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Outlander

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Why we think it's Essential: Mix equal parts historic fiction, adventure, and romance. Add a dash of time travel. Blend with pitch-perfect narration. And you'll understand why Outlander is an all-time favorite among Audible listeners. Whether she's giving voice to the former World War II nurse Claire or the 18th Century Scottish warrior Jamie, Davina Porter brings a magical intimacy to this epic tale. --Steve Feldberg

Publisher's Summary

This stunning blend of historical romance and time traveling adventure has captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world and catapulted author Diana Gabaldon to the top of the New York Times best seller list. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

What Members Say

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    Sabrina Cincinnati, Oh USA 11-05-14
    Sabrina Cincinnati, Oh USA 11-05-14 Member Since 2014

    sbrnmhll

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    "Exciting...You will look forward to each book ;-)"
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Romantic, Thrilling


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She's very good. She keeps in character from book to book in this series.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It's silly but yes, I laughed and cried


    Any additional comments?

    I have stopped watching TV. I listen to audio books while I do everything. I like this series so much I went back while I was on book 6 and started over with Outlander. I love the length of the audio books. I feel like I'm getting my monies worth. My advice is to buy the 3 credits. then use them to get all the audio books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-05-14
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    "Fabulous story, not so great narration."
    What disappointed you about Outlander?

    Outlander is a fabulous story that brings Scotland to life in the mind's eye. The relationship between Jaime and Claire is so well done that every misfortune brings tears to your eyes and every slice of joy puts a smile on your face.


    What didn’t you like about Davina Porter’s performance?

    I have read this book myself and thought it would be great to listen to as I worked. Unfortunately, the narrator sounds like my grandma and does a terrible Scottish male voice that had me cringing every time she did it. Also, all the 'romantic' scenes were replaced by ".....a little while later...." These scenes are a great part of the book and I was very disappointed that they had been omitted.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Outlander?

    I would put all the "romance" scenes that they took out and put them back in!


    Any additional comments?

    This is an awesome series and now that it has been released on Starz, they need to re-do the narration using the stars of the show or someone such as Phil Gigante for Jaime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Nelson Vacaville, CA, US 11-05-14
    Patricia Nelson Vacaville, CA, US 11-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "What an Escape!"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    I have read all the books multiple times and cannot get enough. Now, its so much fun to listen to the books. So creative and an amazing escape. I love these stories so much. Well Done Diana!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of Course it's Jamie and Claire but all the characters have chemistry.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    First, I am glad a women told the story since its mostly from Claire's point of view but I like how she uses different voices to represent different characters seamlessly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Gear 11-04-14
    S. Gear 11-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Oh, for goodness' sakes..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A brilliant premise that chose instead to go the route of romance and feeling up people's kilts. Over, and over again.


    Would you recommend Outlander to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. What a load of tosh. This book was decently written but completely missed its chance. A women goes back in time and just completely shrugs off that momentous experience and moves on with her life. And takes 33 bloody hours to do so?


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She read it okay. She doesn't, for example, kill herself before the end of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 10-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring!"
    Any additional comments?

    I don't understand the raving reviews. This book is boring. Regret this purchase. Will never buy another book by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LaVonne Goldschmidt 10-29-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding writing and Narration"
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging love story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    The wedding


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Davina is outstanding. This series is my first encounter with her. She does each character very well. She is Claire, Jamie, and all the rest. I don't know how she does it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is rare that I find books so engaging that I can't put them down. I'm listening to the series and have to say I'm addicted. I listen every minute that I can. My husband is feeling neglected. Diane has the ability to keep you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what's next.


    Any additional comments?

    Love love love the books, I'm on book 4 now and so glad I'm just getting started so that I can listen to them all back to back. I would love to see this as a marathon miniseries. The one hour episodes are just not enough. The first 8 didn't even get through the first book. Excellent casting for both Claire and Jamie. All characters are well developed. I'm not usually one to read love stories, but the historical nature of the book keeps it interesting for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erika Conner 10-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "In love with Jamie Fraser"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best audiobook, I have ever listened too!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Jamie Fraser. Such a dominant, strong, yet loving man. The best part is that now we can envision the story line, by watching Outlander on Starz.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Claire... She did an amazing job, portraying her persona.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had many emotions


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    adclif San Bernardino, CA, USA 10-27-14
    adclif San Bernardino, CA, USA 10-27-14 Member Since 2013

    Adell

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    "A love story"
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    Yes


    Would you recommend Outlander to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but with reservations, It is a love story with explicit sex but the concept is interesting. It is a sort of sophisticated Alice in Wonderland with a bit of history.


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not heard her before.


    Was Outlander worth the listening time?

    Yes and no


    Any additional comments?

    It ends up in the air and I would like the 2nd book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Tates 10-27-14
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    "I am hooked!"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    Its started with the TV Series, but it will end with the writer! I am about to start the third book and I never want it to end...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie of course!


