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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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    Christine Ottawa, ON, Canada 06-19-12
    Christine Ottawa, ON, Canada 06-19-12 Member Since 2008

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Davina Porter is the best"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    I am currently listening to the Outlander Series for the second time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Davina Porter's voice brings the characters to life in such a way that they are living and breathing during the time I listen to her reading the series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    all the scenes where Jamie is so gentle and Claire is herself (pig headed!)


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderfully written and beautifuly brought to life by the narrator!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kat Lur CHICAGOLAND, IL 06-18-12
    Kat Lur CHICAGOLAND, IL 06-18-12
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    "Outlander Fan"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to this story again. I have read the book multiple times. The author is my favorite. The narrator did a great job and is pleasant to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The elaborate descriptions.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Clair chooses to stay in the past.


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

    Jamie saving Clair. Clair saving Jamie.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it! (or listen to it:)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Atlanta, GA, United States 06-18-12
    Jessica Atlanta, GA, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    NOT EXACTLYI absolutely loved the book. I loved it so much, I went out and bought the other 6 when I finished the first one. So I was excited to listen to the audiobook. I was very disappointed in the narrator. I honestly felt like I was listening to Claire's mother (or grandmother), not a 27 year old, feisty female lead. The narrator ruined the story for me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Recast the narrator. I don't want to feel like I'm listening to an elderly woman talk about making passionate love to her husband when she is supposed to be 27!!! How did this woman get the job to narrate this awesome book???I also felt that the other characters she had to "read" were poorly done. She made Jamie sound old and decrepit. She made Jenny sound like a flighty, nervous girl—when she is EXACTLY the opposite. The narrator just did a HORRIBLE job overall. A good narrator engrosses you in the characters, making you forget that you are listening to one person read the parts of many. An excellent example of this is Humphrey Bower who reads the Bryce Courtenay books. He's amazing. When he reads the female roles, I'm so involved in the story that I forget it's a man reading a woman's part. It's just a shame that talent like that couldn't be procured for the Outlander books.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    There is nothing wrong with the story and the romance between the two characters is wonderful. But the audio performance is horrible.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy and read the book, skip the audiobook. I want to give it more stars cause the story is so good but the narrator was sooooo bad, that I can't.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vincent Bethesda, Md, United States 06-15-12
    Vincent Bethesda, Md, United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2000
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    "Estrogen soaked erotic fantasy"
    Any additional comments?

    There is not much history in this historical fiction. Rather it is a very extended female erotic fantasy. The author creates a relationship between a modern professional woman and a younger bulking Scottish chieftain warrior from the 18th century, fulfilling modern feminist domination visions.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    FredZ Mount Hutton, Australia 06-14-12
    FredZ Mount Hutton, Australia 06-14-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Am I missing something?"

    I wanted to so much to enjoy this book, with so many more to look forward to, but find it totally unenjoyable.

    Maybe I was a bit hasty it give up on it only one third the way into book one (which is saying something since I bought book one and two), but I just couldn't get into the contrived and unconvincing story or characters. It sounded so promising, with all the right ingredients. I love a long saga, rich in history and all the trappings of human nature; love, lust, battles, romance....you get the drift. The outlander, despite the rave reviews, is immature, simplistic and....well, just plain silly.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carmella Chicago, IL, United States 06-06-12
    Carmella Chicago, IL, United States 06-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrated by the best"

    A well written story of historical details mixed with magic, fairytales and true love in all its glory. Brought to life by one of the best narrators I have had the pleasure of listening to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke Willis, TX, United States 06-06-12
    Brooke Willis, TX, United States 06-06-12 Member Since 2011

    Audio books are my new favorite thing, I'm catching up on so many books. If you know any good dystopia novels, please recommend them to me!

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    "So glad I gave this a listen!"

    I bought this book a while back, as it was recommended to me, but I just couldn't get around to listening to it. I think the length was daunting for me but as soon as I started listening I was hooked.

    The writing is wonderful as is the performance and the story riveting. The genre is not my 'go to' choice when picking novels to read but I am so glad I did.

    Loved every minute of it!

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    Beth GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States 06-06-12
    Beth GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States 06-06-12 Member Since 2012

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    "I loved this story and the narrator!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Once Claire falls back through time at the stone circle, I found it hard to put this on pause.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Claire's romance with Jamie was captivating. They had so much to learn from each other.


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

    Claire.


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

    A love to last for all time.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dee Lite Bermuda 06-05-12
    Dee Lite Bermuda 06-05-12 Member Since 2007

    Dawn

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    "Great Series"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    Its hard to choose what I love the best. This is a well rounded book. Very solid story, plot and characters. Definately time travel done right.


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

    I own the first 4 books in the series. Read the books till they fell apart and then bought them again. Davina Porter adds that extra bit of enjoyment that only having a story read to you can. Her voice gives the characters more depth and brings them to life. Many times I just sit on the couch and I'm transported to another place and time. I feel like I'm in the Scotish Highlands with all its sights, sounds and smells. Evoks the same feeling of wondering that I had as a child listening to stories being told.


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    April Raleigh, NC, United States 06-04-12
    April Raleigh, NC, United States 06-04-12
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    "What an amazing narrator!"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    The narrator hands down! After suffering through narration of 1Q84 and Fifty Shades of Grey I am so impressed with the authenticity of this read!


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Her ability to give life to each character, enhancing their voices with what we would assume to be their personalities


    Any additional comments?

    Story line starts a little slow but once you get into it the story moves quickly. The graphic sex scenes didn't bother me at all since I am a fan of the Kushiel series.

    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.

    34 of 35 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!

    15 of 15 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.

    10 of 10 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

    7 of 7 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!

    13 of 14 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.

    5 of 5 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 12 people found this review helpful
  • Joyce
    Bracknell, United Kingdom
    3/10/09
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    "My Favourite Book"

    This Book is called Cross Stitch in the UK, Outlander is its American title. I bought the book many years ago as the title facinated me being a keen needlewoman. It turned out to be one of the best book I have ever bought, and I subsequently purchesed each of the books that continue the story as and when they were published. My sight is not as good as it was now and reading is getting quite difficult so, I was delighted to see a number of the books available as audio books. Needless to say I will buying them all, but I do hope that The Fiery Cross will be available unabridged soon, and the next novel A Breath of Snow and Ashes will follow. I have also seem on the writer's web page that a new book in the series will be available about September, so lets keep our fingers crossed that this will reach audible eventually.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    Victoria, Australia
    9/26/07
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    "Caution - Addictive series"

    The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon is so totally addictive, don't say you weren't warned! As Clare and Jamie become firmly entangled the story just gets better and better, whilst still giving you a good insight into the everyday happenings of life in the Scottish Highlands during the mid-1700's and the major events of the time. The first of (currently) six books plus a side series with another character from this series, you will be hooked by the time you finish Outlander/Cross Stitch. Plenty of website action to keep you going whilst you track down the whole series too.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Worcester, United Kingdom
    11/7/13
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    "Unexpectedly Brilliant"
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    I loved this book!!! I downloaded it expecting to be a bit disappointed........time travel/scotland in the 1770's....really!! However, the storyline is thoroughly enjoyable and won't let you turn it off! The narration is extraordinary, you can instantly recognise the vast array of characters!. A word of warning - there are some quite saucy parts, and there are also some quite distressing parts.........I do not recommend having your nan in the car while you're listening to it at certain points, can be a little awkward.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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