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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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    Tracy 02-26-14
    Tracy 02-26-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm not a fan of time travel books, but this was excellent. The character had appropriate response to events previously studied in history that due to time travel she was placed in the middle of. She may have adapted a bit too easily to the situation, but that was forgiven as the story was so very captivating.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed it so much, I downloaded the sequel immediately.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charyle Howard, PA, United States 02-16-14
    Charyle Howard, PA, United States 02-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "BEST ROMANCE SERIES EVER!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I love my 1st ED, signed hardcovers of this series, but the audio is like being there, had to get everyone!


    What did you like best about this story?

    the enduring love & faith of Jamie & Claire


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

    not sure, I hear Jamie & Claire


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

    LOVE CAN REALLY BE TIMELESS


    Any additional comments?

    I started with this author in 1992, and have all the series & connecting stories, and cannot wait for the next one to drop in June, which I will also buy in audio!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Picadilly Michigan 02-08-14
    Picadilly Michigan 02-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This book was fantastic! I could not stop listenin"

    What a strange wonderful story! Something original and captivating! A very long story that I did not want to end! I can't wait to start the next book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. DeVries Northwest, IN. 02-05-14
    D. DeVries Northwest, IN. 02-05-14 Member Since 2013

    I have a quilting business. Since I love to read, I cannot read a book and quilt at the same time. Now I can listen to books and quilt too.

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    "Outstanding!"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It sits in a tie between Outlander or Swan Song.....both are #1


    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    Not read another book to compare to the story line in this book.


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

    It is hard to pick just one...but I think Jamie


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

    Time travel, war, love and history


    Any additional comments?

    I was a bit doubtful about this book. I was afraid it would be a love story with time travel....which is it was....but it was so much more. The narrator was excellent. She had me thinking about the book in a Scottish brogue! She did all the characters with an individual accent and style. The story: I was truly anxious to see what the characters would do. I am just now finishing this first book and have purchased the 2nd book. I just have to know how everything and everyone turns out.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gloria North Little Rock, AR, United States 02-03-14
    Gloria North Little Rock, AR, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Simply Amazing!"

    I read the book many years ago and enjoyed it immensely. However, the audible version is just wonderful. The narration by Davina Porter put this book onto one of my all time favorites. Please don't let the length intimidate. I just finished and even as I write this I have started the second in the series "Dragonfly in Amber."

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    Paula United States 02-01-14
    Paula United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "None stop action :)"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    Yes. I loved listening to Davina Porter. The story was action packed and drew you in to each character.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning a bit more (tid bits) of history while listening to a novel.


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

    Jamie


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

    No extreme reaction, but enjoyed and looked forward to visiting it. Kind of sad when it was over.


    Any additional comments?

    Well done. Quite an accomplishment for your first. I am going to read/listen to the entire series

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-31-14
    Stephanie Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Its A Good Story"
    Any additional comments?

    I normally do not give a comment about a book I like but felt compelled to give one this time, which is this was an overall very good story, This story will be TV show is coming to Starz and I wanted some background because I story about this time period, I am writing because I read the one star ratings first prior to reading the 4s and 5s stars rating. First, this is FICTION and second the sex scenes are not as graphic as the Story of O, Spartacus, and True Blood.

    Every one of the negative statement started out with they are not a prude but continued with a negative comment. Ranging from the fact that Claire choose to be with Jaime over Frank (regardless that they was only to for 6 months prior to her being a combat nurse and was away for 6 years), about Claire ability to adjust to 1743, coming from 1945, and about the rapes to females and the rape and sodomy to Jamie, again this is fiction and there are cable TV shows that reveal more if not similar graphic incidents to inmates in prison getting rape. I agree with someone comment about the first 15 hours of background was a bit much. So it will be interesting see how the TV show will reflect.

    I guess because I read a lot “Smut Book” this was mild in comparison to some of the other authors (like Maya Bank, Sylvia Day, and E L James, etc) description of the graphic sex scenes.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Oklahoma 01-27-14
    Amazon Customer Oklahoma 01-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "One of my very favorites"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    The characters are strong and memorable. The performance by Davina Porter is excellent and part of what makes the book one of my favorites. She brings each of the characters to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the history, the mystery of the time travel and the romance between Jamie and Claire. Several of my friends have read the series and we still discuss it like we know the characters personally.


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

    Only in this series, her ability to uniquely be so many characters is phenomenal.


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

    Cry yes, worry yes, get mad at Claire sometimes yes, melt my heart at the love and passion between Jamie and Claire yes. A great book brings all your emotions in and this one does it.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't do the abridged you will miss out on so much. Don't be intimidated by how long the books are there is never a dull moment. Pay attention, little things come up in later books that will have you go ohhhh.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mousehunter 01-25-14
    mousehunter 01-25-14
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    "Like chocolate for the imagination..."
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    I will listen to Outlander again and again. The author paints a vivid landscape of life in another time. You become emotionally invested in the characters that become flesh and blood in your mind's eye and, as all good stories go, you become "hooked" and can't wait to hear the rest of it... and then you're sorry when the story ends. Fortunately there are more books in the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Love, conflict, history, Scotland, time travel.... what more could you ask that all of it is rolled into one amazing story. I loved every word of it.


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

    I love, love, love that Davina Porter puts so much into her reading... she adds inflection and emotion and made the story come "alive".


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

    I appreciate Jamie's love for Clare. It is a quiet, unassuming and all consuming love that makes you only hope that it could be achieved in your own life.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't put off reading or listening to this book. I'd read Dragonfly in Amber years ago not realizing that Outlander existed. Outlander makes the entire storyline even better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kate 01-25-14
    Kate 01-25-14
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    "A long story and well worth it!"
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    developed, interesting, deep-hearted


    Any additional comments?

    At first I saw the length of the books and wondered if they would keep my interest. It is a great saga thus far in the first book. I am about to begin the second with not missing a beat. I liked the way the author took time to develop the storyline.

    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
  • 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!

    16 of 18 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
  • 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!

    4 of 4 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
  • 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.

    10 of 12 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
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