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)
If you're looking for an adventurous and historical period piece, "The Pillars Of The Earth" is a much more enthralling experience. Similarly, "The Time Traveler's Wife" is a vastly superior exploration of temporal dislocation as well as a stunningly moving love story. Where does that leave "Outlander"? It's a simple minded bodice ripper. The story line is repeatedly destroyed by dime store sex scenes that border on S&M. Don't be fooled by the high ratings. This is nothing more than formula fiction and gratuitous erotica.
As all Ms. Gabaldon's books run 30+ hours, some 40+, I have to say No. I have been treated to Ms. Porter in other selections, and am sure to encounter her again. Not a terrible prospect, but not one to which I look much forward, either.
Obviously, the author dedicated all her time and much of her energy to it. Most impressive.
Ms. Porter makes Claire Randall sound as if she might be approaching 50. Another reader would have brought more vitality and sexuality to the part
Only if it were boiled down to @ 2 hours, which is doubtful.
Lorenzo I like fantasy, Science fiction and thrillers books
Well the idea of time travel sounded great and others said it is a great book.
The problem is it is a love story and there is not much time travel.
1. The main charter seemed dim in parts and did not notice the obvious.
2. The two main characters were at it! so often that its a wonder they could walk!
3. Jamie seemed to be invincible and turned up every time the main character was in any danger.
4. Not enough time travel and the action was a bit weak.
The reader was very good she changed accent and tone so the could tell the characters apart out quite well.
The good parts:
1. The description of the era was very detailed and seemed accurate.
2. The premise and ideas were original
This is not a bad book but maybe aimed a romantics that like historic settings
Dont' be fooled by the cool description. This is not sci-fi/fantasy. This is not adventure. This is a romance novel dressed up with a little history and time travel. If you like your heroines sappy and helpless and you sex scenes graphic and plentiful, you will enjoy this book. If you like your heroines bold and strong, and your stories about worthy goals--don't waste your time or money on this book.
I'm pretty sure this was listed with Sci Fi when I bought it. I feel cheated.
Just to let you folks looking for science fiction or fantasy know. This is truly neither. It does have a good vibe going for historical Scotland, with some decent action episodes. However, its really what I imagine is a lady's romance novel would read like. I've never read one, until this one. Anyway, if you want to hear about how this woman is pleased by her strong Scottish man in bed, in vague romantic terms, please listen. Otherwise, you may want to avoid.
Classical history buff, but find most of history fascinating. Love books, ballet, and basketball.
I never read the Gabaldon books when they first came out, both because I'm not a huge fan of the romance genre and because a quick turn-through of these books led me to the opinion that the writing was somewhat trite. I still think the writing is somewhat trite, and as a novelist Gabaldon does not rate 5 stars. However, as a storyteller and creator of interesting characters, she scores big-time with this one. When you pair that with an absolutely superlative narration by Davina Porter, a pot-boiler becomes great entertainment. I probably wouldn't have even tried this download without the impetus of (1) Audible putting it "on sale" for a brief time and (2) the information in the reviews posted here. Thanks to Audible and my fellow listeners for an unexpectedly good time!
I assumed a time travel book would be a fantasy / sci fi type novel, but it read more like a soft porn romance novel. Just not what I thought it was. Very good narrator, though.
I would not recommend this book to my friends. I feel like the odd-man-out with this review. The plot and the characters are interesting but I found the endless details, lots and lots of details, annoying. It interrupted the flow of the story to the point I was screaming, "get on with it, woman!" 30 plus hours of listening could reasonably been 20 hours. The plot and the excellent writing would have remained the same. It just needed lots and lots of editing. The sex scenes were extremely well done. The author did not use overly explicit language which made it sexier. How can that be? Her technique is just that good.
The narration was very well directed but the problem for me was the voice of the narrator. After 30 hours I would gladly strangled her if she were nearby. To me her voice was high pitched and too nasal. She was not able to imitate the male voices and her timing was a tad off.
I did finish listening to the book but not without some struggle. Would I buy another of this venerated author's audio or print books? Not on your life.
Davina Porter gives an excellent performance and I would definitely be interested in listening to something else she performs. However, I'm actually only 50% done with this book but done listening this tripe, so I deleted it from my device.
This book is, for lack of a better word, extremely "rape-y." I am not sure what I was expecting, but starting about 40% of the way through the book, Claire tries to escape and go home to her own time, gets caught by the English, is beaten and almost raped, then is rescued by the Jamie. When they're all safe, he beats the shit out of her for having disobeyed him.
