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Outlander: Outlander, Book 1

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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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    Redbrenda 04-29-15
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    "Ripping yarn"

    Amazed I haven't heard about this series before! I couldn't wait to hear the next chapter of this love story - a wonderful storyline, well told! Am excited there's lots more in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Waukon, IA, United States 04-29-15
    Emily Waukon, IA, United States 04-29-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Romance, history, drama"

    A wonderfully written story! Leaves you wanting the next one! The romance is timeless. The narrator is very entertaining and helps make the book come alive!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susi 04-29-15
    Susi 04-29-15
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    "loved the first little bit"

    then it got boring. fast fowarded once i hit 15 or so and had no problem catching up in the last few chapters.
    all the sex was unnecessary.too. won't read more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    seacrestgirl 04-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!!"

    Great book!! An engaging story and a fabulous narrator. I highly recommend this book. I look forward to the second book!

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    Theresa Stevens 04-26-15
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    "great book"

    I totally loved it although I don't see the need for so many sex scenes.

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    Elena Z. 04-25-15
    Elena Z. 04-25-15
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    "Good read"

    I only wish the female character was stronger and required less saving from the men folk, though this portrayal was probably more realistic.

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    Charles 04-25-15
    Charles 04-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good start"

    It was a decent start to a series. It seems to try and capture a little of every aspect of a fantasy novel; a little droning on of nonsense, some very descriptive lovemaking, tense battles, and a hint of mystery.

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    Kristine M. John AZ, USA 04-24-15
    Kristine M. John AZ, USA 04-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Call this what it is: a Sci-fi Bodace Ripper"
    What disappointed you about Outlander?

    The story spent WAY too much time writing about sex in detail.


    What could Diana Gabaldon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Leave out the smut.


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

    The writing is good and interesting.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ciparliamo Long Island 04-24-15
    ciparliamo Long Island 04-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "a credit"

    I started getting interested in time travel books after I read "The Rose Garden" which I liked very much. I was going to read the sequel to "The Outlander" until I read a reader's review that says Claire sews up a man's testicles.....No, thanks...I'll pass on anymore of these books in the series. While I found "The Outlander" held my attention, I really didn't like reading about all the sex scenes or the torture. I was surprised that more reviewers didnt mention that part of the book. So...if you like reading about other's sex lives in detail, sexual torture...then this is the book for you. I guess in my old age Ive become somewhat conservative ( still not a prude though). I would have enjoyed it so much more if she had toned down that part....I dont hink it was necessary...for me, anyway...Thats it for me....no more in this series...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    xeyeldinTX Texas 04-24-15
    xeyeldinTX Texas 04-24-15 Member Since 2007

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    "Mixed bag"

    I went back and forth on this book. I both read it and listened to it. It was very well written for the most part. The narrator was wonderful. And I loved the concept of accidental time travel. But there were times when the conflict between the reality of life for women in 1740s Scotland and a woman raised in 1920-1940s England was glossed over. The author did make a plausible explanation still there were something's that required suspension of belief. I enjoyed the history. I particularly enjoyed some of the explanations of the Catholic faith. I would say my biggest objection is the romance. None of it was graphic. But it was just over the top at times and I believe the story could have stood a little less.

    From other reviews I know I am odd man out in this, but that is my take.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    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.

    39 of 44 people found this review helpful
  • Sceptical Shopper
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    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.

    25 of 28 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 35 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!

    26 of 30 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.

    25 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • R
    Templeogue, Ireland
    2/27/16
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    "Terrible Story, Terrible Charactars"

    I found this book one of the worst books I have ever had the misfortune to purchase from Audible. The basic premise of the book is fine, however...... it completely lost me when the main characters new husband is basically forcing himself on her, she then decides that he is doing such a good job that it is not really rape after all.

    Similarly, when her husband beats her for wandering off and needing to be rescued she is first extremely put out. But after thinking about it for a while she decides it was probably for the best.

    This book is a wife beating rapists wet dream.

    9 of 10 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!

    42 of 50 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.

    19 of 23 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.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful

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