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)
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 !
EL James take note, you've got the eroticism down- but Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series elevates the eroticism by embedding it into a remarkable story with delicious awe inspiring characters that the reader can engage with and care about. She includes fascinating historical elements, and depicts the entire range of human capacity and emotion, while adeptly weaving in pathos and a sparkling humor. After reading 50 shades I just wanted to wash the filth off, after reading The Outlander I wanted to fly right back to Inverness and revel in the beauty of the Highlands and the Highlanders and then to find DG and give her a big hug for the many hours of pure listening pleasure that she has gifted me. And a note to Davina Porter, WOW, top narration honors to you.
Enthralling, thrilling, romantic
It reminds me of the series by Connie Wills, which begins with "Blackout". The way these authors address time travel and create these endearing characters just leaves the reader wanting to read everything they wrote.
Davina Porter brings these characters to life like no other I have heard. The men are obviously men and the women are obviously women, not merely because of pitch, but because of the mannerisms she gives them. Each character can be identified without question before the reader is officially told who is speaking. She switches between Scottish and English accents with enviable skill. She is spellbinding. She is the only factor that could improve this wonderful story.
This one covers every genre! There is sex, war, sci-fi, history, something for everyone!
Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series!
Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.
All the history. Diana Gabaldon clearly did her homework before writing this book.
How well Claire adapted to the time.
She did the book great justice!
Love this story, timetravel is my favorite and the story is timeless. I read it several years ago in hardback and wanted to revisit in audio. The story scans generations and is an iconic story.
The book is long, which I like. I can listen to it while driving, excercising, etc. Well worth the credit.
Women will like this, i think, moreso than men.....not enough action.
T hending could have been more exciting.
It has a wonderful story, I just love it
Jammie is an awesome male role model
It was a little hard for me to get into the book because of her narration, but as I listen it got better or I got use to her voice not sure which
The outlander series is the most memorable, addictive and gripping I've experienced in my listening career. The first book left me with a mixed impression of the book's themes and preoccupations, yet I forged ahead -- slightly baffled by the impulse to do so -- and grew increasingly impressed, entranced and hooked as the series continued. That's not to say the first book isn't good, it's just that the intricate and thrilling narrative (which is never confusing despite its' intricacy -- a tribute to both narrator and author) gets better and better as the reader's understanding of the world of the story and the characters who populate it grows deeper. Each book also represents a lusty, adventurous page-turner. Make no mistake, I learned a lot about the past reading these well-researched books but they are a far cry from homework. At least not the kind I remember doing.
I'm now officially a huge Gabaldon geek, routinely checking her website for the date of the next installment.
I viscerally miss the protagonists, as if they're old friends, in-between books. Just as I miss the crucial contribution of Davina Porter, who brings character and life to every character -- distinction without caricature. She's outstanding.
And to think I believed I didn't 'like this genre.' I was a fool! A fool I tell you!
Davina Porter brings depth to every character -- distinction without caricature. She's outstanding.
This one kept popping up into my recommendations from Audible, and it looked like a fairly popular, well reviewed book, so I finally decided to give it a try.
This is, first a foremost a Romance novel. I don't read Romance novels, and that's really all there is to my low rating. If you're like me and keep seeing this come up in your recommendations, and this isn't your genre, it probably won't be your thing. I stuck through it, but more because I always finish books I pay for - wasn't a bad book, but like I said, just not really my thing.
Porter, yes, certainly. The author, no.
The story is about a female nurse, from post war duty 1945, transported to the Scottish Highlands of the 1700s. I would have expected a great deal more of Scottish-English history and of personal details overlooked by the modern day reader. I also would expect less whinging and more educating from an experienced, modern, educated nurse thrust into the wilds and wars going on at that time. The back and forth of modern day feminism, medicine, and education against the backdrop of the past could have been intriguing. But, this is no "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court".
I finally gave it up when the husband, acquired strictly for practical reasons, whips her for disobeying him, but she forgives him the next day with a bit of coquettishness and pouting. And realizes he needed to do it, for leadership respect. Please, woman. Ugh.
Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series. That seems to be a woman to respect.
She's very good with accents and the male voice...
Facts. Actual history. Id like to come away having learned something.
I thought it was SciFi, not a romance.
"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.
"Terrible Story, Terrible Charactars"
I found this book one of the worst books I have ever had the misfortune to purchase from Audible. The basic premise of the book is fine, however...... it completely lost me when the main characters new husband is basically forcing himself on her, she then decides that he is doing such a good job that it is not really rape after all.
Similarly, when her husband beats her for wandering off and needing to be rescued she is first extremely put out. But after thinking about it for a while she decides it was probably for the best.
This book is a wife beating rapists wet dream.
"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!
"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.
"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.
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.
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!
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.
"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.
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