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)
The time travel was very believable. Some aspects of the book were a little controversial to some, but it reflects the time period. "Politically correct" and "gender equality" were not terms of this time period.
I didn't particularly care for this book. The idea of the book sounded really good, but there is way too much sex in the first part of the book. Seems like every 15 minutes the two main characters are having sex. Maybe it is just jealousy that they are having way more sex than I am. I am not against sex or sex in books, just thought it was too much of a theme.
The story is a good concept, just not my style.
For readers of romance I am sure this is a great title to have in your collection. Just not my cup of tea.
but now I do :) Surprising to me that I could love a sci-fi love story...
After listening to the Game of Thrones series- twice, I never thought I could love another series, but I'm loving this series. Davina Porter is such a great reader, and I love the story and the characters....so grateful! yay Jamie and Claire!
Tree-hugger, Turtle-rescuer, wild-eyed Bead-Babe
Wonderfully written, vividly read, rich, believable storyline. Not bad for time traveling, handling sociopathic soldiers, romantic highlanders in horrid situations. An excellent and believable handling of an incredibly tough storyline. One's heart aches for the hero and heroine even when you occasionally want to give one or the other a kick in the butt! I read constantly and am floored by this series. I find myself dreaming of the characters and their situations. Davina Porter is the perfect reader for this series, too.
Having a female audio voice read the part of a rugged Scottish highlander Jamie really let the overall character down greatly. It was a bit weird in the love scenes with a women doing both of the voices.
The clear concise detailed idea of slipping through time & seeing the way of the past with it's harsh realities belie the possibilty of a love that transends time itself in the chacaters interactions & feelings.
Claire as simply a woman lost becoming more independant as a healer even in a most restrictive male ruled society. Realizing she truly cared for the man she was forced to marry even through all the difficulties and afflictions they both endured. And finally succuming to his steadfast instistance she must leave him & return to her time to save herself & their child, she acknowledges the loss of her heart to emptiness without him and left.
She hads the capability to draw the reader into the chacters by vividly descrbing the appearance of all that is happening to & around the chacter using thoughts & feelings as well as words. The accents, dialets,& language used for the chacters in the book help make you "see" the entanglements of each and be part of the period.
Found myself having to rewind often as I started to drift off when I wanted to listen to just a little more.late into the night
Excellent performance, fun storylines.
I haven't listened to any books by Gabaldon before, but the reviews intrigued me.
I thought Porter's performance was right on. Her accents and characterizations (including male voices) were excellent.
Not really, it is fun as a series of stories.
I was surprised to enjoy a combination of a genre (Romance) and theme (time-traveling) that I usually avoid.
Riveting historical yarn
Several of the great adventure sagas; the Poldark series by Winston Graham with even more drama and humor.
The first long interview with the laird, Dougal.
If only there were more hours in my day.....
Davina Porter is the perfect narrator for this exciting tale.
The story/plot was very good. I've read similar stories by Moning. This book was almost 33 hour long.
The witch trail was very dramatic, and kind of scary. I'm glad we found out what happen to the 'Wife" even though the main characters left the scene.
I liked the scene when our hero stood - up for the 16 year old girl. He was the most selfless hero I have ever read!
This would be a great movie - as long as we cut it shorter then the book.
The length is a blessing and a curse. It allows you to follow the story in magnificent detail which allows you to get closer to the characters. I loved it so much I did not want it to end.
I can't pick just one between Claire and Jamie. They come as a package deal. The chemistry they have from the moment they meet is subtle yet obvious.
She gives individuality to the characters.
It did both. There were some tear jerker moments along with some things that make you shake your head with humorous delight.
I've tried listening to other long audiobooks but sometimes it gets a bit tedious. I did not feel that way at all with this book. I wish I was longer b.c I would have kept on listening.
"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!
"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.
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.
"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 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.
"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.
"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.
"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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