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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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    Anne New Castle, CO, United States 01-30-12
    Anne New Castle, CO, United States 01-30-12
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    "Wonderful winter read."
    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    The narrating was awesome.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was fasinating and new and complicated.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to say. The way she writes you can really imagine all the scenes and adventures easily.


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

    Again too many to say. I liked how Claire is introduced to child bearing and rearing through many experiences and then in the end, well you know. I can't give away the end now can I.?


    Any additional comments?

    I did not want it to end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-29-12
    Elizabeth Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-29-12
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    "Catholic "Twilight"?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I kept imagining Mel Gibson making this as a film.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    I tried to enjoy this a light bawdy entertainment, but by the end I felt assaulted by Catholic allegory.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kerrie Kirrawee, Australia 01-29-12
    Kerrie Kirrawee, Australia 01-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding"

    The Outlander series first came to my notice after someone had written a review of another similar style of story. I decided to look for the book and I am hooked. I am now on Book 4 and I am totally obsessed with Claire and Jamie. Diana Gabaldon weaves so much history through her plot ... so interesting and Davina Porter's narration and gift with accents makes these books truly memorable. I would recommend them to anyone who loves a good, spicy historical romance, So glad I found these books. Please hurry up with books 5 & 6 ... I don't want to skip straight to book 7.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Grand Rapids, MN, United States 01-28-12
    Paul Grand Rapids, MN, United States 01-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not my genre but very interesting"

    Romance means sex I think. This book is NOT fantasy!!! But the story is good enough to enjoy and I don't give bad reviews if I pick a book outside my taste.. Davina is one of the best readers you will find.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa United States 01-26-12
    Teresa United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2011

    Teresa

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    "Great Book!"

    Great Story, great narration! Couldn't stop listening! Looking forward to the rest of the Series!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kathryn menominee, MI, United States 01-23-12
    kathryn menominee, MI, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorites!"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    I love this book. The story was so good I could't stop listening. Even though it was quite a long book it never was boring. After reading, I think about it all the time. It really sticks with you.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Becky Saint Jo, Texas, United States 01-23-12
    Becky Saint Jo, Texas, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic"

    This is my first audible book.
    It is also my first review.
    The book is fantastic. I've read it many times over. I can not say enough wonderful things about this author or her book.
    I sew for a living and listen to this audible while working. Ms. Porter does a very good job. I love the changes in voices and accents.
    Buy this. You won't be sorry.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli REDDING, CA, United States 01-21-12
    Kelli REDDING, CA, United States 01-21-12 Member Since 2011

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    "LOve the book, this version pretty good too"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am new to audiobooks, having listened to maybe 5 all together. this is the 2nd best, behind


    What did you like best about this story?

    the accents. it was great hearing the different accents. davina porter did a wonderful job in that regard.


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

    at 34 hours, I would say


    Any additional comments?

    it was a great listen, very engaging, but after reading the book myself, there is that disconnect in my interpretation and the professional reader. inflection, tone... these help shape the story for me, and i thought they were off. my impression is that claire is a force of nature, and the readers voicing of her makes her seem a bit more hesitant. other than that, it was great. LOVE the accents, which is why i bought it in the first place. the reader did a great job with the various accents. will probably buy another.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Penny United States 01-21-12
    Penny United States 01-21-12
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    "Sorry, romance and sex scenes badly written"
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    Just gross sex scenes...also narrarator is great but too old sounding for someone talking the sex descripts.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't know


    What three words best describe Davina Porter’s voice?

    Like Ann Desche


    What character would you cut from Outlander?

    ?


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pam 01-12-12
    Pam 01-12-12
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    "I can hardly wait for the next book."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I prefer audio.


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

    She can make the voices I hear in my head. She brings the story alive.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • 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 18 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.

    37 of 38 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 12 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 10 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.

    6 of 6 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!

    11 of 12 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!

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Joyce
    Bracknell, United Kingdom
    3/10/09
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    "My Favourite Book"

    This Book is called Cross Stitch in the UK, Outlander is its American title. I bought the book many years ago as the title facinated me being a keen needlewoman. It turned out to be one of the best book I have ever bought, and I subsequently purchesed each of the books that continue the story as and when they were published. My sight is not as good as it was now and reading is getting quite difficult so, I was delighted to see a number of the books available as audio books. Needless to say I will buying them all, but I do hope that The Fiery Cross will be available unabridged soon, and the next novel A Breath of Snow and Ashes will follow. I have also seem on the writer's web page that a new book in the series will be available about September, so lets keep our fingers crossed that this will reach audible eventually.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Worcester, United Kingdom
    11/7/13
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    "Unexpectedly Brilliant"
    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book!!! I downloaded it expecting to be a bit disappointed........time travel/scotland in the 1770's....really!! However, the storyline is thoroughly enjoyable and won't let you turn it off! The narration is extraordinary, you can instantly recognise the vast array of characters!. A word of warning - there are some quite saucy parts, and there are also some quite distressing parts.........I do not recommend having your nan in the car while you're listening to it at certain points, can be a little awkward.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    Victoria, Australia
    9/26/07
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    "Caution - Addictive series"

    The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon is so totally addictive, don't say you weren't warned! As Clare and Jamie become firmly entangled the story just gets better and better, whilst still giving you a good insight into the everyday happenings of life in the Scottish Highlands during the mid-1700's and the major events of the time. The first of (currently) six books plus a side series with another character from this series, you will be hooked by the time you finish Outlander/Cross Stitch. Plenty of website action to keep you going whilst you track down the whole series too.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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