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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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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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    S. Stewart 05-12-12
    S. Stewart 05-12-12

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    "Even better than I expected"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    The wonderful descriptions by the writer (Diana Gabaldon) - one can see the beauty of the scoottish highlands, the colours, the mist, and the reading (by Davina Porter) which bring the individuals to life!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    When Claire decided to retunr to Jamie after he left her at the stones to return to Frank.


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

    The scottish accents and bringing the people alive.


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

    No, but I loved it and could hardly tear myself away from the story. I totally fell in love with Jamie!!


    Any additional comments?

    I read the book back in 2004 and absoluatelky loved it. I haven't regretted buying the audio book for a minute!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J Riverton, WV, United States 05-12-12
    J Riverton, WV, United States 05-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful"

    Despite the length of this story it is so good you don't want it to end. I will be starting the 2nd book the same day I finish the first! LOVE THE NARRATOR!!!!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Russ Berryville, VA, United States 05-11-12
    Russ Berryville, VA, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great writting, too much pulp sex"
    What did you like best about Outlander? What did you like least?

    The narration was wonderful, pacing, accent, voicing all great. The writting was descriptive and usually drew me in to the world described.
    After the fourth or fifth roll in the sheets the very romance-novel-esque sex scenes got pretty tiresome. The writer (not the main character but her creator), whom I had started out viewing in my mind's eye as a sort of khaki wearing adventurer, started degenerating into some sort of home-bound recluse in bull-rim glasses inventing wild sexual fantasies to be consumed with Bon-Bon's on lonely Friday nights...OK, maybe this is a purely male perspective since I notice lots of great reviews from female readers here. And to give the author the benefit of the doubt and because it was on sale, I tried listening to the second book...I got about 4 hours in and had to stop. It was the same book! Historical backdrop as justification for rampant sex. Not that I have anything against rampant sex per se...but the boy toy flavor of the depictions eventually becomes quite sickening and warps the otherwise realistic historical narrative into a trite farce.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Cut the steamy passages by 75%


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

    The ones who were not having sex


    Do you think Outlander needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has one, but it is the same book n France


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 05-10-12
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Best Books I Have Ever Read.....Says How Great!"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    Easier to answer what didn't I like about it? I liked everything!!! It is a romance, an adventure, and a marvelous story about how we survive. Claire is every woman we want to be like; Jamie is like the man every woman wants; the story is about true events. Sigh....I loved it from the first page.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story begins with a loving couple on vacation to reconnect and then moves to a thrilling adventure unplanned which makes it all the more wonderful. I sure wish those standing stones were real but alas....there is some fiction in this historical novel. I like historical fiction best.


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

    Claire was performed best followed closely by Jamie. Davina is a marvelous narrator so when she changes voices it is hard to believe that the voice is not coming from a man. I was just enthralled by the whole performance. I mean, how does she keep the voices straight? The listener can recognize each one.


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

    NEVER, NEVER MAKE THIS INTO A FILM.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio is better than the text but a movie would ruin it all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maricarmen La Mirada, CA, United States 05-10-12
    Maricarmen La Mirada, CA, United States 05-10-12
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    "Just love it and very addicting..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes definitely! This book is the perfect escape if you're yearning for a high dosage of adventure, passion, suspense, and love. And dont forget the history lesson. Im not a history junkie at all but it was very interesting to hear about real historical events and people. Overall great book... Great series. Im on book 5 now and still wanting more.


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

    Davina Porter really brought the characters to life. I can't imagine trying to read the book and figuring out the different dialects and placing proper accents... She made it easy to follow along with and understand. Shes truly amazing in this series!


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

    Not at first but now any chance I get to listen without interruptions I always jump onto audible. I also listen while jogging on the treadmill and it helps to keep me working out longer since its hard to put the ”book” down.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Winston Steward A Very Cold Place 05-07-12
    Winston Steward A Very Cold Place 05-07-12
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    "Chick-Lit, straight, no chaser"
    What did you like best about Outlander? What did you like least?

