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Outlander

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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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    CH 06-11-12
    CH 06-11-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    An incredible story, and the reading is engaging, genuine. I couldn't stop listening. Great purchase!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie McFarlane 06-05-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Really wasn't one of my favorites"

    I tried really hard to like this book. I am not a real lover of romance stories so that is probably what distracted me. I didn't hate it but I couldn't finish it either.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chele Burns, WY, United States 05-27-12
    Chele Burns, WY, United States 05-27-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    This author sucks you into a story you will find very difficult to leave. Can't read fast enough. Love how much factual historical data that is included. My house could burn down around me when I am with Jamie & Claire.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Elk Grove, California, United States 05-23-12
    Amazon Customer Elk Grove, California, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "This is the best book ever!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most Defiantly!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line, the character relationships, and the details that paint such a great picture!


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    AMAZING! She really understood the characters and I even forgot at she was all the characters voices most of the time! Brilliant!


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

    I laughed so much but I also cried at some parts!


    Any additional comments?

    This really is my favorite book of all time! I am so glad I purchased it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine ALBANY, OR, United States 05-22-12
    Elaine ALBANY, OR, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Mildly Entertaining"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Ummm. Since the book was highly recommended by friends when first came out, obviously many love it. Not entirely my cup of tea, but undoubtedly those that love historical romances would enjoy the recording


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    Cathy 05-22-12
    Cathy 05-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Delightful"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I actually wish I could listen to it in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    A good read and would recommend it, and will. The narrator did a great job.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    micki 05-21-12
    micki 05-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "slow starter"
    What would have made Outlander better?

    While the book as a whole was very good the begining of it was slow to take off.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    When Clare finally told Jamie she was from the future. Irelistened 2x


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Davina had the perfect voice for this book captured you from the begining even when the stoy was moving so slow.:


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne Hastings on Hudson, NY, USA 05-21-12
    Dianne Hastings on Hudson, NY, USA 05-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Mesmerizing"
    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    Romantic, exotic, and very well-performed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's description of the characters and the time are vivd. The story alternates suspenseful episodes with more domestic, introspective parts.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Her accents are wonderful. I loved the way she performed the Scottish accents.


    Any additional comments?

    Parts of the book are disturbing. The reader must be tolerant of a how very different time had very different manners of relations between the sexes and between parents and children. There is considerable domestic violence. The domestic violence is nevertheless overlaid with passion and attachment in the relationships. At times, I felt as though I was reading a tawdry romance novel, picked up at the supermarket (which is actually something I never read). I still have not completely reconciled how very much I enjoyed the story, and how harshly I judged the behavior of the male characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle Bushnell, Fl, United States 05-19-12
    Gayle Bushnell, Fl, United States 05-19-12
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    "Outstanding Historical Saga"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am astounded by the authors ability to bring you into the story and the narrators gift of making you forget that you are listening to a tale. I love fictional stories that are based in fact and this series has me hooked from this story on. Thank you for bringing these to audio.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie Fraser at this point because he has been childish, churlish,chauvanistic, and macho>>as well as loving,thoughtful,and comical...and really doesn't have a clue to what is truly going on-in other words...typical male-it seems in any century.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    dawn clio, MI, United States 05-14-12
    dawn clio, MI, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "awesome book"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    Yes and yea. Very good book and made even better by the awesome narration of davina porter. This book hooks youand pulls you. I didn't want to stop listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The entire story line. Loved how both Claire and Jamie's story unfolded and came together.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She does the best voices. You actually hear and feel all the different characters as she reads them. Will read any book she narrates. She is awesome.


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

    We always come home.


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  • 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.

    18 of 19 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!

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • L
    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.

    40 of 44 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.

    13 of 14 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.

    13 of 14 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!

    25 of 30 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!

    11 of 13 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.

    7 of 8 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.

    9 of 11 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!

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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