The book itself is amazing. I was a fan of the show before the book and they go together very well. But the narrator makes the book so much better. She switches from English to Scottish accents for respective characters. Really enjoyed listening to her and the book!
Fantastic story, both interesting from a historical perspective and great character development. I really felt I got to know the characters, and "miss" them now. Very realistic, and interesting relationship dynamics. A bit too much into the bedroom details now and then, these parts got fast forwarded without missing too much. Narrator was fantastic, very good accents, and many different voices for all the characters. Both my husband and I enjoyed picked this as our favorite audio book series so far.
I first heard about this book from my sister, who had heard about it from her husbands cousin way up in northern Canada. I was very skeptical when she told me this was the best book she had ever read. She explained a little bit about the book to me, and I thought to myself.... no way am I going to be able to get through this book. It just didn't seem like a book I'd read. Boy was I wrong. Its full of adventure, romance, sadness, everything you would ever want out of a book. Now I'm on my 4th time reading the series while I wait for book 8 to come out.
Started a few times before I could get into it. Once I got past through the first few chapters, it got good and I will probably read the whole series now. I am already on the second book. The only criticism that I have is that the author could've better conveyed a sense of love and intimacy in other ways except detailed sex. To me, the multiple sex scenes were actually a distraction away from the intent to convey strong love and connection. The narration was good. Easy to follow the characters via the narrator's skilled ability to switch between English and Scottish accents. Only (minor) criticism regarding narration is that it sometimes sounded teasing/happy when the passage read didn't seem to fit the situation. Overall, I would highly recommend this audiobook.
Amazing story. I love all the historical references and the medical knowledge she brings with her to this new time and place. I also love the narrators story telling especially the changes in the voices.
I have loved the Outlander series for two decades, but have never listened to them. Wow! Davina Porter is amazing!!!!!!
The books are far better than the show!
This.is a great book. I found myself crying And wanting more. This tickled my heart about love. And devotion to your love one
Impossible to listen to....gaps , pauses, narrator sped up...slowed down....very disappointed with this book. I couldn't finish listening to it......frustrating!
LOVE this!! Finished in just a couple days and starting book 2 now. Was one of my grandmothers favorites so I wanted to read it.
(Ending is sexual and violent.. a little disturbing. I don’t think it needed to be so explicit to be a part of the story line. Beware!)
Love this book!!! Can't wait to start the next one in the series!!
Fantastic writing and character development. I have read and listened to all the books many times over in this whole series.
Highly enjoyable with a pleasant narrator
the most enjoyable romantic adventure I have ever read
I enjoyed listening to the book I was the one who would listen and follow along with the book I give it 5 stars all around
Really enjoyed it
4.25? Audiobook? One of my [many] New Year’s resolutions was to get through Outlander if it killed me and for a while, I thought it might. I must’ve restarted this audiobook at least three times in the past 18 months and it still took watching the television adaptation to solidify its contents in my mind.
For nearly the first third of the audiobook, I felt like an unenthused spectator at a sporting event with a roaring crowd. There is so much praise for this series, but I was initially underwhelmed. However, after hour five and encouraging words from someone whose opinion I trust, I’ve began to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
My interest in Outlander really began to shoot upward once I started using the television adaptation as a supplemental tool. The excruciatingly slow nature of this story caused me to glaze over countless important details while listening to the audiobook. Speeding up the narration helped quite a bit, but not as much as following along with the television show. I was actually very impressed with the book-to-screen adaptation. Most of the characters’ lines seemed to be pulled directly from Gabaldon’s work.
By hour 10, I knew I was interested enough in the story to finish the rest of this installment, but I was still unsure about continuing on with the series. There were numerous aspects of the plot that troubled me and I constantly had to adjust my mindset from that of a 21st-century feminist to accommodate the historically accurate, yet disturbing, actions of 18th-century Scottish culture. Fortunately, I was able to do so, but I absolutely do not recommend this story to anyone sensitive to any type of abuse (sexual, physical, psychological, you name it- it’s all in Outlander).
