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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)

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    dunngotit 12-11-14
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    "Love the audio!"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Because of the dialect listening to the Outlander series is a delightful storytelling adventure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TERRY RAY 12-11-14
    TERRY RAY 12-11-14
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    "1/2 of the tracks on this book cannot be heard"
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    could not evaluate book because 1/2 of the treacks do not have the story but a screaming ear peircing noise

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Winkie 12-09-14
    Winkie 12-09-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I was ready for it to end"

    I was really looking forward to this book after all the good reviews it received, but I found it boring and lacking. The threads I thought might be really interesting were only glanced upon and then dropped, while other story lines, while tragic, dragged on and on. It could have used more historical elements and more passion between the characters. It was neither a great romance story or a great historical novel. Not on my list of books to recommend.

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    Alyson Winningham 12-09-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not a Sci-Fi book~"
    What would have made Outlander better?

    I was under the illusion this was a book about time travel. Don't be fooled, that is how the story starts off but its just the spring board. This is a romance novel.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    The most disappointing thing is the books homophobic undertones. Also the sex scenes in this book are over the top. I felt like I was reading soft porn several times and was rather annoyed that I thought I had bought a book about time travel and was stuck with a very long boring predictable graphic hetero love story.


    What three words best describe Davina Porter’s voice?

    poetic and obnoxious at the same time. I tired if hearing her accent at about 8 hours.


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

    Im so very disappointed in how often writers create gay characters and they end up mentally ill or perverted in their stories. This is classic homophobic writing and its really stale.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer San Diego, CA USA 12-08-14
    Amazon Customer San Diego, CA USA 12-08-14 Member Since 2010

    spiritabroad

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    "Good story, but too much sex for my preference."

    The basic story of the this classic novel is a fun fantasy period piece and I would have enjoyed it very much, except that the plentiful sex scenes are so graphic, with borderline S&M, that I didn't enjoy it. A lot of people seem to have enjoyed that, but I didn't. I wish I had read the paper version instead, so that I could skip the parts I didn't want to read.

    Also, if you're reading this book hoping that it will come to some satisfying resolution in the end, remember it is the beginning of a series, and it doesn't do that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    o5weatherman 12-08-14
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    "A romance story - Not what I expected"
    What disappointed you about Outlander?

    The Outlander is a romantic tale with action and circumstances that are too far fetched and convenient to believe.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Gabaldon again?

    No.


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    Lori 12-07-14
    Lori 12-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring"
    What disappointed you about Outlander?

    I read the first couple of chapters. I tried to get into this book but I couldn't. I found it boring. I'm going to return it! I can't understand why it had such good ratings.


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    Fred Krefetz Palo Alto, CA USA 12-07-14
    Fred Krefetz Palo Alto, CA USA 12-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Just a romantic novel in historical novel clothing"

    I love historical novels because I can learn things while being entertained. I picked this because of the reviews and I like the time travel genre. I just couldn't get through it though. Simply too many romance episodes. I thought they'd never stop. I'm far from prudish, but this was just boring.

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    Camilla S. Feliciano 12-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Why did I wait so long ....!!!!????"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a GREAT series and loved, loved this first book. Can't wait to read all the rest!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how it's written. The complete thoughts and story telling. The depth of the charaters, they are full and active and feel real.


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


    I would only add here, that I wish a man voice was present for the male charaters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    STARZ is doing a super job with this.


    Any additional comments?

    Read, read these books. You can't make everyone happy but there is nothing wrong so far with this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Mabry, Jr. 12-05-14 Member Since 2015

    An educator and senior who listens to his books from his phone through his hearing aids.

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    "A Rich Tale of Family"

    This is one of most engaging books that I have had the pleasure of reading. It is to "family" what "To Kill A Mockingbird" is to "fatherhood".

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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.

    24 of 27 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!

    31 of 34 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.

    45 of 50 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.

    32 of 37 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.

    22 of 25 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!

    38 of 46 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!

    22 of 26 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.

    11 of 13 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.

    15 of 19 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!

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful

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