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)
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.
I got this hoping for Celtic fantasy, but it's really just soft core romance novel s/m porn. Yech. I could not get through the book. The narrator is very good, though,
"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.
"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.
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
"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.
"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!
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.
"My Favourite Book"
This Book is called Cross Stitch in the UK, Outlander is its American title. I bought the book many years ago as the title facinated me being a keen needlewoman. It turned out to be one of the best book I have ever bought, and I subsequently purchesed each of the books that continue the story as and when they were published. My sight is not as good as it was now and reading is getting quite difficult so, I was delighted to see a number of the books available as audio books. Needless to say I will buying them all, but I do hope that The Fiery Cross will be available unabridged soon, and the next novel A Breath of Snow and Ashes will follow. I have also seem on the writer's web page that a new book in the series will be available about September, so lets keep our fingers crossed that this will reach audible eventually.
I loved this book!!! I downloaded it expecting to be a bit disappointed........time travel/scotland in the 1770's....really!! However, the storyline is thoroughly enjoyable and won't let you turn it off! The narration is extraordinary, you can instantly recognise the vast array of characters!. A word of warning - there are some quite saucy parts, and there are also some quite distressing parts.........I do not recommend having your nan in the car while you're listening to it at certain points, can be a little awkward.
"Caution - Addictive series"
The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon is so totally addictive, don't say you weren't warned! As Clare and Jamie become firmly entangled the story just gets better and better, whilst still giving you a good insight into the everyday happenings of life in the Scottish Highlands during the mid-1700's and the major events of the time. The first of (currently) six books plus a side series with another character from this series, you will be hooked by the time you finish Outlander/Cross Stitch. Plenty of website action to keep you going whilst you track down the whole series too.
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