    Beneath the hundreds of pages spent describing the main characters running towards each other through the tulips in slow motion, Outlander is a very good story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    Time-travel stories often spend too many pages describing the contrasts between modern and ancient, as experienced by the traveler. In this story, the main character is modern, but not a stranger to sudden adversity. So we are spared some of that.


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

    All characters are drawn fairly well. The novel is mainly a Masterpiece Theater-flavored family drama set in 18th-century Scotland, very few sci-fi or fantasy elements.


    Was Outlander worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Outlander bears none of the clever conundrums of The Time Traveler's Wife, nor the memorable, edge-of-your-seat pacing of Connie Willis' Doomsday Book, two other novels with heroines forced to straddle the centuries. Outlander has too many romantic scenes, too much swooning and fainting and sentences that begin with "My heart was racing..." Beneath all of this is a great story, worth reading or listening to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda S. Vostreys Winston, GA United States 05-06-12
    Brenda S. Vostreys Winston, GA United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I love this series!"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    I read Outlander when it first came out 20 years ago and fell in love with the series. I held tightly to for a couple of years before I shared it. But when I did I shared with everyone. Last year I noticed the unabridged version and told my husband he had to listen to these books. He accused me of withholding them from him! He enjoyed listening while commuting to and from work (102 miles round trip). I listen while I work during the day. He'd come home each evening and "update" me on what Jamie and Claire were up to during his ride. He has already listened twice he enjoys them so much.


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

    Davina Porter is now the voice of Claire for me and my husband! She does an excellent job reading the story and giving life to the characters. I can't imagine anyone being able to give life to the books like Davina's reading.


    Any additional comments?

    I own the whole series 3 times over - hard copies, CDs and now from Audible.com.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Easy Eugene, OR, United States 04-30-12
    Easy Eugene, OR, United States 04-30-12
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    "Slow slow slow."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book has a decent reader but is so slow I kept falling asleep during it. A little more action and a lot more editing. I wonder if they where going for word count.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Gabaldon again?

    I wouldn't buy another book by her


    What three words best describe Davina Porter’s performance?

    She did a good job for what she had to work with.


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

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    I had hoped for an in depth tale and all I got was boring and more boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    maggie NEW HAVEN, KY, United States 04-28-12
    maggie NEW HAVEN, KY, United States 04-28-12

    I am a devoted mother and a passionate grandmother. I defend my family to the death . I have finally graduated college and earned a degree.

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    "Reader Good"

    As for the book it was more like Soft core porn....over and over and over story lost me , got bored with it... really had no clear focus. Reader was excellent. So if you want to listen to porn this is the book for you

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LazyDaizy 04-28-12
    LazyDaizy 04-28-12
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    "Really??!?"

    I purchased this audio book based on the glowing reviews from other Audible listeners and also from a family member who loves this series. I love history and I was very intriqued by the element of time travel. I was anticipating a smartly written novel that explored Scottish history in a fresh way with a little bit of romance and time travel fantasy. What I got was a glorified romance novel with very little of anything else. I would have enjoyed this much more if the author had given us more historical development and more investigation of the time travel element. Too much of the book is spent on the sexual escapades between the main characters and the details of various fights and beatings. Honestly, I got completely annoyed with the main character Claire because I kept wanting her to continue trying to get back to her real life in the future. Meanwhile, she just continued to traipse around the Scottish countryside, alternating between sex with her new husband and various fights with those encountered on their path. This was just not what I was expecting from this book and I really didn't like it. In fact, I got to the point where listening turned into a chore and I finally gave up and never did finish it. The only redeeming factors and the only reasons I gave any stars in my rating were that the book is well written, for what it is, and the narrator was excellent. She is the only thing that kept me listening as long as I did. I would love to hear her narrate something else. I fail to understand why so many people enjoy this series because, to me, it was a waste of a credit.

    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
  • 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
  • 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!

    15 of 17 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!

    3 of 3 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
    Overall
    "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
  • Katrina
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    8/12/11
    Overall
    "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
  • Stewart
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    11/3/11
    Overall
    "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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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