My main reservation with both finishing this installment and continuing with the rest of the series was length. Eight installments and this is the shortest one at 32 hours (not counting the many novellas). Not only would that eat up my audiobook credits, but it would put me seriously behind with my reading challenge. The pace of this novel is far too slow for it to be this long. Gabaldon’s writing may be beautifully detailed, but even my patience has a limit. Hence, my number one reason for detracting almost an entire star is that this novel is just too damn long. I feel that this story could have been told just as well in 20-25 hours and even a small consolidation of plot points would have gone a long way toward securing my attention and interest.
With that said, I’ve heard from several sources that this series gets better as it goes along and as I already own the next installment, I will doubtless be giving it a shot at some point. Most likely after I zip through a few smaller (aka normal-sized) novels to ensure that hearing a 50-hour audiobook doesn’t hinder my reading challenge progress. I’d also like to become up-to-speed on the television series so it matches my reading progress thus far. If you are thinking of undertaking the Outlander series, I encourage you to follow along with the show. Doing so greatly enhanced my understanding and overall experience with the novel.
This is a very different type of time travel adventure from those I have read in the past. The time travel enigma definitely takes a backseat in Outlander, which is probably why it isn’t primarily seen as a science fiction novel. It more strongly resembles a historical fiction novel, possibly akin into something written by Philippa Gregory in regards to historical accuracy and immersion. Kudos to Gabaldon for the obvious amount of painstaking research done to ensure historical accuracy. Outlander‘s setting is positively consuming and fosters the sense of cultural immersion I am so fond of in historical fiction.
Narration review: Davina Porter is a widely-admired narrator. After spending more than 32 hours with her, I can see why. The vocal distinction she provided was top-notch. Indeed, her Scottish brogue was so convincing but I found myself frequently straining to understand it. Like with all accents, it became easier to understand with time, but just barely. As the next installment is partially set in France, I’m very excited to hear Porter’s French accent. I’m sure it will be delightful.
One aspect of this audiobook that I was slightly disappointed in was the quality of production. There was a faint, but constant sound of white noise present in the background throughout the entire 32 hours. I realize this audiobook was produced in 2006, so that may be why, but I hope subsequent installments don’t have this issue. It wasn’t a major concern, but still slightly annoying, especially because I had to listen very closely when a Scottish character spoke. ??
A novel with many mini-stories, all are engaging and entertaining. The narration is amazing!
Awesome book. Great narrator! Diana Gabaldon is one of my favorite authors and listening to outlander helped a very long road trip go quickly!
it was a very delicate way of telling someones tribulation and triumph in rebellion the narrator could do a little better she start a little weak but then it got better I love this book
I love, love, love historical fiction and this took it to a whole new level. Started out a bit slow, but when Claire "landed" in Scotland, I was hooked. With the accents and pronunciations of places/names, I'm SO glad I listened to this book! The narrator did an excellent job. Turned out to be a bit more graphic and gory than I expected, but well worth it!
I don't remember reading or listening to a better story. I loved it. The story line, character developement and scene setting is nothing short of phenominal, and the narator did a fantastic job. I HIGHLY recommend this book and I will rent it again. No, I think I'll buy my own copy.
Even though this book seemed to go on forever, the author excelled at creating in-depth characters. I felt like I was there each step of the way. Sometimes the situations felt redundant and could have been left to just one occurrence. I don't think the abridged version could truly capture the characters as well.
However, my all-time favorite time travel book was The Time Traveler's Wife.
I haven't read a lot of romance but I thoroughly enjoyed this. And the author is fantastic!
Wonderful narration and accents- I felt swept up in medieval Scotland.
The narration is terrific
I’m glad I did this book on audio
This narrator is phenominal. She has really brought the book to life.
I first heard about these books from my best friend Lauren. She got me addicted to this series. I have read all the books up to Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone. I also follow and watch the movie series. This is one of my favorite book series. I love the Diana and how she rights. I love all the characters of this series. The way she writes, really gets you attached to the characters.
