This is a historically rich story produced as a first-class audiobook. The novel itself is replete with historical and cultural detail and well-described characters. For the accolades it has received over the past decades, my criticisms of the plot revolve around its lengthy descriptions of sexual encounters, which were tedious and uninformative in my opinion, and on certain specific events that I felt lacked plausibility. Readers should be aware that sexual violence is a prominent theme. Those sentiments notwithstanding, the degree of attention to cultural detail is laudable and I would advise anyone who enjoys historical fiction generally, or historical Scotland specifically, to pursue the book. The narration by Davina Porter is near perfection. Her use character accents is top-notch, even to the point of deliberately modifying an accent when a character is speaking with different groups of people who differ in their linguistic norms. Her intuition for pacing, articulation, and emotional infusion is impeccable. I grade this audiobook A– for story and A+ for narration.
Well that didn't take long! 32 hr book...took 5 days. Couldn't put it down! If you like time period novels with a hint of scifi, this is a great one. Set in the Scottish Highlands, briefly in 1945 - mostly in 1743, you follow the story of a WWII nurse that is transported thru time to 1743. She initially wants to return to her own time, but after a forced marriage to save her life, she falls in love w/her husband & battles between wanting to return to her 1945 husband & staying w/her 1743 husband. This is book 1 in a series of 8 (at this time). HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Age recommendation: 18 & over
On a scale of 1 - 10 stars, I give it 10!
Let's just say, I had no idea what I was getting into when I ventured into this FANTASTIC series. I am such a fan. I am listening to them and loving the reader very much. Very fun and addictive. I even took the Outlander cookbook home and made some delicious eats! I am wearing my plaid as I type this.
This was my third time reading this book, but my first time on Audiobook. I can't believe how much I missed the first two times. I tend to skip around a bit when I read, something you can't do when you're listening to someone else read it aloud. Can't count the number of times I said to myself, I don't remember that happening before! Really enjoyed listening to Davina Porter's voice although her pronunciation of some words must have been British as it wasn't how we say them in Canada. I'm looking forward to listening to the next one. Was a challenge getting through the 28 CD's in the three-week check-out period.
Suspension of disbelief required. There were a couple historical errors which initially rubbed me the wrong way. However, if you can let that sort of thing go this is an amazing tale full of action and romance and adventure. It's a lot less gory than the Game of Thrones series, so a good alternative for people wanting some low-tech fantasy without the nihilism.
I now understand how this has become a classic. It has everything: drama, romance, Highlanders, post-WWII Britain, the kitchen sink.
The audiobook narration is wonderful and will gently waltz you through this meandering tale.
I'm generally not an audiobook listener, but there have been such rave reviews about Davina Porter's narration of Diana Gabaldon's books that, in addition to reading the book and watching the TV series and still feeling like I couldn't get enough, I thought I might enjoy yet another way to savor the Outlander experience. And, boy, is it an experience distinct from reading! Porter is simply marvelous -- the voices, the accents, the way I became oblivious to the fact that the narrator was in actuality a single person. At times, I half expected to hear sound effects, as though I were watching a stage performance. The pace seems slower while listening, but I didn't mind. I attribute that to the reader more likely skimming long, descriptive passages, unconsciously or not, while the listener is aware of every word. This, too, contributed to the feeling of an enhanced experience. 10/3/2014:
I'm generally not an audiobook listener, but there have been such rave reviews about Davina Porter's narration of Diana Gabaldon's books that, in addition to reading the book and watching the TV series and still feeling like I couldn't get enough, I thought I might enjoy yet another way to savor the Outlander experience. And, boy, is it an experience distinct from reading! Porter is simply marvelous -- the voices, the accents, the way I became oblivious to the fact that the narrator was in actuality a single person. At times, I half expected to hear sound effects, as though I were watching a stage performance. The pace seems slower while listening, but I didn't mind. I attribute that to the reader more likely skimming long, descriptive passages, unconsciously or not, while the listener is aware of every word. This, too, contributed to the feeling of an enhanced experience.
I loved this story when it first came out and I enjoyed rereading it now. The details in this story are fantastic. I can imagine being there. Am looking forward to rereading the rest of the series.
This book is listed under Science Fiction/Fantasy, which it most definitely is not. It is a psuedo-historical bodice ripper. And I mean that LITERALLY, as the protagonist's bodice is literally ripped as soon as she trips into the 18th century where she is promptly sexually assaulted by various and sundry English and Scottish male contemporaries of varying levels of cleanliness. Furthermore, the women is so totally clueless that she can't figure out she's not in Kansas any more (OK, somewhere in post-WWII Scotland) DESPITE all these local yokels wandering about in historically accurate 17th century uniforms and clothing (not to mention speaking variations of 17th century English) until she sees the stars at night. So - multiple attempted rapes in the first few chapters of the book and a totally clueless heroine. Seriously - she doesn't attempt to cover her breasts after realizing her bodice is ripped because IT MIGHT ATTRACT MORE ATTENTION, even after she's been physically assaulted multiple times - what kind of idiot is that??? And she can't figure out that there's something wrong with the way she is dressed even after several men refer to her as a whore? In archaic English? And she still doesn't know she's in trouble? I'd give this 0 stars if I could. It's brainless, even for a bodice ripper. I am REALLY tired of coming across crap like this listed under SF/F - Having a few elements of SF/F does not an SF/F novel make. The main thrust (no pun intended) of this series of novels is not one of SF/F, but "romance". This is a romance novel and has no reason to be listed under SF/F.
A very satisfying historical novel that really moves along! The fact that the story also contains time travel is just a bonus. The characters are interesting, mostly likeable and well developed. The story is also very well written. It's great when all these positive elements come together in one novel. My husband comes from Scottish ancestry and can be a little too like Jamie Fraser ( mostly the good & a little of the not so good!) Unlike Clair I would make a terrible doctor in this time or any other. I am interested in plant lore and making things by hand as they would have been done during this time period.
The negative – the story is a little long and it continues and continues . . . . Because I can not stand not to know what happens with story characters I've come to care about I am hijacked into reading all of them! Yes, they are all good but all are long and some material of necessity is repeated.
jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over
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