And it all goes downhill from there - violence arguments, violent sex, threatened rape. This book is bullshit. As a woman who has experienced domestic violence - physical, mental, and sexual - I am OFFENDED by this book. This is just another in the disturbing trend in recent novels to idealize (and even fetish-ize) manipulative, violent men and psychotically violent "love."
It could have been an actual Sci-fi or Fantasy novel
The book was well written.
Yes, this book was a well written romance aka soft porn novel written from a women's perspective.
The main reason I'm rating this book so low is because I'm use to my Sci-fi and Fantasy novels to have some actual Sci-fi or Fantasy in them. Maybe I read the wrong reviews of the book before hand. I'm use to the books I read to slowly build to a climatic point this book was pointless. I'm use to the main character being a hero or heroine not the damsel in distress needed to be saved all the time. The love making scenes (I can't call it sex) are just short of written porn and were strictly written from the female perspective and made me cringe. There were several times during reading this book that I wanted to stop, but I wanted to finish so that I could write this review. If you are looking for a romance novel then you might enjoy this book. If you are looking for action and adventure this is the WRONG book.
"Outlander- book 1"
I downloaded this book on a whim.... and I am so glad I did. It's not many books that can make me cry, and I cried at a few points in this book. I was so drawn into the story that the characters became real and I didn't want to see them hurt.
The narration is wonderful too. The only problem is I keep slipping into a Scottish burr.
This book has drama, science fiction, historical fiction, love, sex, tears and brutality.....
While there was a bit too much sex, violence, blood and gore for my taste I did appreciate the excellent narration and when I stopped listening I sometimes found myself silently talking to myself with a Scottish accent! I'm not sure whether I'll listen/read the other books after this unless there is one where she returns and tries to pick up her life again.
"Where was the editor?"
Well, I have a Y chromosome, so perhaps this wasn't written for me. I like a long story as much as anyone, but I felt this could have been made a lot better by trimming it by 25% or so. I'd have started by reducing the number of sex scenes (not that they are particularly badly written, but I didn't find them particularly interesting either). The other thing an editor should have done would have been to remove all the American usages the author (presumably unintentionally) puts in the mouth of her mid-20th century English narrator - the only one that didn't grate was "Jesus H Roosevelt Christ", which one can imagine her picking up from her patients.
I must mention the narrator - Davina Porter is absolutely superb. But not good enough for me to come back for the other installments.
"Definitely book of worth listening"
Romance, love, heroism, excitement, thrill, colorful description of 18 century Scotland and it's inhabitants. Very well narrated. Even as my first language is not English I still greatly enjoyed Scottish accent. It has everything what you will expect from a fascinating story
"Outlander - fantastic listening"
I read this story a couple of years ago and really enjoyed this powerful fiction, which is linked to historic happenings. Now driving for a couple of hours a day, listening to Outlander has provided hours of moving, emotional, physical and powerful drama. I'm looking forward to listening to the second book and hope that audible will be able to provide the others soon.
I absolutely loved this book, it was a joy to listen to. Davina Porter is one of the best narrators I have had the pleasure of listening to, her character voices are extraordinary and Gabaldon's story telling is second to none!
"Treat to come"
Once started on this series it is a serious committment as all Diana Gabaldon's books are long.
She is very wordy, but hold out for the unabridged versions as you miss so much otherwise.
The time proximity of Culloden and the American War of Independence allow for her putting her characters in some very interesting situations. Sometimes you get rather fed up with all the detail of child rearing in very basic conditions, but it is worth persevering.
The series is very well read and I have looked forward to each book. The unabridged versions should all be available soon as I understand that there were contractual obligations that expire after 10 years.
MS PORTER NARRATED WELL THE STORY WAS FUN ALLBEIT A LOT OF HANKY PANKY BUT ON THE HOLE WORTH A READ I WILL GET AT LEAST THE 2ND BOOK IN THE SERIES I WOULD CLASS THIS AS EASY READING GOOD FOR A HOLIDAY
I first read this book about 15 years or so ago, in the english version, it was called Crosstitch...it was only in 2002 in australia that I discovered it was now redubbed Outlander for the American readership (or maybe the reverse?)
Either way it is an addictive listen.
I have now read the first 6 first novels and am halfway through listening to the 7th on Audiobook.
Just as an exercise in reminiscence, I downloaded the first book since I can't locate my hard copy...
I look forward to listening to it, the narrator is superb!
"Not for me"
I rarely give up on a novel, but this one just seemed a little too silly in its premise.
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