Good book, not as compelling as many that are similar. I would recommend it to an avid reader but not someone who only reads a book once in a blue moon. Great narration
Uh it was so long, a little hard to keep my focus and some scenes were just over the top. Graphic and unnecessary.
Amazing book and narrator! She brings the characters to life. Only issue was audio quality/ volume. And the addition off the “here ends disk 1” addition which was a touch outdated for the platform but all is understandable at the age of this book’s original release. I loved following along with my physical copy of the book :) think this is my 5th read through and never gets old.
Fabulous, so addicted to it!
story was very good
Davina Porter is amazing as a narrator. I felt like I was there.
I loved the show, but I am addicted to the books. to live through them, what a life.
The book and reader are absolutely wonderful. It's a great read even if you've seen the series. The writers of the show did an excellent job of keeping to the books.
Fantastic read (or listen). I was excited to see the book title as a selection as my husband and I had really enjoyed the series on Netflix. The narrator made it even better! It was difficult to put it down when I needed to focus on other things. Great book.
I am in awe of the books the Outlander series which I have stared with, and now I’m totally on the top of the world listening to this - amazing voice and at point accents... love it
After watching most of the TV series I thought this would be less enjoyable. It's not in the slightest.
Narrator has a fantastic voice range and played the parts exceptionally well.
This novel starts very slow several chapters, However, Please stick with it because it will be a very amazingly wonderful story. Know that it is one of several books so abrupt endings happen throughout the series, which immediately continues in the next book.
The narrator reads slowly for my tastes, but this can be adjusted in the speed up section. Well worth the hours.
Good book but it made me want to slap Claire sometimes due to her high handedness and putting others in danger. I am not sure if I would feel differently reading it as tone is a lot. Jamie, on the other hand, impressed. Yep…I would totally be willing (and excited) to have a Jamie for my partner or spouse. FYI There is a LOT of sex in the book…
An amazing story crafted by a master writer. Read by an equally masterful Story teller. What more can one ask for? I have listened to all of these books to date. I rate only this one because, a new reader/listener will find out just how well crafted these tales are for themselves by the end of this book. Enjoy!
Outstanding book! Difficult to put down. Though this book is a bit too graphic for me (not as bad as tv show). Second time through book series and loving it. I think DG’s writing is amazing in large part because of very consistent individual personalities and arching characters in books. That’s what makes them so special
Thumbs up for this series
The title is great!!
Loved this book!!
Awesome read!! Recommended.
The book is excellent. The narrator did a fairly good job of differeniating voices. But I found her too old a voice for late-20s Clare. And her tone too often belied the content - sounding serious when the content was funny, etc.
Extremely captivating and well narrated by one woman. Well done!
Narrator was PERFECT
I loved thus book.
I LOVED this book. Davina Porter’s deliverance is outstanding. Her ability to make you believe you are listening to multiple narrators is impressive. For any Historical Fiction fans, this is a must listen. I was sad when it ended but very excited to hear the next book in Diana Gabaldon’s series. Highly recommend this book!
Awesome accents and voice variations!
I really enjoyed this book!
I love this series. period.
first chapter is difficult to get thru but after that it is amazing. read the book easily dozens of times
Well plotted and well performed, it's well worth collecting
good book to listen to
Lives up to the hype. Exciting well-written time travelly adventure story. The narrator is really good, does a good job with the different accents. But the violence especially sexual violence was too much for me and I wasn't expecting it. It's probably artistically justified since it makes you really hate the characters doing it, but ... it's just kind of horrible to listen to. still not sure if I'm going to read the next one
I started watching the Outlander series and binged several seasons quite fast! I found myself enthralled w the the storyline of that time period /history, the mystical undertones w time travel and the epic love story b/w Jamie and Claire. I decided to give the books a go and I am so glad I did! The show producers did an excellent job bringing the author’s words to the screen. I will say the author gives excellent, vivid and yet LONG descriptions of people, places, actions and feelings. I did speed up to around 1.2 so that helped. The narrator’s amazing ability to shift from Scottish accents to to even French is quite amazing! I’m ready to start the next one! What a mesmerizing idea... a love that transcends time and space. I love the historical references. The love scenes are a quite detailed but she’s trying to show how connected they are and how true lovers want to not only please the other, but also consume the other. Does a modern day Jamie exist ? Haha. Jk. I’m happily married;)
I love this book and the narrator is fabulous!
