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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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    Annamarie 04-27-13
    Annamarie 04-27-13
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    "Incredible Series !!"
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    Couldn't Stop Listening !


    What did you like best about this story?

    Love, tragedy, war, romance, and so many surprises ... Twists and turns .... This Series has everything! I purchased and listen to a great deal of books ... This has to be the best of them all ....


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

    Davina Porter is an incredible narrator .. She draws you into the story with her wide range of accents that sounds perfect and speaks French beautifully .... I am looking forward to listening to more of the books she has narrated !


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Sterling Heights, MI, United States 04-25-13
    Karen Sterling Heights, MI, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Long but definitely worth the time invested."
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    How Wonderfully Entertaining!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    There were quite a few. But I think the time leading up the marriage of Jamie and Claire was my favorite. I kept wondering how she was going to explain her situation.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She was excellent! Made the characters come alive.


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

    No, it just kept getting better as time went on. Besides there were times when I had to listen in small amounts because of the graphic violence.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen, learned a lot about the period.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Audrey United States 04-05-13
    Audrey United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Historical Romance"

    Definitely a romance novel. The story's good and there are some exciting, adventurous parts. Davina Porter is outstanding.

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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.

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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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