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)
...with a lot of time on her hands. Bear with me: It has a good premise and excellent narration. But it reads like the author decided to rewrite "The Total Woman" as a pseudo-historical romantic adventure. If you love the first 8 hours you're in luck, because you're getting about 24 more of the same. However, don't look for character development or anything more than glancing historical detail. Also, fair warning: the author practically luxuriates in both repetitious sex scenes and homophobia.
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
I buy my audiobooks based on reviews I read. Outlander had excellent reviews so I bought it. And I regret it so bad I wanted my money back. This is not a romance novel!! The authors definition of romance seems to include bigamy, infidelity, S&M and a marriage out of convenience and desire to stop being a virgin. Mr. Jaime severy beats his wife Claire because she disobeyed him. And later on tells her that beating her turned him on. Romantic ha!! And what is the authors obsession with rape? Claire was almost raped several times in this book by different men. I sure hope that is not what 18th century men behaved. There was no romance in this long slow paced book. It was an agony to stand 32 hours of a relationship with no nice words, no equality, not so sexy S&M sex and so on. I will not listen to the next books even if I receive them free. If you are a romance book fan as my self, you will be repulsed by the so called Romance in this book. I believe that only history lovers will enjoy the descriptions here. So disappointed :(.
Before I purchase a book, I usually go by the reviews. This book had great reviews, as did the entire series. I agree with another comment that I can't get through Chapter 2. I keep hoping this great story will start to unfold. I will give it some more time and then see.
The narrator is terrific. The book starts out well. But it is not what it seems. I thought that it was to be an adventure that would also have insights into the 1700's in Scotland. After part one, it became a flat out romance novel with romantic interplay between the two main characters going on and on and on. Put another way, guys beware, this is a literary 100% chick flick. By late in part three I found myself very tired of the romance and pining for more plot, and then just wishing that it would be over.
Glad to see others are finding this book "not five starts." I really tried to like it. The narrator is fantastic and weaves you into the book and takes you there. The story line is, well silly in many spots, and I kept wondering why, with all the other women in the clan staying home, did the heroine always get dragged off to battle. I'm just saying, that is way too far fetched. And like so many others stated - IT ENDS DUMB. And baby, after 32 hours, I really did not want a dumb ending.
This book was a little tough to climb into but once you are in ... you are taken back in time with a group of characters that you fall in love with over and over again.
What a great story! It pulls you right in. The narrator does a wonderful job creating characters' voices.
Warning: audible only has the first 4 books in the series unabridged and read by Davina Porter. After that it is a new author and abridged. Terribly frustrating when they do that, as I have run into the problem often. You can find the unabridged versions of the later books read by Davina Porter elsewhere.
“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
Okay, so I like to be open-minded about "chick-lit" so I tend not prejudge books based on gender interest. I thought this would be a good action, fantasy but, alas, I was wrong. There's waaaay too much sex and feelings for my liking and not nearly enough combat. Yeah, 3 or 4 good scenes but mostly a what-if-somebody-from-1945-landed-in-1745 with historical accuracy. And modern (Dr. Spock) sentiments on child-rearing from a 1945 nurse? Suuuure. The entire story line was a very intricate female sex fantasy for the "perfect" sex partner. Tough like an ancient highlander who will take a buggering to save his lassie, but sensitive as a modern metrosexual that has the staying power of a bull with the experience of a child. Oh, and by the way, a noble as well with powerful allies. Sorry, but after the 15th love scene I was ready to nail my own ears to the stockades.
Not to be completely negative, it does have some good fight scenes and probably accurate details about life in the 1700 highlands of Scotland. I'll pass on the rest of the series.
Historical romance junkie. Who doesn't love romance?
I love Diana Gabaldon's books, so I was so thankful when these became available in audio format. She writes in such detail that her books end up looking like phone books. Audio books make getting through them so much easier. They are entertaining, gritty, and historically accurate. Throw in a little scifi fun and romance and this book is as good as it gets. If you love learning about history and reading about romance then this book is for you.
"Great book for the sexually frustrated"
Well written story but plot ultimately ridiculous/incredible. Lots of action and adventure which will appeal to many readers. Now for the downside: the sexual content of this book is appropriate and in context at first but after I don't know how many times, I was left thinking \"Oh God, they're at it again.\" The two main characters are like rabbits on heat and, while I may like a little action, after a while I felt a little soiled by this book.
"Outlander (or Cross Stitch)"
This is a thoroughly enjoyable story, and I agree with 'L' that Davina Porter does very well with Claire's voice, but I do find that the Scottish voices grate on the ear - these are Highlanders, after all, not Rab C Nesbitt! However, I am English, not Scots, and it may just be that the voices are not those I heard in my head!!! Odd little eccentricities (surely 'chirugeon' should be 'shirjun' not 'kiragon', and why 'played' instead of 'plad' for 'plaid'?)do not really detract from a well-read story, any more than Diana Gabaldon's occasional use of Americanisms instead of 'english' English.
I am sure that, if you want a story to get lost in for a (long...) while, you will enjoy this.
This title would have been good if it weren't for the countless explicit descriptions of her lovemaking, I thought I was going to get an historical adventure but this should be labelled under erotic fiction, there was far too much descriptive sex and not enough action and had I known I would not have bought this title, this isn't really about adventures in Scotland but more about her sexual adventures.
"Innacurate but entertaining"
It is very obvious from listening to this that the author had neither visited Scotland nor spent a lot of time researching her subject. There are glaring innacuracies (use of the Selkirk Grace by a character 16 years before the birth of its author, Robert Burns for one) and she shows a distinct lack of knowledge of the basic geography of the Highlands.
If taken as pure fiction, it is entertaining, and the narrator does make a fair attempt at the accents and language, but should have been coached in fundamental pronunciation of Scots.
"Good idea for a story, bad realisation."
The idea of this story is good in context. However, the writer has spoilt what could be a good tail by excessive, frequent, monotonous and frankly boring sex scenes. I am very grateful that Audible provide the facility to return an unsatisfactory audio book, and I am about to do so.
If you're looking for a good story then don't buy this. If you have a dull sex life and are looking for something to spark it up, then don't buy this either!
My compliments to Davina Porter for her efforts in reading, she is wasted on this this "novel".
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