Loved it, the story line in beginning is a bit confusing but after can't stop it. Widh it continues!
Brilliantly narrated can’t wait to hear the next volume
Davina Porter is one of my favorite narrators and truly brings the excellent book to life
Loved the book.
wonderful and have listened many times
I love this I actually may quit watching the show and read the books.
Love this series! Very interesting story line and the narrator does a great job with all the voices. I loved listening to these after watching the series. Listening to book 5 now and expect to continue until it’s over. Looking forward to the journey.
The story is great. You find yourself experiencing life in 1740 Scotland with all the wonders and hardships. I love the politics, fighting and sex.
The book has brought me closer to my wife.
I loved this book, can’t wait for the next one!!
I love it! I could not stop listening it and the narrator is great.
I love this book I've read all eight so far!!
What a wonderful book this had me absolutely gripped.
I absolutely love it.
This is my favorite book series EVER !!
I was enthralled with Outlander. My neighbour had recommended the show to me, but I had not had time to see it. The plot, though improbable, appealed to my imagination and was very well developed. My dog has never been so well walked, as I used every excuse to get out to listen to this book. I found the narration to be first rate and especially enjoyed the authentic (to my ears anyway) accents. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this narrator, and immediately ordered book two.
Great story and narrator was wonderful. I watched the series and now that I'm reading the book, I realized I missed so much the first time I watched it. Nice job!
A series that makes me long for the impossible.
The narrator was 5/5 stars, the overall story also 5/5. The redundant sexual content did not add to the value of the story.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have watch the series and was familiar with storyline. The reader was excellent, as she changed her accents accordingly. I have started listening to the second book in the series and plan on listening to all of them. The love between Claire and Jamie is one that withstands time.
I don't really like how the narrator voice out Frank. She made him sound old. It would be nice to have choice for the narrator
Love Claire and Jammie!
This book is as intriguing as I remember.
by far my favorite book. epic
Great series... I need more of Jamie and Claire
So very very good! The story was hard to stop and the narrator was amazing.
I didn't know this was a book series until I saw the tv series. I am almost finished with the first book and can't wait to get to the second book. I love the character development, the relationships, the action scenes are all very well written. I love the historical content is really accurate. I think it would be helpful to have a dictionary of Galic words translated into English words. It took me a while to understand the "ken" means to know or some proximity to that. Once you begin to understand this, the story is less confusing. I love the narrator. The different voices are really good.
The Book had a slow start. I was hard for me to get into, but then it got very good and I couldn't stop listening.
I feel this is a well written and well read book although for me it seemed like a much longer read then the story was able to justify. I enjoyed the characters and I liked the idea of a character from the 20th century coming to terms with life in the 18th century.
Unfortunately I didn't get the sense of culture clash that I was expecting as the story unfolded. Furthermore, acceptance of this phenomenon on the part of the main characters seemed to come a little too quickly and easily for my liking.
For anyone who enjoys books based on the relationships between believable characters without too much emphasis on a strong story could do a lot worse than give this book a try.
Great book. Love the narrators voice. First book I have ever listened to. I have dearly missed reading books with out time to sit down with 2 boys running around. This one was a great one to start with. Looked forward to working in the kitchen just to listen to my book. This is a great story with a little history and a little magic. I love books that have accurate information on the little details of life in other times. I am also looking forward to listening to the other books in the series. It is so nice to have an ongoing series like this with characters you enjoy so you don't have to say goodbye!
Such a wonderful story. Must listen to!