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Two good eyes! Seriously, Davina Porter is one of the BEST female narrators that I have ever heard.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mettaphorica Australia 10-25-14
    Mettaphorica Australia 10-25-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Didne Loch It, Me Neither!"

    I think Barry's review pretty much sums it up for me, as well. It was beautifully, beautifully narrated, but like many one and two star reviewers on Amazon, I quickly got fed up of the violence and the rape, and the connection between homosexual proclivities of one character and his wickedness, as if the two are somehow connected.

    The story was an epic adventure, but really, the time travel thing didn't seem to feature largely; once her husband found out she was from the future, there was no real discussion about "What's it like?" or talk of technological and scientific advances, which is, I imagine,would be utterly fascinating to someone in Scotland in the 1700's, just as someone from the 3000's would have us gripped with curosity as to what life is like in the future.

    Instead, he (Jamie) seems to matter of factly accept that she's from the 1940s and they go their merry way through the story from there, which leads me to feel that the whole time travel idea was just the USP (unique selling proposition) that could land yet another epic adventure novel onto bestseller lists, but which, ultimately, didn't feature heavily as a them, other than to give Claire more advanced medical knowledge, family history knowledge, and the dilemma of whether to return to her time or stay. And so I felt the story lacked believability.

    Although it's had fabulous reviews, I found the story dragged on, and as previously noted, the various flavours of rape, beatings and graphic violence got a bit tiresome.

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  • Karen
    Douglas Water, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
    5/10/07
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    "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.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    Northwich, Cheshire, United Kingdom
    3/28/07
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    "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!

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • L
    BridgendUnited Kingdom
    10/1/06
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    "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.

    40 of 44 people found this review helpful
  • John
    United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Get out of bed and get on with the story!"
    What would have made Outlander better?

    The story gets the narration it deserves. Both are tedious and more Mills and Boon (I imagine as I haven't read any) than serious historical novel. A possibly good idea is interrupted by so much sex and "oooohhhhh Jaaaammmmieeee" that it never really gets a chance. I did listen right through to the end, even though I wanted to stop half way, and have masochistically even gone part way through the second book, thinking it may improve, which it didn't. If anything it got worse. Unfortunately I bought three of this series at the same time on the basis of other reviews, but just couldn't face any more of this tedious drivel.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Gabaldon again?

    Emphatically not!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Davina Porter’s performances?

    Highly unlikely.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Outlander?

    About 60% of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I can honestly say that nothing I have read has annoyed me more than this series.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Sceptical Shopper
    UK
    3/6/12
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    "Entertaining romp"

    A page turning bodice ripper with added pornography. The book started off ok but I found the increasing dominance of the sex scenes became boring. Definitely written to appeal to women rather than men - my husband couldn't stand it and gave up on the first book.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    4/26/12
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    "Mind-numbingly dull"

    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.
    Dreadful!

    25 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus H.
    Oxfordshire. United Kingdom
    9/14/12
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    "Clichéd chick-lit"

    I actually fell for the 5* reviews on this book and feel like a bit of a fool for doing so. This really is "chick lit" and quite poor at that. The story is historically very weak indeed and is really aimed at female titillation because every other scene revolves around sex and, to be honest, it's so damned boring! What's more it has the clichéd goody v baddy storyline that has been done to death since time immemorial.



    It took so long to get going that I almost gave up on it on three or four occasions. It's a shame really because when it did get going it was actually quite good but for 70% of the time it wasn't. If it wasn't for Davina Porter's amazing narration I don't think I'd have stuck it out til the end. Without her wonderful voice the whole thing would've ground to a halt rapidly.



    To put it in the sci-fi/fantasy section is a bit misleading because the only thing that is faintly related to this genre is the initial time slip. With a bit of imagination from the author we could've really been put into the excitement and terror of a 20th century woman suddenly finding herself in the 18th century but instead we have a main character that knew exactly how to behave and speak from the start and was all too accepting of her situation.



    Because the times where the story got moving were quite good I give it 3*s but for the most part it was a load of tosh and I certainly shall not be listening to any more of the series!

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Katrina
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    8/12/11
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    "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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Paul D
    Normandy, France
    12/1/13
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    "Eat your heart out Barbara Cartland!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Some degree of historical reality/accuracy is useful in a historical novel,.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    Lacked any depth, just a bodice ripper using a historic setting - the Scottish highlands. No conception or the era or realistic characterization.


    Did Davina Porter do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    No. Heroine, "oh gosh, I've time travelled, never mind."


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No redeeming features for me. A big error. Thought it may be interesting and a little different. It was certainly different to anything I would spend time listening to.


    Any additional comments?

    My mistake, but perhaps it should have been made clearer in the blurp that this was a shallow bodice ripper in Mills and Boon gendre and should be avoided by all but those of a certain gender and age.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Tonbridge, UK
    8/6/07
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    "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!

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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