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Outlander

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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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    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 09-17-12
    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2012

    Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.

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    "Long, slow, but FANTASTIC!"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    All the history. Diana Gabaldon clearly did her homework before writing this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How well Claire adapted to the time.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She did the book great justice!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    deborah Buford, GA, United States 09-16-12
    deborah Buford, GA, United States 09-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it in hardback, loved it again in audio!"
    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    Love this story, timetravel is my favorite and the story is timeless. I read it several years ago in hardback and wanted to revisit in audio. The story scans generations and is an iconic story.


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

    The book is long, which I like. I can listen to it while driving, excercising, etc. Well worth the credit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rev. S. P. Ray vallejo, ca United States 09-16-12
    Rev. S. P. Ray vallejo, ca United States 09-16-12 Member Since 2016
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    "OUTLANDER...( A LOVE STORY)"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Women will like this, i think, moreso than men.....not enough action.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    T hending could have been more exciting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    vivian Orlando, FL, United States 09-13-12
    vivian Orlando, FL, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A GREAT STORY"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    It has a wonderful story, I just love it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jammie is an awesome male role model


    What three words best describe Davina Porter’s voice?

    It was a little hard for me to get into the book because of her narration, but as I listen it got better or I got use to her voice not sure which


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. webb 09-13-12
    L. webb 09-13-12
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    "A good book in an EXCELLENT series"
    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The outlander series is the most memorable, addictive and gripping I've experienced in my listening career. The first book left me with a mixed impression of the book's themes and preoccupations, yet I forged ahead -- slightly baffled by the impulse to do so -- and grew increasingly impressed, entranced and hooked as the series continued. That's not to say the first book isn't good, it's just that the intricate and thrilling narrative (which is never confusing despite its' intricacy -- a tribute to both narrator and author) gets better and better as the reader's understanding of the world of the story and the characters who populate it grows deeper. Each book also represents a lusty, adventurous page-turner. Make no mistake, I learned a lot about the past reading these well-researched books but they are a far cry from homework. At least not the kind I remember doing.

    I'm now officially a huge Gabaldon geek, routinely checking her website for the date of the next installment.

    I viscerally miss the protagonists, as if they're old friends, in-between books. Just as I miss the crucial contribution of Davina Porter, who brings character and life to every character -- distinction without caricature. She's outstanding.

    And to think I believed I didn't 'like this genre.' I was a fool! A fool I tell you!

    Enjoy.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Davina Porter brings depth to every character -- distinction without caricature. She's outstanding.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-28-12
    Nicholas SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "My fault I guess... SciFi/Fantasy or Romance??"

    This one kept popping up into my recommendations from Audible, and it looked like a fairly popular, well reviewed book, so I finally decided to give it a try.

    This is, first a foremost a Romance novel. I don't read Romance novels, and that's really all there is to my low rating. If you're like me and keep seeing this come up in your recommendations, and this isn't your genre, it probably won't be your thing. I stuck through it, but more because I always finish books I pay for - wasn't a bad book, but like I said, just not really my thing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Placerville, CA, United States 08-28-12
    Linda Placerville, CA, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A Bodice Ripper"
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    Porter, yes, certainly. The author, no.

    The story is about a female nurse, from post war duty 1945, transported to the Scottish Highlands of the 1700s. I would have expected a great deal more of Scottish-English history and of personal details overlooked by the modern day reader. I also would expect less whinging and more educating from an experienced, modern, educated nurse thrust into the wilds and wars going on at that time. The back and forth of modern day feminism, medicine, and education against the backdrop of the past could have been intriguing. But, this is no "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court".

    I finally gave it up when the husband, acquired strictly for practical reasons, whips her for disobeying him, but she forgives him the next day with a bit of coquettishness and pouting. And realizes he needed to do it, for leadership respect. Please, woman. Ugh.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series. That seems to be a woman to respect.


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    She's very good with accents and the male voice...


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Facts. Actual history. Id like to come away having learned something.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was SciFi, not a romance.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alejandra Viaduc 08-28-12 Member Since 2016
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    "It just kept going.........."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I would warn them first. I think the author went WAY too far at the end of the book. To much information. Too much disgusting. It didn't fit with the first 2/3 at all. I hated the last 4 hours.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I love the true-to of the languages, the cultures, and the regions or Scottland. There was authenticity there SOMETIMES.


    What three words best describe Davina Porter’s voice?

    British. Low. Calming.


    Could you see Outlander being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, Rupert Everett? No idea really. i don't that many red-headed actors.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a 4.5 or 4 until the last section. It should have ended when Claire said the important words. Everything afer that is just absurd and ruined all the time I spent falling in love with the story. I understand WHY we needed to hate Randall, I don't understand why ANYONE needs to read that level of disgusting detail tha tis so freakishly random compared to the rest of the story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maxine Henry Carstairs, AB 08-28-12
    Maxine Henry Carstairs, AB 08-28-12
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    "Listening is as good as reading - maybe better!"
    What did you love best about Outlander?

    The entire story is so authentic to time and place as to suck you into it to the point of "being" in the story with the characters. Ms Porter's reading only adds to this feeling of belonging.
    The romance, blended with the action and natural interaction of characters allows the listener to become so immersed in the story that "real" life seems mundane and one cannot wait to get back to the listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters interact in such a natural way that the story telling becomes unaffected and so true to the time that one can almost "live" inside the story.


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

    Claire.


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

    Yes indeed! I both laughed and cried and did not want the experience to end.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read this series several times but this was the first time of listening. Davina Porter does a wonderful job of bringing the charaters to life. I enjoyed myself immensely and would highly reccomend this audio book to anyone who enjoys historical romances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia United States 08-28-12
    Cynthia United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Love this series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definately recommend this audiobook.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Claire and Jamie Fraser.


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

    No I haven't heard her before, but her performance was great.


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely love this series, and would love to read more from her, maybe different characters and story. Diana Galbaldon is an excellant story teller. I have often reread these books.

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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.

    24 of 27 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 34 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.

    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.

    32 of 37 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.

    22 of 25 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!

    38 of 46 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!

    22 of 26 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.

    11 of 13 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.

    15 of 19 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!

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful

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