Great historical story with a quirky magical transportation back in history to an amazing time in Scottish history. It was recommended to me by a female friend and as a male I was initially sceptical I would enjoy the read as I thought it was a women’s book but was surprised it more than kept my interest. It works well as an audio book and was well read and easy to keep up with.
I loved it when I read it and loved it listening on my commute
I watched the TV series and fell in love with the story and the characters. I am waiting for the fourth season and decided to listen to this book while on my way to work. The book is better than the series. The narrator is excellent. I can tell who is talking by her intonation. I look forward to driving to and from work now. I can't wait to finish this one and continue with the rest.
The narrator did a fantastic job with both women and men voices.
The book never lets you down for interesting info of the 17th century and the story has you spellbound from one minute to the next. Spent way to many nights in bed listening way to late because I didn't want to wait to hear what was coming up next. Going to listen to rest of the series.
It was very good but long.
My step mom read the books in this series and then got my dad hooked on the show. If it was something that would keep my dad's "man's man, 20 yrs retired military" interest, I thought I would give it a look. I'm so glad I did! Great book that keeps your attention through every page. An amazing love story that isn't a typical romance novel. There is action and suspense as the story lines unfold.The story has substance and many layers that help build the characters and bring you into the rich historical, action packed world they live in. I can't wait to get to the next book to continue Clair and Jamie's adventure!
I have this book in paperback as well but I started listening while at work when I could t read. The narrator is so amazing I couldn’t stop listening to it!! Wonderful book. Love time travel and the Scottish kilted men!
Good story, read by a very good narrator. I recommend this one for avid listeners due to its length.
Love this series, always a good read. Each book always gives details fora vivid picture.
Woman's voice is too old for this book. Having watched the series I would have expected a younger woman's voice especially due to the romance between Claire and Rob!!
Discovered the novel after viewing the series. Gabaldon writes an interesting, engaging story that transports me away.
I liked the adventure side of things but overall it had too much sex for me, I found it annoying
I love these books!!
I absolutely loved this book and all of the Diane Galbaldon's Outlander series. Be prepared to become an addict if you start. Her style of writing is intense, making every character come alive. The narration is fantastic!
I was enthralled.
I will admit that at first i despised this book as my girlfriend and grandmother both read it, but fast-forward less than a year and I am now on book 5 of this series! This whole series takes the cake, scratch that, it takes the entire bakery of adventure, romance, family matters, human emotions. A tale of love and loss and excitement. All of that being said, the books can all be slow at times. It usually switches off, slow, fast, slow, fast, often in a four part split of the pace. The characters are all easily loved or hated and equally deserve to be in their own ways. In my twenty years of living, i have never found a book so enthralling that I would recommend it to anyone that'll listen. Do yourself a favor and read or listen to at least this first book in particular. (P.S. Davina Porter is a fantastic narrator and deserves every bit of praise award her from it)
Absolutely, one of the best readings, and books on this earth. Thanks to Diana Gabaldon and Davina Porter.
Great book, and the narrator does a great job! Never wanted to stop listening!
I can't believe it took me so long to find out about this book. I've already started #2. It's just wonderful!
I loved this book. The descriptions in the writing and the narrators voicing made for a "movie in my head" kind of book. So excellent.
Listened every chance I got. Personally, I could do without so much sex detail, but the story is good and long. The narrator plays every role with excellence and brings it to life.
Wonderfully addictive! Rich storytelling, descriptive in a way that makes you feel the story. Narration has a way of seeping into the story, accents have subtlety and nuance and do nothing but enhance this worthwile adventure. Bought the next book immediately after the first was done. Not even sure I want to watch the TV series because I loved the audiobook so much.
I used to choose books by the storyline but Diana made me realize what I was missing! I now choose more by authors and she is definitely my #1!!!!??
Fantasy you can get lost in and long enough that you really feel like you become a participant in the story.
Love the book and have read myself. But listening to the audiobook at work is fantastic. I feel alot of the book is not in the audio, but the most important parts are. Trying to load second book now to keep me going at work. Thank you.
