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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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    Federica Milan, Italy 11-26-14
    Federica Milan, Italy 11-26-14 Listener Since 2005
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    "Uncertain"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I am not sure


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Davina Porter?

    Someone who did not sound so much like my grandmother... at times I felt as if she was reading the book to me and considering the plot it was a complete turnoff


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    a bit more of a realistic sense and a more experienced Jamie ... some more turning points and focus on the important, less on the fluff


    Any additional comments?

    I started reading this book because many people had suggested it and also because the TV series caught my attention. I have read long books before but at times I had problems with this novel because it lagged during points when it could have perfectly avoided and vice versa it rushed through some pretty crucial points in the story.
    The characters were interesting but several times the male lead was not believable... I mean, come on, a rough Scottish islander with such sensitivity despite the historical time? The female character with her nurturing attitude seemed to be the one wearing the pants for most of the time...
    I am not sure whether I will continue with the second book. I have read a preview and it intrigues me but I am afraid it will lag on forever like the first book. Yes, I will think about it, but for now I will read something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sweetie Ft. Collins, CO, United States 11-24-14
    Sweetie Ft. Collins, CO, United States 11-24-14 Member Since 2016
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    "story a good idea"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There is too much talk about family abuse. At one point one of the main characters can't seem to stop talking about it and as a listener it takes to long to get back to the main story. Had to stop listening at this point.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Gabaldon again?

    I just depends on her stories.


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

    I think the narrator did a good job on all the characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. The story line was great.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chelley Patterson Seattle, WA USA 11-24-14
    Chelley Patterson Seattle, WA USA 11-24-14 Member Since 2010

    Chelley

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    "Too little plot, too much sex"
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    I would not buy another book from Gabaldon - might listen to one if it were free. I almost gave up on this book a few times, but forced myself to finish it just in case there was some miracle ending to make it worthwhile. There wasn't.

    I would listen to Porter's narration of other works.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The general premise was interesting, but the sex was way overdone and actually got monotonous. It was barely a historical fiction and mostly steamy romance -- boring! The story also had a completely dull ending. I know there is more coming in book 2, but I can't be bothered to listen to hours more of gratuitous gropings, heaving creamy bosoms and throbbing loins to find out what happens to Claire, Jamie or poor Frank. I was hoping for more history and intrigue and less soft porn. Disappointed :-(

    I also found that what happened in Wentworth Prison was over the top (my husband asked me to turn the audiobook off when I was listening at bedtime because he couldn't stand that section - that was a first). The escape was ridiculously implausible. I'm ok allowing for time travel, but the rest of the action needs to be believable or it gets too far into fantasy and the genres just become muddled.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was fine and I enjoyed her talent.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Make it PG or PG-13 so I could listen to it with my kids in the room. Calling it historical fiction was misleading. This was an "R" rated romance novel with a thin varnish of sci-fi, the supernatural and history. The plot was weak in comparison to Game of Thrones or Pillars of the Earth -- both of which have romance and sex that spice up the plot rather than overpowering it. It distressing to think so many people have rated this book 5-stars!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Telie 11-22-14
    Telie 11-22-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Good, Not Great"
    What did you like best about Outlander? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed learning of life in 1740's Scotland and loved the excellent narration. For me, it was frequently boring and would have been better if shortened. Also, way too many sexual details. Good literature doesn't need a crutch.


    Has Outlander turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, I could hardly wait for it to end so I could listen to something better.


    Was Outlander worth the listening time?

    No, too long.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept thinking it would get better because of the good reviews, but it never did for me. I've learned that a good book trumps good narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniela 11-22-14
    Daniela 11-22-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Scottish Heaven"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    I have read Outlander many times but listening to it has brought it to a brand new level.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jaime was my favorite character.


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

    She brings a whole new dimention to the story and characters.


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

    It was hard putting it down.


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome listen. Highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 11-21-14
    Linda 11-21-14
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    "Davina Porter brings this novel alive!"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    Yes! To enjoy an excellent read.


    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    None other that I have read.


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

    Jamie


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

    Outstanding!


    Any additional comments?

    Diana weaves an extraordinary tale!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Grouchy Old Guy Richmond, Va 11-21-14
    Grouchy Old Guy Richmond, Va 11-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Tricked Again"

    This is not sci-fi. This is a completely quiche romance novel. Strong modern women trapped in old times ... strong primative man ... forced to wear amazing dress ... bad guys threatening rape ... rescue ... surrender ... etc. Its so weird that romance writers can only write one plot and weirder still that anyone would voluntarily read such drivel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Bowen 11-20-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A riveting read!"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    Davina Porter was excellent as a reader and I would definitely listen to this one again. She helped the words come alive with a perfect accent. I read this book years ago and found it more pleasurable to listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    My absolute favorite book of all time. Would recommend to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MS 11-20-14
    MS 11-20-14 Member Since 2010

    I like historical, southern books - southern accents, antiques - The Ole' West, Ghost Towns, Victorian Era, Southern Humor!!

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    "Love it!"

    Listen to Outlander! AND, you will get the bonus of watching it on TV too! The saga of Claire and Jamie, goes on and on ......... wonderful story. Claire goes back in time from 1940's to the 1700's in Scotland. The television series is very true to the book & it's great to see the characters and give them a face.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Abigail BARCO, NC, United States 11-19-14
    Abigail BARCO, NC, United States 11-19-14 Member Since 2006

    momsmess

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    "I am hooked on this series completely."
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    Yes, plan on repeating the complete series. I often re-read multiple book series because sometimes you miss key events, or don't understand their significance until several books into the story. If its really good, as Outlander is, I will go straight back to book one upon completing the final in a series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    So far its Jamie, though his sister has great appeal. I look forward to seeing what both of them get up to in later chapters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Haven't quite finished so I'll wait on this question. Took a break to download the rest of the books. I like it that much.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Right before Jamie was caught. I enjoy the banter between Jamie and his sister. Claire feels at that moment that she is truly part of the family and sees how much that means to her.


    Any additional comments?

    Davina Porter is the perfect narrator for this series. A narrator can make or break an audiobook in my opinion. A good narration takes me away in the story, not giving thought whether its a male or female voice. You get the feeling that whatever character is speaking, the focus is on them in the moment and it feels like a movie in my head. i can fully visualize their appearance and demeanor, just with a good voice narration. Davina Porter can do this with such skill as to make every character emerge in full color.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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