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Outlander | [Diana Gabaldon]

Outlander

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. 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. But their blissful reunion is shattered....
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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Kathy OPELOUSAS, LA, United States 04-01-13
    Kathy OPELOUSAS, LA, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Absoluetley Fabulous!"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    I've read the book years ago and fell on love with the series, however to hear the scottish & british dialect is fantastic, along with the correct pronunciations. I feel as if I'm there in the midst of it all. Wonderful narrator!!!. I'm now listening to "Dragonfly in Amber" and I've recently purchased "Voyager". Love it!!!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical ties to the story line.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Claire helps Jamie battle his demons.


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

    Jamie's description of the torture he endured at the hands of Jack Randall had me crying.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great audiobook that will transform you back ot the 18th century.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Addison, TX, United States 04-01-13
    Amazon Customer Addison, TX, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great narration!"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    the Narrator really made the story come alive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie and Roger


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

    Laughed and nearly cried


    Any additional comments?

    Great series so far! I can't wait to listen to the rest!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William 04-01-13
    William 04-01-13
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    "Outstanding Tale"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    Absolutely, the transition from one period in time to another and the storytelling is super and believable characters from one generation to the next.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    The prision break beginning with Clair entering finally freeing Jaime getting him to safety and nursing him back to health.


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

    The use of different voices in their personas is brilliant and very high quality.


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

    Neither. It is a great and listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Going to listen to the other installments.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ginny Sherwood Park, AB, Canada 03-27-13
    Ginny Sherwood Park, AB, Canada 03-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Cannot wait for the next book."
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    Adulation, Exciting, Education.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    When and there after wedding and love between Jamie and Clare.


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

    An ability for language and dialects.


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

    There are so many I cannot choose one.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the entire series then read it again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Apache junction, AZ, United States 03-23-13
    Chris Apache junction, AZ, United States 03-23-13

    A business professional with a voracious reading habit. My favorites are crime dramas and sci-fi/fantasy, but the occasional romance or history read is great too.

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    "Amazing story!!!!!!!!!!! Wonderful Performance!!!!"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Outlander is at the top of the list! This story has it all; romance, suspense, violence, terror, and disgust. If you don't love this story and hate this story you're not alive. Diana is a superior author, painting a 3D picture of her characters. The vivid portrayal of the characters is brought to life by Davina Porter's performance. The book is long but you'll never know it. The story grabs you and holds you down til the very end. You wont be disapointed!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The setting in 18th century Scottish highlands. You can just imagine you're standing in the fields of the highlands. Such literary vision is rare, and very welcome.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Two rank together: her decision to stay and her punishment. One absolute love and devotion, the other absolute brutality and pain. Both amazingly vivid and breathtaking.


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

    Yes, I loathed shutting it off when necessary. I listened to it for hours at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    Only that I will listen to it again because the story is amazing and Davina Porter is a talented narrator who I love listening to. Her voice is fun and wonderful to hear.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Butler Vancouver, WA United States 03-19-13
    Pam Butler Vancouver, WA United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Enjoyable."

    I am enjoying this audible listen very much. I was not sure about it, but it had some good reviews and they were right. It is a great story to listen to. I love the characters and the narrator is great. I love time travel stories and this is a good one. It is a love story too, which I thought would put me off, but it has not.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly FAIRPORT, NY, United States 03-19-13
    Kelly FAIRPORT, NY, United States 03-19-13
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    "Davina Porter brings it to life!"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    Davina Porter brings each character to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jamie and Claire's relationship!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they first were married.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Although I love the whole story, I am particularly fond of Jamie and Claire.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 03-18-13
    Simone 03-18-13 Member Since 2014

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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    "Historical Fiction meets Science Fiction"

    This is a 2 part review: Before and After having read the book.

    Part One: Before

    I learned about this book during our vacation in September 2012 when we visited Clava Cairn in Scotland and we were shown the very stone that inspired the author to write the book. I was interested at first because I like time-travel stories, but then a few people dismissed it as a “Bodice Ripper”.

    UGH no thanks. Not for me.

    When I got back from vacation, I was chatting about it with my mother, and she ASSURED me that this was not so. She promised me that the book was not a vapid romance novel and she even rated it 5 stars!

    So, ok fine, I will give it a shot… but I am still a little dubious.

    Here goes nothing….

    _________________________________________________________________

    Part Two: After

    Just done: OMG WHAT A SH***Y ending! HATED it.

    The book overall was not bad. I got swept into it much more than I thought I would, but I was more interested in the Time-Travel side of the story than I was in the day-to-day living in the Highlands, saving Jamie from yet another pickle, getting beat up and having sex. Bleh… it was all too long and too drawn out.

    NONE of my questions were answered in Book 1, so I am now off to read Book 2. If nothing is resolved, then I quit the series!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 03-17-13
    Robin 03-17-13
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    "YAWWWWWWWN… where is the romance?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Get the story going from the beginning. where was the hook? How were we supposed to get drawn into the story?


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

    I couldn't bear listening any longer to find out.


    Any additional comments?

    This is listed as a 4 star rated ROMANCE story, …how? Maybe in the 10th chapter it picks up but seriously it was soooooo slow. i found myself planning my grocery list in my head while listening. I had to keep rewinding to go back and listen to what I had missed. I feel bad that I was unable to really listen to the whole book to wait and see win it picked up. But after listening for a good hour, that was enough for me.
    I'm asking for a refund on this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leanne 03-16-13
    Leanne 03-16-13
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    "Loved the accents"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    No, but only because it was so long. I really enjoyed it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    favorite character was Jamie, of course. How could you not love this sensitive, strong, stubborn, and great lover.


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

    THe accents were the best part of the book. When I listened I completely forgot that it was one woman reading. She did a fantastic job


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

    Yes I cried a few times in the love scenes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    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.

    37 of 39 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!

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Anita
    4/18/10
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    "outlander"

    This is a book I Chose mainly on the blurb that accompanies most books, but what a choice!. This is by far the best book I have read in many years. I was hooked from the first chapter and just had to go on reading all the following books in the saga. I was very disappointed Audible decided to include an abridged version with a different narrator and had to go elsewhere for the unabridged version. That said I would recommend this book and all subsequent books in the series to all who like romance, action,eroticism and history because this saga has the lot. Highly recommended

    10 of 11 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!

    15 of 17 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!

    3 of 3 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.

    3 of 3 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!

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Stewart
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    11/3/11
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    "Excruciating!"

    I acquired this as the free title in a 3 for 2 offer. Thank goodness I didn't pay for it!
    Be very careful, the sample is taken from the sensible start of the book.
    I only managed half of it - 16 hours of sex and violence fantasies are more than enough for me.
    If your idea of fun is a huge 18th century be-kilted Scotsman being beaten and having sex incessantly, this may be for you.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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