Absolutely love this book!!!!! Started reading Dragonfly in Amber and so far it is just as good.
The book is fantastic the story and development and narration are brilliant
Watch the series first then read the book. The series followed the book which I was delighted because this series is excellent being that the books are always better.
Fabulous loved every second of it . Love audiobooks !
I got this book on a whim after it was recommended on a podcast I listen to. I am over the moon thrilled that this book is as good as it is. I love the historical accuracy and the attention to detail! The narrator is very good as well
I loved this book. I love the historical fiction aspect and how accurate the details are. I also enjoy the medical knowledge that is described as well as the constant action and adventure.
LOVE THIS BOOK!! And the way Davina Porter brings each character to life is simply amazing. Highly recommended!! But be warned, it can cause one to become obsessed with the series.
I chose this book on the recommendation of a friend. I enjoy history and I think the author does a great job of taking you back in time to another century. The characters are fascinating!
I started this backwards and learned about the Outlander tv series on a trip to Scotland. When I returned back to the States I began watching the Starz tv series and I was instantly hooked. After googling the show I found out that it was a book series and I just had to check it out. I am so glad I did because while the show is phenomenal, the book is a million times better. I got through the book in just a couple of weeks. Couldn't stop listening! I also love that the narrator uses accents for different characters! Highly recommend for anyone who loves a bit of romance, mystical mystery and adventure!
I loved this story so much I listened to it twice. The characters came alive by the way the narrator read the story. I just recently visited Scotland and I wished I had listened to this before hand. Now I want to go back and visit more of the historical sites with some extra meaning. Diana Gabaldon has a very unique descriptive style of writing which makes each character loved or hated. I can't say enough about this book and recommend it to anyone who loves history combined with romance.
This is such a fantastic and wonderfully written book. When I first got the book as a gift from my boyfriend I was contemplating reading it because it's such an elaborate saga. I am so glad that I took the chance and went with curiosity. I can't put this book down. It is filled with rich details and has a way of making you feel as if you were there living in flesh and blood every scenario. I highly recommend for anyone who loves history and great heroines, who stand up for themselves and for those they love.
The writing was very interesting and the history was week researched. Kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happened. The ending was satisfying but felt very rushed. That is the reason for the lowered star grade. When the book is already so long, why rush the ending? Other than that, I really enjoyed it. The narration was pretty flawless. There were a few times I felt I could hear ambient noise in the recording, but that didn't bother me at all. I enjoyed it. May not go into the rest of the series, but this was a very nice novel and a solid work of historical fiction.
phenomenal book--time travel, magic, love, lust, war, sadness, joy, honor, betrayal. everything needed for the perfect book! the narrator does a beautiful job, as well!
awesome awesome awesome awesome what else can I say about this amazing book. Diana gabaldon is the best writer ever. so lucky to find this story. it gives me life.
Love the Outlander book series and love Divina Porter reading them. She gets the voices down and makes you feel like you are there with Jamie and Claire.
Best book ever (plus the narrator was very talented!)
Love her books AND the narration!!!! Outstanding!!!!
Excellent story and absolutely adore the narration. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys audio books.
Wonderful book. The narrator is magical. I can't wait for the next book.
There is lots to love here! Claire's struggles both internal and external ring very true to life as you are swept along on her adventures. Incredible descriptions of time, setting and characters will suck you in and plant you so firmly into her world that you will not want to come back to your own.
Oh I can't believe how much I loved this book! I had downloaded it to my phone to listen to while traveling cross country. i'd never heard of the book but was drawn in by the excellent review- and that it was 32 hours long. Figured that would keep me busy for my long trip. During my travels my phone went in the water and died completely- a small tragedy, but nothing compared to the despair i felt about not being able to continue listening! Forget retrieving important info saved in my phone- no my first order of business was to re-download this book! When I wasn't listening I was thinking about the characters and "missing" them. Truly drew me in. I was madly in love with Jamie and wishing him for myself long before Claire acquiesced. Which-along those lines- did not like AT ALL the graphic description of Jamie's experience at the hands of his captor, but it was sufficiently resolved IMO and didn't effect my overall rating of the book.
