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)
Is it silly to criticize a time travel book as being "unrealistic"? It stretches credulity that a woman can find herself 200 years in the past and yet fit in just fine and pass as a person of that time. The story is ok. The characters remain who they are throughout the book, there's know growing or changing. I found the sex scenes tedious. The performance was the best part of the book, the story leaves me cold. The epilogue (?) let me curious about will happen next, nevertheless I won't be listening to any more books in the series.
I have no idea who might enjoy this book. I never 'give up' on books but I had to on this one :(
No one that I would want to know, would enjoy this book at all.
no, just this author
a little too eager
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
I downloaded this book because it showed up on the "great first listens" list. The plot seemed intriguing, so I bought it. I didn't realize it was part of a series. I hate getting hooked into those, and would have avoided it, had I known. But now I'm hooked. Gabaldon is a fabulous writer. Her breadth of knowledge of her subject matter is impressive, and her style of prose is impeccable. I will be listeing to the rest of this rather lengthy series (darn it . . .).
A huge part of the reason I was hooked is because of the fabulous narrator, Davina Porter. As her name suggests, she is truly "divine" as a narrator. I have heard none better, although I do have to admit I get a little chuckle out of her trying to do an American accent. I can't imagine anyone having the hardest time with that dialect. It is a very minor distraction, though. I basically love listening to her.
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.
I am reading the entire series. I disagree with the negative comments made and think the writer and narrater are both very talented. I think a very good job has been done to make the series ( I'm on the third book) as realistic as possible, which yes, includes a range of emotions and actions by the characters involved. I wouldn't recommend the series to someone who isn't interested in reading about personal hardships, sex, violence, or brutal war actions in the 1700's. It's intense at times and pulls you right in. I love it!
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I purchased this book because of some of the strong reviews I had read on Audible. Davina Porter does an excellent job of narration, and the premise of time travel and history is both interesting and innovative. However, Ms. Gabaldon's preoccupation with sex--and explicit sadistic sexual practices in particular--became wearing in a very short time. If I had purchased a hard copy of the book, I would have simply skipped over the many descriptions of the couples' coupling. However, instead I found my eyes glazing over after the first 10 or so encounters. Unfortunately, that was only the tip of the iceberg. A thoughtful editor with an eye for unnecessary repetition would have made a big difference in the final outcome.
I agree COMPLETELY with Steve.
It wasn't until I got to vol 2 that I realized I was reading a well written Harliqin novel! I deleted it at that point.
Jamie was a very interesting character until he started acting sappy and totally out of charadter.
Up until then I was enjoying the book, and as a nurse, the medical references.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I loved this book and look forward to the rest of the series. I lean towards mysteries, thrillers and contempory fiction, so this book was a pleasant find. I listened to this book based solely on the reviews and I am so glad I did! Thirty some hours flew by and I didn't want it to end. I have downloaded the next 2 books in the series and can't wait to start listening. The narrator was outstanding and so clearly differentiated the charaters
Tell us about yourself!
The first chapter is slow, but don't let that stop you from getting this story! Narrator is excellent. I found it listed in the "romance" category, but it's *way* more than a romance novel - it's a very well-developed story with sophisticated characters and plots. I was really impressed how she captured the essence of Scottish Highland culture and the use of Gaelic with English. There are romantic scenes, but they're not written like for a romance novel - much more sophisticated and sultry than your typical romance. Not for kids.
I bought this after watching outlander on Amazon Prime and this book is fantastic! Such a change to hear a story from a woman's point of view who is unashamedly sexual and conflicted by her longings for her two husbands. The Gaelic and Highland detail makes it a story rich in detail and characters
Love this book and the series that is out now but book is so much better
"A superb book beautifully narrated - I am hooked and working through the entire series of books"
I loved this book when I read it many years ago and to be able to listen to it on audible was a revelation to me. I don't physically read fiction books these days somehow I find myself too busy but the beauty of this is that I listen to my audible books when I am driving (much better than the radio) Diana Gabaldon writes so descriptively that I am instantly transported to the world that she has written about. Davina Porter's narration of the outlander books is superb, her diction is perfect and I like her voice - very important when listening to a book. There have been times that I just couldn't continue to listen to some audio books purely because I don't like the voice of the narrator. Certainly not the case here! A beautifully written book beautifully narrated who could ask for more!
I don't normally enjoy historical novels, but was attracted to this one, mainly due to its unabridged length. I was able to really sink right into the book, enjoyed the fiction mixed with historical facts and am looking forward to the next in the series.
loved it, compulsive listening.. a must listen! I've since listened to next 7 and totally outlander junkie now!
"target audience is probably not male"
Too much 'romance' e.g. the book ends with sex. Most characters, including heroine, are unpleasant.
A little slow off the mark but once I was hooked and didn't want to let go. The attention to detail, brings every experience and sensation alive. The narration did everything required to be totally engaged in love, hate, pain, heat,cold, fight,flight ,fear,joy to name just a few.
Throughout the whole audio book there is chatting and coughing in the background, very annoying.
"An extra bonus Outlander......"
I have read all the books and seen the Starz series plus owning it on dvd. To hear it read so well was another dimension to this wonderfully written story. There are a couple of words that Davina pronounced differently to both my own and the film versions...the words plaid and the name Laoghaire... but her versions are just as correct and I got used to this quite quickly. Davina does the male voices really well and keeps a lovely rhythm going throughout the book.
The only other writers I have read so many times are Dickens and A.S Byatt who are also both masters of description and character.
Probably the pacing of the read. I tend to read fast and her control of the pace of the story is masterful.
Yes I always have an emotional reaction to this story. Jamie's character makes me laugh and cry in equal measure. I also found both Murtagh and Dougal became more complete during this reading.
I love being read to...if you do to, you should sink into this story and enjoy the ride.
The characters in the book are both believable and likeable. Understanding the emotions of all the characters in the story is made easy as the book is so well written
As a fan of the idea of time travel, this story was as believable as any I have previously read. The event just 'happens' and is a mystery to the characters as well as the listener!
Davina was brilliant. she captures all of the characters perfectly and there is not problem identifying who is 'speaking'
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