture, and lot of cursing. Younger listeners should tread carefully with this book.
I rate this book among my favorites. The voices really made the story come alive. Now reading Book 2.
The voices and the real feeling.
Have not heard before.
When she decided not to go back to Frank.
The story was wonderfully written and the characters are interesting and loveable. Even though the plot does not sound complex if discussed on the surface, the writing is well-done and the story draws you in until you can't wait for the next part in the series.
I have not listened to Davina Porter except for in this series, but she is fantastic and easy to listen to. Usually I do not like female narrators, but Davina Porter is excellent.
The adventures of a woman who follows unstoppable love through time.
Thrilling, Interesting, Addictive
The marriage of Jamie and Clara, how it came about.
The depth of family ties, and the separation caused by cultures.
Jamie's total devotion to Clara and her devotion to him.
Great adventure story with romance.
Jamie, sigh! He is funny, strong, sensitive, hard-headed, and always entertaining.
Claire is the main character so I would have to say her - but - Jamie steals the show every single time he appears on the scene.
The wedding day, and night...
This is a great book made even better by an outstanding narrator. Davina Porter does an outstanding job bringing so many characters to life in this series.
This is an old-fashioned historical romance. It's set in pre-Jacobite Scotland, and we're delivered there by a device that's a little magical. In short, it's a rattling good yarn, with lots of derring-do, romance, and sex!
Oh for sure Jamie has to be my favourite. He is, as my daughter would say, HOT!
The narrator has a nice voice, but she mispronounces some words (I'm a pedant), and her delivery is overall a bit girly for my taste.
IMPOSSIBLE to listen in one sitting. It's about 32 hours long! It took me and my 13-year-old son all around the South Island of New Zealand: a great book for the car. (The sex scenes, which sometimes seemed to happen indecorously often, made us laugh at the incongruity of mother and son listening to it all together!) The story provided the basis for a bit of a history lesson on the Tudors and the Stuarts, so there was an educational upside.
The female romantic lead's dialogue was a bit faulty, I thought. She came across too often as rather school-ma'am-ish. However Jamie as the dauntless Scottish brave was entirely the complete package. Where are those blokes these days? As mythically few as they ever were, I suspect...
Tell us about yourself!
I enjoy time travel books and can enter quite happily into the spirit of the genre unfortunately this book is rubbish and in my opinion is not for adults.
"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.
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.
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
"Get out of bed and get on with the story!"
The story gets the narration it deserves. Both are tedious and more Mills and Boon (I imagine as I haven't read any) than serious historical novel. A possibly good idea is interrupted by so much sex and "oooohhhhh Jaaaammmmieeee" that it never really gets a chance. I did listen right through to the end, even though I wanted to stop half way, and have masochistically even gone part way through the second book, thinking it may improve, which it didn't. If anything it got worse. Unfortunately I bought three of this series at the same time on the basis of other reviews, but just couldn't face any more of this tedious drivel.
About 60% of it.
I can honestly say that nothing I have read has annoyed me more than this series.
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.
"Eat your heart out Barbara Cartland!"
Some degree of historical reality/accuracy is useful in a historical novel,.
Lacked any depth, just a bodice ripper using a historic setting - the Scottish highlands. No conception or the era or realistic characterization.
No. Heroine, "oh gosh, I've time travelled, never mind."
No redeeming features for me. A big error. Thought it may be interesting and a little different. It was certainly different to anything I would spend time listening to.
My mistake, but perhaps it should have been made clearer in the blurp that this was a shallow bodice ripper in Mills and Boon gendre and should be avoided by all but those of a certain gender and age.
"Slow and boring"
The time travel concept made the book sound promising. However, the lack of knowledge of the geography of Scotland and other Scottish themes made some of the listening laughable. So much extraneous detail made for extremely long listening, resulting in impatience "to get on with it!" Less sex, less words and more actual story could have saved this novel...perhaps!
"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!
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