Fabulous tale melding history, science fiction, romance, and suspense. Though very well written, it's narrator Davina Porter's performance and interpretation of Scots, English, and French accents that makes this audiobook a must-read. I blew through some 38 hours in just 10 days, and I'm eager to dive into the second book in the series, A Dragonfly in Amber.
What a beautifully written book. I felt as if I were wondering the grassy fields and rocky landscape of Scotland right along with Claire. I could almost feel the rain, breezes and the warmth of the sunshine. Even the smells of all the flora and fauna were incredibly vivid. How rare is that in a story? I found myself heartbroken every time Claire thought about pursuing her return to 1945; yet elated by so many other pleasantries and excursions within the tale. What an incredible escape from the pressures of today.
Not for everyone, but for those of us who enjoy learning history, reading romance, and the English language well written this was escape reading/listening at its finest. Appreciated listening as it would've taken me much longer to reach the conclusion. Now I'm on to the next saga.
I love it! I love the easy download from Google app. Store. the narration is clear and understandable I have suggested this to many of Outlander fans. It's Great!!!!!
I started the book after watching the first episode of the TV series Outlander. It is most excellent! Full of Love, Passion, hardship and adventure.
I tried. I listened to ten hours and still didnt care so I stopped.
A must read!! Can't wait to listen to the next book in the series!
Many evenings, I would pull into my driveway and sit there to get to a place where I could bear to turn off the CD deck and leave Claire and Jamie behind. I have the entire series in queue and eagerly await the arrival of Dragonfly in Amber.
A beautifully written story told against the backdrop of post war Great Britain and 18th century Scotland, itself on the brink of the second Jacobite Rising.
While on a second honeymoon following the end of WWII, Claire Randall 'falls through time' while picking flowers near a circle of standing stones. Finding herself suddenly and inexplicably thrust into a time and place completely foreign to her, she must rely on her extraordinary intelligence, wits, a lot of luck, and an unlikely friend she finds in Jamie Fraser. A Highland Scot, who also happens to be an outlaw and wanted for various crimes by a sadistic Captain of Dragoons, one Black Jack Randall, who also happens to be her husbands several times great grandfather.
Don't let the time travel element through you off, DG's writing is so brilliant that not only does it make perfect sense, you also experience both time periods as though you are truly there, you can hear the sounds, smell the scents (well almost, and thankfully because many are quite unpleasant indeed), see the people and scenery, and best of all, you experience the range of Claire's emotions, despair, joy, heartbreak, anger, and best of all, an utter and complete love that fills you so entirely you could almost burst.
I cannot say enough great things about this book. Find a copy, open it to any page, read 10 pages and I guarantee you will be a fan for life...and that's great because there are 7 more books out now, and there will be at least one more! Read. This. Book.
This book starts slow but stick with it. After the first 1/4 it builds and becomes thoroughly captivating. I love the Outlander series and the narrator is really good.
Read the books 3 times. Must listen to them now. These books made me spend 2month in Scotland.
This audiobook is like an old friend. When I hear Porters voice as Claire and Jaimie... I get caught up in their saga. No matter the chapter I start listening at, the characters are brought to life with the combination of Porter's narration and Gabaldon's uncanny story telling ability.
"Outlander" is an outlandish synthesis of two genres: Harlequin romance-type pulp and historical fiction. The plot plodded along at a sleep-inducing pace; the romance scenes were laughable; and the fight sequences wallowed in unnecessarily sadistic violence. Couldn't the publishing company afford a decent editor for this embarassing tome? The only positive thing about this audio book was the delightful Scottish accents provided by the narrator.
Boring...went no where fast. Third CD in, I wrapped it up and sent it back and cancelled book two. Don't waste your time. Normally, I HAVE to finish what I start...I just couldn't with this one.
A good book except for the unnecessary brutality. Left me hanging.
