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 read this series several years ago but hearing it read by Ms. Porter is even better. She really makes it come alive. I passed on ordering Outlander in the abridged version after reading all the Audible customer reviews. I am so glad I did. I can't imagine what parts they would have left out. Its all great! I'm crossing my fingers that they will soon offer the rest of the series in unabridged versions. I will be ordering them all.
I try not to be exceptionally critical but wow... too much sex for me. Strangely enough, I didn't even feel the chemistry between the characters, it just felt like sex and more sex which quickly wore itself out. That said, it was well written and the narration was flawless.
This book is mostly a romance novel with some serious psychological sexual torture thown in for a purpose I am not certain of. I am thoughly suprised at the number of people who enjoy this nauseatingly gruesome book. The narrator is amazing, and I really wish she would be more choosy in what she argees to narrate.
If you are a true sadist then this is the novel for you, I am sure it will have you arroused in no time.
SPOILERS*** I would have like to read more about the magic of the stones and why that happened. There were two repetitive themes that bothered me: getting captured by the Redcoats and getting raped or nearly raped. Both of these elements are on and off again and again for 44 chapters. Not to mention one of the two main characters constantly getting over being beaten. I wouldn't mind any of these in small doses. But it seems the author couldn't think of another nemesis or conflict. Why not delve into the stones or Gailly(sp?) being from the 1960s? I would have loved to hear Claire and her talk about it. Now, that would have been fascinating.
I loved the whole book. I haven't listened to any historical novels before but this one was excellent. So much so that I've bought the Outlander DVD to watch. And I've bought the next three stories in the series so that I can continue on. Can't wait. Highly recommended.
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The Narrated by Davina Porter is the best made the listening the best experience yet.
Jamie and Claire
Jamie and Claire.
I am SOOOO glad and very happy that this story is now a TV Series on Starz absolutely wonderful!!!!
Yes, this is already my second time listening to it, and I read it in print separately as well...Better to listen o!
She is incredibly versatile with her accents and with the subtleties of the characters moods and situations. Her voice for when characters wake up in the morning is even different-and spot on!
Yes-both! I am sure I will come back to it again
The characters in this book are so vivid and alive that they have kept me company through many big changes in my life. When I was 20 and studying abroad for the first time in Italy, I remember feeling so alone and nervous when I first walked into my new room. I sat down to read a few chapters of this book, and then I felt completely at home again, with Jaime and Claire to keep me company.
Now I am living in Mexico as a 28 year old, and after listening for hours I find myself thinking in spanish in my head with a Scottish accent! This is a book and performance that make life sparkle.
Oh, yes! There are so many reasons to love this book. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres; Ms Gabaldon pays so much attention to getting the time frame elements right and painting the the picture in poetic detail. And then, she tosses in the time travel element, whoa. It's fun to think about how I would fare in the 18th century. Add to that, the best male character ever written and a confident, capable woman (even though she does some not so bright things sometimes), and it draws me back again and again.
The way that the author weaves together beautifully written narrative with the most consistently clever dialog I've ever read. I have book marked this to no end. There are just so many great, funny, lovable, sexy, endearing, and even threatening conversations in this book.
I started reading the book and realized fairly early on that it would be so much better if I could hear the accents. Davina Porter is absolutely outstanding in this series!!! She does a beautiful job with so many voices. She absolutely nails it, including the tenor, cadence, and pacing that make the dialog come alive.
Definitely! But, you have to sleep some time :-)
For those who object to the sex...remember when you were young and in love, when it was new to you. The sex is not out of line or gratuitous. It's fun, playful, serious, and helps to form the bonds that make their love consuming and enduring.
This is by far my favorite.
Davina's narration makes the story come to life. She is so believable, one becomes lost in the story.
A must listen. Diana is a wonderful story teller and Davina - the best narrator.
"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.
"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.
"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!
"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 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.
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!
"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!
"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.
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