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Outlander Audiobook

Outlander: Outlander, Book 1

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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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    Abby BARCO, NC, United States 11-19-14
    Abby BARCO, NC, United States 11-19-14 Member Since 2006

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    "I am hooked on this series completely."
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    Yes, plan on repeating the complete series. I often re-read multiple book series because sometimes you miss key events, or don't understand their significance until several books into the story. If its really good, as Outlander is, I will go straight back to book one upon completing the final in a series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    So far its Jamie, though his sister has great appeal. I look forward to seeing what both of them get up to in later chapters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Haven't quite finished so I'll wait on this question. Took a break to download the rest of the books. I like it that much.


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

    Right before Jamie was caught. I enjoy the banter between Jamie and his sister. Claire feels at that moment that she is truly part of the family and sees how much that means to her.


    Any additional comments?

    Davina Porter is the perfect narrator for this series. A narrator can make or break an audiobook in my opinion. A good narration takes me away in the story, not giving thought whether its a male or female voice. You get the feeling that whatever character is speaking, the focus is on them in the moment and it feels like a movie in my head. i can fully visualize their appearance and demeanor, just with a good voice narration. Davina Porter can do this with such skill as to make every character emerge in full color.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer New Orleans, LA USA 11-18-14
    Amazon Customer New Orleans, LA USA 11-18-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Not my cup of tea. Annoying narrator's voice."
    What would have made Outlander better?

    A different narrator.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    Narrator


    Would you be willing to try another one of Davina Porter’s performances?

    No.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Outlander?

    All of them! The story moved VERY slow. I excruciatingly listened to 5th chapter -- but I give up -- no can do. I will be returning this one -- first time I've ever done this!


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    Just another Jo(anna) 11-18-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Outstanding and Captivating"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    The writer and reader have both outdone themselves. I found myself sorry to have to "put it down" and spent every possible moment back at my computer taking in more. The book captivated me, kept me, entertained me and I could not resist one moment of the story.


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    Frances 11-17-14
    Frances 11-17-14
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    "Great Historical Fiction!"
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    What a great story of historical fiction, with great characters, the reader draws you in to the story - I can't believe there are 8 books to this fantastic series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are well-developed and the writing creates a wonderful intensity as you follow these characters through their adventures - the reader does a great job with both female and male characters.


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

    She does a fantastic job providing a voice to both male and female characters - she brings the story alive.


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

    The series has been made into a television series - "Time Travel at its best"!


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to listen to the other books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    brenda cohn 11-16-14
    brenda cohn 11-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Captivating and absorbing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    This story is so well told that at all time's I felt like I was one with the character. Davina Porter was Jamie and Clair and everyone else. She had the accents perfect! Bravo!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    When Jamie brought Clair to the stones


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

    Jamie!


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

    When Jamie describe's his devotion to Clair


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book. It's one of the greatest love stories told!

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    Deborah Grigg 11-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent story, well read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes great story and the reader does a great job


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

    Her acents for each character is great, as well as her pronunciation of Gaelic and other languages.


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

    Jamie and Claire's wedding but the whole story is excellent


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Betty B. Reid Pawleys Island, SC 11-14-14
    Betty B. Reid Pawleys Island, SC 11-14-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Excellent in Every Way"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book held my attention as well as any that I have listened to. Diana Gabaldon weaves an intriguing tale, and Davina Porter really brings it to life. Davina does a great job with changing her voice for characters - male or female, child or adult.


    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    It held my attention the way Game of Thrones does. I will definitely continue with the series.


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

    This is my first time hearing Davina Porter's performance. She is very skillful.


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

    I just can't come up with a film tag line that seems original. Some what like Alice falling through the rabbit hole, but characters are real people - not the fantasy type that Alice met.


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    Charlene 11-13-14
    Charlene 11-13-14
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    "Outstanding Narration for a Favorite!"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    I've read this book twice already, and decided to try it in audiobook for my third go-round. I couldn't believe how much the audio added to the experience! Truly added a whole additional layer for me, and deepened my love affair with this remarkable series.


    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    None...this book is truly unique and can't be classified. It has a little bit of everything: adventure, romance, time-travel, history.


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

    Jamie...absolutely. Davina gets the brogue perfectly!


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

    This was not a new book for me, but even so I found myself both laughing and crying...and cringing at the difficult scenes. It really came alive for me.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've tried to read Outlander before and found yourself unable to get through it...try the audiobook...you won't regret it!

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    mmutozee 11-12-14
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    "spellbinding "

    so well performed and written you just can't put it down. This is my second time through the series can't wait to get to the next one

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    T J's Reads 11-12-14
    T J's Reads 11-12-14 Member Since 2014

    I am a 67 yr old wife of 48 yrs, mother of 2 sons and grandmother of 5! I loved this book that started it all! Favorite book next to Bible!

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    "My favorite read in 66 years!"

    First of all, Davina Porter was a perfect choice to read Outlander! She handled each part perfectly! Outlander's storyline was very well researched from a historical nature as is the countryside of Scotland. You can feel and see it! The characters are really well filled out and so believable. You feel as if you are literally a mouse in a corner watching life as it is written in the story happen, A remarkable experience to be drawn in like that! I so loved this boo and each one in the series that I have read all but the 8th one eight times each see so much I missed each time I read it beforehand! The 8th one I have only read twice so far as it is less than a year out! Truly my most favorite read in my shoe life except for God's Holy Word!

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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.

    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
    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.

    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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