Excellent book - can't wait put it down and can't wait for the next one in the series.
This is one of the best books I have ever listened to. I did not want it to end and ended up listening to all the sequels.
Even though I normally cringe when someone recommends a romance novel to me, I think that this audiobook is one of the best I have ever listened to. The narrator does a great job with the accents and handling both male and female characters. I am so glad that I stumbled across this story and I can't wait to hear the next story in the series.
a wonderful story with great love scenes. Definitely worth hearing the unabridged version. The accents are wonderful!!
BOOORRING! How in the world can anyone sit through this snooze-fest. I didn't even get half way through before I returned it.
I really enjoyed the book and wished it did not have to end. If you enjoy historical novels with a little love story thrown in then you will enjoy this.
I was captivated and pleasantly surprised. Gabaldon created a fanciful storyline that is filled with incredible descriptions, attention to detail, and authentic verbige that surround you like a warm coat. The reader can identify with Claire and her internal conflict; her struggle to get back home, and her need to remain. Truly a great find and I can't wait to read the other five books in this series.
Absolutely love this book-the characters are written in such a way that makes you care about them-this is the first half of the book (I'm listening to the second half now)and waiting for the second half was very difficult! This book moved me to tears-the narration is wonderful-Davina Porter's voice is lovely-great accents! Highly recommended!
This is a selection that both men and women can enjoy. Gabaldon mast this scenario believable and possible. Do you ever wonder if you have lived another life?
This is a really well written book that just happens to probably also fall into the romance category, but definitely not your run of the mill romance. The narrator is great. Her Scottish accent for the men just makes you grin. I think she had a lot of fun. So did I! Too long? Definitely not. Could've gone on another 15 CDs with quality writing and action like this.
Hey, I'm a guy and not supposed to like "romance novels". But I have to say this book has it all! I'm always hooked on anything that has to do with time travel because of the endless possibilities the author has to work with. This is my second time through this series of books by Diana Gabaldon and my hat is off to her. My only complaint (and it's a big one) is that this is the only book in the series that is carried in the unabridged version. The abridged versions really suffer in comparison.
Love the series!!
Wow, I discovered these stories in my local library when I rented A Breath of Snow and Ashes which is a long way into the story. I never felt like I was lost picking it up so late. But I knew I had to go back and read the others. When I discovered the unabridged version of the first book it was a hallejeh moment. I thought when I first realized there was time travel involved that I had picked up a very weird book. But I don't give up on a book until the third disc if it is a long book. By the end of the second I was hooked. Going back to the first book I knew some of the events that were going to happen but it didn't lesson the anticipation for me. And Jamie is a man's man and a woman's dream. For days afterward I hear their voices in my head. They are like your favorite family members who tell just wonderful stories.
I decided to order her books because I saw they were award winners. I didn't realize my mother and father had been listening to/reading them as well. When I told them what I had added to my queue, they both began singing the praises of this entire series. I do not read romance novels, but these are extremely well-written historical fiction novels with aspects of fantasy and some romance. Frankly, I roll my eyes at the romance parts, but the rest of the book is incredibly engaging. Diana Gabaldon has a great sense of humor, the narrator is really good, the stories are great. I highly recommend these books to anyone -- except mixed-company car-poolers! ;-)
This was an awesome story. I hooked and can't wait to find out what happens next.
I loved this book. You actually felt as though you were a part of the history. What a remarkable heroine and I was sorry when the experience was over. I just found out that there are sequels and cannot wait until I read/listen to the next book.
Maybe it was just the story being broken up in to 4 to 5 disc shipments at a time that it just didn't flow. Maybe if you had all 25 (!!) at one time you could maintain interest.
The story was fairly interesting and the reader quite good.
I have to admit that to start this audio was very discouraging. I found the reader hard to follow and I really couldn't figure out what was going on. This was going to be one of those "send it back right away" books. After getting through disc 1, it had captured my attention and I really looked forward to every package I received. I am now so hooked on these books, that I can't wait for any more in the series to come.
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